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Vatican Newspaper Gives Two Thumbs Up for Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Film

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Posted by: sue
July 13, 2009, 04:04 PM

L'Osservatore Romano, the official newspaper of the Vatican in Rome, Italy, has given its approval and review of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince film. The AP reports that the newspaper says the film is the best adaptation yet of the novels by author J.K. Rowling, and the sixth Harry Potter film "made the age-old debate over good vs. evil crystal clear."  It also gave two thumbs up to the film's treatment of adolescent love, saying it achieved the "correct balance" and made the stars more credible to the general audience."The article continues:

While criticizing Rowling for omitting any explicit "reference to the transcendent" in her books, L'Osservatore said the latest installment nevertheless makes clear that good should overcome evil "and that sometimes this requires costs and sacrifice." "In addition, the spastic search for immortality epitomized by Voldemort is stigmatized," the review said.

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2976 Points

I don’t care who it is, really – a good review is a good review. So I’m glad to hear this!

Posted by Jade Danielle (WBM) on July 13, 2009, 07:59 PM report to moderator
75566 Points

shocking really – that they get it at all

Posted by Girlraven1 on July 13, 2009, 08:07 PM report to moderator
141 Points

Heh. Pretty interesting considering some religious folk choose to either ban or burn the book!!! But, regardless, I’ll take any source that enjoys the movie!!!!

Posted by BwaySaint on July 13, 2009, 10:03 PM report to moderator

The Vatican has always maintained a discreet, not to make additional publicity to the saga of Harry Potter, but there has never been an official condemnation of the Vatican. Often bias was invented by the Vatican allegations that have never existed. And the allegations of Pope Benedict XVI when he was Cardinal Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, were taken out of context and manipulated maliciously. The authorities of the Catholic Church understood from the beginning, that was just another work of fantasy.

Posted by pvictorg on July 13, 2009, 10:25 PM report to moderator
433 Points

Somewhere Laura Mallory is crying.

Posted by mollywobble on July 13, 2009, 11:02 PM report to moderator
402 Points

This is kind of funny.

Posted by pansy parkinson on July 14, 2009, 12:32 AM report to moderator
6552 Points

I’m so glad they approve of watch I’m watching. (rolls eyes)

Posted by Figment on July 14, 2009, 01:52 AM report to moderator
149 Points

This endorsement is great to read. There is a great catholic podcast on the SPQN network – it’s so different to Pottercast it’s not a competitor (So I’m not a traitor :)). It’s worth listening from the beginning if its still available on ITunes

Posted by SnapesSilverDoe on July 14, 2009, 03:28 AM report to moderator
104 Points

I wasn’t planning on seeing HBP but now that the Vatican has given it its blessing…

Posted by Joost on July 14, 2009, 03:49 AM report to moderator
62 Points

They even managed to spare a moment for a descent HP review? Wow, I’m so impressed!

Posted by Aradion on July 14, 2009, 05:29 AM report to moderator
4452 Points


320 Points

yip skippety do. Vatican approval. Who cares?

Posted by jeannemclROAR on July 14, 2009, 09:35 AM report to moderator
41 Points

Wow, this is pretty huge. But after criticizing Jo’s books by saying they they did not have a “reference to the transcendent,” it’s pretty lame that they would say that the movie based on one of her books does. I agree with Edmundstaustell. It all sounds like something out of the Reformation, condemning and blessing based on politics and saying it was the will of God.

Posted by fianni88 on July 14, 2009, 10:32 AM report to moderator

I love the Dark Materials series, and I find it laughable that the Vatican is criticizing it. There is plenty of pro-religious literature out there. What’s wrong with anti-religious themes in a book that nobody is forcing you to read? With how deeply the Vatican is involved in social issues (and considering some offensive statements they have made in the past), I think they deserved a bit of criticism themselves. I certainly do not respect them as an individual.

Posted by SwedishSkinJer on July 14, 2009, 06:22 PM report to moderator
63 Points

Considering the content of the series, the endorsement is a bit surprising. It’s quite mature that they looked past controversial bits and highlighted the good trumping evil theme.

Posted by cauldronjane on July 15, 2009, 11:55 PM report to moderator
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