Popular Culture: Harry Potter: May 2004 Archives

May 28, 2004

Elementary school

Has Disney come up with a challenger to Harry Potter in the Offending Fundies Stakes?

Will. Irma. Taranee. Cornelia. Hay Lin. Together they are W.I.T.C.H. - five ordinary friends with an extraordinary secret - they each have the power to control a natural element. W.I.T.C.H. is the acronym of the first names of the 5 heroines, all of who are 13 or 14 years old and are just like others of their age; they wear trendy clothes, they have fun with their friends, they're classmates.... But they also have magical powers.

And what's worse, unlike Rowling's boy wizard, there are definite references to 'real' neopagan magic:

Will controls energy, Irma commands water, Taranee has power over fire, Cornelia controls earth, and Hay Lin dominates air. The girls use their powers to guard against evil and to uncover the truth behind mysterious portals leading to other worlds.

Unsurprisingly, fundies are not happy bunnies.

Unfortunately, the fantasy that so many people are living is one that's not going to have a happy ending. They will end up in a very real Hell where they won't live happily ever after. One thing is for sure, the Disney Empire and the "Magic Kingdom" certainly have the ability to captivate minds with its fantasy. In an American Culture that thrives on being constantly entertained, The Disney empire has access into the minds of literally hundreds of millions of people.

Better not let them know about Mahou Shoujo Tai Arusu (Tweeny Witches), then.

Disney Brings the Magic of Friendship to the U.S. with the Launch of W.I.T.C.H. Books - LPWire, 23rd March 2004; Mickey Mouse leading children to Hell - ac18.org, not dated; Disney leading kids to hell? - WorldNetDaily, 28th May 2004; W.I.T.C.H. site (Flash only); Tweeny Witches fansubs.

May 18, 2004

Making Revelation happen

United States/Israel: A terrifying article in the Village Voice looks at the influence of evangelical Christians on US policy towards Israel. One group in particular, the Apostolic Congress, is singled out, and their representative in Israel, Kim Johnson, seems particularly interesting. She believes that she was attacked by witchcraft because there was a Harry Potter in the same block of flats as herself:

Two of the three nights in my apartment I have been attacked by a hair raising spirit of fear, she writes, noting the sublet contained a Harry Potter book; at this time I am associating it with witchcraft

Fortunately, as she holds herself to the sumptuary standards of Orthodox Jewish women, so as to better blend in to her surroundings, she's probably far too busy looking for a new wig to cause any trouble. The Jesus Landing Pad - Village Voice, 18th May 2004 (via Eschaton, and thanks to Charlie and PBen for thinking of me when they saw it...).

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