3. That parents aren't to be honored since they are the "bad guys" and the wizards
are the "good guys".
WHAT?!?!? Again, have you read these books? All of the families are married, by the way, and even
the evil Malfoys keep thier little Draco in line. Kids do not back talk their parents (I'd like to see one of the Weasley
kids try to back talk their mum!) and I'd like for Dollins to back up this claim. Oh wait, he can't.
4. "...death is but the next great adventure,"
as said by Dumbledore. Name one Christian that doesn't belive this.
5. There is beauty in witchcraft.
Rowling's use of literature witchcraft does not glorify the Wiccan religion or Satanism. Get a grip.
Too lame to even touch.
7. The Potter books refer to evil as "good"
I have no idea where he is coming from on this because the battle lines are clearly drawn in the
books. We know who and what is good, and who and what is evil.
8. Dollins talks about Quirrell's turn to the Dark Side and then says that "according
to Harry Potter, Satan is not evil, but good, because he has 'powers' and knows how to use them. R-i-i-i-ght!"
I am shocked at this man's idiocy! Harry fights Quirrell calling him a liar and refusing
the hand over the stone to aid Voldermort. He'd rather die first. Quirrell was a BAD GUY! Get it? Harry Potter stood up and
faced this evil and did not succumb to it.
9. Dollins rants about Harry's scar...
We covered that under "symbolism". Harry is not wearing the mark of Satan. Dollins
also says that Sirius was an Egyptian god who appeared to man as "part-man, part-cat." Um, no. DOG, hun. D-O-G.
10. Witchcraft is to be fought with Witchcraft
Dollins talks about their wands both having cores of Phoenix feather from the SAME PHOENIX.
(Which is Fawkes, Dumbledore's phoenix.) Since their wands share the same core, then their magic is the same. This is true,
but its our CHOICES that make us evil or good, not what is inside of our weapons. Dollins is a perfect
example. You can throw that Bible around all you want, but it doesn't make you "good". Your decision to used lies to get a
point across tells us all what we need to know.
11. REBELLION AGAINST PARENTAL AND ADULT AUTHORITY
Again, Dollins claims that Harry constantly breaks rules and is rewarded for his rule-breaking
instead of punished. He brings up Harry's fights with the Dursleys and that he was "flaunting" his magic when he inflated
Marge. (The incident with Marge was an acciden. Let someone call your mother a bitch and your dad a worthless loser and
see how well you maintain you composure.) He gives some examples to back this claim up.
A. He quotes Ron Weasley but I cannot find this
quote anyone in the book. His reference is screwed up. I'll have to find the quote myself and then update this page.
B. " 'Mum, shut up!' Ron yelled." Dollins forgot
to mention that they were in a hospital wing and Sirius Black, whom Ms. Weasley thought was a murderer, appears by Harry's
hospital bed. She screams. Ron gets her to be quite so that Dumbledore can explain.
C. "Ron is shocked that Hermione wants them to
break a school rule." Again, Dollins neglects to tell his readers that Hermione wants to find out who is behind the
terrorism in the school. Yes, sometimes the ends DO justify the means. Harriett Tubman broke the rules in her day but
with good reason. She isn't evil for doing so.
D. Uncle Vernon
and Harry have a fight and Harry is said to think, "gone were the days when he had been forced to take every single one
of the Dursley's stupid rules..." Again, Vernon jumps down Harry's throat at least once a day when Harry
is there. Vernon had just given a speech about how saintly it was for him and Petunia to take him in and how they've
done all of this stuff for Harry. Harry reminds him that the only things he's ever gotten were cast-offs of Dudley's.
Harry has had it. Who can blame him?
We are then told to examine how the parental characters are portrayed.
F. "Mr. Weasley takes the Grangers to the Leaky Cauldron for a drink."
And? The Leaky Cauldron isn't just for drunks, as children are allowed inside and people even sit
down and eat in there! Think of it as an Appleby's for Wizards. Who said that they consumed alchohol?
G. "Lockhart talking about not minding a bottle of 'Ogden's Old Firewhiskey.' "
OK... Lockhart wasn't a parent, so how this comes to play inder parental character, I do not know.
Since when is drinking a sin? None of the characters are drunks (well, Hagrid loves his lager, but it's never a
central theme of the novels) and drinking in moderation is fine. It's even healthy.
H. "Percy drinks elderflower wine."
Well, he is of age! I drink wine every now and then with dinner, does that make me a bad
parent? Many Christian denominations use real wine during their services, too. The Bible does not forbid the drinking of wine.
Jesus' first miracle was turning water into wine for that matter!
I. & J. "The kids drink Butterbeer."
We do not know that this is alchoholic! I think it is rather more like Rootbeer, than a real beer.
12. Revenge and hatred towards enemies
Dollins gives three examples:
A. Harry telling Mr. Weasly that "it's not possible to live with the Dursleys and not hate them."
Strong words, yes, but if you read the books, you'd understand the feelings... They mistreat him
B. Ron makes a sarcastic remark about the murder of Moaning Myrtle.
It was a tactless remark, but sarcastic all the same.
C. Hermione says that she "hates that Skeeter woman!"
Skeeter is a lying (sound like someone we know?) reporter who destroys the lives of many people
for her stories. She writes untrue things about Harry, Hagrid and Hermione that cause tons of problems. This was said in the
heat of the moment when Hermione has had enough. Mean, but understandable if you've read the books.
Dollins then jumps to the fact that Dumbledore's phoenix (see symbolism page) named Fawkes is named
after Guy Fawkes. As a protestant, I'm surprised that YOU, Mr. Dollins, don't recognize Guy Fawkes
day. He was, afterall a Catholic that was thrawted on Nov. 5.