Research in Europe and the United States has shown that Harry Potter᾿s books are harmful for children because they:

a) cunningly promote evil and magic in an appealing way;

b) expose children to an ambience of terror, violence, horror and disgust;

c) reverse moral values: the good heroes are three children-sorcerers, who steal, tell lies, break the rules, show disobedience, hatred, revenge, use magic for good or evil purposes and all these acts do not have negative consequences, as one would expect, but on the contrary, are rewarded with praise;

d) incorporate occult and satanic elements, like: demonic creatures, communion with the dead, children and teachers behaving in a terrifying way because they are under demonic possession, spells, charms and invocations, animal sacrifices, even a mutilation and the boiling of a baby in a cauldron for a ritual;

e) convey a number of misleading messages like: the end justifies the means; power is above all; non-sorcerers are stupid, powerless and mean; bad behaviour is permissible or even praised, as long as one is clever and talented.

That is why:

1. One of Britain᾿s biggest teaching unions, the Association of Teachers and Lecturers has issued “a stern warning to parents and teachers” about “J. K. Rowling᾿s phenomenally successful creation”. The Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) has had a long-standing concern over children “meddling in the occult”. Peter Smith, General Secretary of the ATL, points out that “Children must be protected from the more extreme influences of the occult and be taught in a responsible and positive way the risks of journeying into the unknown. The premiere of Harry Potter the movie will lead to a whole generation of youngsters discovering witchcraft and wizardry. Though it is important not to overreact to this entertaining phenomenon, the risks are clear... Increasing numbers of children are spending hours alone browsing the internet in search of satanic websites and we are concerned that nobody is monitoring this growing fascination”[1].

2. The United Kingdom᾿s largest privately owned toy chain, “The Entertainer” has banned Harry Potter merchandise from its shelves. “Acknowledging he stood to lose around £500,000 in lost sales, co-owner Gary Grant said he was concerned children could be led into something "out of hand".”[2].

3. More than a thousand formal, written complaints filed with American schools or libraries request that Harry Potter books be removed on the grounds of occult/Satanism, according to the American Library Association᾿s (ALA) Office for Intellectual Freedom[3].