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The accusation of moral relativism brought to the Harry Potter series by its critics due to the ambivalent nature of good and evil characters is better cast as moral realism by Tom Morris who argues that good and evil persons in real life are never absolutely so: “No realistic depiction of good and evil in the world involves the caricature of deifying the good and absolutely vilifying and demonizing the bad” (Morris, 73). The fact is that, the more realistically good and evil are portrayed, the better they are perceived later by children in the real world, once they have internalized the concepts present in this series of novels.
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But in the last five years, I've noticed a gradual attitude shift toward Harry Potter among Christians. Though many still condemn the series—and anyone who approves of it—they seem to be diminishing in number even as others write in praise of it. In my interactions with other Christians from all over the U.S, I'm finding more indifference—and even enthusiasm—in recent years than condemnation, regardless of region or denomination.
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The Harry Potter novels, with their flowing, but undemanding prose, do not seem to advocate morality, or so the critics claim. The absence of any overt religious messages might lead the reader, or critic, astray in believing there is no morality behind this world of fantasy. However, it should not be mistaken for a lack of moral center as the books do provide a consistent, yet adjustable, ethical code – thus remaining enjoyable while adding a dimension of moral seriousness. Although Harry Potter is constantly under threat from Lord Voldemort, he triumphs over evil despite his slight chances of success chiefly due to the guidance provided by Dumbledore and other teachers in the guise of directions on paying attention and efficiently identifying good and evil at any level. The foundation for the morality of the Harry Potter novels seems to be based on Thomas Hobbes’s concept of summum malum which must be avoided – thus, Harry Potter and his friends all strive in that direction. The summum bonum of eudaemonism or deontologism is not truly present here, although it may be argued that defeating the summum malum, symbolized by Voldemort will lead to the summum bonum.
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The number '13' is also used consistently in Harry Potter novels. This number to a Satanist is a number of rebellion against constituted authority. We also noted that on September 11, the second plane -- the one that hit the South Tower -- was Flight 175, which equals '13'. Listed below are the instances in which the number '13' is used in Harry Potter novels:
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One may say that Harry Potter, Hermione Granger and Ronald Weasley flourish in the seven novels, from frightened first years to courageous persons who are not afraid to assume the role of grown–ups in thwarting Voldemort’s plans and finally defeating him in the Deathly Hallows. They choose the right path to act in light of a ‘justifiable life plan’ – as they do not want to live in a world controlled by Voldemort. Steven W. Patterson claims that being virtuous means following three criteria: