In an interview with the Italian news agency ANSA, Father Gabriele Amorth, author of An Exorcist Tells His Story, spoke out against J. K. Rowling’s book and the subsequent movie, Harry Potter.
While pointing out that the book has serious moral flaws (it promotes lying and disobedience), his most serious criticism was regarding the way Harry Potter promotes magic.
Harry Potter created a fight between good and bad magic, which makes the reader feel sympathy for the “good” magic personified
in Harry himself.
Harry looks like a nice little boy who, compared to his evil enemies, is almost virtuous. In reality, Fr. Amorth explains that, good magic or a good magician “does not exist, because
magic is always a turn to the Devil...magic is the satanic art par
excellence. Behind Harry Potter hides the signature of the king of darkness, the Devil.”
Born in Modena, Italy in 1925, Fr. Amorth has been an exorcist most of his priestly life and is Rome’s chief exorcist as well as the president of the International Association of Exorcists. After the
publication of his best seller, An Exorcist Tells His Story, Fr. Amorth is considered one of the world’s foremost authorities on diabolical possession and the occult.