Harry Potter "evil," says Taiwan church
TAIPEI, Taiwan -- A group of Taiwanese Evangelists has denounced the famous Harry Potter books, and warned people against reading them saying they were evil.
The Ling-Leung Church warned its 7,000 followers off the books, saying the books about the adventures of a boy wizard were harmful.
"The Harry Potter books are evil. They teach sorcery and run counter to the Bible," Tang Tai-hao, the wife of an Evangelist pastor, told Reuters news agency.
Tang, the 47-year-old mother of two boys aged nine and 11, said the church's Shihlin branch has burned several copies.
The Harry Potter series is a brainchild of British author J.K. Rowling, which features the exploits of an 11-year old young wizard at the Hogwarts School of Wizardry and Witchcraft.
The books have captured children's imaginations worldwide and have sold some 125 million copies.
A movie based on the novel has been premiered in London on November 4, throwing media critics into raptures.
Despite its huge following, the Taipei group continues to throw harsh criticism against the books.
"The stuff in the books is not pure fiction. They are for real. Azkaban, for example, is another name for the devil," Tang said, referring to the book "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban."
In Taiwan alone, about 1.8 million Chinese-language copies of the Harry Potter adventure books have been printed.
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