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Does Harry Potter encourage witch craft

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Garebear32
Voting Style: Open Point System: 7 Point
Started: 3/4/2016 Category: Entertainment
Updated: 11 months ago Status: Post Voting Period
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Garebear32

Con

Many people would not let there kids read these books for this reason and I don't agree with it but they are great books for kids and there are so many people who enjoy the series and yet are normal people. There great books very famous and somewhat educational
temeyers

Pro

The book centers on a lifestyle in spells and magic. While many of the spells and creatures are fantastical, the premise behind them...using body parts of creatures to create potions...definitely signifies a primary focus in witchcraft. The main ideas behind the Harry Potter universe are that supernatural powers do reign over science and religion.

The real question is...does the series present witchcraft as innocent? Certainly some acts in the series are seen as evil or atrocious...such as Voldemort's Horcuxes. Yet some of the things the main characters produce such as poly juice potion, etc. require the use of animal parts. These products are presented as innocent and comicable even...so I would say it paints witchcraft in an innocent, pleasing light.
Debate Round No. 1
Garebear32

Con

yes that is true but really most books do have fantasys in them like that and that's what makes a good book with imagination and adventure put into to make it exciting so really its just another book with adventures and many things to it put many people go to far and forsake it from what it really is that is just one way or point of view that they take that perspective of it but its a fantastic series and encourage people to read and watch the movies and heads up new one comes out july 31 at midnight.
temeyers

Pro

While all fantasy include elements...most fantasy books don't specifically state processes for potions, spells, or more traditional forms of witchcraft. Magic in most other fantasy books is more akin to having superpowers than actually casting spells. And even then, how many other fantasy books actually have to use animal parts in order to complete the magic used?
Debate Round No. 2
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Vote Placed by Peepette 11 months ago
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Reasons for voting decision: CON: Potter books don?t encourage witchcraft they?re merely fantasy. PRO rebuts that magic is the premise of the story. This was not much of a debate mainly because PRO does not tie together the premise on WHY these books are prohibited, and how this decision is incorrect. Without this contention CON has nothing to rebut, other than the topical nature of the book not why it encourages witchcraft. Tied: S&G, Both had no glaring errors. Conduct, civil on both sides. Sources, neither used any to substantiate points
Vote Placed by diarrhea_of_a_wimpy_kid 11 months ago
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Reasons for voting decision: Arguments: Con's basic premise is that Harry Potter presents "Fantasy", "Imagination", and "Adventure" like other great books in the genre. Pro has a burden of proof here to show that HP "encourages" witchcraft. Pro acknowledges that HP contains witchcraft, with specific detail in spell casting, yet never addresses any rise in Witchcraft, sorcery, Wiccan, rituals, etc. in real life. Pro provides no evidence of any change in behavior as a result of the HP books and movies. In the first argument, Pro attempts to change the premise to "does the series present witchcraft as innocent?" The misdirection is irrelevant to the debate topic.