THE VATICAN—The Vatican is giving two thumbs up to the Harry Potter series.
The good versus evil plot lines of the best-selling books are imbued with Christian morals, Rev. Don Peter Fleetwood said Monday.
"I don't see any, any problems in the Harry Potter series," Fleetwood said.
He was responding to questions after the release of a new Vatican document on the New Age trend, which he helped draft as a member of the Pontifical Council for Culture.
Fleetwood was asked whether the magic embraced by Potter and his pals was problematic for the Roman Catholic Church. Some evangelical groups have condemned the series for glamorizing magic and the occult.
"I don't think there's anyone in this room who grew up without fairies, magic and angels in their imaginary world," said Fleetwood.
"They aren't bad. They aren't serving as a banner for an anti-Christian ideology.
"If I have understood well the intentions of Harry Potter's author, they help children to see the difference between good and evil," Fleetwood said.