Well I have to disagree with one point any writing is influential
Who are you disagreeing with?
and thereby its important for a writer to use a certain decorum in how they treat his or her material. Even a work of fiction can hold great authority and influence on the mind and on the morals.
Ah, ok, let's toss out Shakespeare (murder, incest, regicide), Chaucer (rape, incest, murder, anti-Semitism), the Bible (rape, murder, selling one's daughter into prostitution to save oneself), the Koran, etc. etc. Their writers never considered such things.
Harry Potter is widely read and therefore has power especially over impressionable minds of the young.
Ah, yes, must protect those impressionable minds . . . thirty years ago, "weak minded" women were included in that. Children can separate between fiction and reality as young as 3-4 years old. Read some Vygotsky, Luria, and other developmental psychologists.
It is true there were no churches BUT its clear that Gandalf and others acting in accord with a higher power of light.
Really? I've read the books at leasto nce a year for the last 16 years and nope, that's not especially clear. In fact, he claims to be a servant of the Secret Fire (FotR, Ballantine 1965, 429). But the Balrog also serves fire, so that says nothing, unless you choose to interpret it as religious. Having read Tolkien's letters, only once does he refer to religion in even those. And that was while writing to C.S. Lewis, there he claimed Gandalf as an angel. But only there.
In our world religion is a major force with organized sects.
And your point is? This says nothing.
That is the crux I studied the occult religions including Satanism (traditional and Lavey) and much of what is in the movie has strong ties to the Left Hand Path traditions.
Again, just your own interpretation . . . which is fine, but that doesn't mean everyone else has to intrepret it that way. Nor that this was Rowling's intent. Not that any of the Christians lambasting the books knows any of this.
I just pointed out their views here but like I said having these witches and wizards not even acknowledge among some characters they are religious seems downright arrogant of the author and overlooks an important factor in the real world. And the world of Harry Potter has ties to the real world deeper than any other novel.
Hmm . . . last I looked, Ed McBain, Richard Wright, Ken Kesey, William Golding, and Tim O'Brien (all writers of contemporary fiction) have characters killing people, stealing from people, and whatnot. No mentions of religion in them either. Once again, who says that an author has
to include religion in their novels? Seems pretty arrogant to be telling them that they have to, when it has nothing to do with their story.
As for the classics many of those works are strictly meant for adults and not meant for younger people a better comparison would be the Oz series another fine series and the Narnia series written by a Christian and with many fantasy elements.
Ah, yes. Killing little old ladies, stealing, murder (all conducted by the hero[in]es, I might add), and other related themes. Yep. Uh huh. Sure. Those're better. I might add that Hobbit was a children's book (initally reviewed by a 10 year old) and is focused on theft, lying, cheating, breaking out of prison after being lawfully convicted, and rebelling against the regime in power.