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Saturday, October 22, 2011

Harry Potter and other Fantasy Rant

Hey guys, first of all please keep me in your thoughts or light a candle or send good vibes or  something. I just got some scary news, but I'm not sure about everything yet so I'll update when I know more. Right now it's nothing to be super worried about, but it could easily turn to something bad.

With that out of the way...

I am sick of other Pagans and Witches having a "holier than thou," "I'm right, you're wrong," "It's my way or no way," kind of attitude. Yes, I am a total "Potterhead" an I LOVE fantasy! That, however, does NOT make me less of a Pagan or a Witch! Tastes in literature, movies, or any other form of entertainment do not necessarily influence someone's spirituality or anything else. Not being able to distinguish between fantasy/fiction and reality is when you have a problem. I was already on the Pagan path when I first read the Harry Potter books. I knew what was real and what wasn't. Harry Potter is entertainment, it isn't real. Does that mean that I should NEVER read or watch something that I enjoy simply because it doesn't paint a realistic picture of Witchcraft?

I think it's sad that so many of us take more criticism from other Pagans and Witches than from any other group of people.By all means stick to your beliefs and do what makes YOU happy, but leave everyone else alone and let them do the same!

4 comments:

  1. Well, considering how many Pagans I know who started their path after reading "The mists of Avalon"... there should not be many throwing stones. And - heck, it doesn't really matter what people enjoy in terms of movies and literature. Or are people who enjoy watching porn or reading slash fiction worse Pagans than those who enjoy historic romance? Maybe some of them are just Pagans with a questionable taste, but still good Pagans. And - what about taste in music? I listen to Meat Loaf, in case any stones still need a direction for throwing. ^^

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  2. People do that?! I've heard the "fluffy bunny" rants before, but never this! I'm with you though. I love me some fantasy, and if that makes me a misguided pagan, then so be it. I know the magic in this world is different from the magic described in various fictional worlds. I'm a pagan because I've seen faeries, felt magic, and want to be more connected with the earth. Not because I'm delusional. Fantasy lovers unite! *fist bump*

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  3. Oh yes, I've been bashed many times for proclaiming my love of Harry Potter and other fantasy pieces, and I've talked with several others who have experienced the same.


    Diandra, a few of the Pagans who have attacked me for what I enjoy have themselves claimed that The Mists of Avalon had a huge impact on their spirituality and led them to explore Paganism more. And Meat Loaf is awesome!

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  4. I'm a huge Potterhead (I mean huge... my sister and I have matching Slytherin tattoos) but I had started my Pagan path several years before I'd heard of HP. Still I have heard this in the past too... if we as a collective group are more drawn to fantasy then our spirituality must be an escape from reality as well. Maybe that seems like a logical observation to some outsiders, but I know for a fact that my spiritual experiences are real to me. :-)

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