It’s a devil of a read


Summary

A leading exorcist in Mexico says the Harry Potter books and film series could allow the devil to enter children's minds, and does "a lot of damage".

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Father Pedro Mendoza, a Roman Catholic priest and exorcist coordinator of the Archdiocese of Mexico City, made the comments at the end of a five-day exorcism conference in the capital.

"If you put all these ideas in a child's head, that he can become a wizard, the child believes that, and that is opening an avenue through which the devil can get in," Father Mendoza says as the series' final book went on sale.

He says that Harry Potter "doesn't interest us", but "unfortunately, it does a lot of damage".

Father Mendoza says the meeting aimed to unite priests who practice exorcisms, a ritual that began increasing in the 1960s, when family ties began weakening and the mass media started proliferating "new ideas" and "abusing sensationalism".

Without strong, faith-bound families, which he says allow individuals to see God's work in everyday life, people lose touch with God and seek "magical solutions" to modern problems.

"There are many demonic influences, infestations, curses, witchcraft," he says.

"And it's in that field that the devil is working."

Cases of demonic possession such as the one portrayed in the film The Exorcist, are extreme and rare, Father Mendoza says.

About 280 priests and lay people attended the conference, which included an $US230 ($A262) exorcism course.


A leading exorcist in Mexico says the Harry Potter books and film series could allow the devil to enter children's minds, and does "a lot of damage".

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Father Pedro Mendoza, a Roman Catholic priest and exorcist coordinator of the Archdiocese of Mexico City, made the comments at the end of a five-day exorcism conference in the capital.

"If you put all these ideas in a child's head, that he can become a wizard, the child believes that, and that is opening an avenue through which the devil can get in," Father Mendoza says as the series' final book went on sale.

He says that Harry Potter "doesn't interest us", but "unfortunately, it does a lot of damage".

Father Mendoza says the meeting aimed to unite priests who practice exorcisms, a ritual that began increasing in the 1960s, when family ties began weakening and the mass media started proliferating "new ideas" and "abusing sensationalism".

Without strong, faith-bound families, which he says allow individuals to see God's work in everyday life, people lose touch with God and seek "magical solutions" to modern problems.

"There are many demonic influences, infestations, curses, witchcraft," he says.

"And it's in that field that the devil is working."

Cases of demonic possession such as the one portrayed in the film The Exorcist, are extreme and rare, Father Mendoza says.

About 280 priests and lay people attended the conference, which included an $US230 ($A262) exorcism course.