As the entire world knows, even those with their heads stuck way up their ass, Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince is set to be released tonight. I'm a huge fan of these books and preordered mine in January or February.
I have not always been a fan and I used to make fun of people who read them claiming they were for kids and basically just giving them shit for reading them. When OOTP came out, that's book 5 Harry Potter and the Order Of The Phoenix, my oldest brother tried to convince me these books were a great read especially after the dark tone of OOTP. I was hesitant to believe him and then a co-worker started discussing them with high praise for the books also. Both of thess people are highly intelligent individuals, but still I was too proud to even give the books a chance after all the trash I'd said about them. Then my twin brother who might be the most handsome and intelligent person that God ever created told me that I must read the books becasue they are GREAT. Becasue he enjoyed the books so much it convinced to read them and it turned out that I loved them.
Now my twin was in the same boat as me as having teased people about these books and he was eating his words which is rare, if fucking ever. So I decided to read them and I loved them. I've read them probably ten times since then. So I too had to apologize to everone for being an ass and not being able to open my heart and mind t new things. So I guess it taught me to have an open mind or not to talk shit about thinks I don't have a clue about. That should give you some background information into what I'm about to rant about.
The other day I was sitting around at break talking about the upcoming release when someone let me know their opinion on the books. Apparently, I work with several people who have problem breathing thru their ass. This person we will call him "The Disciple" informs me that he is a religion fanatic and shall enlighten my heathen mind indicating that he does not read or let his kids read or watch Harry Potter because of it's satanic and witchcraft message.
The Disciple then informs me that Potter is trying to lead our kids down the dark path. The only way to stop this madness is through listening to the holy spirit in our hearts to tell us what to read and watch. By "he" I think he meant Satan and not Harry Potter, but I can't confirm this. Maybe, he thinks Harry Potter is Satan. The Disciple then let me know that he knew people who read these books and all of a sudden bad things happened in their life and could tell they were going down an evil path.
Yes Harry Potter caused someone to become evil. I try not to laugh at other people beliefs, well at least not those I have to work with, but I accidentally laughed and he got quiet for a second maybe he felt embarrassed maybe he just thought I was going to hell. Who Knows? I asked him if he had ever read the books or watched the movies to form this opinion. Of course, he had not as he told me he had not and that the Holy Spirit told him what to read and watch. I was kind of impressed that he talked to the Holy Spirit. I have some question I'd like to ask, but instead I just grinned and shook my head. At this point he went into tongues, I wasn't really sure what he was saying, but I wished I could remember it; it would have been fun to impersonate at parties. At this point I really wanted to laugh or call 911 thinking he went to an epileptic shock, but I did neither. Honestly, I was in shock and I couldn't really say anything, I sometimes forget people like this are out there. Next time I see him maybe I'll ask him if they start off on garter snakes or just dive off into rattlers when they are snake charming.