Vacation Missive #1

Off to see HP 6 this morning on the big screen, which the Vatican now apparently approves of according to CathNewsUSA.
The Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano gave the new Harry Potter movie four stars for promoting "friendship, altruism, loyalty and self-giving", a break from the Holy See officials' previous reservation that the books promote witchcraft. ...

"Certainly, Rowling's vision lacks a reference to transcendence, to a providential design in which people live their personal histories and history itself takes shape," the paper said in its July 14 edition.

But, it said, the new film and the books make clear "the line of demarcation between one who does good and one who does evil, and it is not difficult for the reader or the viewer to identify with the first."

"This is particularly true in the latest film," the review said. "They know that doing good is the right thing to do. And they also understand that sometimes this involves hard work and sacrifice."

When the book is finished or the film credits roll, what is remembered are "the values of friendship, altruism, loyalty and self-giving" rather than the magic tricks, the newspaper said.
By the way, I took this picture of the "real" Platform 9 3/4 at Kings Cross Station when I was living in London.

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