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Harry Potter has fans in the Vatican

Harry Potter and his friends at the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry have fans in the Vatican.

A Vatican spokesman says the good versus evil plotlines in JK Rowling's books are imbued with Christian morals.

Reverend Don Peter Fleetwood was responding to questions about a Vatican document on the New Age phenomenon, which he helped draft as a member of the Pontifical Council for Culture.

He was asked whether the magic embraced by Harry Potter was problematic for the Catholic Church. Some evangelical groups have condemned the series for glamourising magic and the occult.

Mr Fleetwood told reporters: "I don't think there's anyone in this room who grew up without fairies, magic and

angels in their imaginary world.

"They aren't bad. They aren't serving as a banner for an anti-Christian ideology.

"If I have understood well the intentions of Harry Potter's author, they help children to see the difference between good and evil. And she is very clear on this."

Mr Fleetwood, who is currently in the secretariat of the European Episcopal Conference, added JK Rowling was "Christian by conviction, is Christian in her mode of living, even in her way of writing."

Rowling's four Harry Potter titles have sold an estimated 192 million copies worldwide, and the books have been published in at least 55 languages.

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