The EFM Feature

You may not have noticed, but every Friday I try to show you the latest articles on — David and I both write for this new e-zine that allows parents to raise kids more deliberately. This week’s edition has an interesting article about magic, voodoo, and pixie dust in kids’ movies. How should parents deal with the supernatural in kids’ flicks? Rebecca Cusey writes about this complex issue. (This isn’t meant to be the conversation-ending piece. Feel free to comment if you’d like while everyone is sorting it out.) She begins:

Parents, let’s admit it. Some of us don’t quite know how to handle magic in stories and movies. Maybe we don’t want our kids to be frightened by wicked witches that turn into dragons or by mean teachers that turn into Greek Furies. Maybe we want to answer their questions truthfully and magic seems like a cop-out. Or maybe we practice a faith that is deeply uncomfortable with magic.
There’s no escaping it. Magic is everywhere in culture these days.
When the villain in Disney’s “The Princess and the Frog” used voodoo to control spirits, there was pushback from religious groups. Percy Jackson of “Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief” explores the world of Greek gods, demigods, and obscure gods, each with their own powers. Even the upcoming “Shrek Forever After” satirically plays with fairies and witches.
For the granddaddy of magic debates, one doesn’t have to look any farther than Harry Potter and his magic potions, flying broomsticks, and Latin incantations. Poor Harry is a dividing line in certain circles. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been asked what I think about Harry, with my whole credibility hanging in the balance.

Does she like Harry or not?
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