Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince comes out tonight at midnight! If you have not already made plans to brave the hoardes of excitable children to pick it up at your local bookstore and then stay up all night reading it, you should really reconsider. Here are some factors to take into account:
- The current Pope, back when he held the terrifyingly-named position Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, warned that Harry Potter was an example of "subtle seductions, which act unnoticed and by this deeply distort Christianity in the soul before it can grow properly." Who doesn't like their seductions nice and subtle?
- When the 5th book came out in 2003, there was a huge marketing push, but it flopped because "Harry Potter mania is essentially a celebration of reading, a phenomenon created by children, not marketers." Awwwww.
- You can always see The Wedding Crashers tomorrow night.
There, I just put all of my persuasive powers into that, so I hope it worked. Happy reading!