Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Mormons love Harry Potter

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Book 7)Many fundamentalist Christians oppose the Harry Potter books and movies because aspects of the occult are treated in a favorable light. While Latter-day Saints are also religiously conservative, they apparently have no such aversion to the works of Rowling. Not only does "Harry Potter" rank  highly in Utah google searches, but Utah helped set a new record in box office receipts.

Excerpts of Box Office: Final 'Harry Potter' film has highest-grossing domestic opening of all time, Company Town

"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows -- Part 2" raked in an unprecedented $168.6 million at the box office in just three days, flying past the $158.4-million record set by 2008's "The Dark Knight," according to an estimate by distributor Warner Bros.

... Interestingly, a bulk of the U.S. business for "Deathly Hallows -- Part 2" came from Salt Lake City. Utah's Jordan Commons megaplex sold more tickets to the final "Potter" film than any other theater in the country with $360,400 in receipts. Theaters in New York and San Francisco followed behind, but the fifth highest-grossing theater was also in Salt Lake. The headquarters of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is headquartered in Salt Lake City.

Jeffrey Roy Holland, a Mormon senior apostle, appears to be a "Potter" supporter and has referred to J.K. Rowling's books in public addresses. ...

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Our kids grew up with Harry Potter. We view it as a great series where there is a clear line between good & evil. The magic is seen as a fictional thing that makes the stories more fun & exciting!