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Iranian TV Calls Harry Potter 'Zionist Plot'

Iranian state television has come to the conclusion that Harry Potter is a Zionist plot. The documentary, which you can watch here, features several "experts" discussing the wildly popular series of books and movies.

One of the experts quoted in the documentary says that Harry Potter is part of a "cultural crusade" and through the movies "they [Zionists] are indirectly saying: 'join us.'"

The documentary, which shows many of the darker scenes from the series, concludes that elements of the Kabbalah are presented in the movies. One expert says that Harry Potter is portrayed as the Messiah and the film touches on Armadeggon, which he says fits into popular Christian Zionist beliefs.

In 2007, Iran's ultra-conservative daily "Kayhan" called Harry Potter "a billion-dollar Zionist project" and a "destructive bomb" for children's minds. It alleged that the author J.K. Rowling had links to Zionists and that was how she became so well known.

Last June, Iranian television aired a documentary making similar allegations about the animated movie "Chicken Run," where chickens escape from a failing farm in what was widely seen as a parody of "The Great Escape."

According to that documentary, there were references in the movie to the Holocaust and concentration camps.

It's not only the Iranians who are upset by Harry Potter, of course. In the United States, some conservative Christians have objected to the Harry Potter series, arguing that its depictions of witchcraft are damaging to children.

-- Golnaz Esfandiari

Tags: harry,potter,Iran

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by: Areya
January 23, 2009 14:51
You...have...got...to...be...kidding...me. Where, I ask, are the scenes that touch on Armageddon? I have the same reaction to this as I did to the conservative Christians' rants: laughter. I have heard and read editorials written about Kabbalah parallels within the series, but that doesn't make it a Zionist plot to destroy children's minds. This whole thing is ridiculous.

by: Lynze
January 24, 2009 17:05
HAHAHAHA.... Honestly this has to be some kind of April fools in January right! I don't know what made me laugh more the references made about Harry Potter or the ones about Chicken Run. Honestly this is hilarious!

by: Ron
January 24, 2009 20:27
Damn... Iranian counter-intelligence got to him...<br /><br />Mossad should better start preparing Plan B

by: ThamasD from: Colorado, USA
January 25, 2009 07:53
HAHAHAHAHAHA...this fits right up there with the article I read yesterday regarding the police in an African nation ARRESTING a GOAT because they swore it was a bank robbery suspect who changed before their eyes into a goat.<br /><br />When these people realize they need to bring their thought processes into the 21st century, and not behind in the Dark Ages, maybe they will stop believing in such absolute nonsense.<br /><br />Peace,<br /><br />ThamasD

by: Middle-East citizen
January 25, 2009 10:23
what else can you expect from regime so hostile to everything the Western culture has to offer...I suspect that if Harry Potter prayed in the movie 5 times in a mosque , the Iranian critics would say different things :)

by: DENNIS JUNIOR from: U.S.A..
January 26, 2009 02:27
I think that Iranian TV remarks of Harry Potter 'Zionist Plot' is not true and it is the opinions of Iranian TV....

by: Zionist
January 27, 2009 18:43
They saw through our evil plans! We would have gotten away with it too if it weren't for you meddling Persians!

by: Josh from: U.S.A.
January 27, 2009 23:30
It sounds like someone smoked a little too much Hash and watched the Harry Potter movies...

by: pavithra
April 14, 2009 06:35
It sounds like someone smoked a little too much Hash and watched the Harry Potter movies.....

by: arsalan from: iran
July 13, 2009 16:47
Iam irainian.I very very like harry potter.you shoud say wiht daniyel radkilif by iran and iran s people pleas. OK OK
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