Christians For Harry Potter

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This page is about the fansite. You may be looking for the christians4HP Yahoo! Group.

Website
Name: Christians For Harry Potter
Owner/Maintainer: David Oliver
Dates: c. 2002
Type: fansite
Fandom: Harry Potter
URL: http://members.fortunecity.com/christiansforharrypotter/ (defunct)
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Christians For Harry Potter was a Harry Potter fansite hosted on FortuneCity. It was created by David Oliver sometime around 2002. Since FortuneCity's closure in 2012, the site is no longer online.

Welcome to the Christians For Harry Potter website. In this website you will find Harry Potter stuff like Harry Potter Short Stories, a Role Playing Game, Adventure Game, Information and Trivia. I also have some useful Christian information as well.[1]

Info Pages

The site had general information about the Harry Potter series, such as trivia pages for the books and films,[2] as well as short bios for Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, and Tom Felton.[3]

The site also had content related to Christianity and the relationship between Christianity and the Harry Potter series.

Christianity and the Harry Potter books have much in common. Christianity is based on love, compassion, mercy and justice. The Harry Potter books teach these things along with loyalty, patience and bravery. All of these things make the Harry Potter books a very positive thing for kids.[4]

It had pages for many Christian values that the Harry Potter books also teach, including compassion, love, honesty, mercy, bravery, patience, loyalty, humility, and self-sacrifice.[5] It also had pages describing other Christian themes in the books, such as "part of the plan of salvation" shown through Harry's mother sacrificing her life to save Harry.[6] Additionally, the site had pages contesting arguments that the books were anti-Christian, such as that the books are "driving kids to magic":

"Some Christians accuse J.K. Rowling of teaching magic to children. But the magic in the Harry Potter books series is mechanical magic that has nothing to do with occult practices. Words like Stupify and Avada Kedavra were not occult words at all. They are simply Latin words mixed with English. Children know that pointing a wand and saying Stupify is not going to do anything in real life. Most kids can tell the difference between fantasy and reality. There is no proof that occult magic has increased because of the Harry Potter books."[7]

Fanfiction

Christians For Harry Potter fanfiction page (without images).

The site contained a page of fanfiction, apparently all written by webmaster David Oliver. Though called "fan fiction" and "short stories" elsewhere on the site, the page's actual header read "Harry Potter Choose Your Own Adventure Story".[8] The following stories were listed, though only the first ("The Return of Voldemort") was hyperlinked:

  • Harry Potter Stories
    • The Return of Voldemort
    • The Cavern of Gold
    • The Ghost of Slytherin
    • The Dark Forces
    • The Order of Merlin
    • The Sword of Gryffindor
  • Leo Malfoy Stories
    • Revenge of the Death Eater
  • David Starr Stories
    • The Eye of the Dragon

The page contained the disclaimer:

"These Harry Potter Stories were not written or endorsed by J.K. Rowling or Warner Brothers. All of the characters in these stories were created by J.K. Rowling with an exception of a few new characters that I created. I wrote these stories because I love Harry Potter. I am not trying to steal J.K. Rowling's ideas or violate any copyright laws. These stories are for entertainment purposes only."[8]

Role-Playing

Though much of the information about the site's Harry Potter Role-Playing Game is now unavailable, some of the concepts and rules have been preserved. Like many RPGs, the game requried a Game Master:

"In the Harry Potter Role Playing Game you will need someone to be the Game Master. The Game Master or GM is the person that controls the game. He or she is who creates the stories and sets the stage for what is going on. They also control all non-player characters. A Game Master should have a good imagination. After all the entire game depends on you. The Game Master is also the one who controls the difficulty levels of each action and which modifiers to use. A Game Master should not be a player character since it would be too hard to control your character and the rest of the game. Besides you might be tempted to be biased in favor of yourself. Try to think about the Harry Potter world. Try to imagine what the characters would do. Being a Game Master can be challenging but it can also be very fun."[9]

The game used Skill Points, which could be added to various categories:

"In the Harry Potter Role Playing Game your character will acquire skill points at the end of each adventure. You can use your skill points for any skill you want. Here is how you would use them. If you had 3 points for Spells & Charms and you were awarded 3 skill points at the end of an adventure. You would take the 3 skill points and add them to Spells and Charms and you would end up with 6 points. So from now on you would role six dice instead of three since your skill has increased to six."[10]

There was also a rule that could cause characters to "turn to the Dark Side" if they accumulated Dark Side Points by doing evil things:

"In the Harry Potter Role Playing Game if you character does something very evil he or she will earn dark side points. Like if you perform an unforgivable curse. This is very serious because if you earn enough dark side points your character will go over to the dark side. To determine if your character goes over to the dark side you would role a single dice. If the number of dark side points is greater than the dice, you have turned to the dark side. Example if you have 2 dark side points and if you role a 3 or more you would not turn to the Dark Side. If you rolled a 1 or a 2 you would turn to the Dark Side. Once your character goes over to the dark side you will lose control over your character since you will be controlled by the dark side. The game master will control your character for the rest of the adventure. If you acquire a dark side point there is a way to atone for it. You have to do something very brave and noble. Then the dark side point will be taken away from you."[11]

References

  1. Intro. Archived 08 April 2012 by Google Cache. (Accessed 22 May 2012.)
  2. Harry Potter Book Facts and Harry Potter Movie Facts. Archived 13 March 2012 by Google Cache. (Accessed 22 May 2012.)
  3. RupertGrint and TomFelton. Archived 25 April & 23 March 2012 by Google Cache. (Accessed 22 May 2012.)
  4. ChristianityHarryP. Archived 03 March 2012 by Google Cache. (Accessed 22 May 2012.)
  5. Google cache of web URLs; pages either not cached or had no text content.
  6. SalvationHarryPotter. Archived 03 March 2012 by Google Cache. (Accessed 22 May 2012.)
  7. Mechanical Magic. Archived 13 March 2012 by Google Cache. (Accessed 22 May 2012.)
  8. 8.0 8.1 FanFiction. Archived 09 Apirl 2012 by Google Cache. (Accessed 22 May 2012.)
  9. GameMaster. Archived 24 April 2012 by Google Cache. (Accessed 22 May 2012.)
  10. SkillPoints. Archived 04 April 2012 by Google Cache. (Accessed 22 May 2012.)
  11. DarkSide. Archived 24 April 2012 by Google Cache. (Accessed 22 May 2012.)
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