Teenage Exorcists Blame Harry Potter for 'Spiritual Pollution' in the UK
Information and Theories 9/13/13
By: Sarah Wilson
J.K. Rowling's 'Harry Potter' book series has sold millions of copies across the globe, and while it may seem hard to believe…not everyone praises the creativity of a young boy and his magical upbringing. Three teens in particular have made it their mission to get rid of the Satanic demons in the world – some of which they believe are amplified by things, such as the Harry Potter books. Calling themselves exorcists, these three young females are featured in a documentary in which their Satan-fighting adventures are highlighted. Let's take a look at why Harry Potter is being blamed for 'spiritual pollution.'
The wildly popular Harry Potter series is a favorite with not just youths, but has also found a soft spot in the hearts of endless adults. The success of the books has also led to blockbuster hits, quirky clothing, and other merchandise, including Harry Potter scarves to magic wands. And that's where the issue starts to surface…with magic. Sisters Tess and Savannah Scherkenback, 19 and 21, and 19-year-old Brynne Larson have joined forces to fight the evil spirits that they believe are taking over a large number of people. The girls feel that it is these 'possessions' that play a significant role in why so many people are battling addiction, depression, and endure suffering.
We already know that magic is one of the biggest parts of the Harry Potter storyline, and the teens believe that it's the promotion of magic in the books and films that has corrupted Britain. The girls aren't completely blaming the state of affairs on Potter, as they acknowledge this corruption has "been centuries in the making." However, they do believe the Potter franchise has helped make Satanic rituals and beliefs something acceptable by making it all the 'rage.'
The younger Scherkenback sister has been reported as saying that the "spells and things that you're reading in the Harry Potter book, those just aren't something that are made up. Those are actual spells. Those are things that came from witchcraft books." Although Potter appears to be using magic for good, the girls' find fault with this presentation. Lawson adds that this perception creates "the dangerous idea" that you can use magic for good or bad. The girls believe that all magic is bad because they feel that the power received comes from Satan.
The Harry Potter craze is one of the reasons that the teen exorcists (who are from the United States) chose to rid the demons in the United Kingdom in the first place. They said that they felt the people of England were under "heavy attack by the enemy." This isn't just a phase that the girls are going through – they've actually performed more than 100 exorcisms, to date.
Guiding the girls on their exorcism adventures is their mentor, Bob Larson, who is Brynne's TV evangelical father. He travels with the teens, going around the world getting rid of demons. However, some people are skeptical about their intentions. Larson, who has performed around 15,000 exorcisms himself, maintains a website that sells related merchandise. The cost per exorcism is also £200.
Regardless of this fact, the girls' belief in what they are doing seems strong – they appear to truly have faith in their powers of exorcism.
The BBC3 documentary called 'The Teenage Exorcists' that follows the girls as they pay a visit to what they feel is one of the most "spiritually corrupt" locations in the world (London) aired yesterday.