“…I remember something very similar happening in Ouagadogou,” said Lockhart, “a series of attacks, the full story’s in my autobiography, I was able to provide the townsfolk with various amulets, which cleared the matter up at once….” ~ Chamber of Secrets

As a way to help learn and improve my writing I’ve been typing my way through the Harry Potter series (yes, I know, I’m crazy). This slow and methodical method gives me a chance to see things I’ve just breezed by in the series, like this totally ironic comment by Lockhart.

At this point, Harry, Ron, and Hermione have been caught at the scene of the first Petrifying. Filch is in tears and blaming Harry when Dumbledore shows up. As Dumbledore assess the cat, Lockhart chatters away his suggestions with many references to one of his books. The above comment is one of his asides that I’ve breezed by at least seven times. Later in the books there is a series of attacks and many students are selling and buying amulets to protect themselves from Slytherin’s monster.

Lockhart shouldn’t be teaching D.A.D.A., he should be teaching Divination (joking, haha).

In all seriousness, this got me to thinking: Did the students read about a similar series of attacks and the positive use of amulets in one of his books and then put the practice into action? If so, Rowling’s book about the danger of books has just become even more profound (in my opinion).

Books are very dangerous if we put our trust in the wrong ones. Many followed a book into Nazism. Many follow books and writings into horrific ideas and cults and practices. Many misread books and use what is written and meant for good to do evil. Just like a lightsaber–a tool meant to be used by Jedi in the defense and protection of peace and freedom–is turned to evil in the hands of Darth Vader and his Stromtroopers.

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The Bible warns us about placing our trust in anything but God–it is a downward slope to bad things. The Bible also warns us about following False Prophets (Lockharts), who tell us lies masked as truths that many believe. But, if a lie sounds so much like a truth that most of us are deceived, how are we to ever know if we are following true-truth or false-truth?

The answer, I believe, is to know the Truth so well that we can spot a false-truth from a mile away. Had the students known the Truth about defending themselves, they would not have trusted in amulets. If more of us know the Truth of God, less of us will trust in false-truths that lead us away from God and his ways of love.

Lockhart was clearly a liar, but everyone believed what he said was true. They trusted him and “learned” from him. But he had no clue what he was talking about–except for memory charms. How many people do we believe because they’ve published a book or have a certain degree without comparing what they say to the Truth in The book? How many of us even know The book well enough to spot a phony when we see one?

Lesson from Lockhart–know the truth so you don’t follow the phonies.

Don’t let anyone capture you with empty philosophies and high-sounding nonsense that come from human thinking and from the spiritual powers of this world, rather than from Christ. ~ Colossians 2:8 (NLT)

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