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Book Description

Millions of children across the globe are enjoying the magical adventures of Harry Potter. Are these harmless fantasies or is a sinister spirit lurking behind the best-selling books? Hour of the Witch: Harry Potter, Wicca Witchcraft, and the Bible scrutinizes these popular tales from a spiritual standpoint. Sorcery and the supernatural are essential to Harry Potter's escapades and parents should consider how all this wizardry influences their kids. Does being immersed in images of witchcraft have a lasting impact on an impressionable mind? Beyond this, real Wicca Witchcraft is growing rapidly among teens. Is Harry Potter fueling Wiccan growth?

learn the truth behind Harry Potter and how to protect your children from being bewitched.

About the Author

Steve Wohlberg is the Speaker/Director of Endtime Insights Radio and TV Ministry and hosts the nationally syndicated World News and the Bible radio show. Author of ten books, Wohlberg is highly respected for his simple style and clear thinking. He currently lives in Paso Robles, California with his wife Kristin and their newborn son, Seth Michael.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 217 pages
  • Publisher: Destiny Image Publishers; 768th edition (April 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0768422795
  • ISBN-13: 978-0768422795
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.3 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,364,062 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A Jewish Christian from Los Angeles, Steve Wohlberg is the Speaker/Director of White Horse Media and the host of His Voice Today radio and television broadcasts (see The author of over 30 books, he's been a guest on over 500 radio and television shows, has appeared in three History Channel documentaries (Secrets of the Seven Seals; Armageddon Battle Plan; Strange Rituals), one National Geographic International documentary (Animal Armageddon), and has spoken by special invitation inside the Pentagon and U.S. Senate. He lives in Priest River, Idaho, with his wife, Kristin, and their two children, Seth Michael and Abigail Rose. His website is

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46 of 65 people found the following review helpful By krissmith567 on April 15, 2005
Format: Paperback
Months ago, I got into an e-mail discussion with Steve Wohlberg, the author of this book "Hour of the Witch" about Harry Potter. He then e-mailed an advanced copy of this book to me saying he hoped I would find it more convincing than a little booklet he wrote on the subject.

This book is mostly second hand research from a biased source. (See my book review of "Harry Potter and the Bible" by Richard Abanes.) Steve Wohlberg takes misinformation from Richard Abanes's book and transfers it into "Hour of the Witch."

How do I know this? Because in so many areas in Wohlberg's endnotes he acknowledges that many of his research basis are "Quoted by Abanes."


Here are some errors which Wohlberg transfered from Abanes's book:

#1. Wohlberg, like Abanes, cites 2 interviews which J.K. Rowling gave to prove that she transfered occultism in her series. In one interview mentioned, given on October 12, 1999 for WBUR, a Wiccan told Miss Rowling that she did her "homework quite well." Wohlberg then continues to say that the Wiccan loved the books because they portrayed his beleifs positively and made his daughter comfortable with his involvement in the occult. This is misleading. I have the transcript of the discussion. The Wiccan did indeed tell Rowling, "You do your homework quite well," however, any unbiased researcher will be able to tell you that the only "homework" in the series is nothing more than folklore. And to top it all off, the Wiccan never said that the series portrayed his beleifs and made his daughter comfortable with his involvement in the occult. All he said was that he had Rowling's books and his step-daughter had in interest in them as well. He said it brought the family together.
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26 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Bonnie J. Eichman on February 21, 2006
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I thoroughly enjoyed Hour of the Witch. It is well researched, well documented and well written. Steve Wohlberg has done his homework well. He addresses the issue of how fast Wicca and the Craft are growing in this country and around the world. There is a beautiful side to evil and for Christians this is an eye opener. The Bible condems sorcery and witchcraft and and Harry Potter has just candy coated it. Not all kids who read this book are going to get into the craft, but for those kids who have no compass and are looking for love and power, the Harry Potter books and movies is very aluring. If they go to Harry Potter Web sites it is filled with books about Wicca and witchcraft.

Wohlberg has a winsome way of laying out all the facts without attacking people. It was very helpful to me to find out that 'Wiccans do believe in a god and that they do not believe in Satan, that they believe in a power of good and evil. That they are people seeking truth and they are striving for goodness. I say to all Wiccans out there, keep looking for truth because if you are sincere, you will find it in the person of Jesus Christ who died for you. He is the source of peace and power.
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15 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Artemis MOOnSong on August 27, 2007
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Wohlberg's book is just another piece of crappola out on the market trying to further spread the misinformation regarding Wicca and Witchcraft, usually from Christian publishers. Hmmm...

There is nothing sinister about Harry Potter, and people who think that there is (that J.K. Rowling is satan in disguise, for example) need to actually read some of the HP books and/or see the movies before ignorantly spewing messages of hate such as the ones found in this book.
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18 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Mike R on April 20, 2005
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"Hour of the Witch" is an excellent book!!

First of all, the book is engaging. I couldn't put it down. It is very well researched, documented and written. Steve Wohlberg does a great job of explaining in very simple terms what Wicca Witchcraft is and demonstrates that much of its belief system / life style is indeed reflected in the "Harry Potter" series.

Unlike other works on this topic, "Hour of the Witch" does an outstanding job of addressing Wiccan beliefs and the Harry Potter debate in a respectful way so as to avoid the negatively charged emotions often associated with these controversial subjects. The Author understands that those who practice Wicca Witchcraft (far from being evil monsters) are most often very pleasant, sincere individuals who are honestly attempting to tap into supernatural powers to do good - just like "Harry Potter" does in the stories. And who wouldn't like to do that? Herein lies the allure of "Harry Potter".

Many see no harm in "Harry Potter," while others misunderstand and condemn Wiccans based on pre-conceived ideas. This book will help tremendously in opening minds and hearts on either side of this controversy.

While the warnings in this book against Witchcraft (which are all Biblically based) are straightforward and non-apologetic, the author does not attempt to condemn those who practice Wicca. Instead, he masterfully explains Wiccan beliefs and practices in simple terms, shares the truths of the Bible, and then compares and contrasts the two belief systems, illuminating the dangers that the Bible foretells can come upon those who open "alternative" spiritual gateways. The book is filled with excellent insights and should go a long way in helping readers on both sides of the debate. Whether you like or dislike "Harry", or if you are a practicing Wiccan, "Hour of the Witch" is a must-read for all.
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