Is there any halachic problem with a Jew reading the Harry Potter series? I know some people are against it, so wondering if there are any solid prohibitions involved beyond bittul zman, bittul torah, and it being "nisht".

(If your answer is "no, it's fine" than don't bother, I am looking to see if anyone knows or can think of any real issue)

  • I didn't know something being "nisht" was a solid prohibition. In any event can you clarify what's special about Harry Potter that you can't ask about reading fantasy novels in general?
    – robev
    Dec 5, 2021 at 7:38
  • Based off your parenthetical comment you should edit your question to be "please provide prohibitions involved in reading Harry Potter", since you don't seem to be wondering if there are any.
    – robev
    Dec 5, 2021 at 7:39
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    @AlBerko only Charedim have the prohibition of bitul torah?
    – robev
    Dec 5, 2021 at 10:25
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    I assume @Alex has something to say about this
    – Double AA
    Dec 5, 2021 at 14:14
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    @AlBerko only Haredim value Torah study?
    – Heshy
    Dec 5, 2021 at 14:28

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There's no prohibition about reading about magic, since everyone knows that it's just fantasy. There are chapters here and there, though, which are full of immodest conversation and relationships. This is not a concern in the first 3 books, however, in the later ones, especially the fifth, there are such things. Reading these things are probably prohibited. If one skips these parts, which shouldn't be too hard, as they only come up here and there, then I don't see why there would be a problem.

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    Welcome to MY and thanks for your first answer. Generally we do not know the reliability of people who post answers here, therefore it is best whenever possible to quote sources. So could you possibly source your assertion of "no prohibition about reading about magic"? (E.g. by quoting what is forbidden with magic). Could you source your view that skipping the parts with immodest conversation and relationships while possessing the book is acceptable? Looking forward to seeing your edits and future posts! Jul 28, 2022 at 20:49

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