In its review of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Roman said it accurately represented the conflict of good vs. evil. While criticizing Rowling for leaving out any direct “reference to the transcendent” in her books, L’Osservatore felt the latest movie made clear that good should always triumph over evil “and that sometimes this requires costs and sacrifice.” The paper also praised the film’s treatment of adolescent romance, noting it found the “correct balance.” These remarks follow the sharp criticism of the Harry Potter series by an Austrian priest earlier this year. The Reverend Gerhard Maria Wagner said that the Harry Potter novels were satanic. He was, in turn, offered a promotion by Pope Benedict XVI.
Vatican impressed with the new Harry Potter film
Says The Half-Blood Prince is best film adaptation of a book in the series yet