Friday, November 21, 2008

Eavesdropping With Matt (Episode Thirty-Five: At the Christian Book Store)

Dedicated to the young man and his mother in line ahead of me, and especially to the woman who was ringing up their purchases.

Cashier: Oh, is this book meant to be the Christian answer to Harry Potter?

Boy: Uh, no. Not really.

Cashier: Did you read those books... the Harry Potter books?

Boy: Yeah.

Cashier: Did you want to read them or did you get forced to read them at school?

Mother: He and his father read them together so they could discuss them.

Cashier: They're just terrible. I heard that a girl becomes a witch and flies around the room.


  1. Nice. I was part of a Christian writer's group online for awhile, and one of the women said how proud she was of her son when he rebuked a classmate for reading Harry Potter.

    It's interesting that those who criticize them the most are the ones who've never read them.

  2. In one episode of the Simpsons, ultra-Christian Ned Flanders "reads" a version of Harry Potter to his son, concluding "…Harry Potter and all his wizard friends…went straight to Hell for practicing witchcraft". His son cheers and Ned throws the book into the fireplace.

    At least the creators of the Simpsons find it worthwhile to take up Cashier-lady's plight. Oh goodness, did I just say the Simpsons? What will Cashier-lady think of me now?