By Alexis Record ~
Magic spells, witches, and my devotedly conservative Christian parents are okay with it?
Christian propaganda in the form of children’s stories, all of the sudden magic and witchcraft were sanctioned.Fast forward a few decades and I find myself with a daughter of my own who, like most kids, loves magical stories. We just finished reading the entire Harry Potter series and wondered which magical tale would be next. We read The Hobbit, but I had to stop often and explain the extant language or complicated themes. We only got one chapter into the first Lord of the Rings book before realizing it was much more of the same and a bit too much for her. She’s nine. Then I remembered the first set of children’s tales I had really been drawn into when I was around her age. I borrowed the massive novel from my aunt that contained all seven original books bound together, and we dove into the first tale of a Witch (always capitalized), magic wardrobes, and talking animals. It felt like I was coming home to old friends after a long time away, and my real-life Lucy was sitting next to me.