Church authorities in Thrace are determined to take the magic out of Harry Potter, as the latest film featuring the fictional teenage English magician opened in the area. In a statement yesterday, the Orthodox see of Didymoteicho quoted international Potter-bashers to argue that H.K. Rowling’s books encourage children to visit Satanist websites, while their hero has ersatz Christ-like attributes. «(The books and films) acquaint people with evil, wizardry, the occult and demonology,» the announcement said. «It is beyond doubt that Harry was made to resemble a young savior. Upon his birth people try to kill him, he is forever subjected to injustice but always supernaturally manages to prevail and save others. Let us reflect, who else… is held to be the unjustly treated God?» Greece has no tradition of children’s books about sorcery and magic, a long-established genre in English literature.