look mandalee could you please explain why potter. i am a newbie, and i'm sure the evils of potter and t.k have been harped on here in the past. i'm not judging you, just wanting to understand the logic behind it. this may not be the place for that discussion though.
I just like a good book. I actually started reading them because I was hearing a lot of hype on Christian radio, and virtually every one of the kids in our youth group (none of whom actually enjoyed reading) were into the books. Purely out of curiosity, I started reading them. If they really were evil, then I wanted to know.
I've read all of the books, and while the witchcraft/magic element is undeniable, I came to the conclusion that - for myself, at least - the books do not pose a threat. I did not feel compelled to pick up a book on real magic spells, nor did I feel a need to attempt divination. DH & I both thoroughly enjoyed the books, and we agreed that we would let our kid(s) read them, but it would be with careful dialogue between us to make sure they were understanding.
This may surprise you, but my biggest beef with the books was not the witchcraft element at all - it was that Harry and his friends so often defy authority figures, when they should instead be trusting them.
So there you have it. I think it's one of those gray areas Paul mentioned - in a sense, this is my meat sacrificed to idols. I completely respect that there are people with differing opinions on the matter.
Edit to add: if the fight between good and evil was written so that you wanted the bad guy to win, I'd have nothing to do with the books. When an author makes you sympathize with evil, that's a dangerous thing. These books simply don't do that. Good is GOOD and bad is BAD.