Pope Benedict XVI’s chief exorcist, Rev. Gabriele Amorth, has declared that Harry Potter (you know, the fictional character) is actually Satan:

Amorth compared the Potter character to dictators Stalin and Hitler, saying they were possessed by the devil.

“You can tell by their behavior and their actions, from the horrors they committed and the atrocities that were committed on their orders. That’s why we need to defend society from demons,” said Amorth, who has reportedly performed 30,000 exorcisms.

Amorth first became an official Vatican exorcist in June 1986, at age 61. However, he was ordained as a priest in 1954, so let’s assume he’s been fighting demons since then.

For him to have performed 30,000 exorcisms, he would have needed to average more than ten per week, or three every two days. What sort of puny demons has he been fighting? I’ve seen The Exorcist, any half-decent demon should take days, weeks even, of the most strenuous struggle, a battle not only physically and mentally dangerous, but also emotionally and spiritually exhausting. You shouldn’t be able to knock over a couple of exorcisms between lunch and supper and still have time to read the Harry Potter series.

(Link courtesy of PZ Myers.)

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