Begin today’s lesson by discussing with your class why magic is such a common theme in movies and television.
If you’ve spent any time scrolling through television channels, social media, or bookshelves, you’re sure to discover very quickly that our culture is obsessed with magic. Whether it’s titles like Twilight, American Horror Story, Supernatural, or the biggest of them all, Harry Potter, Hollywood loves the idea of dark and mysterious powers beyond our control.
Since the launch of the Harry Potter franchise, it has brought in over $25 billion in revenue, sold 400 million copies, and has been translated into 68 different languages.
- Why do you think stories like these are so popular? (The idea of having the power to do things beyond our human abilities is very alluring.)
- Have you ever wished that you had the ability to perform magic in your day-to-day life? Why could this be dangerous? (Many of us have at one time wished we could become supernaturally powerful in order to be better at sports, relationships, or become more successful in general. At some point, this temptation could become too hard to resist.)
Magic and dark power are so captivating that some people have lived their lives in pursuit of mastering them. Before you start the clip, remind your students that they should not try this at home.
Play the following video for you students [2:16; stop video at 1:08]:
Magic For Humans | Phone In A Bottle | Netflix
Justin Willman has become famous through doing magic, and it’s easy to see why. His tricks are captivating, and there’s even a Netflix series about his tricks. Although some of his tricks have been proven to be nothing more than slight-of-hand, many believe that other powers are at play.
- Do you think there’s something dark or mysterious about his tricks? Why or why not? (Accept all reasonable answers.)
Although media today paints witchcraft and magic as nothing more than harmless fiction, there is some very real and dangerous evil at play in our world. Let’s take a look.