The debate over Harry Potter’s representation of Christian themes cannot be ignored. Speculations around the Harry Potter books drew early criticism from Christian leaders for supporting witchcraft and the occult. In the first books, the witchcraft and spells surrounding the story caused many parents to worry that their children would become influenced.
As the Potter stories continued, this myth was dispelled. Many argue whether Harry Potter illustrates Christian themes. With the last run of the series about to be released, Christian leaders have spoken out. Over the years, many Pastors deliberated Harry Potter themes as part of their sermons.
The Columbus Dispatch reported, “The Harry Potter books are heavy on many Christian themes, including the belief that love conquers all and death is followed by resurrection,” said John Granger, an author based in Rochester, N.Y., who wrote several books on Potter.
“Readers find Rowling’s books to be ‘spiritually uplifting,’ and that’s why so many fans have read them repeatedly,” he said. “Harry is not a Christ figure but a regular person called to be Christ-like, and that’s all Christians’ goal.”
Ray Eichenberger, a Christian Attorney from Ohio wrote a book titled, ‘Harry Potter and the Gospel of Christ.’ This book focuses on how Potter characters relate to biblical ones. “Harry is Jesus, Dumbledore is God, and Hermione, Ron, and Neville are disciples,” the author explains. “Voldemort is Satan and Professor Snape is Everyman, best embodied by the apostle Paul.”
Eichenberger’s book is described “as a story that will be enjoyed by seekers of Jesus, Christians of any age, and fans of the Harry Potter series.” The author uses the Harry Potter characters to examine the life of Jesus, our relationship with God, and to explore other personalities of the Old Testament and New Testament.
Based in Scripture and using fundamentally sound Bible interpretations, ‘Harry Potter and the Gospel of Christ’ finds the truth of the Gospel of Jesus in the story of Harry Potter and his Hogwarts friends, the review says.
In 2007, Newsweek reported the Christian symbolism apparent in Deathly Hallows. Commenting “that Harry dies and then comes back to life to save mankind, like Christ.” In the chapter titled, “King’s Cross” a possible reference to Christ’s cross, Harry is in transfigured life state, as in death.
As an MTV news story mentioned, “Author J.K. Rowling’s “Harry Potter” books have always, in fact, dealt explicitly with religious themes and questions, but until “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows,” they had never quoted any specific religion.”
Here J.K. Rowling spoke out. “To me [the religious parallels have] always been obvious,” she said. “But I never wanted to talk too openly about it because I thought it might show people who just wanted the story where we were going.”
The religious suggestions and implications reflecting Christian themes have not gone unnoticed. Adjoining Harry Potter with Christian themes may not be too farfetched. In the real world, there is a spiritual battle that cannot be ignored. This battle lies in the hearts of good versus evil. Ephesians 6:10-20 states to put on the full armor of God to stand against the schemes of evil.
Wrestling against darkness and light, there is truth in this fact. There is an attempt to destroy all that is good. As to the reality against works of fiction states: what is real, what is false?
The final chapter, ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2’ opens this Thursday, July 14, at midnight.
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