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J. K. Rowling on Faith and Harry Potter

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It deals extensively with souls — about keeping them whole and the evil required to split them in two. After one hero falls beyond the veil of life, his whispers are still heard. It starts with the premise that love can save you from death and ends with a proclamation that a sacrifice in the name of love can bring you back from it.

Harry Potter is followed by house-elves and goblins — not disciples — but for the sharp-eyed reader, the biblical parallels are striking. 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.

It is wrong to claim that the Harry Potter series is “Christian” literature. It is equally wrong to fail to recognize the pervasive Christian imagery and themes J. K. Rowling weaves into her story. She may or may not be as devout or orthodox J. R. R. Tolkien or C. S. Lewis (two other Brits who wrote about fantastic worlds were magic is real), but she has clearly drunk from the same spiritual streams.

(H/T: Scot McKnight)



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