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Christianity In Harry Potter Essay

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With every generation comes a story that captures people’s imaginations; alters their outlook on the tangible and intangible. A story that, that generation can proudly call their own. The impact of this story on millions of readers is ineluctable. This story receives universal accolade, prompting thousands and thousands of zealots. What makes said novels such a phenomenon? What causes this fervid obsession with something essentially chimerical? The answer is that these novels, unlike many in the common day, briefly fulfill our deepest conscience or sub-conscience desires. Readers become addicted to living vicariously through the characters in the novel, who complete some sort of longing ...view middle of the document...

The opponents, feeding off the a verse in Deuteronomy 18:10-10 which proclaims, “There shall not be found among you .. a witch, … a wizard... For all that do these things are an abomination onto the Lord”, believe that because Harry Potter is a fictional story of witches and wizards, who cast spells, “It is clear that the books are an abomination against the Lord” (Brown). J. K. Rowling, who is publicly a member of the Church of Scotland disproves this folderol by admitting to the press, “I believe in God, not witchcraft” (Adler). Witchcraft, by definition is the practice of sorcery or magic by communication with the devil or a familiar (“Witchcraft”). In Rowling’s novels, the “magic” performed by the characters were never referred to as “incantations” or “hexes”. A hex, which comes from the German verb hexen meaning “to practice witchcraft” would indicate satanic magic (“Hex”). Although to some, this detail may seem insignificant, the word choice used is crucial in disproving the accusations made against Rowling. By evaluating her word choice, we can see the fictional magic she displayed in her novels were in no capacity satanic (Anatol).
The ultimate disclaimer against accusations made on Rowling would be to assess the countless Christian virtues and symbols brandished throughout her novel Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. “And now abide in faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love” (1 Corinthians 13). Christians believe that our salvation depends on these three virtues. Without them, we all are as good as dead. Faith: the acceptance of God’s will; acceptance of what we cannot see but feel deep within our hearts. Hope: a strong and confident expectation. Love, Agape: A totally selfless love which seeks not one’s own advantage but only to benefit or share with another. “Love takes no pleasure in evil, but rejoices in the truth. Love patiently accepts all things. It always trusts, always hopes, and always continues strong” ( 1Corinthians). In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, and throughout the Potter saga, the three virtues are a reoccurring theme. They are displayed thematically as well as symbolically, but predominantly symbolized by the dynamic trio: Ron Weasley, Hermione Granger and Harry Potter. Each character exemplifies a different virtue.
Ron Weasley, who although at the beginning of the series would seem to be the poorest example of faith, proves to have the most. He, unlike the other two, has no contributing talents. He is constantly living in the shadow of his older siblings, and then more severely of his best friend. Beneath his personal struggles, Ron must learn to have faith in his friends, faith in the trials of life, and ultimately have faith in himself. Hermione, the brains of the trio, is the hope. Throughout the series, she is the positive re-assurance. She already trusts in herself, her friends, and stands as a cornerstone for the other two to fall on. Harry? Love. In the course of...

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