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Harry Potter & Theology

With the release of the latest Harry Potter book there has been a flurry of interesting theo-blogger posts evaluating the fascinating theological emphases in the final – and clearly most theological – book in this popular series.

Ben opens up a great discussion of the theological themes in Harry Potter.  Alastair at Aversaria has a great post on Boggarts illustrating some important points about fear, evil and the power of truth as seen in Harry Potter.  And Jon MacKenzie has an interesting post on Poteriology.

Being a late-comer to the series and a terrible person for spoilers, I’ve read all this stuff and haven’t yet finished the series.  But I have given my word that I will, and hopefully that will redeem my flagrant participation in reading spoilers.  Regardless, I think there are some great theological themes in Harry Potter, the most profound of which is the power of love over death, as embodied in one the greatest verses in the Bible, which also is quoted in Harry Potter: “The last enemy that will be destroyed is death.” (1 Cor. 15:26)

2 Comments

  1. Catherine wrote:

    I’m so sad that you haven’t finished yet! Thanks for the great links. I just posted my own reveiw…I’d love to hear what others think!

    http://catherinemcniel.blogspot.com/2007/08/my-final-post-about-harry.html

    Thursday, August 2, 2007 at 5:53 pm | Permalink
  2. I agree with you! its a great book, but too bad it ends…I feel so empty putting it down after so many years waiting for it…

    Friday, August 17, 2007 at 8:04 am | Permalink

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