Understanding Harry Potter. Robert C. Newman. What ' s the Buzz?. This adventure series for kids (and grownups!) has sold many millions of copies in many languages. The seven-volume book series is now complete (2007). Five films have been made to date, with two more still to come.
Robert C. Newman
Why did one [as a child] find it so hard to feel as one was told one ought to feel about God or about the sufferings of Christ? I thought the chief reason was that one was told one ought to. An obligation to feel can freeze feelings. And reverence itself did harm… But supposing that by casting all these things into an imaginary world, stripping them of their stained-glass and Sunday school associations, one could make them for the first time appear in their real potency? Could one not thus steal past those watchful dragons? I thought one could. Of Other Worlds, 37.
"Harry Potter lives in a world free of any religion or spirituality of any kind. He lives surrounded by ghosts but has no one to pray to, even if he were so inclined, which he isn't. Rowling has more in common with celebrity atheists like Christopher Hitchens than she has with Tolkien and Lewis."
For more on symbolism in the Harry Potter series, see John Granger, Looking for God in Harry Potter (Salt River/Tyndale, 2004).
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