One of world’s newest heroes is Harry Potter; the coming-of-age wizard who stars in J.K. Rowling’s imaginary world. Featured in a decade-long stream of novels and movies, the child wizard has generated a massive following and is now an undeniable part of popular culture.
Consider these resources to explore the religious and spiritual themes in Harry Potter.
The Gospel According to Harry Potter: The Spiritual Journey of the World’s Greatest Seeker
In this inspiring consideration of the spiritual themes in the popular Harry Potter series, well-known Christian author and Harry Potter fan Connie Neal explores the world of magic and mystery created by J. K. Rowling alongside the stories and grand themes of the Bible. Contrary to those who reject the series as a threat to the Christian faith, Neal demonstrates how the lessons in Harry Potter not only echo many of the stories in the Bible but reinforce the central messages of Christianity. This revised and expanded edition explores all seven installments in the Harry Potter series.
The Gospel according to Harry Potter: Leader’s Guide for Group Study
A companion to the best-selling The Gospel according to Harry Potter: Spirituality in the Stories of the World’s Most Famous Seeker, this ten-session study, appropriate for youth and adults, explores the religious themes that are prevalent in the popular series of children’s books and films. Each session recommends scenes from the DVD and video releases of the first two Harry Potter movies, along with corresponding passages from the books, to facilitate discussion.
God and Harry Potter at Yale: Teaching Faith and Fantasy Fiction in an Ivy League Classroom
Who would have believed it? Studying Harry Potter at Yale University? To learn about Christian theology?
But it happened! ‘God and Harry Potter at Yale’ is the story of the controversial course, ‘Harry Potter and Christian Theology,’ its teacher, the Rev. Danielle Tumminio, and what she taught and learned from her brilliant undergraduate students. They explored the heights of theology and literature for answers about eternal questions of faith, revelation, salvation, and what it means to be human. Come to the American Hogwarts in New Haven to join these Ivy League Seekers and their guide as they examine the stories of the Chosen One and Dark Lord for a greater understanding of the Potter novels and life’s mysteries.
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