Harry Potter’s 36th birthday is just around the corner, which means that party time wizard style is only a few short days away. However, while us Potterheads will take the time to indulge in the book series that gave us happy memories of Quidditch and Butterbeer, I want to spend the time with the muggles who don’t like Harry Potter for one main reason: magic. Understandably, there is some wacky cultish stuff that people can get in to these days, and nobody within their right mind would want to delve into that.
Thankfully, the Potter series is nothing like that, and I’d like to recommend a book series to all you non-Potterheads to help you conquer your fears. The series is called Finding Unauthorized Faith in Harry Potter and they span across all seven Harry Potter books. What makes them special is that they also draw from one of the biggest books in Christianity: the Bible.
The series, written by Nicole Rivera, picks apart certain Harry Potter quotes and applies life lessons to them via Bible quotes. For instance, in Chapter One of the Philosopher’s Stone, Nicole talks about the Dursleys versus the Potters: the Dursleys being people who refuse to acknowledge the magical (spiritual) world around them, and the Potters being the kind of family to delve into both the physical and the spiritual world. You know, before they were offed. The chapter also offers the verse Matthew 13:25 which basically talks about how people choose to be ignorant so that they won’t have to deal with Christ.
In addition to Harry Potter and Bible quotes, Rivera asks questions, presents challenges, and offers prayers for readers to use to their hearts’ delight. This makes the book not only enjoyable for the individual reader, but also accessible as a tool for discussion, whether in a group, with a friend, or with a family member.
If you’re still doubting whether to cross the bridge or not, then I challenge you to at least read A Note on Parables within the first book. The author not only quotes J.K. Rowling who is quoted to saying there are religious parallels, but also Chuck Colson, founder of Prison Fellowship Ministries. He says, “These books also feature wizards and witches and magic, but in addition, they inspire the imagination within a Christian framework – and prepare the hearts of readers for the real-life story of Jesus Christ.” And for parents of children, be discerning like Daniel.
Overall, while media has made Harry Potter and Christianity into two separate things, these books have made it possible to not only enjoy the series more, but to also serve as an introduction to those who want to give Harry Potter a try but might not have had the courage before.
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