Academic journal article Anglican and Episcopal History

The Life, Death, and Resurrection of Harry Potter

Academic journal article Anglican and Episcopal History

The Life, Death, and Resurrection of Harry Potter

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The Life, Death, and Resurrection of Harry Potter. By John Killinger. (Macon, Georgia: Mercer University Press, 2010, Pp., 164. $17.00, paper.)

The comparisons of Harry Potter and his escapades in the seven-book series to the Christian faith are not new. Even author J. K. Rowling acknowledged in an October 2007 interview that her books deal extensively with Christian themes. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone begins with the premise that love can save you from death, ending Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows with a proclamation that a sacrifice in the name of love can bring you back from death. In The Life, Death, and Resurrection of Harry Potter, John Killinger wotdd have us believe he is the first one to make the connections that so many readers have been making since the first volume of the Potter series appeared in 1997. This book appears to be a sequel to God, the Devil, and Harry Potter, written following the release of the fourth book, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. In that text, Killinger explains that Harry's scar from childhood is a mark representing the unspeakable name of the Hebrew god Yahweh.

In his introduction, Killinger presents his case and responds to the Potter detractors. He compares why religious conservatives dislike Harry to the Pharisees who "cleanse the outside of the cup and leave the inside untouched, or strain at gnats and end by swallowing camels" (69). This is certainly fuel for defending against protesters in their neighborhood when they hold a Hogwarts' Vacation Bible School. …

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