The Gospel According to Harry Potter: Spirituality in   the Stories of the World's Favorite SeekerThe Gospel According to Harry Potter: Spirituality in the Stories of the World's Favorite Seeker
Connie Neal
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In a book that is sure to delight Harry Potter fans and spiritual seekers alike, Connie Neal embarks on an exploration into J.K. Rowling's created world of magic and mystery and enumerates more than fifty "Potteran" themes that can be seen as glimmers of the Christian gospel. With an arsenal of charming allusions and parallels, Neal persuasively demonstrates that Harry Potter need not be rejected as a threat to the Christian faith, as some have claimed. Written accessibly in short three- to four-page chapters, Neal's The Gospel According to Harry Potter is both a much-needed stroke of interpretive genius and a fascinating reflection on our time's most popular literary series. This is a must-read for everyone intrigued by the Harry Potter phenomenon.
     

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    Introduction
    Notes to the Reader

    Glimmers of the Gospel Found in Book One:
    Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
    The Curse of Death and the Boy Who Lived
    A Lightning Bolt Scar
    Scars Can Come In Handy
    The Unstoppable Invitation
    The Leaky Cauldron: A Door to an Unseen World
    Diagon Alley: First Stop, Gringotts
    Getting Onto Platform 9 3/4
    The Sorting
    Dumbledore's Dire Warning
    Hagrid's Temptation
    Dangerous Designs of the Dragon-Egg Dealer
    The Quest for the Sorcerer's Stone
    Harry, Ron, and Hermione's Soft Landing
    This Isn't Magic, It's Logic!
    Professor Quirrell's Defense Against the Dark Arts Lessons
    Hagrid's Remorse
    Harry's Battle with the Dark Lord
    Why the Evil One Couldn't Touch Him
    A Last Minute Change of Decorations
    Glimmers of the Gospel Found in Book Two:
    Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets


    Mr. Weasley's Loophole in Magical Law
    The Mystery of the Shrinking Door Keys
    The Best Seeker Wins the Game
    You've Got to Make Some Sacrifices
    Pure-Bloods, Muggles, and Mudbloods
    Professor Dumbledore's Parting Words
    Gilderoy Lockhart Goes Down!
    A Songbird and an Old Hat
    The Rescue of Ginny Weasley
    Dumbledore's Remedy for Doubt
    Dobby's Sock and Other Tales of Redemption
    Glimmers of the Gospel Found in Book Three:
    Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban


    In the Company of Albus Dumbledore
    Let the Feast Begin!
    Grim Omens of Death Prove Misleading
    Fred and George Make it Easy to Believe in Original Sin
    The Department of Mysteries
    The Rat Who Betrayed Harry's Parents
    Glimmers of the Gospel Found in Book Four:
    Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire


    A Murderer from the Beginning
    Harry's Dreams Warn of Danger
    The Muggle Protection Act
    Mad Eye Moody's Ironic Warnings
    The Only Known Survivor of the Killing Curse
    Harry's Heroism in the Tri-Wizard Tournament
    The Daily Prophet: News from the World Beyond
    The Death Eaters & The Dark Mark
    The Wrath of Albus Dumbledore
    Veritaserum: The Truth Will Be Told
    The Kiss That Cost His Soul
    The Parting of the Ways
    We Are Only As Strong As We Are United
    What Will Come, Will Come
    Dumbledore Welcomes All Who Wish to Come
    Afterword
    Notes
    Acknowledgments

 
    Excerpted from The Gospel According to Harry Potter by Connie Neal.
    Westminster/John Knox, 2002
    All rights reserved.