5 Stars Out Of 5
The Meaning Behind the Mania of Harry Potter
February 9, 2013
Thirteen years ago I was confronted by our then extreme, right wing, homeschooling neighbor with accusations that "Harry Potter is evil, he is the antichrist." Sadly our neighbor had not read through any of the Harry Potter books, but based their statement on an article which appeared in the Madison, Wisconsin based, satirical newspaper, "The Onion." Thirteen years ago there were not many resource books on this topic. However, in 2002 a new author named John Granger appeared on the scene. Granger attempted to do something no other author had done before: Approach the Harry Potter books from a literary analysis/apologetics viewpoint. His first book was titled, "The Hidden Key to Harry Potter" followed by a second edition titled, "Looking for God in Harry Potter" and finally a third edition titled, "How Harry Potter Cast His Spell." For this review, the third edition, "How Harry Potter Cast His Spell" will be the subject of my review.
"Refusing to see the Christian elements in Harry Potter and insisting it is demonic is not a greater piety or fidelity to the faith; it is just a reflection of not understanding the place of literature in the spiritual life, of not understanding the Christian tradition of English literature, and of not understanding Harry Potter," states John Granger. This is the premise for his book, "How Harry Potter Cast His Spell."
Granger eloquently delivers his defense using his knowledge of classic literature, philosophy and Christian tradition in the following chapters: "Magic, Fantasy and Transcendence, Cosmic White Hats and Black Hats, The Hero's Journey, The Alchemy of Spiritual Growth, One Person, Two Natures, Don't Judge, Lest You Be Judges, The Triumph of Love over Death, The Question of Identity, Evidence of Things Unseen, Fun with Names, The Purification of the Soul, Dangerous Books and Edifying Books, Despair and Delivery, Girded with Virtue, Dark Night of the Soul, Baptism into a Sacrificial Death, Choosing to Believe, Christian Birth and Baptism, Victory Over Death, FAQs.
"How Harry Potter Cast His Spell " is a must read for fans who want to know what inspired J.K. Rowling to write the Harry Potter books; parents who want to know more about the values the books teach, and for teachers and students who wish to gain a better understanding of the literary elements and theological message within the books themselves.