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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.
Harry Potter has captured the imaginations of millions of children and adults from every walk of life. The series has possibly experienced more popularity than any other book of the last fifty years having sold millions of copies around the world. With this in mind many have asked "Why is Harry Potter is so insanely popular?" As a fan of the Harry Potter series I already knew the answer, but this book has wrought to light many of the Christian aspects of series which I over looked. How Harry Potter casts his spells is an interesting look in to the Christian aspects of the Harry Potter Book series.My Personal Opinion"How Harry Cast His Spell:The Meaning Behind the Mania for J. K. Rowling's Bestselling Books"is an interesting read for any Christian fan of Harry Potter, this book shows that Christian symbolism is easily found in the Harry Potter series for those willing to search for it.
How Harry Cast His Spell by John Granger (Any relation to Hermione?) initially captures the readers attention with the lovely cover. Inside, the beautiful font, wonderful graphics and page header designs tickle the eyes. This is a humorously written look at why the Harry Potter franchise is such a phenomenon. The author points out the Christian concepts that are prominent in the immensely popular boy wizard stories, which only seems to prove that you can find the good in something if you go looking for it. Sadly, I find that the same is true if you go looking for the bad.I dont consider this a must read unless youre severely anti-Harry Potter, in which case, you probably wouldnt read the book anyway. However, I must applaud the author for the amount of thought he put into this book. His research and the conclusions hes drawn are fascinating. This takes Harry Potter to a whole new level of enjoyment for me, personally.