5 Stars Out Of 5
Magic, Fantasy with a Christian Worldview
September 27, 2012
Twelve years ago I was confronted by our then extreme, right wing, homeschooling mommy 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 her statement on an article which appeared in the Madison, Wisconsin based, satirical newspaper, "The Onion." Twelve 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 second edition, "Looking for God in Harry Potter" 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, "Looking for God in Harry Potter."
Granger eloquently delivers his defense using his knowledge of classic literature, philosophy and Christian tradition in the following chapters: "Magic, Fantasy and the Christian Worldview, God's Army versus the Servants of Satan, The Hero's Christ like Journey, The Alchemy of Spiritual Growth, One, Person, Two Natures, Christian Answers to Big Questions, 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, The Power of Christian Artistry and Speaking of God in Harry Potter.
"Looking for God in Harry Potter" 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.