Warming To The Wizards

Jul 17 2011 @ 2:28pm

by Chris Bodenner

Sarah Pulliam Bailey, an editor for Christianity Today, shows how the initial "hysteria" from Christianists against the Potter series "has largely died down":

"Harry Potter" author J.K. Rowling, a member of the Church of Scotland that has Presbyterian roots, initially avoided talking explicitly about her faith. "To me, the religious parallels have always been obvious," Ms. Rowling said in 2007. "But I never wanted to talk too openly about it, because I thought it might show people who just wanted the story where we were going."

Since the seventh Potter book came out in 2007, Ms. Rowling—who acknowledged the influence of Tolkien and Lewis on her work—has drawn more explicit religious parallels. She suggested that the two Bible verses found on tombstones in the final book almost epitomized the whole series: "And the last enemy that shall be defeated is death" and "Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also."

(The above clip is from the 2006 documentary Jesus Camp.)