Home » Nation »  Harry Potter still captivates fans, cultivating theological conversations

Harry Potter still captivates fans, cultivating theological conversations


  • A woman displays the last of a series of seven Harry Potter books by British author J.K. Rowling titled "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows," in 2007 in Bangkok. June 26 was a day to remember for Harry Potter fans old and new as it marked 20 years since the iconic "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone" was first published. (CNS photo/narong Sangnak, EPA)
  • John Granger is the author of "How Harry Cast His Spell" as well as other Harry Potter commentary books and was named the "Dean of Harry Potter Scholars" by Time.com. He spends his time speaking at various universities and conferences, as well as working on his vlog, potterpundits.com. (CNS photo/courtesyJohn Granger)
  • Vanessa Zoltan is a co-host of the podcast, "Harry Potter and the Sacred Text" as well as a research assistant at Harvard Divinity School. (CNS photo/courtesy Vanessa Zoltan)
  • Jesuit Father William Reiser is a professor and department chair in the religious studies department at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass. He teaches a course called "Defense Against the Dark Arts," named after a subject taught at the Hogwarts school within the Harry Potter novels. (CNS photo/courtesy Father William Reiser)
  • Nancy Carpentier Brown is a homeschooling mother and the author of "The Mystery of Harry Potter: A Catholic Family Guide." (CNS photo/courtesy Nancy Brown)
  • Sister Rose Pacatte is the founding director of the Pauline Center for Media Studies, which aims to teach and train adults and catechists to engage with the media. The Sister of St. Paul also is a movie reviewer for the National Catholic Reporter and St. Anthony Messenger. (CNS photo/courtesy Sister Rose Pacatte)

Help us expand our reach! Please share this article

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Two decades since the publication of its first book, the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling continues to draw countless readers into its pages, gaining ground among some faithful initially put off by the much-debated themes of magic and witchcraft.

The seven novels of the Harry Potter series carry the reader through the life of the orphaned Harry Potter, an 11-year-old boy who learns of the world of wizards and magic as he heads off to study at Hogwarts School of Wizardry and Witchcraft. Each novel tells the story of another year at Hogwarts, as he discovers the history of his wizard parents and battles dark magic with his friends.

John Granger is the author of "How Harry Cast His Spell" as well as other Harry Potter commentary books and was named the "Dean of Harry Potter Scholars" by Time.com. He spends his time speaking at various universities and conferences, as well as working on his vlog, potterpundits.com.

In an interview with Catholic News Service July 10, Granger spoke about the "imaginative spirit of resurrection" that is woven throughout the series.

"The most obvious and the strongest one is that every year, Harry's journey, rather than the hero's journey, has him going underground to fight the bad guys and he appears, and he battles, and he loses," Granger said. "He dies a near death, and just when he's about to expire, a symbol of Christ appears and Harry rises from the dead."

Help us expand our reach! Please share this article

Submit a Letter to the Editor


Comment

Comments Policy