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Books on Spiritual Content in Harry Potter

Quite a few books have been written about Harry Potter and the spiritual content of the story. Provided here is a list of such books with reviews by members of our Yahoo newsgroup.

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Jesus Potter Harry Christ
Jesus Potter Harry Christ by Derek Murphy

Jesus Potter Harry Christ uses the similarities between Jesus and Harry to re-open the debate over the historical Jesus, arguing that both Harry and Jesus are spiritual metaphors told in the literary form of historical fiction. With hundreds of footnotes and references from both ancient mythology and modern culture, Jesus Potter Harry Christ is a fresh and arresting account of Christian history that is not predicated on the flesh and bones of a historical founder. From ancient mystery religions to modern fairy tales, from fictional Hogwarts to the ruins of Jerusalem, Derek Murphy, PhD in Comparative Literature at one of the world's top universities, zooms in on one crucial question: How do we separate the obviously mythical literature of Jesus Christ from the historical man himself?

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Harry Potter Power
Harry Potter Power by Julie Anne Sykley

Harry Potter Power uses motifs and situations from the popular Harry Potter series and links them to theories and strategies designed to help young people overcome anxiety, anger, depression and grief. It combines a fun and innovative use of well-known Harry Potter icons with more serious advice, reflection material and activities to help young people apply this perspective. Practical, thought-provoking and with strong relevance to real world issues, Harry Potter Power is an ideal tool to help young people develop resilience and self-esteem.

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The Seeker's Guide to Harry Potter
The Seeker's Guide to Harry Potter by Geo Trevarthen

The Seeker's Guide to Harry Potter offers 'seekers' of all kinds profound and fascinating insights into the narrative themes, symbols and mythic elements encountered in the Harry Potter books. Drawing from diverse spiritual and scholarly sources, it is an open-minded guide to the rich layers of meaning and symbolism we encounter ...

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The Seeker's Guide to Harry Potter - DVD
The Seeker's Guide to Harry Potter - DVD by Geo Trevarthen

The Seeker's Guide to Harry Potter takes you on a journey and exploration into the underlying themes of J. K. Rowling's fantastically successful Harry Potter series. Drawing from her unique background and personal experiences, the author provides original insights into the mysticism, magic, and symbolism within the world of Harry Potter. ...

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Looking For God in Harry Potter
Looking for God in Harry Potter by John Granger

Don't let the title put you off! This book is not just for Christians, its much too good for that. Its for anyone who has read the Harry Potter books, anyone whose children have read them and for anyone who is intrigued by the phenomenal success of ...

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The Hidden Key to Harry Potter
The Hidden Key to Harry Potter by John Granger

If you are one of the many adult fans of J.K. Rowling's books I am sure that you would find The Hidden Key to be a fascinating read. I would also highly recommend this book to you if you have no intention whatever of reading the Harry Potter series but ...

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Harry Potter and Torah
Harry Potter and Torah by Dov Krulwich

DO YOU KNOW that there are Jewish perspectives on mudbloods, owl post, ghosts, magic wands, the rights of magical creatures, and avada kedavra?

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What's a Christian to Do with Harry Potter?
What's a Christian to Do with Harry Potter? by Connie Neal

In 'What's a Christian to do with Harry Potter' Connie Neal is critical of the more ill-informed type of Christian response to the Harry Potter books, but in an oddly apologetic way. She points out that the Harry haters and book burners have been ...

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A Charmed Life: The Spirituality of Potterworld
A Charmed Life: The Spirituality of Potterworld
by Francis Bridger

Francis Bridger introduces himself as the principal of an Anglican theological college, a teacher of ethics, and a grandfather, and then goes on to apply his knowledge and experience to...

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A Closer Look at Harry Potter
A Closer Look at Harry Potter by John Houghton

A very careful weighing up of the pro- and anti-Harry arguments going on in the Christian community which fails to come to any clear conclusions and so ends up being somewhat bland.

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Harry Potter and the Meaning of Life
Harry Potter and the Meaning of Life by Philip Plyming

After reading many disappointing books on the subject of Harry Potter from a Christian perspective Plyming came as a breath of fresh air. Here is someone who manages to combine belief with a sense of humour and a lively ...

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Harry Potter and the Bible: The Menace Behind the Magick
Harry Potter and the Bible: The Menace Behind the Magick by Richard Abanes

I should begin by saying that I find Abanes argument that Rowling has deliberately set out to lure children into the occult patently absurd, and so it is difficult for me to find anything very ...

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Re-reading Harry Potter
Re-reading Harry Potter by Suman Gupta

I did enjoy parts of this book very much. I'm afraid, though, that it was often for the wrong reasons. At times I suspected that it was an elaborate and extended send-up of academic squabbling over literature. I'm still not quite sure, but I think it is serious...

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One Fine Potion
One Fine Potion by Greg Garrett

The Literary Magic of Harry Potter.

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Harry Potter's Bookshelf
Harry Potter's Bookshelf by John Granger

The Great Books behind the Hogwarts Adventures.

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Does Harry Potter Tickle sleeping Dragons?
Does Harry Potter Tickle Sleeping Dragons?
by Nancy Solon Villaluz

A study of Harry Potter, J.K. Rowling and her influences.

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How Harry Cast His Spell
How Harry Cast His Spell by John Granger

The Meaning Behind the Mania for J. K. Rowling's Bestselling Books

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The Deathly Hallows Lectures
The Deathly Hallows Lectures by John Granger

The Deathly Hallows Lectures: The Hogwarts Professor Explains the Final Harry Potter Adventure

 

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The Wisdom of Harry Potter
The Wisdom of Harry Potter by Edmund Kern

"...reassuring in its analysis of the moral core of the series. Even parents who do not care to read the Potter books, but would like to know what they are about, will find that the author's analysis can help them discuss the book's moral choices and themes with their children."

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The Mystery of Harry Potter
The Mystery of Harry Potter by Nancy Carpentier Brown

A Catholic Family Guide to Harry Potter





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Unlocking Harry Potter
Unlocking Harry Potter by John Granger

Literary alchemy and postmodernism in Harry Potter





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The Gospel According To Harry Potter
The Gospel According To Harry Potter by Connie Neal

An exploration of more than 50 themes in Harry Potter and their relationship to the Christian gospel



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The Triumph of Goodness
The Triumph of Goodness by Lisa Cherrett

Biblical themes in the Harry Potter stories.

Includes comment on Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (book five).

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Harry Potter and Philosophy
Harry Potter and Philosophy: If Aristotle Ran Hogwarts Edited by David Baggett and Shawn Klein

You don't need a diploma in arithmancy, the friendship of a hippogriff, or even a Hogwarts Library card to discover amazing and arcane secrets in the labyrinthine world of Harry Potter.

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