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Harry Potter is 'Christ-like' claims theologian
They are beloved by millions of children and adults alike, but the Harry Potter series has attracted widespread censure from fundamentalist Christians who claim the books encourage witchcraft.Theologian Rev Dr Stephen Holmes has claimed Harry Potter should be seen as a "Christ-like" figure because he promotes Biblical values.

Benedictine monk publishes 'Christian reading' of Harry Potter
Harry Potter may seem like an unlikely read for a Benedictine monk, but Father Luke Bell has turned his attention to the young wizard to write a book of his own.

Latest "Harry Potter" film's themes of black arts, rule-breaking cause a divide among some Christians
By Gail Hollenbeck

Iranian TV Calls Harry Potter 'Zionist Plot'
Iranian state television has come to the conclusion that Harry Potter is a Zionist plot.

'Harry Potter' news: Connie Neal (finally) offers a Christian defense of Dumbledore and the 'fact' that he's gay.
By Jeffrey Weiss, Religion Blog, Dallas News.
One source I tried to find [...] was Connie Neal, a conservative Christian author who had been one of the first to publicly defend the Potter books against attacks by some conservative Christian groups. She declined to comment then. But in my e-box today comes her interesting and reasoned response. She wrote it last year, hoping to add it to the now-available revised version of her book "The Gospel According to Harry Potter." But it did not make the cut. So she kindly decided to send it to us today.

Yale Divinity Course Examines Theology in Harry Potter
Most people agree that the wildly popular Harry Potter series has a religious following. But do the stories about a fictional boy wizard contain religion in them?

American Universities making use of Harry Potter in their studies
While many readers and fans of the Harry Potter novels have long delved into the deeper meaning and context of the books in broader relation to other subjects, it would seem college universities in the US are now following suit.

J.K. Rowling Opens Up About Books' Christian Imagery
'They almost epitomize the whole series,' she says of the scripture Harry reads in Godric's Hollow.

Fr Aguilar, who teaches philosophy at Regina Apostolorum University in Rome, offers a few clarifications and distinctions that might help the reader form a better criterion for judging the Potter phenomenon and its predictable consequences.

Harry Potter and the Great Relearning
By Jerry Bowyer: "From the very beginning, I've believed that Hogwarts is the literary representation of the Christian Church."

Review: Harry Potter more "Christian" than other current children's best-sellers
By Peter T. Chattaway. YOU EXPECT many things when you read a new Harry Potter novel: magic, humour, a set of mysteries, a looming battle between good and evil, even some clunky exposition. But you don't necessarily expect to see quotes from Christian scripture. And yet, there they are.

Harry Potter and the Holy Bible
Last month Kendra Nolde, pastor at the Gethsemane Lutheran church in south St. Louis, took the pulpit and began to speak to her congregation about the final Potter book, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. However, instead of following the lead of many of her peers and warning her parishioners about the evils of witchcraft and paganism inherent in the mega-bestsellers, she began pitching ideas for a slogan that would grace the church’s sign on the corner of Hampton and Pernod.

JK Rowling reveals Christian basis for 'Harry Potter'
CHRISTIAN motifs play a central role in the Harry Potter stories, author JK Rowling told an American television audience on July 29

Rowling to cast her magic on Greek hero Orpheus?
Publishing firm Canongate is hoping to get its hands on author JK Rowling, and persuade her to tell the tale of legendary Greek hero Orpheus

Harry casts a spell on students
Edinburgh University is launching a course on The Magic of Harry Potter

School Shelves Harry Potter After Parent Complaint
A school in the eastern German city of Chemnitz has taken the Harry Potter books off its syllabus, after Christian parents objected on religious grounds.

Mother loses bid to ban Harry Potter books
Georgia mom vows appeal after Board of Education rejected request

Auburn woman says Harry Potter books are dangerous
Auburn - Kelly Appold is taking her fight against witchcraft and the Harry Potter books public...

Devil in the detail: Vatican exorcises Harry Potter
The Vatican's chief exorcist has condemned J. K. Rowling's fictional boy wizard as downright evil.

Researchers: Harry Potter's wizardry OK with Rambam
Harry Potter would "not be regarded as pagan worship" by Maimonides, according to an Israeli research team.


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John Granger's weblog explores the meaning of Harry Potter.

Biblical Markings and Harry Potter
by Deborah Hunt

The Alchemist's Tale
Harry Potter & the Alchemical Tradition in English Literature by John Granger

Horcruxes and the Tarot
References to the Tarot by Lady Lupin

Eeyore's Reflections
A Harry Potter blog by Holly Lawrence

Quoth the Maven
A blog by Janet Batchler, much of it about Harry Potter.

Musings from a L.O.O.N. (League of Obsessive Nitpickers)
A blog (mainly Harry Potter) by Linda McCabe.

Harry Potter and Torah
A blog relating to the book Harry Potter and Torah by Dov Krulwich.


Links and Articles by others


Harry Potter: "the clearest contemporary retelling of the gospel story I have come across" says Christian author
“Harry Potter is one of the most clearly identifiable examples of a Christ figure in contemporary fiction,” said Garrett, English professor at Baylor University and author of the recently released book, One Fine Potion: The Literary Magic of Harry Potter

Darkness adds depth, meaning to Potter series: experts
By Constance Droganes. An article exploring why Harry Potter becomes increasingly dark, and quoting academics who explain why the dark themes are necessary in describing the battle of good versus evil.

What do Jesus and Harry Potter have in common?
A Red Letters blog by Tom Davis

Behold a Phoenix
A blog: "A Christian's look into Harry Potter and the virtues found in them."

Sword of Gryffindor
A Harry Potter blog by Travis Prinzi

Virtuous Wizardry
A Harry Potter blog by Kjetil Kringlebotten.

The Secrets Of Harry Potter
An analysis of the first four Harry Potter books from a Jungian alchemy and psychological point of view. by Gail A. Grynbaum

Harry Potter and the Dugpa
A Theosophical article by John Algeo, V.P. of the Int. T. S.

Harry Potter and the Ancient Wisdom
A Theosophical article by John Algeo, V.P. of the Int. T. S.

Harry Potter's Quest in The Chamber of Secrets
A Theosophical article by John Algeo, V.P. of the Int. T. S.

Harry Potter's Four Fathers
A Theosophical article by John Algeo, V.P. of the Int. T. S.

Harry Potter and the Perennial Quest
A Theosophical article by Helene Vachet, an American teacher

Harry Potter and Maximizing Cyclic Opportunities
A Theosophical article by William Quinn, an American lawyer

Dangerous Books Part 4 - Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
by Dagney Pullin

Nature, Romanticism, & Harry Potter
by Ellen Reiss.
Quote from the essay: 'the importance of this novel, its goodness, and the enthusiasm about it are explained by the following principle, the basis of Aesthetic Realism: "All beauty is a making one of opposites, and the making one of opposites is what we are going after in ourselves." And the chief opposites that Ms. Rowling has made inseparable are the opposites that are central to romanticism, that new way of feeling and showing the world which began in Europe at the end of the 18th century: the opposites of the strange and the ordinary.'

The Harry Potter Phenomenon and Orthodox Reactions
by Bishop Auxentios of Photiki, Published by the Orthodox Christian Information Center, October 2003.

And then came the Fall: On the Nature of Evil in JRR Tolkien's and JK Rowling's Arch-villains
Summary of round table held at the 4th Conference of Evil and Human Wickedness in Prague 2003, by Andrew Blake, Margarita Carretero-Gonzalez and Carlos F. Marquez-Linares.

Christians and Harry Potter
This website is dedicated to helping parents and traditional Christians make well informed decisions reguarding the Harry Potter series.

Fantasy Fiction for Christians
A blog about Harry Potter and the Narnia series by Shawn Barber.

The Book of Harry: How the boy wizard won over religious critics -- and the deeper meaning theologians now see in his tale.
This article offers an excellent summary of the development of changing religious views in the U.S.
By Michael Paulson.

Harry Potter and the Two Standards
Author: James Martin, S.J.
This is a reply from a Jesuit to the above article by Michael Paulson.

Muggle Matters
A Harry Potter blog by Merle Kendall

David's Question "What is Man?"
An Anthroposophical Commentary on the Bible by Edward Reaugh Smith

A Harry Potter Villain Beat His 'Dark Mark.' So Can We.
Severus Snape's relationship to Dumbledore parallels how God works with those who have renounced this world's Dark Lord. By Connie Neal

Harry Potter and Yoga?
An essay on the chakras in Harry Potter by Cindy Jepson.

A Catholic view of Harry Potter
Catholic Priest Abraham Arganiosa of the Philippines writes in support of Harry Potter.

Biblical Symbolism in the World of Harry Potter
Comparison between the symbolism in Harry Potter and the Biblical stories, by Amanda, a 21-year-old from Georgia (USA) and an art major at Young Harris College

Drama of the Mind
Using Jungian and Freudian psychology to explain Harry Potter.

Why I believe in Harry Potter
What the 'God Squad' and other middle-class 'guilt-trippers' have in common is a fundamental misreading of the story, by A N Wilson. (Telegraph column)

Harry Potter is Jewish!
Harry Potter from a Jewish perspective by Rabbi Jack Abramowitz

Uncovering the meaning of Harry Potter
Uncovering the meaning of Harry Potter why the H/Hr relationship is important by Alexism

Anti-Potterism and superstition
The chief concern, from a Christian perspective, has to do with the prohibition in Deuteronomy 18 against occult practices, by Ake Eldberg

Harry Potter, Christ Figure?
Professional Harry watchers on whether J.K. Rowling's hero is meant to resemble Christ, by

Harry Potter and the Fundamentalist's Mind
At the end of December, the pastor of a New Mexico church declared that Harry Potter is the devil, by Feòrag NicBhrìde.

Harry Potter Offers Opportunity for Parents
Imagine my delight, then, in encountering a valiant boy willing to lay down his life for his friends in the face of evil... By Mary Margaret Yodzis

Potter's Morals vs. Bible's Magic
Christians have it backward. If you're worried about your child obsessing over magic, it's not Harry Potter you should guard against; it's the Bible, by Wayne Dunn

Harry Potter and Paganism reviewed
Author Linda Harvey, who wrote "Not My Child: Contemporary Paganism and New Spirituality" is interviewed on the inroads the Harry Potter series has made by interesting children in the occult arts.


Other Relevant Links


The Book of English Magic

The Book of English Magic

by Philip Carr-Gomm & Richard Heygate.
The Book of English Magic is a 562 page hardback book which will be published by John Murray on 11th June 2009. One of the people discussed in this book is John Dee, whose name is hidden in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.

Nicholas Flamel - The Immortal French Alchemist
Article about the life and death (?) of Alchemist Nicholas Flamel

Birds in Alchemy
This article gives a brief overview of the alchemical symbolism of birds in alchemy (e.g. Phoenix).

Fantasia: The Gospel According to C.S. Lewis
Tolkien created a world in which hope, the ultimate Christian virtue, is woven into the fundamental nature of reality. In doing so, Tolkien, like Lewis and Rowling, offers his young readers "a pre-baptism of the child's imagination."

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