Phoenix also brought back memories of my deceased great-grandmother who suffered from a severe form of dementia. The emotion that I felt from the comparison involved a desire to escape the past association with my great-grandmother’s illness and on the same token it caused me to want to finish the story and to find that
If the study of literature shows nothing else, it shows that every author, consciously or subconsciously, creates his (or her) work after his (or her) own worldview. Tolkien is no exception. "I am a Christian..." he writes(1), and his book shows it. Christianity appears not as allegory--Tolkien despises that(2)--nor as analogy, but as deep under girding presuppositions, similarities of pattern, and shared symbols.
InThis ethical case is a very tough one to find a reasonable and fair solution too. Anita Jennings, the principal, received a complaint from a parent about the influence that the 'Harry Potter' books had on their child regarding witchcraft and satanism. This was the only complaint of the kind and Anita herself was a fan of the series and from her findings so was the rest of the school. However, the Bible is against all forms of witchcraft and satanism as stated in Deuteronomy.
If there are two names that can be recognized anywhere in the world, one would definitely be Harry Potter, and the other would surely be Jesus Christ. On one hand, Harry Potter is known as the protagonist of the best-selling Harry Potter book series, which was written by JK Rowling. He is a boy wizard who encountered many different trials and tribulations during his stay in the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. The seven books have been read by millions of children and adults all over the world, and its popularity was evident when four books in the series were on the New York Times bestseller list all at the same time (Brown 32). On the other hand, Jesus Christ is one of the main religious figures of Christianity,
The irony of some Christian groups' outrage over the supposed witchcraft element of Harry Potter is that Harry is a fairly unambiguous Christ figure. While Harry's role as the "chosen" one in the battle against evil might be enough to satisfactorily prove this claim, the conclusion of book 7 makes the comparison straightforward. Harry, in order to save the rest of the world from the damnation of Voldemort's rule, not only dies, but actually then rises from the dead. A wizard depicted so clearly as Christ should not upset Christians either, though. Remember, first and foremost, that Harry is not at all that talented of a wizard. Beyond his signature "expelliarmus," Harry has really only shown mastery of one other spell: expecto patronum. It's
Entering my freshman year of high school, I was armed for combat. The whole summer I had been glued to my new Twitter account, reading up on the news and becoming "worldly." Raised in a Catholic household and school, I know biblical history better than my own family tree. All of my friends and teachers were Catholic, and the most sacrilegious book I had ever read was Harry Potter. Online, everyone portrayed the Catholic Church as brutal bigots. I knew I didn't want to be portrayed as a close-minded, and in addition to my strong desire to give my life a tangible purpose, I took action. My voice would shake and my eyes remained glued to the teacher to avoid looking at other students because I knew their stares would be full of shock. In order to combat the new reactions, I researched my arguments extensively.
The book Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire has many themes. However I feel the most significant theme is the no matter what situation you're in, you should always work hard to achieve your goal. What I mean by this is that Harry Potter wanted to be part of the tri-wizard tournament but knew he couldn’t. Because of this, when his name flew out at the last moment he was very surprised. Despite this, he knew once you were in the tri-wizard tournament you must compete, so he did what he must to pass all the challenges. The first quote supporting that he work tirelessly to succeed in the tournament is “ The heavy book soared out of Hermione’s hand, flew across the room, and Harry caught it” (Rowling 347). This quote is from the first challenge
When Harry Potter was gaining attention from all over the globe, a select amount of Catholics saw Harry Potter as “the Devil.” Father Gabriele Amorth of the Archdiocese of Rome, who is also a top exorcist, believes that all magic leads to the devil. The Catholic Church has no official stance on the series, but many other respected priests have stated that they think the Harry Potter books are a perfect example of right and wrong and they see Catholic figures in the characters. Also, J.K. Rowling explains why Harry Potter should be seen as a book for everyone.
Since mentioning any already existing present religious belief in her books Rowling would have created a greater controversy she should have invented a new religion to appease both sides of critics. But she does not do so which creates even more questions since before her many fantasy writers have either created an altogether new world where new religious order prevail or have retained strong biblical allegory such as C.S Lewis’s Chronicles of Narnia where Aslan the great lion is a metaphor of the creator of the universe or God. Creation of Narnia is shown in similar light to the creation of the universe, along with that there is also a garden similar to the Garden of Eden where the little protagonist,
The bottom line however, is that religion did in fact play an influential role in the making of Harry Potter. (Petre, Jonathan), in an interview taken in 2007, Rowling herself implied that Christianity inspired Harry Potter. In the interview she states that the religious parallels have always been out there, “and I think it’s very obvious
The Harry Potter series, by J.K Rowling, is about three wizard friends at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry who save the wizarding world from destruction from an evil character. Harry Potter, Hermione Granger, and Ron Weasley share numerous victories as well as obstacles and struggles, which they must overcome making it is easy for fans to relate to the characters. There were many conflicting opinions about Harry Potter. Some people did not watch or read the series because they believed it contained occult themes, however even people who did not read or watch the series could not escape seeing merchandise or advertisements in their everyday lives due to the enormity of the franchise. Harry Potter was so tremendously successful and
“Let us not forget, after all, that there is always a moment when the moral choice is made. Often because of one story or one book or one person, we are able to make a different choice, a choice for humanity, for life” (Elie Wiesel). One book series that is extremely influential and delves into the topic of ethics and being a thoughtful citizen is the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling. Furthermore, the Harry Potter books teaches a person to overcome their own fears, and there is always hope.
Throughout this class, I have taken my time to reflect on the larger picture regarding how Rowling incorporates real-life situations in a fantasy novel, therefore, making it more than just a story, but rather something else. I started off reading the book to escape and whereas I, for the most part, found myself entrenched in the magical world of Harry Potter re-reading it helped me understand the more significant issue by tying it back to my life and experiences. This has been an interest of mine since Harry Potter aligns with my life and that’s why I am I am so invested in the story. From the cultural differences to the moral of the story to the boarding school and even having classmates like Draco and experiencing death and that leading me to a different path in my life. Growing up with Harry Potter, JK Rowling has always found a way to be
Harry Potter is a name known all around the world thanks to the author, J. K. Rowling. This well-known series grew in popularity after each of the books were released. The series includes many themes such as friendship, power and freedom. It is the latter of which Hermione Ganger focuses on when she started S.P.E.W. According to Hermione, “… S-P-E-W. Stands for the Society for the Promotion of Elfish Welfare." (Rowling 224). She started the organization at the beginning of her fourth year in response to what she saw as gross injustice in the treatment of house-elves at the 1994 Quidditch World Cup. Having been deeply upset at the treatment and general prospects of house-elves, Hermione set up S.P.E.W. in order to gain an improvement of their rights. J.K. Rowling was influenced by the child labor laws and the animal right laws that were put into place around the time she wrote her fourth Harry Potter book.
Growing up I didn’t have many friends. Reading became my get away instead of playing outside. The one book that I found that I could get away with was the Harry Potter series. This series has taken on a new world for me. Harry Potter takes people to a new universe and has defined a generation. I will be taking a closer look as to why this series is a great series for people to read.