Harry Potter And The Lord Of The Rings

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J.K. Rowling and J.R.R. Tolkien have enchanted their readers from the beginning. Their works are not just works of ‘fantasy’, they are an imaginary world that represents a far greater meaning. Harry Potter and The Lord of the Rings are dark stories that have a similar concept: save the good from evil. The Lord of the Rings was accepted in the Christian community, unlike the Harry Potter series, undoubtedly because Tolkien publicly claimed Catholicism as a religion. The Lord of the Rings has a more masked Christian allegory, whereas Harry Potter demonstrates similar aspects, but has more Wiccan than Christian ideals to many reluctant readers. Tolkien correlated a few of his characters to the Christ figure in a more noticeable way. However, Rowling created Harry who correlates to the Christ figure in a more nonchalant way, to which she claims she did not want Harry Potter to be a ‘religious’ reading. Christ figures should not have to draw a literal parallel to Christ in the Bible, similar aspects, characteristics and the action of suffering for others are demonstration enough.
Many believe J.K. Rowling set out to offend religious groups who partook in reading her books. Rowling said in an interview that it is a religious story, but she did not want it to be spelled out blatantly because it could ruin the story for many followers (The Telegraph). Rowling had her own intentions when she created the story about Harry Potter, however, she did not want it to be obvious until the
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