Hello again. For those of you who have been keeping up with my blog, you will know I am a Christian. Therefore, you may be surprised to learn that I am really looking forward to tomorrow. I am going to see the new Harry Potter spin-off movie, ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them’.
Alan and I have been to several churches, as I mentioned in a previous post, and we never fitted in anywhere. I remember the pastor of one such church, breaking a DVD of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, by jumping on it. I kid you not. The sharp bits of the DVD were flying everywhere and could have easily gone into someone’s eyes! I’d say that was more dangerous than Harry Potter is.
Why do Christians have such a problem with the Harry Potter phenomenon?
Well in my opinion, they see how popular it is, and they think it is spreading the idea of The Devil’s Black Magic around the world. But like so many fundamental ideas, they judge it, without looking into what Harry Potter is really all about. If they really studied the magical universe created by the visionary author, J.K. Rowling, they wouldn’t see so many differences, they would see many similarities.
From the very start of the first story, ‘Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone’, we are introduced to a world of magic, which exists alongside our own. Non magical people, known as ‘Muggles’, do not know this magical world exists. They don’t have the combination, to make the bricks part, so they can enter the alleyway, where all the magical shops are. They can’t enter The Ministry of Magic and they can’t get onto Platform 9&3/4 to board the Hogwarts Express. They don’t understand that there are good magical people, fighting the forces of evil, which is happening all around them.
To me, this seems very similar to the relationship we have with the spirit world. The world beyond this one.
Children have always been taught that Heaven is in the sky, however, people who return from the brink of death, and talk about entering the tunnel and the light, often say things like…
“I looked one way, and there was the beautiful meadow. I looked back, and saw my relatives around the bed.”
When they return, they often say that the spirit world is just another dimension which actually exists alongside our own world.
I believe that too. I think that the spirit world is in exactly the same place as this world, but because we are trapped, at the moment, inside our physical bodies, we cannot access the spirit dimension. We walk this world, mostly unaware of the spirits who are all around us, and we don’t see how they, and Christ himself, are guiding and protecting us. So in a way, there is a magical world out there, which is not too dissimilar to the magical world in the Potter books and movies.
There are also many people who believe they have had encounters with angels. Maybe someone has suddenly appeared and pushed them out of the way of a speeding car, or helped them escape from a burning building. The helper then disappears, never to be seen by that person again. They are not wearing tutus and wings. They don’t have halos, but people are convinced they were angels. I also believe that they were.
When J.K. Rowling first thought up the world of Harry Potter, I don’t think she was trying to start any kind of religion. I don’t think she thought of it that way, she just wanted to tell a great story. That is all it is, a great story about a fictitious world and made-up characters. But I don’t think her brilliant work deserves to be thought of as unholy, just because the characters are witches and wizards. I think that that is very unfair. The good characters always win against the evil ones, and if people are going to say that Harry Potter is evil, then, in my view, so are movies and books about made-up serial killers and thieves, for aren’t murderers and thieves also sinners? Couldn’t those films also be promoting evil? Yet, when we read those books or watch those films, it doesn’t make us into a serial killer of a thief, we just enjoy the story.
At the end of the day, a story is a story, and in J.K. Rowling’s case, she created something very special (in my opinion) with the Harry Potter franchise. It’s a lot of fun, and fans often say it’s about love, and tolerance, about not judging someone because they are different. I agree with that, and if such positive vibes are created by the world of Harry Potter, how can it possibly be evil? My own opinion is that God would not be against it.
So this is why I love everything to do with Harry Potter and have read all the books and always go and see the movies when they are in the cinema. I am 62, but I get just as exited as a young girl when I see the films. I am really pleased that there are more ‘Fantastic Beasts’ movies to come.
Will post again soon. God bless you all.