HARVARD SQUARE COMMENTARY

July 16, 2007
Is Harry Potter a Christian Allegory, Like Narnia?

James Adler


In this final last countdown, high season, of Harry Pottermania, the last week before the last book, is there a giant surprise for us in Harry Potter 7-- and about the series as a whole?

Personally as a Non-Christian (not in at all an "anti-", but surely a "non-"), I am stupefied by the cogency of this article on the last Harry Potter volume and whole Rowling series by Abigail BeauSeigneur, which just appeared on July 13th on www.Mugglenet.com, the world's main and outstanding -- and colossal -- Harry Potter site, a site often praised by J.K. Rowling herself, who has been in not-too-infrequent contact with Emerson Spartz, its founder, and others on the (giant) Mugglenet staff. 

Late last year Spartz co-wrote a book, Mugglenet.Com's What Will Happen in Harry Potter 7: Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Falls in Love and How Will the Adventure Finally End, which has itself become a New York Times top bestseller with nationwide book tours, etc.  Mugglenet's op-eds are carefully selected for high quality, but are also diverse and often at odds with each other and certainly don't necessarily represent the view of Mugglenet. 

Personally I'm not convinced by BeauSeigneur, but it's frighteningly cogent and not out of the question. And BeauSeigneur bases its conceivability on the fact that C.S. Lewis did it with Aslan in the Narnia series.

Lest there be any mistake, BeauSeigneur's article is also written in an "evangelical" style that I personally don't care for at all. 

And even her title may be the worst part of it...

But she's not talking about the "truth" here, but something far more plausible -- what kind of person J.K. Rowling might be -- maybe a part of the giant Christian evangelical cultural monolith...

We'll probably know when we read it on July 21st, since apparently -- according to BeauSeigneur, who tries to show it below --Rowling has dropped many of hints about this.

And so it's at least possible that the reading (and moviegoing) world will be surprised by what her intentions have been all along ...

Incidentally, the end of the piece, which is on the US edition's cover and viewable on Amazon, is devastating.  I rather hope she's wrong, but then why wouldn't any random anonymous middle-to-lower middle class British product of a broken home, who also just happens to be an amazing writer, also be an evangelical Christian, in other words be part of some other mega-cultural phenomenon even bigger than her own Harry Potter  ?....  It's actually believable -- and unbelievable ....

Is this colossal cultural phenomenon going to turn out to be a Christian one? Omigosh.


Click here to read "Is Harry Potter the Son of God?"
An original editorial by Abigail BeauSeigneur at MuggleNet.


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