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The Gospel According To Harry Potter • Monday November 4, 2002

The Gospel According to Harry Potter: Spirituality in the Stories of the World’s Most Famous Seeker

by Connie Neal

Book Description

In a book that is sure to delight Harry Potter fans and spiritual seekers alike, author and Potter enthusiast Connie Neal dives into the Harry Potter series looking for the Christian Gospel. Does she find it? Yes! In this, her exploration of J.K. Rowlings created world of magic and mystery, Neal enumerates more than fifty “Potteran” themes that can be seen as glimmers of the Gospel.

With an arsenal of charming allusions and parallels, Neal persuasively demonstrates that Harry Potter need not be rejected as a threat to the Christian faith, as some have claimed. Rather, she finds, the lessons in Harry Potter not only echo many of the stories in the Bible but also reinforce the central messages of Christianity. Written accessibly in short three- to four-page chapters, Neals The Gospel According to Harry Potter is both a much-needed stroke of interpretive genius and a fascinating reflection on our times most popular literary series. This is a must-read for everyone intrigued by the Harry Potter phenomenon!

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The author of more than 30 books, Neal (What’s a Christian To Do with Harry Potter) makes another entry in the field of explication of Harry Potter according to Gospel standards. While such an effort may seem ill-conceived to the casual observer, Neal’s attempt is far from the first of its kind (think of The Gospel According to Peanuts) and not alone in the current book market (think of The Gospel According to the Simpsons, by which the author admits she was inspired). Neal’s approach is not surprising, drawing moral lessons from Rowling’s explicitly moral books, adding her own Scriptural parallels but her defense of the books should be a welcome ally for many librarians and readers who have seen the Potter series assailed for its depiction of magic. For most collections.

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