Book Review: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Somehow, I have managed to see the latest Harry Potter movie AND have started reading the book. We got it by in a special Amazon box saying that it was delivered by an owl on Saturday. It was actually delivered by a mail person. Everyone in the family seems to be reading it at the same time. Josh decided to re-read the previous book and Hannah has dibs. The part I have read so far I really like! I work with an intern who finished it on Sunday (she slept 4 hours but didn’t eat anything).

There is a good review of it in Christianity Today –

The Gospel According to J.K. Rowling

which is a glowing review for Harry Potter.

The reviewer says:

Rowling begins to reveal that, like Narnia, her world has a “deeper magic.” Love, expressed as substitutionary sacrifice—choosing to lay down your life for your friends—has a power that Lord Voldemort, like the White Witch before him, is blind to. That blindness becomes his undoing—with the help of Harry and his friends. 

and he quotes C.S. Lewis:

When C.S. Lewis started out to write The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, he didn’t have Christianity in mind. “Some people seem to think that I began by asking myself how I could say something abut Christianity to children; then fixed on the fairy tales as an instrument, then collect information about child psychology and decided what age group I’d write for; then drew up a list of basic Christian truths and hammered out ‘allegories’ to embody them,” Lewis once wrote. “This is all pure moonshine. I couldn’t write in that way at all.”

He notes that something similar seems to have happened to J.K. Rowlings. She started out writing about wizards and quidditch – but “somewhere along the way, Christ began to whisper in the story”.

Heres to “deeper Magic”!

-Mark

 

 

 

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2 responses to “Book Review: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

  1. I read the whole book this weekend. It definitely has a “Chronicles of Narnia” feel to it.

  2. I agree with you! its a great book, but too bad it ends…I feel so empty putting it down after so many years waiting for it…

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