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The Gospel According to Harry Potter: Spirituality in the Stories of the World's Most Famous Seeker
by Connie Neal

  • Paperback: ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.53 x 8.64 x 5.80
  • Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press; (September 1, 2002)
  • ISBN: 0664226019

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From Connie
Why did I write this book? It began as a counterpoint to one idea being put forward by anti-Potter critics. It's the idea that just because they can look into the Harry Potter books trying to find things they correlate to real-world occult practices, and find some, that proves the Harry Potter books are about witchcraft. I disagree with that idea.

What if I can use the same techniques of interpretation and selective reading, but go in looking for the Christian gospel? If I am able to find numerous parallels, would that prove that is what Harry Potter is all about? (No.) I think it proves a point J.K. Rowling made.

When asked about accusations that she was using Harry Potter to lure children into Satanism, she flatly denied it. She said, "People tend to find books what they look to find."

I must say I agree! So, to those who ask How could You? or Why bother? I answer: With all the uproar over Harry Potter in Christian circles, with all the wonderful parallels to the Gospel waiting to be pointed out, and with my desire to help people who've been turned off by traditional ways of communicating the message, I couldn't resist.

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. Rowling’s 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, Neal’s The Gospel According to Harry Potter is both a much-needed stroke of interpretive genius and a fascinating reflection on our time’s most popular literary series. This is a must-read for everyone intrigued by the Harry Potter phenomenon!

Tony Campolo, author of Revolution and Renewal and Let Me Tell You a Story
"A wonderful rebuttal for those who see something sinister in this children’s classic!"


Frederica Mathewes-Green, commentator for National Public Radio’s “Morning Edition”
"Worried parents may think this book is the answer to a prayer."


David Bruce, founder of HollywoodJesus.com
"The best book that I have read on Harry Potter from a Christian point of view. I highly recommend it."


Mark I. Pinsky, author of The Gospel According to The SimpsonsTM
"An eloquent example of how the intersection of religion and popular culture can form a crossroad of enlightenment and happiness."

 

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