Everyone knows I love Harry Potter, but today I was thrilled to find this excellent review which seems to serve as the Wondering Preacher’s coming out party.
Good literature that stands as a beacon of light against the dark Hypermodern (popularly known as Postmodern) mantra — “There is no good or evil, only power…” — voiced by Lord Voldemort himself, is something you would think Christians everywhere would be excited about (or at least not so vehemently bitter toward).
Glad I stumbled upon this post today while perusing WordPress’s Freshly Pressed.
Power, Love and Harry Potter
Shhh! Don’t Tell. I’ve been reading Harry Potter
I have just finished reading the Harry Potter stories again. Now I’m ready for the movies of the last book. Oh dear, that’s a confession that’s going to get me into trouble, but there you go.
I was impressed again with JK Rowling’s writing. I like her style, her use of words, her humour. She seems to know young people very well and effectively describes their fears and their progress through life. The magical world she created is also quite extraordinary. It’s not on the majestic scale of JRR Tolkien but it’s believable and it draws one in. There are one or two things one might quibble with or want to know more about but, like good science fiction writers, she gives you enough to enjoy and lightly skims over the bits that should not be examined too closely. It is truly a magical world. Owls deliver post; witches and wizards really do fly on brooms; and they even have a Quidditch world cup—a game played on brooms.
The great theme that runs throughout the series of course is that of good versus evil and, specifically, in the form of power versus love. There are instruments and positions of power; if any of them are sought for themselves alone, for the good of the holder alone, they will corrupt. The old adage, ‘power corrupts; absolute power corrupts absolutely’ is explored throughout the series.
We fear weakness. We want to be strong or to be… Read the rest of this excellent post.