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Harry Potter:

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Harry Potter:
Literature, Film, and Other Occurrences in Culture

Why???
Discover: Storyline
Discover: Harry Potter Today
Harry Potter book series
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
Expanded stories
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Quidditch Through the Ages
The Tales of Beedle the Bard
Harry Potter film series of the same titles with the seventh story spit into two parts
Video game series of the same titles with the seventh story in two parts
Dec. 20, 2013 it was announced that there is a possible theater adaption in the works to chronicle Harry's early years.
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park
Various food recreations including: butterbeer, Berti Bott's Every Flavor Beans, and Buzzfeed's alcoholic beverages inspired by the potions.
Film adaptation of
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016)
Pottermore
Quidditch games
Discover: J.K. Rowling
Born in Yate, England on July 31, 1965 as Joanne Rowling
Adopted the pen name J.K. Rowling, which used Kathleen (her grandmother's name) as the middle initial.
Graduated from Exter University
Moved to Portugal in 1990 to teach English. Here she met and married Jorge Arantes.
Daughter Jessica was born in 1993.
Divorced Jorge and moved to Edinburgh.
She struggled to support herself and her daughter, so she began to write Harry Potter, based off an earlier idea she had on a train ride.
Now, she is Britain's 13th wealthiest woman, ranking higher than the Queen.
She has received various awards including: Prince of Asturias Award for Concord, France’s Légion d’Honneur, and the Hans Christian Andersen Literature Award.
She now lives in Edinburgh with her husband, Neil Murray, and three children.
Discern (Image of God)-
Creativity
Christianity against witchcraft and fear these stories promote it to children
Many Christians continue to enjoy reading the books, watching the films, as well as participating in other Harry Potter related activities.
Claims of Harry Potter imparting good virtues and morals.
My personal love of the stories!
Discover, Discern, Decide
with Image of God
Discover: Author Bibliography
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (1997)
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (1998)
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (1999)
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2000)
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2001)
Quidditch Through the Ages (2001)
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2003)
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2005)
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (2007)
The Tales of Beedle the Bard (2008)
The Casual Vacancy (2012)
The Cuckoo's Calling (2013)
The Silkworm (2014)
*Pottermore
Quotes
Non-Harry Potter:
“Some failure in life is inevitable. It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all—in which case, you fail by default.”
“Whatever money you might have, self-worth really lies in finding out what you do best.”
"It is perfectly possible to live a very moral life without a belief in God, and I think it's perfectly possible to live a life peppered with ill-doing and believe in God."
From Harry Potter series
"It is our choices...that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities."
"It matters not what someone is born, but what they grow to be."
"Age is foolish and forgetful when it underestimates youth."
"There is no good or evil: only power and those too weak to seek it."
Worldview
J.K. Rowling has stated in interviews that she is a Christian and attends the Church of Scotland, which would be considered a Presbyterian church.
To construct an original storyline that spans across seven books.
Characters
New worlds and Cultures
Hogwarts
Ministry of Magic
Mythologies
The Tale of the Three Brothers
Languages
Parselmouth, spells, and potions
Events
Quidditch World Cup, Triwizard Tournament
Discern (Image of God)-
Spiritual
Discern (Image of God)
Intelligence
Discern (Image of God)
Relational
Discern (Image of God)
Moral
Deviation in Creativity
Deviation in Spirituality
Deviation in Relations
Deviation in Morality
No deviation in intelligence
While the story is very unique, and has been creatively written, the setting is built around the use of witchcraft and sorcery.
Exodus 22:18; Galatians 5:19-21
The biggest theme throughout the stories is love. (Luke 10:25-28; John 3:16; 1 Cor. 13:4-8)
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
pp. 371-372
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
(film)
While love is a big theme of the bible, and something God very much calls us to do, Harry Potter does not mention the importance of love, Jesus, or anything else pertaining to Christianity.
Use of written word
grammar, punctuation, spelling
Vocabulary
Themes
good versus evil, love, integrity, etc.
Reoccurring details
The stories grow with the reader
Plot line
One of the other major themes throughout the stories is friendship
Other relationships depicted:
mentors and students
families
love
"adoption" into families
Negative relationships to promote other ideals
Pure-blood v. half-blood v. mudblood relationships (Isaiah 1:17)
House elf enslavement
Other negative relationships depicted (Matthew 5:44)
Harry Potter and Draco Malfoy
Harry Potter and Prof. Snape
Percy Weasley and Family
Dursleys and Harry Potter
The books also depict moments where the characters have fights and are mean towards others. (Hermione and Ron, James Potter and Severus Snape)
Ephesians 4:29
No portrayals of immorality
Themes of integrity
"Remember, if the time should come when you have to make a choice between what is right and what is easy."
Themes of equality
Themes of protecting those who are weak or are being persecuted.
Themes of apologizing for when one is at fault, as well as forgiveness
Ideals of hard work and against cheating
Breaking and entering, stealing, and lying prominently play a role in the stories as the character attempt to fight their enemies.
Disrespect for authority

*It is a common occurrence for the main characters to do something that is wrong, in order to help the greater cause
The End
Decide
Contention 1: Witchcraft
While the bible is explicitly clear about witchcraft, I propose that the witchcraft in Harry Potter is not the same as the bible portrays.
source of power
Fictitious
Contention 2: Source of Loyalty
Nothing wrong with showing loyalty to love
As asked previously, is it wrong to not explicitly mention God?
Contention 3: Negative relations, fighting, and being rude towards others.
Depicts reality of life
More important to stress how the characters are able to forgive and get through disagreements.
The relationships are deep, need to be put in context of entire story.
Contention 4: Morality
Great debate amongst theologians as to whether it is right or wrong to sin in order to bring a greater good.
Disrespect for authority needs to be put in context
Ultimately, there is little to no reason to suggest Harry Potter corrupts its readers.
Harry Potter is wholesome literature,
that promotes good morals and values,
has deep themes of good triumphing over evil,
and depicts some reality to life and growing up while using a fictitious setting
Instead of banning these books, and sheltering children from reading them, it would be better to be responsible and discuss the material
Decide
Questions:
Do you think the actions of the protagonist are always promoted?
How do you feel about witchcraft as depicted in Harry Potter, or any in any other sources?
Is it ever justifiable to commit a sin or wrongdoing for the greater good?
Harry Potter is born to Lily and James Potter during the Great Wizarding War
Voldemort, a dark wizard, is using violence to promote his "aryan" ideals of a pureblood wizarding race.
Lily and James fight against Voldemort and his followers.
Consequently they are murdered by Voldemort.
Voldemort attempts to murder Harry, but he was protected, and Voldemort disappears.
Harry raised by Aunt and Uncle with Cousin.
Suffered years of abuse.
Didn't know he was a wizard till age 12.
At age twelve he goes to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
Meets best friends Ron and Hermione.
Learns to be a successful wizard, and his identity as the boy who lived.
Over the course of the books:
Harry attends school
fights injustices,
matures with friends,
and fights Voldemort who ultimately returns.
Story progresses to the Second Great Wizarding War in which Harry and his friends must fight Voldemort.
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