It's been an international journey through the life of young Harry Potter. The orphan boy turned warlock through his training at Hogwarts School of Magic has intrigued audiences worldwide for almost a decade. As entertaining as it is, The Potter Franchise hasn't gone without controversy by religious groups to the right and the left.
When first released, I can remember cries from the right, "It's witchcraft" as if to yell "The Devil is Coming, The Devil is Coming."
I ended up reading some of the first books, and found them no less sorceress than the famed C.S. Lewis tales of narnia, or Tolkein's Lord of the Ring trilogy.
But this latest installment has me a little worried.
I saw the recent epic finally, The Deathly Hollows, and left disturbed. It was the darkest Potter movie to date, and gave little to no hope for any sort of redemption in the world. Potter and the band of three who started the series together, run around the world hiding from the Dark Evil Lord Voldemort, while the world continues to spiral into deeper dark magic.
The spells are cute, and the power is novel, but the overtone of darkness was a bit more than I was ready for. Evil just continues to win the day.
Now I know the world spins with evil intertwined, but the hope we all have as humans is the fact it might be either getting better, or good will triumph in the end. I'm afraid this new generation of Potter fans are exposed to a whole new level of hopeless despair. As Harry and friends try and find slivers of hope along their journey, not much ends up turning the tide of death gatherers, death hollows, or the gigantic ministry of magic filled with dark leaders.
Personally, I'm hopeful good will weigh out over evil. I haven't read the final parts of the series, and I hear there's another movie to be released in the summer; but for now, the end of Harry Potter is a depressing excercise in the power of evil over our world.
Entertaining as it might be, the philosophical overtones were heavy.
If you know someone who walks out of the movie with a question of evil in their own life, maybe it's a great time to share with them the story of redemption and reconciliation.
One ironic event happening today, the beginning of the Advent calendar. It's the time of year where the Christians around the world celebrate the four Sundays leading up to Christmas in anxious anticipation of the hope we place where the world might be a better place. It's all about Jesus. His birth, death, and resurrection form the strong halls of hope we hold in the inner parts of our soul. It's the place where the evil found in the Potter novels can be defeated, and the world put back together again. Free of racial divide, political injustice, greed, malice, lewdness, envy, adultery, and the darkest parts of our hearts.
Interesting to find today…hope in the wake of a tragic story.
Just thinking out loud.
I hope you finish up your weekend well, as you look forward to the Christmas season.