The End of Harry Potter

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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. 

But hey…

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. 

5 Comments

  1. I noticed that, too – the sense of impending darkness and evil. And I think that it was intentional. The fact is the movie is a great parallel for life and any spiritual battle we face – the situations almost seems most dire before the moment of rescue. This is the case with any great story that ends in good overcoming evil, including our own.

  2. I wanted to know how God feels about our hearts being tolerant to Potter’s brand of entertrainment.. here is what I found (read it if you dare):
    Micah 5:12 (NIV) I will destroy your witchcraft, and you will no longer cast spells.
    Leviticus 19:26 (NIV) … “Do not practice divination or sorcery.”
    2 Chronicles 33:6 (NIV) He… practiced sorcery, divination and witchcraft, and consulted mediums and spiritists. He did much evil in the eyes of the Lord, provoking him to anger.
    Acts 19:19 (Jer) Some believers, too, came forward to admit in detail how they had used spells and a number of them who had practiced magic collected their books and made a bonfire of them in public. The value of these was calculated to be fifty thousand silver pieces.
    1 Samuel 15:23 (NIV) “For rebellion is like the sin of divination, and arrogance like the evil of idolatry. Because you have rejected the word of the Lord, he has rejected you…”
    Revelation 21:8 (NIV) But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars–their place will be in the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death.
    SO, could it be a little ‘luke warm’, off the ‘straight and narrow’ for us Christians to never stand up for God’s heart/word in a society that is being entertained to death? Who will draw a line in the sand? Who loves the Father enough to care what He has to say about this subject?

  3. Im not going to bash your religious aspect of the HP movie. I have read all the books and so have my children. They have all seen the movies also. As well, my 8 year old nephew has done the same. Not one of my kids thinks of it in the way adults do. To them this is fictional and an exciting story. The last book does have light shining at the end of the HP tunnel. It is sad that such an extraordinary writer comes along with such a cool story and religious people want to bash it! I grew up in a very religious family that did not allow us to listen to rock music (secular) or read books that were not on our “Christian” list. It was basically shoved down our throats to believe what they all think is true. As an adult I make my own choices, talk to God when I need to and dont subject or shove my beliefs down other peoples throats. My kids have grown up to be pretty spectacular kids and have very creative and free thinking minds.
    My issue with this I guess is that had you really truly read the books (all 7) you would know and understand why the last movie is dark. HP has fought a long time to just have peace in his life. He is going through a dark period because the people he has loved/trusted are slowly being taken from him. If this happened in your life, it would be dark too. I know everyone is entitled to their opinion but this series of books I think is pretty phenomenal!
    I have read the Bible several times, it is not all sunshine and cherries either! Some of it is rather horrid and terrifying, to the point where I wont let my kids read all of it. And truly… how do you know that the Bible is all real?? To me, books are all fictional unless that person was in my lifetime or there was someone still alive who can vouch for the truth of what is written. I am not bashing religion or your beliefs, just stating my opinion. Read the books with an open mind, you will be surprised at what you see differently!

  4. Andy: Have no fear, there is another movie forthcoming (check out the bottom of the picture you posted – it says “Part 1 of the Epic Finale”. Warner Brothers decided to split the last book into two movies (probably to make more money off the franchise – but the 7th book is really long). If you haven’t read the rest of the books yet, I would strongly encourage you to do so. They make for great reading, and it will help you stay informed with what kids today are reading.
    Daisy: I really enjoyed your post. Those are brave words, and I’m so glad that you are enabling your children to explore the wonderful world of literature with an open mind. In the end, it is up to the individual (and not one’s parents, neighbors, or government) to decide what to believe. You are so correct. Condemning books or films due to disagreement with the subject matter demonstrates fear and ignorance. Plus, the Harry Potter series has turned on a whole new generation (including your kids, perhaps?) to enjoy reading books. Thanks for your words! God Bless!
    David: Impressive list of scriptures you conjured up (pun intended). However, I must say that I have read the entire Harry Potter series, but have never “practiced divination,” engaged in “witchcraft,” or “used spells.” I feel like the witch-hunt (again, pun intended) carried out by Christian groups against this book series is misguided and ultimately misses the point. Andy mentioned the Chronicles of Narnia in his post – these books also have witchcraft in many of the plots, but the books were written by a devout Christian who includes numerous Biblical themes in his writing. I think that we should give today’s youth enough credit to understand that these books were written for entertainment purposes, and instead focus our energy on helping those who facing hunger and hopelessness (as Jesus might have wanted us to do?). Just a thought…

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