Scholarship of Discovery, Scholarship of Faith Integration
The magic in Harry Potter is not “sorcery” or invocational magic; it is incantational magic. Most of the objections of the Harry Potter novels are from people who have not read the books. The author, J. K. Rowling is more interested in alchemy than magic and uses Christian symbols and careful naming throughout the books, thereby delivering difficult truths to a postmodern audience in a way that they accept as givens, ideas they would otherwise laugh at. Harry's devotion to the truth and to what is right leads him to disregard the pain he may encounter in pursuing these great ends. He emulates courage, love and persistence in his fight against evil.
Hippenhammer, Craighton T.; Mattingly, Debra; and Ladwig, Laura, "Witches, Wizards and Potions: The Christian Nature of the Harry Potter Best Selling Novels" (2021). Faculty Scholarship – Library Science. 31.
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