Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Analysis

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While J. K. Rowling has described herself as a Christian many times, she has often emphasized that she did not write the books with the purpose to promote her faith. “I did not set out to convert anyone to Christianity. I wasn’t trying to do what C. S. Lewis did. 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” (Gibbs, 2007).

Nonetheless, many have noted the religious – especially Christian – undertones in her work and Rowling too has acknowledged the influence of her belief on her writing. “Personally”, she says of her religious faith, “I think you can see that in the books” (Lindell, 2007).

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In an interview after the book had been published, Rowling acknowledged the religious subtext in the story:
“There clearly is a religious undertone. And – it’s always been difficult to talk about that because until we reached Book Seven, views of what happens after death and so on, it would give away a lot of what was coming. So … yes, my belief and my struggling with religious belief and so on I think is quite apparent in this …show more content…

The belief in the triumph of good over evil, the principle of loyalty, honesty, self-sacrifice, moral courage and the willingness to stand up for what is right, are all values that are being taught in the Bible. Harry Potter’s story consists of these ideals and principles as well, some which he had to learn in order to continue his journey.

An example is the Christian belief that evil can be overcome with the power of love. In Harry Potter, love is the most ancient and powerful magic of all. Harry was able to survive Voldemort’s killing curse because of his mother’s love, which became like a protective mark when she sacrificed herself for him. In the wizarding world, love is the only defence against the temptation and power of the Dark Arts, which stem from hateful emotions (cf. Granger, 2008, 64-65; Rowling, 2010,

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