The Gospel According to Harry Potter
I have enjoyed the Harry Potter series of books and the world created by J K Rowling. The new film “Fantastic Beasts and where to find them” is funny and scary at the same time.
Some folk have been put off by the fantasy nature of the stories, but they are good moral tales where good always triumphs over evil in the end.
The nature of evil is clear – power like the wizards have is easily corrupting – but in the end, it is love that wins because its power is stronger. One of the strongest evils in the books are the Dementors, who are the prison guards at the wizarding prison, and are let loose by the real baddie, Voldemort.
The nature of the Dementors is such that it is a close parallel to the Christian concept of a personified evil (Satan – the accuser). The Dementors’ kiss is such that it sucks all the joy out of your life, leaving only despair leading to death. Interestingly, the spell which counters this effect is the Patronus Charm, which very few can produce. The essence of the Patronus Charm is that it represents the real person or core of the person producing it. Harry’s charm is a stag, Hermione’s an otter and so forth.
One of the best counters to depression and gloom is an awareness of who we are in God. Many Christians seem to be unaware of their status as saints even though it is the biblical term for all who are in Jesus. We don’t appreciate how much we are loved and approved of. We need to spend time with our heavenly Daddy (abba) and let him love us to the point where we really know we are loved and precious.