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August 2nd, 2007

(no subject) @ 01:49 pm

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Harry Potter and the Fire breathing Fundamentalists

Some of you might not be happy, but I'm just glad I'm not the only one who's noticed Harry Potter's Catholicity. Hat tip to Rhymes With Right.
 
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From:anderyn
Date:August 2nd, 2007 07:11 pm (UTC)
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Thanks for posting this, John. I saw those things too, though not all of them, and I had to laugh at the Fundamentalists who thought that it was so Wiccan. When Harry is really a big old Christ-figure.
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From:halfmoon_mollie
Date:August 2nd, 2007 07:50 pm (UTC)

I'd like to make a comment here.

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If you look hard enough, you can find 'themes' of just about anything IN just about anything. This was a very well written and thoughtful article.

BUT for heaven's sake. It's a STORY. It's FICTION. I loved the saga all the way through.

But you know, sometimes a cigar is just a cigar. Or...some of us would like to enjoy the story without having comparisons and such things tossed at us!

John, it's good to see you posting!

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From:john_holton
Date:August 3rd, 2007 01:11 pm (UTC)

Re: I'd like to make a comment here.

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It IS a story. In fact, it's in the same vein of a lot of classic stories: The Hero's Journey that Joseph Campbell described in The Hero With A Thousand Faces. One could easily say that each book of the series, as well as the series itself, represents the journey of Harry Potter, just as the Gospels are the journey of Jesus Christ, the Aeneid is the journey of Aeneas, etc. etc.

In writing a classic story, JK Rowling borrowed elements of other classic stories, including the Gospels. It draws comparisons because of that, not despite it. And she did a superior job of it, though I think she could have told the story in fewer words...but then, there are the movies for that, and the books would have lost their charm without the preponderance of detail.

The sad thing is that there are those who not only forbid their children from reading the books because of their content, but that some of those people feel that the author is evil and must be destroyed, a la Salman Rushdie. (Cox and Forkum had this to say about that, as well as this on the publication of the last book.) I think the author of the article I linked originally addressed his comments to them more than anyone.
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From:halfmoon_mollie
Date:August 3rd, 2007 01:43 pm (UTC)

Re: I'd like to make a comment here.

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Yes, my 'friend' A is a Christian Fundamentalist whose son goes to a Christian school. As far as she knows her (now 16 year old) son hasn't read any of the books, and certainly hasn't seen the movies (as far as she knows). I think that's sad, for so MANY reasons.


In writing a classic story, JK Rowling borrowed elements of other classic stories, including the Gospels. It draws comparisons because of that, not despite it.


Indeed.
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From:lourdesmont
Date:August 2nd, 2007 10:48 pm (UTC)
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I never read Harry Potter and have no desire to do so. My brain is fried and my emotions are so drained that I can barely get this typed so that it sounds passing intelligent. So I'll read this when I am back to normal.

In the meantime ...

IT IS SO BLOODY WONDERFUL TO SEE YOUR POSTS AGAIN!!!

((((HUGS CHOO!!!!))))

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There's a place for people who laugh at nothing...