J.K. Rowling has finally come to its much anticipated end. In full disclosure, I'm a fan of the books and the movies. I know the series is placed in the context of magic which has caused some concern for many Christians, but I think the story itself contains many touchpoints with the Christian faith. And this is not surprising since J.K. Rowling is open about her faith. Scot McKnight (here) and Ben Witherington (here) have both already posted about this. Just a few of these touchpoints, as I see them, are: (1) resurrection, (2) sacrificial love, (3) fellowship, (4) the conflicting nature of the Holy Spirit with the sinful nature (Rom. 7; Gal.5:16-17). These topics could be used as discussion points for non-Christians who are Harry Potter fans. There are others out there who have already touched on this on a much deeper level. So I'll leave it at that.Yes, this is one of the many posts regarding the Harry Potter series. The movie series based on the very popular book series by
What I really want to talk about, or ask, has to do with the book series itself. Rowling has mentioned that both Tolkien and Lewis are major influences for her. Most everyone knows the impact that Lewis' Chronicles of Narnia and Tolkien's Lord of the Rings (along with the Hobbit) have had and continue to have on the world. My question is this: Do you think that the Harry Potter series is on the same level as these other works? Should Rowling's work be placed together with the work of Tolkien and Lewis as one big happy family?
What are your thoughts?