Originally posted by pawnhandler
What a crock. This went on and on and on when the first few books came out. How many mainstream novels for adults or kids show a character praying to God for guidance or assistance? I find ignorant crap like this article extremely annoying, but it's a great way to earn money -- dragging oneself on the coattails of a famous author to sell an article.
I think the article is a crock, too, but for different reasons. Yes, Tolkien's
Catholicism and Lewis' Anglicanism influenced their writing. They do so
by metaphor, symbolism or allusion. They are appealing to something
greater than they themselves to get by, no doubt, but they do not name
it as 'God.'
But so, too, do the characters in the Potter story. They appeal to greater
ideals such as nobility, justice, devotion to friends, compassion, sincerity,
overcoming evil with good, and, especially commitment to the mission.
How different is Harry from Frodo? Misunderstood, complicated, distant
from even his close friends, frustrated, courageous? Like Frodo, Harry has
divorced himself from the pleasures of the flesh (Frodo never married)
so, like a good Messiah figure, he can ascetically approach the task that
might very well require the sacrifice of his own life. I mean, come on!
This archetype goes back 1000 years before Jesus.
The author writes:
What does Harry have instead of God? Rowling's answer, at once glib and profound, is that Harry's power comes from love.
What does Christianity teach that God is? Love. It's not a 'mere human
emotion,' as the author arrogantly and ignorantly puts it (not the eros
of the Bible, so to speak). Harry is trying to live the life of the 'Good
even if he ends up more like the second son who says that he will not
to the divine will even if he later goes out and does it.
Because Rowling is an atheist, they jump on her book as if it doesn't
have any spiritual undertones (but that Tolkien's, e.g., does). Such a
claim is just foolishness; if ever a Messiah figure was, Harry is.