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Magic Is Might: Christianity in a world of magic: A religious reading of J.K. Rowling’s novel Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Theoretical approaches can modify the way texts are interpreted both in accordance and opposition. As a conventional narrative, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, written by J. K. Rowling, is an archetype of this statement, as well as a text “worthy of literary greatness”.1 The novel is perceived as an anecdote involving the battle between good and evil, concentrating on the efforts of three friends against seemingly dark and spectral forces. While many critics claim that the novel advocates witchcraft and the occult, few consider the representation of Christianity and the figurative nature of the text. This paper intends to analyse these figurative Christian facets and the exhibitive reader’s response to the text, including the elements of witchcraft and the occult.

Rowling’s au courant literature piece is considered by critics to be “a postmodern apocalyptic work of fiction”.2 Concomitant with the previous six novels, the finale to the paragon series again focuses on the protagonist Harry Potter, and the struggles he faces against antagonist Lord Voldemort, and the ostensibly dark forces at his disposal. Rowling also ameliorates the series by developing the characters of Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger, who experienced minimal progression as characters in previous novels. The friendship between the trio is explored significantly by Rowling, and put under immense strain as the trio seeks to end the dark power of Lord Voldemort through the destruction of his Horcruxes, pieces of a wizard’s soul embodied in objects of significance, enabling immortality and indestructibility.3 Even before a close reading of the novel, this description shows that two prominent themes of the novel will be the occult and witchcraft.

However, in order to analyze Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows from a religious perspective, the text...
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