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The release of the final Harry Potter movie isn’t an end at all. The Hogwarts saga . . has provided both a role model . . . This is a great thing. The love of these books and their characters confirms the power of traditional Christian literary arts to reach and stir the human heart. It also confirms Tertullian’s remarkable observation that “all souls are Christian souls”: that we all have darkened hearts that only Christ can illumine.- Granger, Christianity Today
by John Granger
Free-Lance Writer for CT
As part two of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows opens in theaters worldwide this month, we have reached the final chapter—of sorts. It’s a phenomenon that began 13 years ago with the release of the first installment in J. K. Rowling’s series. I’m a Potter pundit who has written and edited as many books about the Hogwarts saga as there are novels in said series. So you would think I’d be sad to see the tale of the boy wizard come to an end.
But I’m not, because the tale is not ending. Harry is here to stay.
What makes me think that Potter mania will not go the way of the Hula-Hoop and pet rock is the remarkable ripple effect of Harry’s seven-year battle with the Dark Lord. The Hogwarts saga has reshaped our ideas of what a story can and should do, and writers and filmmakers have and will continue to respond to this new set of audience expectations. Click here to continue reading.
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