If you are against Harry Potter, the title of my post most likely lowered your opinion of me already. But that’s okay. You can depend that I will not treat you differently and you also have the choice to treat me differently. Or if all goes well… I will remain the same to you.
I began reading Harry Potter books when I was 12 and as far as I know myself—more than a decade later—I did not and will never turn into a witch. Wiccans will strongly disavow any qualification of me being a witch and they might even find the thought disgusting. If anything, Harry Potter is a brilliant piece of literature and a major influence in my love for the English language, along with Chronicles of Narnia and Lord of the Rings.
Coming from a very conservative Christian background, I’m well aware of disgruntled stares and she-reads-Harry-Potter-she-isn’t-safe-stay-away-from-her shocks of disbelief coming my way. But I guess I’ll risk that. Because if I can freely and joyfully recommend Narnia and Lord of the Rings to book lovers, I feel that Harry Potter deserves similar treatment. Lewis and Tolkien purists will be appalled that I put Harry Potter on par with them but my love for these series are equal and I would prefer to treat them like that.
If you’re planning to comment arguments against HP (from Satanism to brainwashing, etc.), please spare yourself the effort. I’ve heard and read most, if not all of them, for the past 15 years that I can possibly put out a research paper presenting my case for HP.
Among all the books I read, Harry Potter is a special friend that became a springboard for my exploration of the richness of classic literature. From Austen, Bronte sisters, Dostoeyevsky, Hugo, Shakespeare to theological works of Luther, Jonathan Edwards, Calvin, Lewis, etc. Would have I braved those difficult works—English being my third language—had HP not sparked the beauty of English in me? I think not.
Would I recommend Harry Potter books? Yes, with all my heart. Has my identity in and passion for Jesus Christ become endangered with my affinity for Harry Potter books? No, not at all. My love for the Gospel actually fuels my aspiration to proliferate good literature—one of which is Harry Potter—among readers everywhere. What the Bible has taught me about character and Christian living is beautifully reinforced in the pages of Harry Potter. Honor, loyalty, friendship, love, strength, courage—I learned more of them in my adventures with Harry, Ron, and Hermione. And I would not exchange that literary experience for anything.
I guess at the end of the day, it will always be a thrill to be back in Hogwarts eating chocolate frogs, drinking butterbeer, and flying in broomsticks.
Excellent Read: Why Harry Potter Is Great Literature http://humanepursuits.com/why-harry-potter-is-great-literature/