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  1. This is an excellent review of the books, Josh! I started reading them in elementary school and remember being quite excited for Goblet of Fire to be released. The day Deathly Hallows was published, I found myself at a midnight release party, waiting to start the final book as soon as I possibly could. I also remember going to see the first movie in theaters; it was the first time my parents let my sister and I go to the movies alone.

    One of the things that impressed me the most about the series is that, in the end, I really only had one (unimportant) question: what happened to the Dursleys? Rowling did such an amazing job tying the series together!
    It always frustrated me when Christians would say that Harry Potter was demonic. As I read tbe books, I never found anything thay caused me to question my beliefs. To me, the theme of the story was love, friendship, loyalty and the fight of good versus evil. Wizardy was simply the means of telling that story. I learned so much from the books about standing up for what you believe in and for what is right. Harry continued to tell the world of Voldemorts return despite the fact that it caused him to become somewhat of an outcast. The same concept must be embraced by us as Christians.

    I’m actually rereading the series right now in anticipation of the release of Deathly Hallows, Part 1. The series will be one I will read for the rest of my life, honestly.

    Anyways, I’m really happy you decided to give the books another try!

  2. This is a very well written article. I remember feeling the same emotions as the Christian parallels emerged.

    As a side note, I was also impressed on how Rowling went out of her way to make her readers disgusted with the idea of discrimination and racism. She makes the reader fall in love with Hagrid, and has characters like Umbridge who criticize him for being half giant. This is something that the American Church is still learning.

    Anyway, good post!

  3. Thanks for the article…please know that as a teacher of 5th graders when the first book came out, I read it to my students. It took a long time, but everything stopped when the book and my reading stool came out.
    I have reread the series each time one of the movies came out, and I must admit I awaited the first film with trepidation. Most other books that I had read to my classes changed so much in the movie version that it was my usual practice to make them subject to a Compare/Contrast composition… with the final paragraph the students’ choice about which they liked better – the book or the movie – and why.
    For many years Students mostly chose the book as better, but as I continued to teach more and more students chose the movies… “It was easier than reading” “I didn’t have to imagine what the characters looked like” “It was shorter than the book” And so… I stopped showing the movies… and continued reading the books.
    Long live Reading, Long live Books with Real pages, and Long live Readers with Imaginations!

  4. hey josh,
    glad you finally jumped on board with this! harry potter is an amazing series. i remember having to hide it from my friends growing up – my parents had no problem with it, but i was always afraid that i wouldn’t be allowed to associate with my buddies any more if they found out i was reading “witchcraft.” now, about six years later, they’re all reading it.
    thanks for this article. i enjoyed it.

  5. Wow, this was a great post. Well done.

    I’m glad you enjoyed the books and I’m so glad Harry Potter is still getting new fans all the time.
    I still think that people like me had a very unique experience with Potter that a lot of new fans will never experience.

    We had to wait an average of 2 years to read the next book in the series and in that time we would come up with theories and wonder what would happen next. We are kind of the ones who read the series with the entire world (except JKRowling) not knowing how the series ends.
    Ahh now I’m feeling a little sad 😦

    I’m glad that you got to experience the magic of Harry Potter 🙂
    Keep well.

  6. you need to check out Wizard People, Dear Reader if you enjoyed the movie… one of the best fan commentaries in the world in my opinion. hilarity will ensue when you watch it.

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