Blog 9 3/4
December 7, 2011
OK, I have to feel better today, you guys. There are things to do and I’ve got to get going. Someone bring me a sudafed.
So the other night I finished the sixth Harry Potter book. I’ve read them all before, but they’re so great that I like to go through them again every once in awhile. After I finished, I picked up book seven and read the last chapter. (I’m speaking in very general terms because I don’t want to give anything away in case you are very behind at being awesome and haven’t read the books yet.)
Each time I read the books, I am more and more impressed with J.K. Rowling. She is brilliant (said with an English accent). She knew what she was doing with that series the entire time. After I read the last chapter of book seven, I went back and looked at the end of book four. Yep, a clue to the whole series. Sitting right there. Waiting to be discovered. Rowling was on it.
Some people hate the Harry Potter series on account of how they’re Satan’s favorite books. But there are such redemptive, Christian themes in this series. Just like Narnia, just like Pilgrim’s Progress. I think part of the reason I love Harry Potter is because — like Narnia or LOST — it tells a detailed, beautiful story. There are things to figure out, clues along the way, an ultimate plan and purpose. It’s like we talked about last week; story is powerful.
The themes of sacrifice and redemption in Harry Potter or any other good series remind me of the One True Story. God’s story. It reminds us of how we sometimes have to choose between what is right and what is easy (Albus Dumbledore) or how the last enemy to be defeated is death.
This guy puts it well (spoilers about the Harry Potter series, so don’t watch it if you plan to read the books!).
Good stuff. So yes, after all this time, I still love Harry Potter. Always.
Sorry if you’ve never read HP and had to read this post. You were probably very bored. Maybe this little guy will make amends?
OK, have a good Wednesday. Read Harry Potter. Read God’s Story. Eat some Bertie Botts Every Flavor Beans. Say hi to Dumbledore for me. Steer clear of Snape. Find a golden snitch. Free a house elf. … I’ve got to stop … Visit Zonko’s. … Seriously, I have to go. … Accio end of blog post!