As it is used in the Harry Potter books, the formula is a snapshot of the innate human hope that love conquers death and that we will rise from the dead in a resurrection made possible by and in Christ Granger Granger continued on, pointing out a pattern he noticed in the first six books of the series. This pattern or formula is similar to the structure Odysseus, Aeneas, and Dante used in their works of literature that have stood the test of time Granger Then the mystery is introduced, closely followed by the crisis.
After the crisis, comes the descent Harry takes in an attempt to defeat the crisis.
In the combat, Harry encounters darkness whether in facing Voldemort himself or one of his servants. Hillegonds 11 While most of the series follows this formula, that does not mean the books are any less meaningful or well written. Granger gave a complete list on pages of his book Looking for God in Harry Potter, but a notable example would be when a dementor kisses Harry in Prisoner of Azkaban.
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They were forcing his face upward…. He could feel its putrid breath…. His mother was screaming in his ears…. She was going to be the last thing he ever heard…. Life with and without love Rowling then, after figuratively killing Harry in the first six books, resurrects him, every time. In the first example mentioned above, the white stag Patronus saves Harry.
In the second example, his own love for his godfather, Sirius Black, saves him. Granger summed up the structure of the Harry Potter stories with two points. Along with the themes of death and resurrection, the books also examine the idea of searching for victorious love.
In each novel, Harry learns a little bit more about what successful love is supposed to look like. He also learns a little bit more in each novel how far Voldemort is from understanding love and its power Granger If there is one thing Voldemort cannot understand it is love.
Not a scar, no visible sign…to have been loved so deeply, even though the person Hillegonds 13 who loved us is gone, will give us some protection forever…. This emphasis of love, specifically sacrificial love, having so much power stems from J. This reoccurring theme in the Harry Potter books points readers to the same reoccurring theme in the Great Story.
This same idea is reaffirmed in Prisoner of Azkaban when Dumbledore tells Harry that those loved ones who die before us do not ever leave us completely.
Dumbledore, in Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, dies a noble death, demonstrating sacrificial love even in loss. Granger agreed. This demonstration of how to die gracefully and sacrificially gives Harry an example of how to evaluate his own coming choice of life or death that comes to a head in the final chapters of the series. This leads in to a core difference between Harry and Voldemort. Voldemort Hillegonds 14 is so afraid of death that he does everything he can to stop death from happening, but he ends up missing on the best things of living, including love.
Voldemort even further demonstrates his intense fear of dying by creating the Horcruxes. This splitting of his soul, however, prohibits Voldemort from ever acquiring love. Rowling, however, contradicts this belief, despite her own fear of physical death. More evidence from Rowling that life without love is worse than physical death is given through the dementors present mostly in the fourth book but play roles in the following books as Hillegonds 15 well.
When a dementor kisses someone, the person is still physically alive, but his or her soul has been removed. After a dementor kisses Barty Crouch in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Harry realizes that the kiss of a dementor is worse than physical death. It had administered its fatal kiss to Barty Crouch. It had sucked his soul out through his mouth.
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Or what can a man give in exchange for his soul? He knows worse things can happen than death. This fight between life as being physically alive and life as being loved and loving comes to a head in the seventh book of the series. Rowling portrays the people who believe that life is simply having a heartbeat as evil, and she portrays the people who believe that life is love as good. Rowling does not deny that the absence of love is worse than the absence of life. It contains a force that is at once more wonderful and more terrible than death, than human intelligence, than forces of nature.
It is also, perhaps, the most mysterious of the many subjects for study that reside there. It is the power held within that room that you possess in such quantities and which Voldemort has not at all. That power took you to save Sirius tonight. That power saved you from possession by Voldemort, because he could not bear to reside in a body o full of the force that he detests.
In the end, it mattered not that you could not close your mind. This idea of love conquering death goes back to the Great Story that Granger talked about. Jesus came to earth to die and tear the temple veil, which correlates with the veil in the Ministry of Magic that Sirius falls through. Granger mentioned Matthew This veil is not only linked to the veil torn in the temple when Jesus died, but also to insinuating that Rowling believes there is, in fact, an afterlife. Luna and Harry, when in the room with the black veil, see the veil flutter as though it had just been touched, and they hear voices Hillegonds 17 coming from behind the veil, even though they do not see anyone.
As often stated, usually by Dumbledore, death is final. The movement and voices that come from behind the veil, however, give hope to Harry and readers that an afterlife exists Granger Living without love is worse than dying a physical death because no love means no hope. This same concept can be found in the Bible. To successfully live a Christian life, one needs to love like the love demonstrated in 1 Corinthians Living with love is how we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus, not by any heroic or good deeds done.
Living without love, is how people earn a separation from God, the God of love.
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The only way to avoid hell is to fight against selfishness and fight for selflessness in love, as demonstrated in the Harry Potter series. The true death, according to Rowling through Dumbledore, is living without love, not dying. Death is not the worst thing to happen because death is not the end. Death is not the end because love conquered death. The Harry Potter books allow readers to be involved with the Great Story being retold — a story of death losing to love Critics are concerned children will determine that breaking the rules is okay, simply because Harry Potter breaks the Hillegonds 18 rules.
To combat this argument, I assert that Harry breaks rules when he thinks it is necessary.
Sometimes his judgment is wrong, but he does not break rules intentionally unless he has what he thinks is a valid reason. Harry, the hero, has many good qualities. Yet, he is not always a shining example of virtue. His rule-breaking can also be considered part of making good, or bad, choices. This is where the theme and Christian idea of choice comes in. The choices people make define who they are. Harry needs to make two types of choices in each novel. He needs to make choices that identify what kind of person he is, and he needs to make choices that determine how to get out of the predicaments Hillegonds 19 Rowling puts him in Granger Up until Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Harry consistently chooses loyalty to those he loves and to what he believes is good over personal gain For example, as Granger pointed out, Harry chooses to deny the power Slytherin could bring him when he asks the Sorting Hat to keep him out of that particular house.
Harry also, in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, risks his life to Tom Riddle by deciding to stay loyal to Dumbledore, a man of good. Harry, however, is not perfect, and his wrong choices do have consequences. These choices are choices Harry makes internally, but they go right along with the outward life and death choices Harry makes in each book. The choices are very matter of fact in the first books, but as the series goes on, the internal and life or death choices become more entangled and complicated.
Even toward the end of the series, when Harry learns things about people he thought he knew, moral complexity is a revelation rather than a given. Hillegonds 20 because he knows he needs to keep the Stone from evil. In the next book, Harry knows the good thing to do would be to find Ginny in the chamber of secrets, and he stays to fight Tom Riddle there as well. It gets more complicated in later books like Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix when Harry sees, through the connection with his scar to Voldemort, that Sirius is being tortured, and Harry goes to him even though Sirius is captured by Death Eaters.
His choices, however, are overall good, and this can be seen in the way his good choices implement good changes in his character. First, Harry goes from an abused, seemingly unknown orphan in the first book to the hero of the darkest battle to ever grace wizard history in the seventh book.
A more specific example, as Granger mentioned, takes place in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.
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Throughout the book, he chooses to shed the pity he has for himself and chooses instead to save Ginny from her captivity by Voldemort and the Chamber of Secrets The most noted example, however, takes place in the following book, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, when Harry, at the start of the novel, blows up his Aunt Marge because he does not have the self-control he needs to keep his anger in check. He also learns to choose to ignore gossip about himself in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by Hillegonds 21 eventually accepting that he is not who some people say he is Harry, as the novels continue and as he grows older, continues to make hard choices like choosing to remain loyal to Dumbledore despite rumors about the man Harry, however, is not the only character in the books making choices.
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Neal points out growth and good choices in characters such as Ron and Dobby transforming throughout the books, choosing selflessness and bravery over safety. As the books go on, both Ron and Dobby grow into even stronger choice-makers. He, acting selfishly, leaves Hermione and Harry in their search for Horcruxes because he is jealous. Eventually though, after he has time to realize his misunderstanding and selfishness, he returns to the search.
Dobby, starting as a timid and obedient house elf in book two, through encouragement from his friends and a series of independent, good choices transforms into a brave hero. In Harry Hillegonds 22 Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Dobby once again proves his loyalty to those he loves and his small concern for himself by throwing himself in front of Harry, taking a knife in the chest. Dobby demonstrates one of the most selfless and courageous acts in the entire series. While making good choices is an important part of Christianity, good deeds and heroic actions are not the core of what Christianity teaches.
The same goes for the Harry Potter books.
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Rowling wants to drive home. Rowling sets the example that bad choices result in bad consequences, but she does not stop there. In conclusion, J. While she differs from J. Tolkien and C. Lewis in her main intention for writing her books, Rowling does successfully write a series that positively portrays main ideas of Christianity. Readers cannot comprehensively observe or understand these Christian ideas and themes until the main argument against the books is refuted.
Witchcraft and the occult is what causes most religious people to turn their backs on the Harry Potter books, but once they understand that the magic in Harry Potter is not the sorcery they assume it is, readers can begin to comprehensively observe and understand the Christian themes in the stories.
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