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One Fine Potion: The Literary Magic of Harry Potter Paperback – September 24, 2010
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Should evangelical Christians be alarmed by boy wizard Harry Potter? For Greg Garrett, novelist (Free Bird) and Baylor University professor of English , the answer is a resounding no. Rather, they should embrace the stories as affirming the central messages of Christianity. To show this, Garrett presents four readings of the Potter cosmos: a compelling argument about the role of magic, an explanation of the need for community, a discussion of true heroism, and an explicitly Christian exploration of Harry as savior and Dumbledore as Holy Spirit. Quotes from both the Potter novels and the Bible pepper the work, without proving intrusive. Christian elements are limited until the last section and their generic treatment will avoid alienating most readers. A few discussions (such as using the Potter novels to critique the Bush administration's position on torture) might be off-putting to those who disagree. The connection between Harry and Jesus is also introduced a bit glibly. Still, Garrett treats both the Christian and the Potter worlds with affection and passionate reverence. His work may not convert naysayers to Potter, but it will provide fans much to consider about the novels and their message of hope, joy, and love.
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"The mark of a great book discussing the Harry Potter books, especially if, like me, you have kept abreast of the current Potter scholarship, is that you learn something knew or see the Potter books in a new light. Greg Garrett's book is exactly this sort of book, and I might even say it is [the] best introduction for the reader new to the theology of Harry Potter yet written. Garrett gave me new eyes to see in many places, or approached the books from a fresh angle."―A. T. Ross, atrossbooks.com
"Pushing past the early naysayers who failed to see the deep, abiding Christian faith animating the epic Harry Potter series, Garrett connects the dots between J. R. R. Tolkien, C. S. Lewis, and the heir to their mythic power, J. K. Rowling. Prepare to be spellbound!"―Craig Detwiler, Director, Center for Entertainment, Media, and Culture, Pepperdine University
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Greg Garrett expresses the literary magic of Harry Potter with a magic all his own in this book. After so many years J.K. Rowling's beloved series has had almost as many critics as it has had its die-hard fans. This book explains primarily one of the biggest controversies of all, Harry Potter and Christianity.
There have always been those that condemned the books for their darkness, and witchcraft without realizing the light and good. The point being well made that all books have some dark and light including such works by J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis, which were both held in some respects as representing a likeness to the struggle of Christianity and the never ending battle between God and the Devil.
This book is a fantastic read without the dull undertones that would deem it an emotionless documentary.
A truly great read, deserving of 5 Ravens.
Kitty Bullard / Great Minds Think Aloud