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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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Baylor University Press (September 24, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1602581983
  • ISBN-13: 978-1602581982
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,565,682 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I'm almost done with this book and the nerd in me can't get enough of Garrett's insights and research. For fans of the series and fans of literature, this is a must read analysis of the story and themes. Garrett's close reading of the text and his ability to bring the movies, the story, the morality, and the Christian view together make this a perfect follow up to the Harry Potter series. I only wish he covered more ground.
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I haven't actually read this book as it was a gift for my oldest daughter. My son goes to Baylor where the author is an English professor and my daughter is a Christian counseling major at UT and the biggest 20 year old Harry Potter fan in the world. We got this for her for Christmas in the hopes that my son would have time to track down the professor at Baylor and have it autographed...while that didn't work out, his sister thoroughly enjoyed the book. She said it brought a whole new perspective to the books for her and that she may go back and reread the books for the ?? time with these new thoughts on the story and writing style. I think everyone who criticizes the HP books for witchcraft and wizardry should read this book and see that yes, that's the surface story but underneath is a beautiful Christian message not to be missed.
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This is a fun book demolishing the frequent commentary by so-called Christians that the book is evil. It is anything but that and certainly supports the goodness of the Christian Gospel.
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GREAT BOOK!! The author was my professor and his thoughts flow along perfectly with his book here. I highly recommend for any and all Harry Potter fans.
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