Harry Potter, Christ Figure?
Professional Harry watchers on whether J.K. Rowling's hero is meant to resemble Christ
When the movie "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets" was released Beliefnet invited a group of experts to discuss the Potter phenomenon. One topic: Did Harry's creator, J.K. Rowling, intend the similarities our group found between Harry and Jesus?
Authors often give fictional heroes Christ-like attributes--Billy Budd's death on the yardarm, Hemingway's old fisherman shouldering his mast--to give them mythical depth. Is Harry a Christ figure? The answer may dictate how we think about him--and tell us what to expect from upcoming books.
The chart below details Rev. John Killinger's reasons to believe Harry is a Christ figure.Highlights
of the debate follow.
Selected Debate Highlights
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