In her interview with Oprah Winfrey, J. K. Rowling acknowledged that the Harry Potter series had a deep and intentional connection to Christianity. She said, “There is a lot of Christian imagery in the books. That’s undeniable. And certainly in Hallows [it is] very clear . . . That’s an allusion to a belief system in which I was raised.”
However, many us remember early resistance to the Harry Potter series from our Christian parents and Pope Benedict alike. That started to abate with the publication of books like Looking for God in Harry Potter by John Granger, which helped many Christians find an ally in Harry Potter where previously they had seen a potential risk.
In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, the last book in the series, Rowling includes overt references to Matthew 6:19, “Where you treasure is, there will your heart be also” and 1 Corinthians 15:26,“The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death” (see Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, pp. 325, 328).
Despite the fact that Rowling’s books are loaded to the brim with witches, potions, and evil incantations, there can be little doubt that the Christian tradition informs much of Harry’s story. Here are five ways J.K. Rowling’s beloved series mirrors the Christian narrative.