'Harry Potter' Author J.K. Rowling Opens Up About Books' Christian Imagery
The information in this article was no surprise to me. I started reading the Harry Potter books around the time Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban came out. A friend of mine in the Air Force was reading one in the tool shop one day, and I started ribbing him a little bit about it. He convinced me that the books were really good and I gave them a shot. I've been a Potter fan ever since.
I- like everyone else- was very curious about how the story would end, but I wasn't worried too much about it, and trusted Rowling to wrap the whole thing up in the right way.
As the Christian themes and allegory became more evident, I was pleased but I wasn't surprised. Rowling did something that Lewis hadn't done in The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, and something that Tolkien hadn't done in The Lord of the Rings- she'd actually quoted Bible verses in the text of her prose, without alerting her audience that that's what she was doing. She was proselytizing Christianity, planting seeds in the minds of eager young readers. She was telling them the greatest story ever told, just doing it in her own way.
It's true that Rowling admits struggling with aspects of her faith, and it's true that she is not as devout a Christian as some other notable writers, but her books have planted and will plants seeds that God can use to raise up future generations of believers in Christ.