J. K. Rowling was lying . . .

When she insisted, early on, that the Harry Potter books should not be read in a search for Christian themes, and that they should not be compared to the works of C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkein.

Earlier today, I came across this article, from MTV no less, and actually almost 3 years old, where Rowling talks about the Christian themes of the books, and how she didn’t want to reveal them too early in the series for fear of coloring the reading and giving away the ending. She mentions the explicit Christian references in _The Deathly Hallows_–the references Mary’s been talking about since she read it–as evidence.

Here’s an article from Christianity Today, a few months before that interview, where the reviewer catches on.

Also, despite what Michael O’Brien and other Fundamentalists-in-Catholic clothing would have you believe, the Pope never “condemned” the books. Before he was Pope, Cardinal Ratzinger received a book some German woman wrote on the Harry Potter books, and occultism in popular culture in general. He wrote a polite response back, saying it’s important to guard our children against the occult. He never explicitly said that Harry Potter was a source of the occult.

And many also cite Fr. Gabriel Amorth’s statements on the subject. I’ve read statements where he said Harry Potter was evil, and I’ve also read where he said it was harmless fantasy. In either case, he admits he’s never read the books himself. He’s just basing it on the idea that people *can become interested in the occult by reading such books*, and I have no disagreement with that risk. But if the risk of that was enough to warrant censorship, then I guess we shouldn’t read the Bible, since a lot of people become interested in the occult from reading the Bible!

5 responses to “J. K. Rowling was lying . . .

  1. My main problem with Rowling isn’t the way she presented magic, or Christian themes in the books. It’s that she’s too shallow of a theologian and failed to actually bother to look up the meanings of words before she wrote.

  2. I was in graduate school when the craze first started, and one of my favorite professors, a fairly conservative Anglican lady and Romantic lit. specialist, said that they were just pale imitations of Lewis, and she thought they were amusing stories ut very poorly written. I later read a review by Stephen King that said the same thing.

  3. Good blog.

    J.R.R. Tolkien said, “We have come from God, and inevitably the myths woven by us, though they contain error, will also reflect a splintered fragment of the true light, the eternal truth that is with God. Indeed only by myth-making, only by becoming ‘sub-creator’ and inventing stories, can Man aspire to the state of perfection that he knew before the Fall. Our myths may be misguided, but they steer however shakily towards the true harbour, while materialistic ‘progress’ leads only to a yawning abyss and the Iron Crown of the power of evil.”

    It is interesting to note that even though Rowling struggles with her faith, we can still plainly see all the Christian themes within the Harry Potter series.

  4. Here lies sanity at last.
    “Religion was never talked about in our house.” (Rowling)
    “I first visited a church when I was 13-14.” (Rowling)
    “I write only for myself.” (Rowling).
    “It’s all about Harry. Everything comes from him.” (Rowling)
    “It’s really about Dumbledore and Snape.” (Rowling)
    “I had the idea on a train… yea.. really.” (Rowling)
    “I am definitely not writing another Harry Potter.” (Rowling)
    “I could write another, easily. You never know.” (Rowling)
    Q: “Do you think about the film as you write?”
    A: Truthfully no, although I do…. Not at all.” (Rowling)
    Q: “Where is it that Dumbledore being gay came out of?
    A: “It’s just something I made up on the stage for a laugh.”

    Though not explicitly stated in the books, J.K. Rowling has revealed in interviews that she has always thought of Dumbledore as gay. (http://dumbledoresveganarmy.wordpress.com/2011/07/14/dumbledores-gay-cake/)

    How many more lies are you happy to be told? And has it occurred to any of you that Rowling is not really writing any of the stuff at all, merely editing what others have written for her? See how many other lies you can dig up.

    • Paranoid much? TS Eliot sad _The Waste Land_ was meaningless, said that it was a metaphor for the decline of Western Civilization, published footnotes and tgen said tge footnotes were a hoax.

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