Author(s): John Killinger
John Killinger tells readers why the Harry Potter books, far from corrupting children's morals, actually influence young readers to follow the teachings of Jesus. They are, the author claims, narratives of robust faith and morality. He shows that the world of Harry Potter would be inconceivable apart from the structures of Judeo-Christian theology and that Harry Potter, in his principles and actions, personifies the teachings of Jesus. He also reflects on the possibility that Harry Potter, like Dostoevsky's Prince Myshkin and others, is a witting or unwitting Christ figure who actually battles the forces of darkness for the souls of the faithful. Killinger's argument is not only persuasive but enlightening- and, as the author says of the Harry Potter books, "a whopping good read".