Harry Potter, A Christ Like Figure Essay

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Many are familiar with the famous book series, Harry Potter. Written by J.K. Rowling, all 7 books in this series follow the adventures of a young wizard and his friends, Ronald Weasley and Hermione Granger, while attending Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. The main plot of these books is centered on Harry’s quest to overcome the dark wizard, Lord Voldemort, whose goal is to become immortal and take over both the wizarding and non-wizarding worlds whilst destroying all those who stand in his way, including Harry Potter. These books have been translated into many different languages and have impacted people all over the world. This suspenseful, action packed series has captured the hearts and imaginations of thousands of people around the world. However, most readers, even adults, have overlooked the strange similarities, including the theme, which it shares with a well known book, the Bible.
It all starts with the lightning- shaped scar that was marked on Harry’s forehead after Voldemort had first attempted to murder him. While doing some research, I came across an essay titled Love, Death, and Friendship in the Harry Potter Novels, in which John Killinger states that “the name that God vouched to Moses, is believed by some to have been derived from a primitive description of a lightning bolt.” This essay, along with many others, began to raise my awareness on just how alike many instances in the Harry Potter books were to some of those written in the Bible. For example, arriving at Hogwarts, Harry fell in with a group of loyal, trustworthy friends named Hermione Granger, Ron Weasley, and Neville Longbottom who strangely remind us of Jesus’ disciples, Mary, Peter, and John.
Although these are just two measley, insignificant points, the fact that J.K. Rowling had based a lot of Harry Potter’s plot from the Bible, is revealed in the last book of this thrilling series. In this volume, Harry is repeatedly called “the Chosen One.” Not to mention, there is a moment when Harry and Hermione go back to Godric’s Hollow, his birthplace, on Christmas Eve. Inside the church,...

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