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Harry Potter Bibical Themes Essay

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"The mind is not a book, to be opened at will and examined at leisure. Thoughts are not etched on the inside of skulls, to be perused by an invader. The mind is a complex and many-layered thing." (Severus Snape, Book five.) The book series entitled 'Harry Potter' has Biblical themes hidden beneath all of the spells, charms, and enchantments. Harry Potter, in my own opinion, is very Christ like and I feel like the book series could be looked at like a modernized version of the bible. He resembles Jesus Christ in multiple ways. J.K Rowling has subtly featured religious symbolism in her books such as, Harry dying for the wizarding world much like Jesus died willingly for our sins. After they died, they were both resurrected. Fawkes, the Phoenix is a symbol of the Holy Spirit, and Harry and Jesus both knew sacrifice and selflessness. Also, both men have taken so much pain and suffering for the people they loved. Every character in the Harry Potter Series seems to resemble a person from the bible.
Harry Potter died for the wizarding world much like Jesus Christ died willingly for our sins. After they died, they were resurrected by a father figure. Harry was resurrected by Albus Dumbledore in a way. After Voldemort tried to murder him a second time using the killing curse Harry went into a dream state where he met with Dumbledore who gave him a choice to live or die. Jesus and Harry are more alike than people think. It's not just because they both died for the people around them. Jesus Christ stripped the devil of his powers just like Harry stripped Voldemort of his. They both saw the enemy, stood up to them and they conquered.
Fawkes, the Phoenix is a symbol of the Holy Spirit. Fawkes has saved Harry and Dumbledore from death. When Harry went down into the Chamber of Secrets, Fawkes blinded the Basilisk so that Harry could find his way out of the Chamber alive. Harry killed the basilisk and accidently got one of its fangs stuck in his arm, so the bird swooped in to rescue Harry and used his tears of healing powers to heal his wound. A Phoenix is a Mythical creature who never dies and is a symbol of rebirth. The presence of a phoenix reinforces the underlying theme of conquering death by embracing life, just like Harry and Jesus did.
Harry and Jesus know a lot about Sacrifice and selflessness. All of the characters in the Harry Potter series experiences sacrificial love. Hermione Granger,...

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