Harry Potter’s Destiny And Legacy Essay

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Harry Potter’s loss of both parents during a horrific night battling against evil to protect their only son, a mother’s ultimate sacrifice and the child that would grow up to fulfill a prophecy of
“The one with the power to vanquish the Dark Lord approaches…born to those who have thrice defied him, born as the seventh month dies…and the Dark Lord will mark him as his equal, but he will power the Dark Lord knows not…and either must die at the hand of the other for neither can live while the other survives…the one with the power to vanquish the Dark Lord will be born as the seventh month dies." - Order of the Phoenix, chapter 37: The Lost Prophecy
The child may have escaped that night with only a scratch on his forehead, a scar that was not only a reminder of a horrific event, but also a connection between an innocent child and the evil lord Voldemort by transforming Harry into a Horcrux’s and making him the chosen one to defeat him when the time came. ...view middle of the document...


While attending this school the pieces of the past started to come together and although the loss of his parents was a defining part of the plot these was only the beginning. The loss and hardships throughout Harry’s life had shaped him for the many difficult quests to come, where his character’s inner strength would have to be victorious for the good of humanity. His humility and good heart inspires the viewers to cheer for him, want him to be victorious, and connecting with the character as if each one of its victories was one of their own triumphs. Harry was accompanied by his two best friends during most of his journeys, sharing the burden, looking for clues and getting themselves and many situations that would bring them closer together and realizing that he was never alone.
The series reached people regardless of age, religious beliefs, gender, ethnicity and even language demonstrating that with perseverance, hope, and courage anything is possible and that the message translates clearly. As a result opening the doors for many to compare the Harry Potter series to religion and the life of Jesus Christ, and arguing that the series promote the use of witchcraft.
As mentioned earlier the symbolism of Harry’s character has been compared by some to the story of Jesus Christ. Harry fights evil and enters willingly into battle knowing that he will die, comes back from death and defeats the evil enemy saving humanity from darkness. If the movies are indeed promoting religion, why some Christians say the movies are blasphemy? They see some similarities between Jesus Christ and Harry Potter that they believe are profane because it insinuates that Harry is similar to God and because sorcery is used all through the movies, however, it could also be argued as described by Abigail Beau Seigneur as a “fictionalized modern adaptation of the life of Christ to introduce the message to a new generation”. Through the series Harrys character promotes not giving up, do what is right and not what is easy, and friendship above all. Either way the series are full of action, fiction and suspense keeping the viewers at the edge of their seats each movie and leaving them asking for more.

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