Harry Potter was a good Christian? – CNN Belief Blog// or just typical?
By Eric Marrapodi, CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor
In a new book out this month, author Danielle Tumminio asserts Harry Potter is good Christian. Tumminio argues Potter lives a life that lines up with Christian values.
“I see him best as a seeker in a world where Christianity is not the vocabulary. I see him best as a seeker trying to live a life of faith in the same way a Christian seeker tries to live a life grace,” Tumminio told CNN.
Tumminio said she wrote God and Harry Potter at Yale: Teaching Faith and Fantasy Fiction in an Ivy League Classroom, to explore the contention by conservative Christians that Harry Potter is akin to heresy.
Given the recent analysis of “moral therapeutic deism” creeping into the accepted set of things that can be labeled Christianity, this seems to be a pretty timely post.
Seems pretty cut and dry.
At least that was my thinking, asI read this article a couple days ago, and then I happened to read a passage of Harry Potter that I thought applied here. In the part I read, Harry and his friends were celebrating Christmas.. More the western, exchange gifts variety, than the candle light service, or Christmas mass type of celebration.
And my thinking was, certainly there is some back story that doesn’t find its way to the page, maybe Harry or the Dursleys or other characters attend church regularly, pray often, and other such things that show more a deeper faith, and that just didn’t make the final draft of the book.
But if we take it at face value even.. that all Harry and anyone else did was kind of observe Christmas in a pretty secular way.. how much different does that make him that a lot of self identifying Christians today?
I think sadly, that he more closely matches a “typical Christian” that the someone on the street is likely to run into. Tries to be good and brave, helps his friends, and treats God like a far of person, that is worthy of occasional seasonal celebration.
But I don’t think that gets us all the way to “Good Christian”.