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Cherie KnightonW. Livingston REL3112Fourth Essay- HufflepuffFlorida State UniversityDid J.K. Rowling write a “Christ-Like” book in Harry Potter?I disagree that J.K Rowling made a Christian work through Harry Potter school of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Rowling claimed in a 2000 interview that the “religious parallels to her are obvious, but she never wanted to ‘reveal’ the ending”. “I don’t think many people expected the ending in Deathly Hallows, when Harry dies but returns,” she says. Many see this as the “afterlife”, or a “resurrection” type finale, but this cannot be described as Christian allegory throughout the whole series. An afterlife, in Rowling’s eyes through Christian Religioncan be identified as Jesus and the resurrection but in Wizardry World, nonetheless, that’s not the best interest of Christian Religion. It’s not to say she didn’t write a great story with moral views. At best, Rowling can be portrayed of writing a Christian culture novel instead like going throughlife’s struggle, mortality, dealing with demons, standing up to the good and bad, doing what’s right and just but up until her last series, who the main target was adult fiction, we did not see any Christian allegory. Rowling cannot compare to Tolkien’s, Lord of the Rings, however. Paul Kerry says, Tolkien’s The Lord of the Ringsilluminates proper ends of our natural capacities, such as
Knightonfulfilment in accordance with natural law, for instance, life, friendship and marriage. Just like many great stories, there is death, the fallen, enormous sacrifices to preserve the common good. Form Sandra Miesel in Kerry Miesel’s book, Light Beyond all Shadow, “Tolkien devised a unique cosmology and eschatology that would be consonant with his own Catholic beliefs without directly copying Holy Scripture. Not wishing to retrace biblical pathways directly, he invented his own,” [Ker11]; we may not say the same about J. K. Rowling. Tolkien focuses on the Make/Made linkage, but certainly not a writing didactic fiction and never was his intent to re-write the catechesis. Rather, he entertains the Middle-Earth as a habitable place of our planet. We can take the fantasy literary works for Tolkien, as he was

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