The Lord of the Hallows: Christian Symbolism and Themes in J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter
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The Lord of the Hallows: Christian Symbolism and Themes in J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter

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THE LORD OF THE HALLOWS examines the Christian themes present in J. K. Rowling's HARRY POTTER, and compares Rowling's series with THE LORD OF THE RINGS by J. R. R. Tolkien and THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA by C. S. Lewis. This book also gives a fascinating explanation of the sources of Harry Potter's subtle religious symbolism, which includes a study of iconography derived from...more
Paperback, 118 pages
Published July 15th 2009 by Outskirts Press
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Adam Ross
This little book proved to be a wonderful introduction to some of the Christian themes and symbols in the Potter novels. There is a danger in being friends with John Granger, and that is in assuming that all the symbolism in the Potter books have already been discovered, and one of my chief criteria for a book examining the Harry Potter series is that it add something new to our collective knowledge of them. This book met and surpassed that criteria. If you've read Granger, there will be some ov...more
I was particularly happy to win The Lord of the Hallows: Christian Symbolism and Themes in J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter by Denise Roper from Goodreads as it was a book that combined two of my favorite interests: Harry Potter and, well, Christian symbolism.

I was fascinated by the symbolism in the series and was curious to see how much of it I had understood or if, perhaps, I was reading more into the series than was there. From my understanding of this book, everything I saw was in fact there as w...more
This was a short analysis about how Christian themes are present in Harry Potter, the Chronicles of Narnia, and Lord of the Rings. The author wound the three books and biblical quotes and information into a cohesive book that allowed the comparisons to be seen clearly and a lot of "a-ha" moments. The book discussed symbolism in the forms of animals and other items from the books and explained them in a way that was easily understandable to a person who had read the Harry Potter books.
I enjoyed...more
August A.
Great book! The author examined the Christian themes present in Rowling's Harry Potter and comapres her series with Tolkien's "Rings" and Lewis' "Narnia" series. The book gives a fascinating explanation of the sources of Harry Potter's subtle religious symbolism, which includes a study of the iconography derived from the Bible, the writings of the Early Church Fathers, Ancient and Medieval bestiaries, Christian artwork, and the Arthurian quest for the Hallows of the Holy Grail.
Rob Hermanowski
This short book is by fellow Goodreads member (and author) Denise Roper. She has produced an extremely well-researched scholarly work that will appeal equally to fans of epic fantasy and those interested in modern religious literary studies. I enjoyed the book very much, and found her arguments compelling. Denise frequently speaks at Fantasy/SciFi gatherings - I hope to have the opportunity to hear her speak in person one day!
J.W. Braun
This is a fun little book that fans of Harry Potter and The Lord of the Rings who are looking for a deeper understanding of religious symbolism in the books will enjoy. Roper is a talented writer that obviously double checks all her facts, and she writes her literary criticism in a very professional and scholarly way. I'm glad to have a copy and enjoyed every page.
I liked how it tied all three of these series together: Lord of the Rings, Narnia Chronicles, and Harry Potter.

Some quotes from last night's reading:

" is not for us to choose the times into which we are born, but to do what we could to repair them; but the spirit of wickedness in high places is now so powerful and so many-headed in it's incarnations that there seems nothing more to do than personally refuse to worship any of the hydras' heads..." p. 98 (This is a quote from a letter of Tolk...more
This wonderful book will delight not only Christians, but all students of spirituality and mythology. It is filled with fascinating arcane information, yet the author's engaging and descriptive style results in a text that never feels weighed down by its rich content matter. I learned quite a few intriguing facts about a variety of Christian legends; Ms. Roper's knowledge of symbolic lore and Christian history is impressive (I was particularly enchanted by her chapter about the Deathly Hallows,...more
Super interesting. Used it as a source for my research paper, but couldn't put it down while I was reading it!
The Lord of the Hallows is subtitled "Christain Symbolism and Themes in J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter". Yet the book itself seems to be a mish-mash of different things. Although there are many interesting points about the influences of Christianity on the story a large majority of the book is taken up with the simliarities between Rowling's Harry Potter and Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings/ An astute reader will guess this from the title and cover art but the given premise of this book is somewhat...more
Good book. Made lots of connections between Rowling's work & Tolkien's work. Some good theories. Have some doubts on some of them since Rowling was so adamant about not being influenced by Tolkien.
M.G. Bianco
This book was pretty good, I appreciated the Christian defense of Harry Potter. And, it made me want to re-read the books. Denise does stretch in some places though.
Kim Johnston
I am a huge Rowling fan and I read many essays...
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