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A Charmed Life
Francis Bridger argues that, far from promoting witchcraft or evil, the spirituality of the Harry Potter Books in fact promotes the all conquering power of love.
Published January 1st 2001 by Darton Longman and Todd
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Feb 06, 2011 Jennifer rated it it was ok · review of another edition
2.5/5 stars. Some interesting points, but a bit repetitive for such a slim book. Also spends too much time defending Harry Potter against religious zealots and not enough time actually examining the theology. Could do with an update now that the series is finished.
First off, a trivial beef, who calls her Joanne? J.K. Rowling please. It started out with promise, then I found myself saying "no... that's not right?" "are you kidding me, chill out," down to the frank, "yeah no one cares." I think this was over analysing too little material. It felt stretched too far to try to grab something out of nothing. Perhaps if this included all the books in the series it'd be better formed.
This book was written at the release of the 4th Harry Potter book and at the height of the "Harry Potter book burning" era. Today the series is completed and all of the controversy has dissipated and become virtually nonexsistent. Maybe that's why I was so bored with this book that I could not finish it. I was expecting a thoughful look at the themes and characters of Harry Potter compared to Christian beliefs. What I got instead was a case for why the HP books are not evil, duh. The author spen ...more
This is excellent! A Christian theological professor from the UK writes about the positive, spiritual and encouraging side of the Harry Potter books. He invites Christians to take on board much of what they contain, and explains why it's unhelpful to condemn them, since the majority of the message from JK Rowling is not at all anti-Christian. Highly recommended.