In our reflections I found an association between The Book of Job and Harry Potter. Dumbledore played God and Harry was Job. The books show us the power of faith over cynicism. Like Job, Harry questioned his superior and never conformed to the beliefs and criticism of others. Harry had been faced with many challenges in his first 6 years at Hogwarts but his 7th year was the end of his suffering. The 7th year showed Dumbledore’s plan come to fruition just as God’s plan did for Job. After reanalyzing the events of the series I noticed there is truly only one person whose story resembles Harry’s. Although they share different worlds, Jesus is the closest biblical figure whose story template is similar to Harry Potter’s. The Gospel of Matthew tells his story while the Harry Potter series echoes from a distance, “The boy who lived, raised to die”.
In the Book of Matthew we learn that a special baby had been born in Bethlehem, and an angry King wanted him dead. The bible says,
“When King Herod heard this he was disturbed, and all Jerusalem with him. When he had called together all the people’s chief priests and teachers of the law, he asked them where the Messiah was to be born. “In Bethlehem in Judea,” they replied, “for this is what the prophet has written”(Matthew 2: 3-5)
Jesus was the messiah of the Jews, and Harry was also seen as a savior of his people. The King then ordered the slaughter of infants but Jesus remained hidden by his parents, and taken to a safe place. In Harry Potter, the main antagonist (Lord Voldemort) learns of a boy whose power would be far greater than his. He took matters in to his own hands and set out his minions on a mission to kill the child. He soon came face to face with baby Harry in God...
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...n me” (Matthew 27:45). Harry felt the same way when he figured out Dumbledore protected him for so long to be sure he would die at the right moment. Jesus was brought back from the dead and Harry was resurrected because only a part of him died. A part of Lord Voldemort’s soul lived in Harry and was destroyed by Voldemort himself. They had discovered their roles, and played their parts to the best of their abilities.
The Harry Potter franchise was set up similar to the Book of Matthew. Although these characters are worlds apart there is definitely resemblance between their stories. Harry Potter makes the ultimate sacrifice and gives himself in hopes to put an end to the madness Lord Voldemort had caused. The Harry Potter series definitely resembles the book of Matthew with different context but it contains the same ideas, which create a connection between the two.
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