The story of Harry Potter amazed a whole generation of not only children, but also adults, and still does. Rowling’s series, tells the story of Harry Potter and his fight against Lord Voldemort, which takes place in the world of magic. The difference between Harry Potter and Lord Volde-mort is explained by Dumbledore at the end of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone using the following words: „’If there is one thing Voldemort cannot understand, it is love. He didn’t realise that love as powerful as your mother’s for you leaves its own mark. Not a scar, no visible sign...to have been loved so deeply [...] will give us some protection for ever.’“ (Rowling 216). This love, which is described by Dumbledore as „’ [...] something so good.’“ stands in the opposite of the ‚evil’ Voldemort (Rowling 216). According to the Daily Mail the end of the story in the last book, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows, shows: "[...] [the] final showdown between Harry and Volde-mort. It could easily have been a letdown. But the fight here between ‚good’ and ‚evil’ is more than satisfying. It’s thrilling” (Bamignoye).
The comparison of ‚good’ and ‚evil’ reminds of the Bible. J.K Rowling herself states in an inter-view: "To me, the religious parallels have always been obvious [...]." (Petre). The question which emerges from the two mentioned articles is how to define ‚good’ and ‚evil’ from a Christian’s point of view, which will be done in this research paper. Afterwards, it will be considered whe-ther it is possible to categorize three of the main characters of the story, Harry Potter, Severus Snape and Lord Voldemort, as being ‚good’ or ‚evil’.
The concept of ‚good’ and ‚evil’ in Christianity and its connection to Literature
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...hy and compassion, his selfish acts, and the fact that he is unrepentant concerning the numerous people he kills, lead to the conclusion that Lord Voldemort represents ‚evil’ regarding Christian values.
To conclude, the fight between ‚good’ and ‚evil’ creates a great tension within the Harry Potter books. Nevertheless, it is impossible to force the characters, except from Voldemort, into an invariable schema of either ‚good’ or ‚evil’, regarding a Christian belief of acts, being declared as only the one or the other. The importance of considering the goal every human being tries to achieve with its actions is given, when examining characters as Snape and Harry. „Rowling’s ficti-onal world is made up of good people who do bad things and bad people who are capable of mercy and goodness“, which in fact creates a real world and makes the characters human (McDougal 160).
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