“I Open at the Close": Where the Deathly Hallows Could Lead Us
- Tuesday, July 19, 2011
What I love about literature is that it awakens my imagination and whisks me off to new places often out of touch with the normal senses. In that realm, I often find God. Many of the mysteries of my faith cannot be answered by the senses or science—they require me to believe in what cannot yet be explained. This means that I must imagine. One of these great mysteries is the Trinity. In the Deathly Hallows, I found a chance to ponder that mystery. What if the Elderwood Wand represented the power of God? The invisibility cloak might be like the Holy Spirit? cloaking us with powerful gifts that are often invisible yet present? And what about the resurrection stone? Isn’t that the gift of eternal life that Jesus gave us when he died on the cross and resurrected? And so, with these three gifts don’t we also receive the power through the gift of Jesus to also be saved from death?
So, rather than seeing Harry as Jesus, couldn’t we see Harry as ourselves? Struggling in the battle of good and evil and choosing to sacrifice himself in love of others and as a result being saved? What if we were to do the same? Do we believe that we will “open at the close?” And if so, where might the Deathly Hallows lead us . . . with our choices as educators, parents, and Christians?
Gina Burkart is an Assistant Professor of English at Saginaw Valley State University. She is also the author of A Parent’s Guide to Harry Potter (2005, InterVarsity Press), Finding Purpose in Narnia: A Journey with Prince Caspian (2008, Paulist Press), Finding Meaning in Narnia: A Voyage on the Dawn Treader (2010, Nimble Books).
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