We saw the latest (and last) Harry Potter Saturday. I loved it. It was a truly satisfying conclusion to an epic journey.
When the whole Potter thing got started there was a lot of talk about how kids were going to get pulled into all kinds of Satanic stuff. You have to know your kids, of course, and how they are going to handle things but it seems the things we feared did not happen. It was just kid stuff. Anything about evil and darkness was portrayed as just that, evil and very bad.
I tried to read the first book but couldn’t get into it. It really did seem to be kid stuff. After a few years my wife and I got the DVDs and caught up with all the movies. We saw the last three at the movies. The last three were more grown up than the rest. It turns out that the whole series was about grown up stuff. Things like character and sacrifice and loyalty to your friends and, I hate to call it fulfilling your destiny but that’s what it is. Let’s say just doing what you know has to be done.
I had heard all along that J. K. Rowling was a Christian and kept looking for Christian themes to present themselves. They are there in the end, not hit you over the head with doctrine but there none the less. The kind of stuff that gives opportunity for discussion, that adds to the conversation. I love that kind of stuff.