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Harry’s Walk To His Own Death

The Rev. Danielle Tumminio recommends a study of Jesus’s trials in Gethsemane and a comparison with Harry Potter’s walk to his own death in the Deathly Hallows as a “fruitful avenue of research”. I’ve decided to take on the challenge and highlight some of my thoughts here. I’m not sure if I will fully develop the study into something larger, but the idea is interesting to me and one that I have considered myself in reading the books. I am of course indebted to Rev. Tumminio for her challenge and do indeed recommend her “God and Harry Potter at Yale” (Unlocking Press. 2010) for those looking for more generic Christian analysis of the Harry Potter series.

These first postings will provide some of the work of an outline I think, as I will need to spend more time thinking on the subject. I also intend to correspond with Rev, Tumminio and see if I can get some more of her thoughts on the subject as I move forward. I admit that I have been considering working on some aspect of the Harry Potter series as a means to help shed some light on issues from a Latter-day Saint perspective for some time, and that I have often used the books to illustrate points in my various classrooms for Sunday School, Seminary, and LDS Institute.

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