Saturday, February 25, 2006

How We Came to Read HP, Part 2

So, where were we? Oh yes, #1 Son came home from the library with HP having no idea that it was on my banned book list. (Lesson #2: Work on communication skills with my children.) He was already half done and I had a decision to make.

My choices?
1. Rip the book from his hands and go into a screaming rage about evil librarians.
2. Wait until he went to bed and sneak the book out of the house and hope he would forget about it.
3. Tell him the honest truth.

I chose #3. I told him that I had never read the book myself and would be more comfortable reading it before deciding if he could finish the second half.

I didn't put that book down until I finished reading it completely. Not because I was anxious to resolve this issue, but because I was so drawn into the story. As a writer, I was in awe of Rowling's skill.

But what really amazed me was the use of Christian symbolism throughout the story. I found that I could easily baptize this story. (Was it C. S. Lewis that spoke of baptizing the imagination?) I let my son finish the book and then we discussed it together.


Anonymous said...

Moe, What I liked best about the Harry Potter experience in our house (besides reading it with my sin) was Tommy had stopped reading. This book lead to Lord of the Ring, lead to C.S. Lewis, Ect. My 18 year old called me from college to tell me he had decided it was time to read the Bible cover to cover, after all if he could finish Harry Potter he could finish the Bible easy. Thank God for Rowlings!!! Chrissy

Karen Edmisten said...

Hi, Maureen,

We are big Potter fans here. :-) I'm just finishing up "Looking for God in Harry Potter" by John Granger. Very nicely done little book, if a somewhat quick overview of all the wonderful symbolism that points to Christ. His website is

Like you, I wasn't sure what I thought of these books ... until I read one. And to me, this is the key ... So many who oppose them haven't read them (that's not always true, but is often true.)

I really enjoyed the first, got stuck for awhile on the second, with the mandrake babies, but then went back to it, and by the third book, I was a bonafide fan. I raced through books 4, 5 and 6 last summer. :-) I have read them aloud to my older girls, and let them read the first three books on their own. I still edit from the last three, as they do get rougher (for my girls ... that's a parental call in each family, of course.)

My sixth grader just asked if she could read the Granger book. :-)

Karen Edmisten said...

Forgot to say, yes, it was C.S. Lewis! He said that George MacDonald's works had baptized his imagination ....