I was delighted with this recent 5-star review of The Lord of the Hallows: Christian Symbolism and Themes in J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter which appeared on amazon.com! 🙂
“Denise Roper sure knows her stuff. This book analyzes Christian symbolism in Harry Potter, focusing on magical animals, names, hallows, horcruxes and more. There are many links to Lord of the Rings and Narnia that a casual reader might not notice, but Ms. Roper draws them all out for us. How is the weasel significant? What about Madame Pudifoot’s? While many have observed Harry and Frodo make the ultimate, Christ-like sacrifice, Ms. Roper digs deep, linking their journeys with Bible passages and deliberate allusions from JK Rowling. She uses interviews, letters, and lesser-known works from Rowling and Tolkien to make her case, offering a deep, detailed analysis for fans of both series. This is also one of the few books to really take apart Deathly Hallows, the last of the series. Certainly, those afraid of Harry Potter’s alleged witchcraft should read both this and John Granger’s book on God in Harry Potter. Fun, easy analysis for a variety of audiences.”
This review was written by fellow author Valerie Frankel, whose presentations I have enjoyed at at Mythcon 41 and the numerous Harry Potter symposia I have attended. Valerie is the author of the Harry Potter parodies Henry Potty and the Pet Rock and Henry Potty and the Deathly Paper Shortage. I am really looking forward to her upcoming book From Girl to Goddess: The Heroine’s Journey through Myth and Legend which is to be published this fall by McFarland and Company. Valerie gave us a sneak preview of it at Mythcon 41, and I thought it was a fascinating response to the “hero’s journey” model that was developed by comparative mythologist Joseph Campbell. You can find out more about Valerie’s literary and scholarly works at http://heroine.calithwain.com.