In Looking For God in Harry Potter, John Granger calls the Harry Potter books “classics,” in the same category as books from C.S. Lewis and Tolkien. He says “the tales are masterfully told, at least in terms of how carefully the books and series have been structured, and they carry a mother-lode of meaning.”
“The difference between the good and bad guys in fiction comes down to the choices each makes…This defining conflict of the series reflects every Christian’s battle with the flesh, the world, and the devil.”
Mr. Granger considers the novels to be powerful morality tales for Christians. He discusses the Christian meaning of themes, structures, and symbols for each book. In spite of popular opinion, he assures the reader that there is theology as well as the gospel hidden within the Potter pages.
He cites themes, shows the process of alchemy used to develop the growth of Harry, and delves into the symbolic names given many of the characters. At the end, he spends a chapter helping you develop a game plan to reach set goals in discussions of the books.
This book is written for parents and others who interact with children, to help communicate the Christian ideas presented in the Harry Potter books. As the father of seven home-schooled children and a teacher of great literature, Mr. Granger feels it is important for children to have good literature to read. Only as we adults read the same books and do some extra research can we properly help them recognize lessons or morals being taught in each book.
I must confess that I have not read any of the Harry Potter books; but having enjoyed the Chronicles of Narnia books, I look forward to these books with a new frame of mind. -- Linda Demorest, Christian Book Previews.com
Millions of children, even Christian children, are reading the mega-selling Harry Potter book series and are exposed to the Harry Potter movies. John Granger, a devout Christian, teacher of classic literature, and father of seven children, first read the Harry Potter books so he could explain to his children why they weren’t allowed to read them. After intense study, however, he became convinced that the books are underestimated as literature--and reflect important Christian truths. In Looking for God in Harry Potter, Granger gives parents and teachers a roadmap for using the Harry Potter books to teach Christian truth to children.