Harry Potter in The Biblical Sense: “You’ve Kept Him Alive So He Could Die at The Proper Moment.”
The Harry Potter series has rocked the world of fiction for over a decade, and continues to win millions of fans even after the last installment of the film. Although the medium through which this work of literature delivers its message – witchcraft – is quite questionable in the Biblical sense, there are some things that strongly relate to theological doctrine in one way or another.
I will address just one of the many other Biblical similarities in the Harry Potter series, and this one is very hard to miss.
In the last installment of the film series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, we see memories of Severus Snape in the pensieve. Here we find out about Snape’s true loyalties, and Dumbledore’s underlying motive for adopting Harry into Hogwarts. Snape then remarks, “You’ve kept him alive so he could die at the proper moment.”
To many who love Dumbledore, this line might seem a bit off and could even break away several pieces of his reputation as a kindhearted, trustworthy old man, and the greatest wizard of all time. To think that he would take a baby into his care and feed him everything that would make him the greatest he could ever be, just to fulfill his mission to die at the hands of the Dark Lord, would be a pretty cruel thing indeed.
Jesus was put in the same fate. At the time of Jesus’ birth, Herod the Great heard about the news of a King born in Bethlehem and plotted to kill him. He had ordered for all the boys below 2 years of age to be killed, but an angel appeared to Joseph and told him to leave with Mary and the baby to Egypt, where they should stay until they were told to return (Matthew 2:13-15). As all Christians may very well know, Jesus was God and man, born into the world to save it from sin by dying on the cross. In this scenario, we see that God the Father had saved Jesus from the wrath of Herod, “so he could die at the proper moment” – on the cross in Calvary some thirty years later.
Interpreting Harry Potter in the Biblical sense might bring a clash of opinions, since the Bible clearly states that God hates witchcraft (Deuteronomy 18:10-12). The fact remains, though, that there are certain elements in the story of this wizard boy that put reference to Scripture, one way or another.