Fundamentalist religious criticism of the Harry Potter novels in the mirror of time. It may be laughed!
The increasing success of the first Harry Potter novels, especially in the USA, but also in the Vatican, brought religious critics onto the scene at the time, who denounced Rowling’s works as the work of the devil and seriously cared for the salvation of their souls, especially their young sheep. Title variants such as “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” and satirical fake news avant la lettre contributed to the uncritical spreading of Satanism accusations on the net and to a storm of indignation among fundamentalists.
Isolated voices of reason, which spoke for Harry Potter and referred to the Christian symbolism contained therein as well as the literary tradition of the depiction of the miraculous from Hansel and Gretel to Alice in Wonderland, largely went unheard – at least in certain circles. To this day, this fundamentalist critique of Rowling’s novels circulates on the Net, even though the Bible quotations and the plot of the last volume have taken some wind out of the sails of the more serious religious critics.
The lecture presents the most entertaining critiques and questions their content with a wink of the eye. Attention: Some of the quoted passages are not youth-free!