Though the last novel released summer 2007 and the last film in summer 2011, fans found more-recent news about the Potterverse, thanks to the new interview between Potter film actress Emma Watson and novelist J.K. Rowling. 2
At CAPC, Marybeth Davis Baggett suggests:
The interview served as a time turner, taking us back and reminding us of how special the Potter series was, how exciting it was for this generation to watch it all unfold.
This was, and remains, exactly my experience with the “Harry Potter” book and film series. Some may think that exposure to this series will contaminate them spiritually, or lead them to struggle with personal temptations to “real” magic and witchcraft, or real occult movements. We’ve said plenty about that.3 But this fact remains: some readers may have such struggles, but many readers do not. Perhaps you may not actually struggle. You may even find this next true of you:
[…] Through delightful engagement with [Rowling’s series], readers are pointed to the ultimate reality, as C. S. Lewis explains in The Screwtape Letters (Chapter 13). Through the voice of Screwtape, Lewis argues that simple pleasure in reading can draw people to God because “[t]he deepest likings and impulses of any man are the raw material, the starting-point” that gets people in touch with reality and directs them toward a homecoming, toward self-recovery—because, as Screwtape acknowledges, that pleasure is “unmistakably real.”
Pleasure and truth, enjoyment and substance, work and play, need not be at odds. If the good, the true, and the beautiful ultimately cohere and form an integrated whole—and they do if the Christian story is true—then that which charms and enchants us, mesmerizes our attention, enthralls and delights us, may well do so because contained within it are seeds of truth.
- I’m a CAPC feature writer, such as for the recent Doctor Who’s Doctrines series. ↩
- A pre-released interview snippet had Rowling thinking aloud that she had “forced” heroes Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger to become a couple. See Ron and Hermione or Harry and Hermione, Rebecca LuElla Miller, Feb. 10. ↩
- Such as the recent Why I Don’t Shut Up About ‘Harry Potter’, Aug. 22, 2013, or the 2011 series ‘Harry Potter’ and the Issues Beyond Fiction. ↩