Jesus Potter Harry Christ: The Fascinating Parallels Between Two of the World's Most Popular Literary Characters by Derek Murphy

Jesus Potter Harry Christ uses the modern day hero Harry Potter to re-examine the controversy over the historical Jesus, and concludes that both are literary.

At first glance it may seem that J.K. Rowling's boy wizard and the crucified Jesus prophet who became the Christian savior have absolutely nothing to do with each other - and yet the unease and sometimes outright animosity between the followers of these two figures suggests otherwise. Harry has been banned, burned, and abused by religious fundamentalists for over a decade. However, at the release of Rowling's final book (Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows) many readers were surprised to discover parallels between Jesus and Harry that, in such apparently diverse world-views, had no right to be there. As a result, recent years have witnessed a revolution in Christian responses to Harry, with many groups, writers and religious leaders praising Rowling's young sorcerer as ultimately Christian and a clear metaphor for Jesus Christ. But where do these apparent similarities come from? Critics argue that Harry Potter is only borrowing from universal mythological symbols, but if this is true, can Jesus be accused of the same? Could the similarities between Harry Potter and Jesus Christ have resulted from Christianity's inclusion of mythological motifs, rather than Harry Potter's inclusion of biblical ones?

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    briantodd [Retired] wrote 4 years ago
    Your title and pitch caught my eye and I enjoyed this. I know much more about Harry now than I did. Could never get into the books myself and have generally fallen asleep as my children have watched the films again and again and again. My twopence worth on the fascinating debate you have created here is that the story of Jesus and Harry's both have something for everyone. They have Christopher Booker's 'seven basic plots.' 'Overcoming the monster', 'rags ...
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    Bandof1 wrote 4 years ago
    This is a really tangled web, and a very large mountain to climb. I only hope that nobody takes life or reading too seriously. That goes for everything in life. Life is a mystery to us all no matter how sure we are of our beliefs. You have presented a clear picture of the entanglement of Harry and Jesus. Jesus as a credible historical person is at the core and is the essence of your book. All very thought provoking. ...
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    DerekMurphy Author wrote 4 years ago

    Yes Laura - the Harry Potter/Luke Skywalker link is interesting too - I didn't get into it in this book, maybe another time. :) All the best literature sticks with common themes and literary structures; which makes you wonder, is the story of Jesus the only historical event that accidental fit those literary themes? Or was it written as literature?

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    caughtintheact wrote 4 years ago
    Love the title, Derek, I may have to use that as a new curseword :) Throughout human history, our mythology has contained Christlike figures with a certain group of characteristics, Jesus and Harry Potter are two of them. I found it very interesting that you compared how these two stack up. I've read a number of similar correlations, including one involving Luke Skywalker and Harry Potter, that particular story that Rowling used is a part of humanity's story. Kudo's. Laura ...
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    DerekMurphy Author wrote 4 years ago
    Thanks for your comments, Neville and Jon. Evidence That Demands a Verdict sounds a little like "The Case for Christ". I think when you look only within the field of "historical Jesus research" and the evidence for the historical Jesus, it does seem like he existed. That's why I turn outside of the traditional evidence and go back to mystery cults, pagan religions, mythology and astrological symbolism. I was only able to upload a couple of chapters; the full book ...
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    Jon Chain [Retired] wrote 4 years ago
    Derek, So here’s the critique: I like the premise of your book. You seem to have a lot of great ideas and the courage to write about them. I see no (glaring) technical or grammatical errors in your writing at all. However, that said, (put your steel toes boots on- I mean no harm and come in peace- take it all with a grain of salt, etc. etc.) I think you need to do more research in order to present ...
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    Neville wrote 4 years ago
    Hi Derek, The book that you have written, does give some rise to extra thoughts as to the comparison between Harry Potter and biblical references. I personally don’t see it that way though. The success of the book has brought this into being...sad. A young J.K.Rowlings with a child, trying to keep warm in a Cafe and living off benefits. The connection would be far from her mind as she put pen to paper. Maybe in later books after the ...
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    DerekMurphy Author wrote 4 years ago
    After relentlessly contacting agents about this book last year, I was finally forced to go indie. What I have as of now is a 160,000 word heavily cited research book aimed at the general public, which has been proofread, edited and formatted in indesign (professionally). I've also begun sending out review copies to relevant reviewers, bloggers, organizations, and having giveaways and contests. I've had positive reviews from well-known experts in the community (of this type of research), and the cover ...
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