|Barked: Thu Aug 2, '07 9:58am PST |
|Snowy, I noticed that right away too ... the "God" thing. There were a few mentions of stuff that was subtly religious. I can't remember the parts exactly, but when Harry (I think it was Harry) said "Oh God" that really stood out for me.
JKR has gone out of her way to avoid all things religious in her books. There is Christmas holiday and Easter break ... but they are only mentioned as far as presents, feasts, and holiday time goes. Even the wedding was as non-religious as a wedding can be.
But yet there are arguments for direct comparison between HP and Christianity. In one interview (can't remember where) JKR was asked about her religious background and reveiled that she is deeply religious and her beliefs do play a role in how she writes. But she then went on to say that if she discussed her religious beliefs any further it would be too obvious to guess what happens in book 7. So of course, after reading I started trying to figure out where Christianity would fit into the whole HP story. Granted, I'm not a religious person in the leasts, but I've attended enough Catholic elementary and high schools to know a bit about the stories involved.
I don't know if other people are still reading so I don't want to start an indepth discussion of comparisons at the risk of posting spoilers. But it's something neat to mull over
Of course, there are not only religious comparisons in HP, but people have gone so far as to try and compare the story lines to tales of King Arthur or stories by Dickens. I will not pretend that I understand those comparisons, though. I sheepishly admit that I have never read anything by Dickens.
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