Colin McEnroe Show: What's Harry Potter's Theology?
Readers argue there's a religious subtext to J.K. Rowling's novels ...
Harry Potter's little secret is that deep in his heart he's a nice Episcopalian boy. A closet acolyte.
I know there's a whole tripwire about wizards and warlocks, but if you can get past that, it's hard to see what kind of problems conventional family values Christians could possibly have with the Harry Potter series. In fact, one of the ways Harry Potter disappoints is in how little he ever departs from bedrock middle class morality. He has to be one of the least rebellious adolescents ever to walk the earth. (I know, I know, there's a kind of stagey rebelliousness written into his part, but it's not even remotely transgressive or convincing.)
If you want a sense of what Harry Potter would be like without his nice Episcopalian Sunday school values, read The Magicians by Lev Grossman, which about wizards with a much more fungible value system and bad habits to boot.