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ISSN : 1229-5620(Print)
ISSN : 2288-7652(Online)
Literature and Religion Vol.18 No.2 pp.113-144

해리 포터 시리즈에 나타난 종교적 의의:
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In the Harry Potter Series, the magical power wizards and witchespursue avails its potential for the everlasting dream of eternal life aswe used to see in religion. The dream comes true where magicmakes it real as wizards desire to. Voldemort, Dumbledore, and Harry are described once as such. Voldemort tries to use magic tolive eternally with the legendary philosopher’s stone as we havelong known in alchemy, including ‘seven horcruxes’ into whichVoldemort stores part of his soul to incarnate whenever he wants to.Dumbledore has the same dream with the three ‘deathly hallows’ heonce possesses on his own; he finally changes his mind after heobserves the death of his mother and sister. A prophecy revealsHarry as the Chosen One who defeats Voldemort, freeing the worldfrom prevailing evil power; he rises after he willingly dies at theend of the story, just as Jesus Christ did.Religious significance in magic and the occult, including alchemy,astrology, clairvoyance, numerology, is seen in that Harry Potter putstogether a vision of Christianity in the world of magic. In the story,magical power makes the vision possible on material basis,seemingly in religious significance, freeing body and spirit bysublime love in family, friends, and then people in the modernsociety. In the story, courage, sacrifice, forgiveness, love, friendship,fellowship, and freedom in body and spirit appear to be Christianvirtues even in terms of the magical power Harry uses throughoutthe whole story in which evils are finally defeated and goods areraised.

Religious Significance in the Harry Potter Series: Death and Sublime Love

Byung-Hyun Yang