Perhaps you should read the books instead of excerpts and others’ criticisms. Then you will be qualified to make a comment about the worthiness of the class. During lunch a future HP Lit student and I discussed Chekhov’s Gun and the snitch that Dumbledore left Harry in his will. 42 minutes later we had not ended the discussion. Last week she and I also had a lovely conversation about about religion and the lack of it in the series. It is interesting how Rowling doesn’t include religion, but yet Harry sacrificed his life so that others might live.
Why do they celebrate Christmas in the wizarding world?
HARRY POTTER DIES?!? Awe, you ruined it for me. I'm in the camp of staying away from anything that is not of G-d. Other people's curses also can harm innocent people.
However, your comment that *Harry sacrificed his life to save others* makes me think of all the unbelievers and atheists who reject God, that I have met in my life, who say to me, "We dont need God, we can be *good* people without him". And I'm sure they believe that.
However, as Jesus said, None but the Father in heaven is *good*. So whatever *goodness* these people purport to have which is not of God, is pretty worthless.
Also any business person can look at the phenomenom of the Potter books and see a machine--- personally I rather doubt Rowling is the sole author-- more likely a set of people, like Disney-- cranking out a purposeful money making empire. There's nothing wrong with making money, mind you --but it might cause some of us to wonder just what was the purpose of infusing impressionable minds with a veritable onslaught of occult books, teaching that people can be noble and good without God. Sounds atheistic and can we say socialistic, Communistic -- laying the groundwork, moving the football. Get minds while they're young.
I wasn’t denying that you could hold lengthy conversations about the books with kids. Just questioning if they serve to supplant works of greater literary value on a class syllabus. Feel free to post an oustanding sentence from one of the books.