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New book explores Christian symbolism in Harry Potter
[Posted by Dave Haber on Monday, 09/14/09 12:13 am] [Full Blog]

A new book, The Lord of the Hallows, by Denise Roper, examines the Christian themes present in J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter, and compares Rowling's series with The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien and The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis.

The Lord Of The Hallows also gives a fascinating explanation of the sources of Harry Potter's subtle religious symbolism, which includes a study of iconography derived from the Bible, the writings of the Early Church Fathers, Ancient and Medieval bestiaries, Christian artwork, and the Arthurian quest for the Hallows of the Holy Grail.

The book's author, Denise Roper, has been a guest lecturer on the deeper meaning of J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter novels at fan conventions, book stores, and public libraries. She attended her first Harry Potter symposium, Phoenix Rising, in 2007, which led to her becoming a presenter at Portus 2008 in Dallas, Texas and Azkatraz 2009 in San Francisco, California. Denise is also a member of the Mythopoeic Society, devoted to the study of the works of J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis.

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