[The Gospel according to Rowling]
I love Rowling.
Also, today I love the fact that I live in Ukraine since I got to see the premiere of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II a day before everyone in the US. It was a bit sad to realize that this is the final installment of the movie, yet it was a happy ending (well, sort of).
In my opinion, Joanne rightfully gets a place among the best Gospel storytellers I know. When I’ve read the books, I was so devastated by Snape’s death and several others, that I did not really pay attention to the big picture. In a movie, however, everything happens so fast that big picture is more visible. As I walked home, I smiled at the moon and marveled at how His story can be told using such a book as Harry Potter series.
Back when Harry was just a wee 1-year-old kiddo, Voldemort tried to kill him. A prophecy has been given that of those two only one can survive. Due to the sacrificial love of his mother, Lily, Harry did not die, but a piece of Voldemort got unwittingly implanted into Harry, so called horcrux. When the curse rebounded, the Dark Lord found himself helpless and weak, almost dead. Arising 15 years later, he once again to kill Potter and rule the world. The only problem was that now when a part of Voldemort was inside Harry, he could not kill Harry easily – it was like a suicide.
Just like a seed of death planted in the Garden of Eden – Satan tried to get rid of the human race, yet he only managed to damage them. And God’s sacrificial love certainly played a vital role in that.
Harry had to make a choice. A tough one.
Let his friends die… or give up and let Voldemort kill him.
Being loyal to his friends as always and a true Gryffindor in heart, he chooses the latter, faces Voldemort, closes his eyes and braces himself for another Avada Kedavra, a lethal curse than no one except him has ever survived.
WHOOSH! White light surrounds them all and Harry wakes up in a heaven-looking King’s Cross train station. Beneath the bench near him, a tiny ugly human body is dying.
“A part of the Voldemort that was in you,” replies Albus Dumbledore to Harry’s silent question.
By dying, Harry destroyed yet another horcrux that lay on the path to killing Voldemort.
However, although that was a step toward Voldemort’s end, it does not end Harry’s life and he comes back, this time horcrux-less – clean.
“Throw off your old sinful nature and your former way of life, which is corrupted by lust and deception. Instead, let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes. Put on your new nature, created to be like God—truly righteous and holy.” (Ephesians 4:22-24, NLT)
By dying to himself, Harry was able to restore himself. Just like when we finally come to a point where we realize that our nature is flawed, by dying to ourselves, we are able to finally live a real life in Jesus.
Joining the vast numbers of anti-Voldemort people, Harry (with the help of others) kills Voldemort. You-Know-Who wanted to have all the power, all the glory, and live forever. Whoops – did not work out. Death eaters end up master-less and disperse, while the good guys stick together and restore what has been lost in the battle.
Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the old heaven and the old earth had disappeared. And the one sitting on the throne said, “Look, I am making everything new! No longer will there be a curse upon anything.” (Revelation 21:1, 5, 22:3, NLT)