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Terry Mattingly

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Unlocking the hidden Christian symbolism in "Harry Potter."

Harry Potter froze in terror as the hellish Dementors rushed to suck out his godfather's soul.

But he was not powerless, because he had learned the Patronus Charm for use against the evil ones. So the boy wizard focused on a joyful memory and shouted, "Expecto Patronum!"

Salvation arrived in the form of a dazzling silver animal that defeated the ghouls and then cantered across the surface of a lake to Harry. It was as "bright as a unicorn," but on second glance was not a unicorn. It was a majestic stag that bowed its antlered head in salute and then vanished.

If C.S. Lewis or J.R.R. Tolkien had written this scene in "The Prisoner of Azkaban," literary critics and Christian apologists would know how to break the code, according to John Granger, author of "The Hidden Key to Harry Potter." They would parse the Latin charm and study author J.K. Rowling's delicate use of medieval symbolism.

Read the entire article the Terry Mattingly website.

See the George MacDonald website for more discussion of "The Hidden Key to Harry Potter."



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