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  • Hans Rieuwers
    The fourth trial is a giant game of chess with pieces that whack each other quite vigorously when they win a move. The children have to take the places of some
    Message 1 of 1 , Nov 22, 2004
      The fourth trial is a giant game of chess with pieces
      that whack each other quite vigorously when they win a
      move. The children have to take the places of some of
      the pieces and play a winning game to get to the other
      side and continue their quest. This game reminds us of
      the chess game played in "The Alchemical Wedding of
      Christian Rosycross" on the seventh day. Christian
      Rosycross tells us that the game he saw represented
      virtue against vice. We should see the chess game in
      Harry Potter in the same light. Notice, too, that it
      is Ron who directs the game. In other words, it's the
      old earthly personality that has the important tole to
      play here.

      What Harry Potter is telling us here is that the
      earthly personality needs to have a very good sense of
      what's vice and what's virtue. He must have a very
      strong faculty of distinction between right and wrong.


      At the end of the game, Ron sacrifices himself to the
      queen so that Harry can checkmate the king. The
      earthly personality has to sacrifice himself so that
      the new soul can go on its glorious triumphal march
      back to its Fatherland. This is the meaning of the
      words, "He who is willing to give up his life for my
      sake shall find it."

      In the New Testament this is represented by the
      beheading of John and the entry of Jesus on to the
      centre of the stage.

      Fortunately Ron doesn't die at this stage but is
      merely knocked unconscious by the queen. Thank
      goodness.

      The fifth trial is a gigantic troll which is guarding
      the passage. However the three children have already
      passed this test in an earlier venture and so they
      don't have to do it again. The troll is already lying
      there unconscious.

      Once again it was actually Ron who defeated the troll.
      He cast a spell which lifted the giant's club and
      smashed it down on its skull. We can learn from this
      that the earthly personality has to learn to control
      the tendencies and passions of his lower nature. Ron
      to his surprise finds that he is capable of greater
      things than he knew.

      Hans

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