- 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
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
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
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.
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