- In my theory that Harry Potter is a road map to total
human liberation, I equate Ron to John the Baptist.
Harry equates to Jesus; Ron to John.
It's a very radical proposition to interpret the
Bible, as I do, as a set of instructions for
liberation rather than a historical record for events
that happened 2000 years ago. I'm not saying they
didn't happen! What I am saying is that what happened
2000 years ago is of little relevance to us today. The
most it can do is inspire us to realise that Jesus was
a man who showed that it is possible to vanquish
death. He was a wonderful example that can give us
great faith, but that means we see the Christ epic as
an event OUTSIDE of us rather than as a process that
should happen INSIDE of us. I quote again, as I have
"Though Christ a thousand times in Bethlehem be born,
but not in thee, thou shalt be yet forlorn." (Angelus
If we see the New Testament as a set of instructions
for an alchemical transformation that enables us to
vanquish death, the whole thing takes on a very
powerful meaning for us personally. My theory is that
Harry Potter gives exactly the same message.
Jesus and Harry personify a new, immortal soul that is
born in a seeker whose lily has opened in God's hollow
place. This is not something that just happens by
chance. There is quite some preparation needed.
The story begins with a microcosm that is completely
shut off to the calling Light of the Brotherhood of
the Lords of Compassion. The Light is calling, but the
auric ring (Voldemort) of the microcosm shuts it out.
However there is also a latent ring that eons ago
shone in refulgent glory in God's Immovable Kingdom.
When eventually a person begins to realise that life
is an endless repetition of things without any real
progress, one of the twelve original lights in the
latent ring, the sixth ring, gradually begins to
resume its work of letting in the Divine Light. Such a
person realises that "what has been is what will be,
and what has been done is what will be done; and there
is nothing new under the sun." (Eccl. 1:9) A new sun
is born in the firmament of the person. This new sun
is only a small star at first, but a tiny ray of light
falls on the divine spark of the spirit in the heart
of the person. The seeker has been born! He has become
a seeker because the divine spark has begun thirsting
for the Living Water.
As I have explained earlier in this series, the new
sun we call Sirius, and the force causing the thirst
for God we call James. Ron/John is the earthly seeker
who is reacting to the calling power of the
Brotherhood of the Masters of Compassion. This is the
person who has found the Path of Liberation and is
willing to dedicate his whole life to it. He realises
that the only way he can reach liberation is to give
up the earthly self. Very soon after John the Baptist
is born, Jesus is born.
In Harry Potter, Ron and Harry are best friends, and
Ron tacitly accepts Harry as his leader. One of Ron's
greatest talents is chess. Chess is mentioned in "The
Alchemical Wedding" and I see it as the symbol of
right versus wrong, or "virtue against vice" as "The
Alchemical Wedding" puts it. In other words, the
apprentice alchemist has to have a very clear
perception of right and wrong. He has to know what is
the right thing to do under all circumstances.
I have explained the seven trials in Book 1. In the
fifth trial Ron conducts a chess game of gigantic and
dangerous chess pieces in which the three children
take the place of certain chess pieces.
'Their first real shock came when their other knight
was taken. The white queen smashed him to the floor
and dragged him off the board, where he lay quite
still, face down.
"Had to let that happen," said Ron, looking shaken.
"Leaves you free to take that bishop, Hermione, go
Every time one of their men was lost, the white pieces
showed no mercy. Soon there was a huddle of limp black
players slumped along the wall. Twice, Ron only just
noticed in time that Harry and Hermione were in
danger. He himself darted around the board, taking
almost as many white pieces as they had lost black
"We're nearly there," he muttered suddenly. "Let me
think, let me think..."
The white queen turned her blank face toward him.
"Yes..." said Ron softly, "It's the only way... I've
got to be taken."
"NO!" Harry and Hermione shouted.
"That's chess!" snapped Ron. "You've got to make some
sacrifices! I take one step forward and she'll take me
-- that leaves you free to checkmate the king, Harry!"
"Do you want to stop Snape or not?"
"Look, if you don't hurry up, he'll already have the
There was no alternative.
"Ready?" Ron called, his face pale but determined.
"Here I go - now, don't hang around once you've won."
He stepped forward, and the white queen pounced. She
struck Ron hard across the head with her stone arm,
and he crashed to the floor - Hermione screamed but
stayed on her square - the white queen dragged Ron
to one side. He looked as if he'd been knocked out.
Shaking, Harry moved three spaces to the left. The
white king took off his crown and threw it at Harry's
feet. They had won.'
(I must say, on a personal note, that there are very
few scenes where the film excels over the book, but
this is certainly one (No offence, Jo). And John
Williams' music is so powerful here!)
Ron's willingness to sacrifice himself teaches us that
liberation requires the giving up of self. "He who
loses his life for my sake will find it" (Matt.
In "The Alchemical Wedding" six kings and queens are
beheaded in self sacrifice, and John the Baptist is
also beheaded. I'm sure Ron will go the same way. The
earthly personality, no matter how pure, how noble,
how self-sacrificing, cannot enter the Kingdom of
Heaven. He is the product of an error, the Fall from
the Divine Life. However if he can give up his life
for the new soul, he will dissolve into the original
human being who is the Only Begotten Son of the
Father. Why decapitation? Because the old
consciousness, situated in the head, is gone. It has
merged into the new consciousness as a candle flame
merges into the sun. It no longer exists as an
individualised self-consciousness but has become part
of the universal, omnipresent consciousness. This
particular decapitation is not gruesome or bloody, but
extremely serene and means that the apprentice has
completed his training and is now an Alchemist by the
Grace of God.
That's Ron's future. I don't know how Auntie Jo is
going to put this into the story without millions of
Ron's fans heading for Edinburgh to lynch her, but I'm
sure she can do it in such a way that tears will flow
by the bucketful, but everyone will accept it. (Or I'm
Good on yer, Jo! We all love yah!
Your world No. 1 fan, Hans
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