2666Re: [mythsoc] Rowling interview
- Oct 29, 2000Yes, but to some of us I think it comes as no surprise. Having just taught the
first three HP books to my two fantasy lit courses, I think the students
generally agreed that the books did indeed promote virtue and such old
fashioned values as honesty, loyalty, trust, faith, friendship, courage,
bravery, and even sacrifice. She has said repeatedly that she has 7 books
because Lewis had 7 in the Chronicles, and, unlike Pullman, she has spoken
rather glowingly of Lewis's influence.
> Thought this was interesting:--
> * October 28 * BC Christian News *
> Harry Potter author confirms she is a Christian
> C.S. Lewis once said the world did not need more Christian novels; rather,
> it needed more novels that happened to be written by Christians.
> Are the Harry Potter books -- a phenomenally successful, and controversial,
> series about a young wizard who learns magic spells and other tricks of the
> trade at the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry -- the sort of
> thing Lewis had in mind?
> Could be. J.K. Rowling, author of the books, came to Vancouver this week
> and told The Vancouver Sun's Max Wyman that she does not believe in such
> magic herself, and that, yes, she is a Christian -- "which seems to offend
> the religious right far worse than if I said I thought there was no God.
> Every time I've been asked if I believe in God, I've said yes, because I
> do, but no one ever really has gone any more deeply into it than that, and
> I have to say that does suit me, because if I talk too freely about that I
> think the intelligent reader, whether 10 or 60, will be able to guess
> what's coming in the books."
> In addition, Rowling said it should be "blindingly obvious" that her books
> promote virtue, not evil, and she admitted she has become "impatient" with
> her critics.
> The Mythopoeic Society website http://www.mythsoc.org
Dr. Theodore James Sherman, Editor
Mythlore: A Journal of J. R. R. Tolkien, C. S. Lewis, Charles Williams and
Box X041, Department of English
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