At first, to hear the words “Harry Potter” and “Bible Study” in the same breath might be hard to grasp to many within and without the Christian faith. However, Baptist Pastor Jared Moore in his new book, The Harry Potter Bible Study: Enjoying God Through the Final Four Harry Potter Movies believes there is value in a study of this highly successful set of books and movies that can strengthen one’s Christian faith by engaging in a discussion of the themes presented in the Potter movies and books.
Divided into six chapters, Moore begins this book, that is really a multi-media study guide as you will need to utilize the movie DVD’s, with a chapter entitled “How to Enjoy God Through Harry Potter” in which he says “I believe Harry Potter, although it contains evil things, can be an avenue through which Christians can enjoy God.”
Then in the next chapter, “Evil Elements Present in the Harry Potter Series,” he makes a statement that is the key point when any discussion of Harry Potter comes up in a faith community. “Just like the Bible is not entirely evil, Harry Potter is not entirely evil because it contains examples of evil.” The reminder of the book deals with an indepth and detailed discussion of themes such as revenge, friendship, and personal sacrifice.
Using my rating system of 1 to 5, I give this book a 3.5 an ok to good read. It is a study guide and is written as a study guide not as book. The reason for my rating is that for content I give it a 4 but a 3 related to how it is put together. To get full use out of the this book you will need to utlitze it as it is written. I believe that a college age audience will find this book to be of help in discussing religious and philosophical issues. I applaud Moore as well for writing this book and seeking to engage people in a meaningful discussion of this major book and movie franchise.
Note: I received a copy of this book from the author to review and agreed to post a review on my blog and at amazon.com I was not required to write a positive review.