Friday, November 18, 2005

Wingardium Leviosa!

It's Friday. My ankle hurts, and so does my head. I've had four hours of sleep, but I couldn't be happier. Why, you ask? Because I went to a midnight showing of

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire


I love the Harry Potter series. The movies aren't deep thinkers or genre definers, nor are the books literary masterpieces like my favorite book "Their Eyes Were Watching God." Harry Potter is the freak we all know we are. He's different, a little sick of being different, but embracing it just the same. Even his friends sometimes wonder if he isn't riding the "special" thing a little harder than necessary. And, his foes just keep coming and coming and coming.

Conservative Christians think Harry Potter is a bad influence on kids because he uses magic to solve his problems. But what is prayer if not a kind of magic or supernatural movement? The significance of Harry James Potter is that he is "the boy who lived." He is the boy who survived a fatal curse that no one in the history of its use ever did. He is the classic example of the unshakeable, the unmoveable. I feel a sermon here. He is just a boy, but one so full of love and light that his enemies are defeated. He can be hurt, yes, but never killed.

Don't we all wish that we could face life's unforgiveable curses and live to tell about them? No, I'm not suggesting we line up for a dose of pain, but don't we wish, while in the middle of a painful experience, we could survive it? Some of us end up in the grip of despair and have to claw and scratch our way out, and that's what Harry does. He's gifted, but no more so than any of us. He's blessed with a support system of friends and parental figures, and so are we. He's been knocked around and brought to death's door, but survives.

You thought this was going to be just a fan letter about Harry potter, and it is, but it's more than that. It's about rising above the things that could weigh us down, and being bigger than our circumstances.

Wingardium leviosa!

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