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Potter’s magic prevails?

Filed under: Uncategorized — Vitali at 10:02 am on Saturday, December 30, 2006

I refer to an article “Potter’s magic prevails “, published in Singapore newspaper “Today” sometime in December 2006.

The argument of the article goes like this. The last installment of Harry Potter (“Goblet of Fire”) has earned twice as much money as the “Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe” so far. Despite the latter being Christian, it appears that God couldn’t help it earn more money. So that probably means that God doesn’t exist. And the Harry Potter success is based on the appeal to wider demographics, which Narnia failed to do.

I don’t know what made the author conduct such an analysis in the first place, it really looks quite childish. I personally didn’t like the latest Harry Potter (although I liked the previous ones), and I loved the Chronicles. But what does it have to do with God? Does he really believe that the main purpose of God is to make supposedly His movies make money? It requires a lot of faith to reach such a conclusion.

But what struck me the most about the article is the quote that was mentioned, due to a fantasy writer Philip Pullman, an avowed atheist: ”The highest virtue we have, on the authority of the New Testament itself, is love. And yet, you find not a trace of that in the books.” That is an astounding claim. Did Mr. Pullman actually saw the movie? Right in the middle of it is the story of the Lion laying down his life to save Edmund’s life. I always thought that sacrificing your own life for another is the greatest expression of love. Maybe Mr. Pullman was hoping to find some other kinds of love there? Maybe when the Witch wanted to claim Edmund’s life, the Lion should have said: “Oh poor Edmund, I really love you. So sorry you have to go through this. But don’t be afraid, after your death we will love and remember you forever”. Sorry for sarcasm, couldn’t resist.

I am not familiar with Mr. Pullman’s own fantasy writings, often referred to as atheistic and “Anti-Narnian”. To be fair, I actually have deep respect for people who so strongly believe in something that it starts to show up in everything they create. However, bitter criticism of an established (and much more famous) work of art, in order to advance your own, is a sign of insecurity.

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