Harry Potter and the disenchantment of the world

Ostling, Michael (2003) Harry Potter and the disenchantment of the world. Journal of Contemporary Religion, 18 1: 3-24. doi:10.1080/13537900305490

Author Ostling, Michael
Title Harry Potter and the disenchantment of the world
Journal name Journal of Contemporary Religion   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1353-7903
Publication date 2003
DOI 10.1080/13537900305490
Volume 18
Issue 1
Start page 3
End page 24
Total pages 22
Place of publication Abingdon, Oxon, United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Educators and reviewers have credited J. K. Rowling's mega-hit children's series with introducing a new generation of readers to a magical world of wonder; Rowling is regularly compared to C. S. Lewis or J. R. R. Tolkien. At the same time, some Christians have decried the books as portals to the New Age, Wicca, and diabolical magic. Through an examination of the Christian rhetoric on both sides of the debate and a comparison of the Harry Potter books to historical examples of magic, I hope to show that Rowling's work presents magic-as-technology. The disenchanted magical world of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry reflects secularity in the same way that Tolkien's work reflected his romantic nostalgia for an imagined religious past. Harry Potter's brand of magic thus shows the degree to which wonder has been standardized and commodified in 21st-century consumer society.
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

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Created: Thu, 03 Oct 2013, 16:06:29 EST by Michael Ostling on behalf of Centre for History of European Discourses