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Christian Themes in the Harry Potter Series
Prof. John O'Callaghan
Thursday, July 30, 2015
7:00 pm || Geddes Hall
“The Harry Potter novels are not a tale of ordinary magic; they are a tale of extraordinary magic, exploring the tale of two loves: the love of power, which is a philosophy of domination and wealth, versus a power of wisdom, which puts one in the presence of divine love.” (Prof. John O’Callaghan).
With incredible precision, Prof. O’Callaghan reveals the hidden symbolic meaning in J. K. Rowling’s bestselling fantasy series. Words of Latin and French origin like Draco (serpent) Malfoy (bad faith – mal foi) point to the deeper underlying narrative, which interweaves the philosophies of Socrates, Kant and Descartes with the theologies of St. Augustine and St. Thomas Aquinas, who argued that “faith makes reason possible.”
Come and judge by yourself. The Harry Potter series: just wizards, wands and broom sticks or a carefully crafted allegory of the search for wisdom through Christ?
Admission $9, incl. presentation, door prize and light dinner.
Tickets bought by Tuesday, July 14, 2015 (postmarked) receive $5 cash back at the door.
Childcare offered on request.
Free parking available east of the Hesburgh Library (please see map for construction updates). For handicap access please contact us in advance.
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321 Geddes Hall University of Notre Dame, IN 46556