Theology, Imagination and the World of Harry Potter
Both the world of faith and the world of fiction depend on imagination, and the Harry Potter series provides an excellent opportunity to reflect on what makes these worlds alike and what makes them different. Why does imagination give permission to miracles but dismiss magic as fantasy? How and why are faith and fantasy different? How does the mind distinguish what is “real” from what is not? And how does the mind defend itself against dementors, chaos, and spiritual darkness? Religious imagination is one such defense.
Faith, Imagination, Harry Potter, Theology, Fiction, Religion, Fantasy
Comparative Methodologies and Theories | Literature in English, British Isles | Religious Thought, Theology and Philosophy of Religion
Reiser, William S.J., "Theology, Imagination and the World of Harry Potter" (2020). Live Lectures Series. 6.