Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Casualties in the Battle for Redemption

The Harry Potter series definitely counts as fantasy.  That said, with the release of the recent movie and having just watched it, I was struck by a thought in it.  I read the books and consider them literary gold.  Though many in the church hate them because of their “witchcraft,” they have much to tell us about the story of redemption.  The Deathly Hallows, the last in the series, is no different.

As I watched the movie, one of the things that struck me the most was the fact that in this last installment, many of the people who have made Harry’s journey a success begin to die off.  They have all committed themselves to the cause of seeing evil vanquished and light overcoming the present darkness, and for many of them their commitment cost them their lives.

One scene that particularly set with me was the last major scene in the movie: the scene on the beach where Dobby dies.  If there was ever a friend committed to Harry, it was Dobby.  What made it that much more poignant to me was the fact that Harry saved Dobby, and also freed him of his servant obligations.  Dobby owed nothing to no one, and yet stuck close to Harry until his demise at the hand of Belatrix, who in my estimation stands next to Voldemort as the embodiment of evil.  Dobby’s death was a sad point in the movie, and it made me think of the price many pay on this earth for what they believe in, and ultimately the price we all pay in the battle against sin and death.

Jesus Christ, through his death and resurrection, has guaranteed victory over sin and death.  That said, there is still a part of us that continues to battle with our former nature, and because of the curse, we will all die.  It is fact that can’t be changed.  In our battle against sin and death, we will lose battles along the way, and will lose a battle to death one day.  In this war, there will be casualties.  We know our loved ones who are in Christ are going to be with him, but that doesn’t make it any better really.  It still makes us ache.  We know we are forgiven for all eternity – as our sins are cast as far as the east is from the west.  However, it doesn’t change the fact that we sin, and we sometimes sin with zeros on the end.  Sometimes we really screw up and hurt those we love and destroy things in our sinful path.  In this battle against sin and death, we’ll come out as victors, thanks be to Jesus, but we’ll finish with a limp and a few scars.

Revelation 7:16-17 says, “They shall hunger no more, neither thirst anymore; the sun shall not strike them, nor any scorching heat. For the Lamb in the midst of the throne will be their shepherd, and he will guide them to springs of living water, and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.”  For the fantasy world that Harry Potter and his friends live in, this utopia will come to fruition when the forces of good overcome Voldemort and his brood.  There will be intense battles and many will die.  For the believer, though many will suffer under sin and death until they die or until Christ returns, they already have a great victory.  Jesus Christ is the Victor.  He has defeated sin and death, and through him we have everlasting victory.

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