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Den moderna frälsaren: En komparativ analys av Harry Potter och Jesus
Dalarna University, School of Humanities and Media Studies, Comparative Literature.
2016 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The books about Harry Potter have been read by people all over the world, but is there some-thing more to them than just the magical adventure novels they first appear to be? Many have discovered the multiple layers of understanding that the author J. K. Rowling has put in her famous books, and since I was curious about a few features in the story that reminded me of certain elements which can be found in the Bible, I decided to find out more.

The following essay investigates which specific features in the books about Harry Potter that can be traced to which specific parts of the Bible. The main focus is the comparison between the character Harry Potter and Jesus Christ. I use a comparative analyzing method and secure my theory with quotes from both Harry Potter and the Bible.

In the end, I found a wide range of similarities between the two characters, and in my discus-sion, I raised the question whether or not the likenesses were intentional by Rowling. I reached the conclusion that the authors intention is not as important as the reader’s interpreta-tion and what they can learn from it.

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Harry Potter, Dumbledore, Jesus, Christianity, the Bible, religion, symbols.
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General Literature Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:du-21005OAI: diva2:902486
Available from: 2016-02-11 Created: 2016-02-11

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