Sneaking Past the Watchful Dragons: Christian Themes in Harry Potter and The Chronicles of Narnia
Both J. K. Rowling and C. S. Lewis have been recognized as great Christian authors of fantasy literature. In this presentation, the themes of Good vs. Evil, the Immortality of the Soul, Self-Sacrificial Love, Death, Resurrection, and Making the Choice to Believe are examined in the light of both authors' profession of the Christian faith. The influence of the Narnian books on Harry's adventures will be discussed in detail, including the symbolism of the lion, serpent, eagle, raven, badger, unicorn, stag, phoenix, centaur, dog, werewolf, and much more.
Denise Roper is the author of The Lord of the Hallows: Christian Symbolism and Themes in J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter, published by Outskirts Press in July 2009. Ms. Roper has been a guest speaker on the deeper meaning of J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter series at numerous science fiction and fantasy conventions, book stores, libraries, and most notably, at the Portus 2008 and Azkatraz 2009 HPEF Conventions. She is a member of the Mythopoeic Society, an organization of scholars and fans devoted to the study of the works of C. S. Lewis, J. R. R. Tolkien, and Charles Williams. Please visit her author webpage at www.outskirtspress.com/thelordofthehallows and her blog at http://phoenixweasley.wordpress.com for more information about Ms. Roper's book and upcoming projects.