Over at the Modern Reformation website, a very helpful article is posted by Dr. Donald Williams, Director of the School of Arts and Sciences and Professor of English at Toccoa Falls College, in which Dr. Williams gives his reflections on the literary and philosophical basis of the now complete Harry Potter series of novels and how they intersect with the biblical teachings that erect the proper boundaries between good and bad fantasy. It’s the kind of intelligent analysis that could do the hearts and minds of fantasy-spooked fundamentalists and evangelicals a great deal of good.
How is it biblically justifiable to portray characters who use magic?
Do fantasy stories ever convey a moral or point which can benefit Christian readers, or should we focus on, and boycott, externals?
How did Harry Potter author, J. K. Rowling, do in keeping within the bounds of biblically-regulated fantasy?
Questions like these are at least indirectly addressed in Dr. Williams’ essay.