People are now joining a Harry Potter religion (yes, seriously!)
While many kids hated being dragged to church (or synagogue, mosque, or any other religious equivalent), most would never turn down the opportunity to read and re-read the Harry Potter series. Vanessa Zoltan and Caspar ter Kuile, both graduates of Harvard Divinity School, would agree. They have been creating 25-minute podcast episodes since May, rehashing each chapter of the Harry Potter books and looking at them through the lens of a sacred text.
Harry Potter and the Sacred Text draws parallels between the epic seven-book series and common religious themes. According to Vanessa Zoltan and Caspar ter Kuile’s website:
The idea is that people are often turned off by the concept of religious texts, which is why breaking things down with the use of a popular tool like Harry Potter can be very helpful. It’s a way to get people into a discussion about religion and theology, but without any pressure to conform. Plus, who wouldn’t love to re-read their favorite book series?