Christian Alchemy at Hogwarts
J.K. Rowling masterfully combines the concepts of Alchemy with Christianity that illuminates the ancient connection between the two ideologies. From her depictions in the Harry Potter series, many have found a new connection to Christianity, forming a new relationship with Christ and accepting Christ as an active part in their lives. Using Rowling's example, I have created a VBS curriculum that highlights the journey of Chirstianity - following Christ is a path, not a destination!
Harry Potter, Hogwarts, and Christianity?
Yes! There are many parallels between Harry Potter's world and the Christian world of today! In the Early Christian era, the Christians went into hiding to protect their very existence, but they were still teaching, just as the Wizards in Harry Potter have created their own world within the Muggle World and are still teaching at Hogwarts.
The Church of the Holy Comforter in Vienna, VA, holds a very successful Vacation Bible School based on these connections, where the children learn about Christian traditions and practices, such as baptism and discipleship, using Harry Potter examples. Each year brings new children in from the community (they had 140 new children in 2012!!) where they learn not only about Harry Potter's Christian connections, but also about their place in the Christian community. If you are interested in hosting this type of Vacation Bible School at your church, please contact us!
2013: Years 2 and 3 a hit!
This year, our church re-created the magic of Hogwarts using curriculum for the second and third years. Although the skits are based on the corresponding year at Hogwarts, classes vary from Potions (making a Philosopher's Stone, filtering dirt from clean water); quidditch, Care of Magical Creatures, classes with a centaur, and others. Students received Saint medallions, Books of Bilical Prophecies, owls to help them connect to the church when they aren't at church, and other fun highlighting souvenirs too. Best of all, the prefects were fabulous - they worked hard to help with students for 4 hours, and they really bonded with their students. The last day was full of promises for returns next year and requests to be with the same prefect or students - a true mark of success!