excellent summation from Fr. Steve over at the The Word on Fire blog. The Professor is the only one of our children who has been allowed to read the whole Harry Potter series* (after both Sean and I read them) so I also allowed him to read Fr. Steve's analysis of the final movie installment which you can find in the links above.
It opened up a wonderful discussion this morning touching on a few different areas... the meaning of 1 Cor. 15:26 ("The last enemy to be destroyed is death."); how three Lord of the Rings characters can each be considered "Christ figures" and how that allegory serves the story. But most importantly, the real tragedy of the character of Voldemort. As Fr. Steve so succinctly puts it, "If we are sympathetic to his plight it is because we know that he is not a fallen angel but a man, and therefore his tragedy is that the offer of grace remains until the end--- but it is an offer that he chooses to refuse." Anyway, because of the great conversation it inspired, I wanted to share it here with anyone who might also enjoy it.
Literature and theology discussion before 8am... I love homeschooling!
*None of the children have seen beyond movie #3 and even then, there are parts in each that we skip over. I've found with my children that movies can be more visually disturbing than books. No movie is worth disturbing a good night's sleep... there's and mine!