A number of fellow Christians have attacked the Harry Potter books because of their favorable portrayals of wizards, magic and the like. Personally, I've never been convinced that the Harry Potter books (which I enjoy very much) are anti-Christian instead of possibly just non-Christian, like a lot of modern literature.
That's why I was interested to read about the take on Harry Potter from Baylor University professor Scott Moore. He believes the Potter books are "rich with Christian allusion," according to this Baylor news release. The news release includes a reprint of Moore's article "Why I Am Looking Forward to Harry Potter."
Excerpts from the release:
"'The books are rich with classical and medieval Christian allusion,' (Moore) says. 'J.K. Rowling relies for instance on images of the phoenix and the unicorn in the early books. Both are commonly appropriated by the medieval Church as images of Christ.'"
"In addition, Moore says Harry and his friends are being schooled in classical and Christian virtues (courage, prudence, temperance, justice, faith, hope, and love). Yes, they attend a school that ostensibly teaches spells and potions, but they get that all wrong. When any student can consistently make a spell work, they are as surprised as anyone. (In fact, they initially don't like Hermione because of this.) What they are learning is courage, friendship, and the value of the truth consistently from the school's headmaster."
"'Albus Dumbledore's insistence that one call [the book's villain] Voldemort by name is a reflection of his courage and his commitment to calling things by their proper names -- truth-telling," Moore says. With a name meaning "willing death' -- which is how Lucifer is frequently described in medieval theology -- Voldemort cannot kill Harry because of the power of self-sacrificial love ('agape' -- his mother died loving him)."