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I am a high school English teacher in an urban high school in Oklahoma City. I am a member of the American Federation of Teachers, Local 2309. I am a Democrat, a union activist and a worker for social justice. I also am a Christian (Congregationalist). I play chess and coach our school chess team.

Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Back to Harry Potter

I am trying to read the "Harry Potter" series before the next movie comes out. I got half way through The Order of the Phoenix and got distracted by something, probably school. There was also the problem that Harry was starting to sound as whiny as some of my students! Of course, that's part of the genius of Rowling's books. Harry is a typical kids growing up with a few things through in that make him less typical (and his problems worse).

I can't understand why some evangelicals have had problems with this book. True, there is no mention of God in Harry's life, but the same can be said for The Lord of the Rings. Harry certainly displays many very good character qualities like courage, perseverance, and resourcefulness. He may not be a model of faith, but he is a model of grace under pressure.

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