Religious Studies Professor Offers ‘A Jesuit Perspective on Harry Potter’

America Magazine
June 12th, 2017 by 


What do Harry Potter and Christianity have in common? According to Rev. William Reiser, S.J., professor of religious studies at the College of the Holy Cross, they have more in common than you’d think.

In an article published by America Magazine, and in his ever-popular and wittily titled “Defense Against the Dark Arts” theology seminar, Fr. Reiser explores the intersection of J.K. Rowling’s series and the Gospels of the New Testament. Just like Harry Potter, “Christian faith is built on a story,” he says, “and stories require imagination.”

Read the full article on the America Magazine website.

Fr. Reiser’s course was also included in a list of Harry Potter related college courses published by Huffington Post: “The Magical ‘Harry Potter’ College Courses For True Ravenclaws At Heart”.

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