“Author J.K. Rowling’s “Harry Potter” books have always, in fact, dealt explicitly with religious themes and questions, but until “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows,” they had never quoted any specific religion. That was the plan from the start, Rowling told reporters during a press conference at the beginning of her Open Book Tour on Monday. It wasn’t because she was afraid of inserting religion into a children’s story. Rather, she was afraid that introducing religion (specifically Christianity) would give too much away to fans who might then see the parallels. ‘To me [the religious parallels have] always been obvious,’ she said. ‘But I never wanted to talk too openly about it because I thought it might show people who just wanted the story where we were going.'”
But for those Pagans who still want to imagine themselves at Hogwarts, not to worry, Rowling insists that the fictional school is “multifaith”. But if Potter kneels to pray, it will most likely be at Rowling’s Church of Scotland. Further commentary on Rowling’s latest statements can be found at “Get Religion”, and “Hogwarts Professor”. Perhaps we can finally convince certain over-zealous Christians that they aren’t banning a “pagan” book when they attack “Harry Potter”.