Between Icon & Idol by S. M. Hutchens

Between Icon & Idol

Harry Potter & Imagination’s Symbolic Life

by S. M. Hutchens

J K. Rowling has, like C. S. Lewis in the Chronicles of Narnia, created an exciting story of redemption within the world of modern ugliness and alienation, a world in which a drab and common boy with dismal prospects is revealed as what he has in fact been from birth: someone who counts for something, whose well-intentioned labors count for good and are rewarded with appreciation, understanding, and the hope of greatness.


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