Christianity in the USA

It’s a different beast:

I had one letter from a vicar in England — this is the difference — saying would I please not put Christmas trees at Hogwarts as it was clearly a pagan society. Meanwhile, I’m having death threats when I’m on tour in America.

J.K. Rowling describing the Christian response to her Harry Potter books.

hat tip, Andrew Sullivan


5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. JewishAtheist
    Jul 25, 2007 @ 12:39:22

    What’s more pagan than a Christmas tree? 🙂


  2. Stephen
    Jul 25, 2007 @ 13:00:59



  3. Jamie
    Jul 25, 2007 @ 17:35:06

    The U.S. has taken quite a beating on your blog recently, I notice. 😉

    Personally, I think it’s kind of short-sighted that so many people are ok with HP and all the wizardry, but I guess dishing out death threats isn’t going to help much. I’ll be glad when the craze dies down, anyway. At work this week (I’m a writing tutor at a university), all three of the professors in the office have been as fanatical about the new book as the students. Good grief.


  4. Dan
    Jul 25, 2007 @ 19:56:03

    Personally, I thought that the Harry Potter series was fun but pretty repetitive. It was sort of like reading Robert Jordan’s “Wheel of Time” series — once you’ve read one book, you’ve basically read them all (thank goodness, since I think he’s working on volume 86 or something like that right now). However, the Harry Potter books were still fun, and I was glad to get to the end and see how it all wrapped up. (My concern isn’t so much “all the wizardry.” Rather, my concern is what exactly makes a book like Harry Potter into such a cultural phenomenon — are we only able to read children’s lit?)

    As for paganism and Christmas, I strongly recommend Richard Horsley’s “Liberation of Christmas”.

    Grace and peace.


  5. Stephen
    Jul 26, 2007 @ 11:21:55

    Typically, I haven’t read any of the books. Maybe if I could read as quickly as Dan, I would!

    MaryP is an English major. She liked the books well enough, but she can’t see why Harry Potter exploded to become such a cultural phenomenon. Even in the category of children’s lit, she would tell you there are plenty of other books as good or better.

    Me … I’m stubbornly reading non-fiction.


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