Finding and obtaining Slytherin’s Locket was no easy task, and destroying it is proving to be an even harder one. But in his last will and testament, Dumbledore has bequeathed special gifts to Harry, Ron, and Hermione that will prove most helpful. On this episode of the Finding Christ In Cinema podcast, we’ll discuss these Christian themes and so much more in HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS Part 1.
For your convenience you will find each podcast segment at the time referenced below:
- 00:00:00 – Introduction
- 00:03:36 – Movie Discussion
- 00:12:45 – Christian Themes in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1
- 01:08:32 – Well-mannered Frivolity
- 01:14:40 – Upcoming
Carry Each Other’s Horcrux and So Fulfill the Law of Christ
Slytherin’s Locket is one of the seven Horcruxes that has to be destroyed if Voldemort is to be defeated. The trek to find it has taken Harry from the nameless Cave in the previous film to the Black House and all the way to courts of the Ministry of Magic, where he and his other two comrades find it dangling from Dolores Umbridge’s neck. After a little sleight of hand, the trio absconds with the Locket and hightail it to safety. The mission then becomes to destroy the Locket, just as Dumbledore has instructed Harry to do so. But there’s only one problem: Dumbledore didn’t tell anyone how to destroy it – hence the pickle in which our three heroes find themselves.
Because as the team eventually discovers, the Locket cannot be destroyed by normal spells. It can not be left alone either; being an enchanted piece of jewelry, it can and often does move on its own volition and will try to escape. Harry at first resolves to wear it around his neck, but that tactic soon becomes detrimental to Harry’s own health and well-being. He lashes out against Hermione, who thankfully knows that the Locket and not Harry himself is to blame. And as she is wont to do, Hermione comes up with the perfect solution: take turns wearing the Locket.
If anybody who is a Christian truly wants to fulfill the law of Christ, we ought to look at this example from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1. Harry, Ron, and Hermione are not just taking turns carrying the Locket, they are carrying each other’s burdens. We see it all the time in films in which there is a protagonistic ensemble – for example, Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy (Return of the King in particular) and Rob Reiner’s adaptation of Stephen King’s Stand By Me. Jesus himself did it throughout his whole ministry and even unto death, but in doing so he has set a more perfect example for us.
Ron Weasley and The Voice of God’s Love
Of course, along with the controlling theme of any good drama comes the countering theme – the idea against which the main idea of the message constantly battles and eventually falls defeated underneath that main idea. For Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1, that countering idea is simple: that one can get along in life well enough without the help of friends and family along the way.
Ron Weasley delves into this countering idea when he starts feeling distant from Harry and Hermione. He sees them laughing and giggling and figuring stuff out without him, and he genuinely feels left out. The sadness that wells up within him boils into anger – thanks to wearing the Locket for a whole day – which then results in him leaving the group. Dark times indeed.
But Ron comes back and not a minute too soon. Harry, who has followed the mysterious Doe Patronus to the location of the Sword of Godric Gryffindor, is in danger. He goes beneath the icy surface of a lake, and the Locket tries to drown him. Ron, however, arrives just in time to save Harry and obtain the Sword. Harry then believes Ron has to be the one to destroy the Locket, but Ron starts to cower once again. What little nerve he has is diminished even more when the essence of Voldemort tryies ot discourage Ron from doing the right thing. Voldemort shows Ron the fears of his heart in order to scare him: physical fears like spiders and emotionl fears like not being worthy enough to breathe when compared to his friend Harry.
Thankfully, though, Harry is there to encourage Ron to be better, and Ron is then able to charge through his fears and destroy the Locket at last. Even in the scene after this, when Ron is telling Hermione and Harry why he came back, he explains to them that it only took hearing Hermione’s voice from the Deluminator. It took remembering the love that he has for his true friends and that which his true friends have for him to bring him back. It took listening for and listening to the voice of love and then obeying it.
Likewise, if we know anyone who suffers from so much church (lowercase) hurt that they have left the Church (uppercase) altogether – OR if anyone we know has never known God like we do – we only need to simply remind them of that love. We can’t do it with preaching at them, condemning them, yelling at them, or even being snarky on Facebook at them. God only wants us to bring Him those who need Him by truly ministering to them – to providing for them in any way we can – and then letting His voice and His love and He Himself do His own perfect work.
- Galatians 6:1-3 NLT
Dear brothers and sisters, if another believer is overcome by some sin, you who are godly should gently and humbly help that person back onto the right path. And be careful not to fall into the same temptation yourself. Share each other’s burdens, and in this way obey the law of Christ. If you think you are too important to help someone, you are only fooling yourself. You are not that important.
- Isaiah 30:21-22 NLT
Your own ears will hear him.
Right behind you a voice will say,
“This is the way you should go,”
whether to the right or to the left.
Then you will destroy all your silver idols
and your precious gold images.
You will throw them out like filthy rags,
saying to them, “Good riddance!”
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