FCC 10: More Christian Themes in “Chamber of Secrets”

On this episode of Finding Christ in Cinema, we find ourselves before the graven image of Salazar Slytherin once again as we find more Christian themes in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.

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Those mandrakes are ugly as sin…

That’s right! Grab your earmuffs and tighten your grip because we are talking mandrakes (or Mandragora, whatevs).

Believe it or not, these guys actually play a major role in The Chamber of Secrets. They are the only things that can unpetrify the victims of the monster that lurks within the castle walls – later revealed to be a basilisk.

And I personally can’t think of mandrakes without thinking of how loud they are and how ugly they are. Those scrunchy, grotesque faces and jagged roots serving as limbs creep me out. I don’t know if I could even repot one without earmuffs and a blindfold. But I can’t reiterate enough how crucial these bad boys are.

Through the film’s plot points, people (and animals) (and ghosts) are petrified because of their encounters with the basilisk. (Luckily, they don’t receive death’s full sting because they don’t look directly into its eyes.) But they are still in need of saving, and the only thing that can do it is the fluids derived from these mandrakes.

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And that is the platform for this week’s message: that just as mandrake juice revives the physically petrified, the blood of Jesus revives the spiritually petrified.

Yes! Jesus on the cross is an ugly picture. Even though it is a symbolically beautiful event, His crucifixion is “ugly as sin” because it IS sin. He became sin – marred beyond recognition as a human being – for us so that we could attain the righteousness and get back home to God.

Just as Paul reminds us in his letter to the Ephesians:

But God is so rich in mercy, and he loved us so much, that even though we were dead because of our sins, he gave us life when he raised Christ from the dead. It is only by God’s grace that you have been saved! (Eph 2:4-5)

Ever since we left God in the garden, we’ve needed sacrifices to get back to Him. We were as good as dead, but we have been given life. We were once far away from God…

…but now you have been brought near to him through the blood of Christ. – Eph 2:13.

Finding Christ In The Chamber Of Secrets

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About Brenden Taylor

Brenden is a graduate student pursuing his Master in Theatre Arts degree with Regent University. He is an educational assistant and tutor by day and a theatre practitioner by night. You can find him live-tweeting his favorite movies on Twitter @LeviTheBeliever or posting poetry and unsolicited opinions at thebookofbrenden.com
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