Reflections on the Silver Screen: More Than Meets the Eye
Title: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
Director: Chris Columbus
A small baby with dark brown hair sleeps peacefully on his unsuspecting family’s doorstep. His name: Harry Potter, a name that, unbeknownst to the boy, would bring hope to a people and strength to a world.
Almost 10 years after being placed with his ordinary but contemptuous aunt and uncle, young Harry discovers a secret that he didn’t know he had. A secret that would transport him to the hidden Wizarding World. As Harry explores the new world around him, he swiftly makes friends with a naive ginger-haired wizard, and a snobby but good-hearted witch. The trio attends a school specifically for wizards run by their sage headmaster, Dumbledore.
Despite being just first years, the band of friends uncover a plot to resurrect the dark lord, Voldemort, who seeks to rekindle the flames of war between good and evil. Their quest to destroy the villain forces them to put their trust in each other and discover the true meaning of courage and love–the quality that ultimately protects Harry and defeats Lord Voldemort.
While the Harry Potter books and movies have been controversial, they offer families the opportunity to discuss the world’s view of sin, mankind, forgiveness, love, and faith compared to the truth of God’s Word. In the first Harry Potter movie, Harry and Dumbledore’s selfless love for those they care about mirrors Christ sacrificial attitude towards his followers. Throughout the rest of the thrilling films, opportunities for redemption and forgiveness for the antagonists mimic the salvation Christ offers. All in all, the Harry Potter series provides readers and viewers with a daring adventure and a great way to spark a discussion.
Notice: While Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone is a family-friendly, PG-rated film, there are thematic elements involving the death (although not visibly seen) of some people and animals.