Harry Potter as Midrash

The frenzy has finally hit me. After seeing, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix this weekend (in 3-D, no less), I’m fully engrossed in theories and plot discussion about book 7, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, which comes out this Shabbat.

To hold us Potter fans over until the weekend, Rabbi Moshe Rosenberg has provided us with some additional reading. He asks if the stories of Harry Potter were midrash, how would it all end? (MORE)

After addressing the the issues of Dumbledore’s death and the Neville Longbottom prophecy, Rosenberg gives us another take on the ultimate question of Harry’s survival:

“In the words of the apocryphal Harry Potter Rabbah: To what may this be compared?

To a king who had a son and wished to teach him to stand up against evil. First, he hid his face from him. Then he assigned him teacher after wise teacher, but just as the boy began to appreciate them, they too were taken away. And then he sent the evil one to test him, saying to his court: If the evil one prevails, I shall wear sackcloth and ashes, but if my son should prevail, we shall all live Jewishly ever after.”


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