Wednesday, July 25, 2007

The Deathly Hallows as the Three Temptations of Christ in the Wilderness


Over at the Sword of Gryffindor is posted a fascinating defense that the three "Deathly Hallows" represent the three temptations of Jesus Christ in the Wilderness. Here's excerpts:

Following the account in Matthew 4, the Resurrection Stone corresponds with the first temptation (stones into bread). The temptation is that of restoring life in the wrong and unnatural manner (’man shall not live by bread alone…’) ...

The second temptation (Christ casting himself down from the temple, confident in his Father’s protection) is far more clearly related to the Invisibility Cloak. The Invisibility Cloak is the ‘father’s protection’. Just as Christ is tempted to presume on the protection of his father and avoid the suffering of the cross, so Harry could rely on the Cloak of his father’s and avoid his fate, even when his ‘hour’ has come ...

The Elder Wand corresponds to the final temptation (rule over the kingdoms of the world on condition of worshipping Satan). The Elder Wand gives the greatest power in the world to its owner, being the means by which the owner can rule over all others. Jesus is tempted to grasp at rule in the wrong way. However, he must undergo the self-sacrifice of the cross. Only then will Satan be disarmed and the rule be given to him as its rightful possessor. Much the same thing happens with Harry ...


Read the whole thing here.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

oh grow up, Trying to spoil harry potter movies and books with ludicrous christianty. pathetic.

BabyBlue said...

LOL of Anon. I guess you didn't read Deathly Hallows? What was that written on the tombstones in Godric's Hollow?

bb