Teacher-Written Lesson

Harry Potter, King’s Cross, and Baptism

  • Written by Veronica Burchard
  • 45 minutes

Lesson Overview

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is filled - as are all seven of the Harry Potter books - with allusions to Christianity. Like all literary allusions or analogies, these fall short of the Truth and are not perfect as metaphors, but they can still be useful in making connections and hooking student interest. In Chapters 35 and 36 of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Harry spends time with his deceased professor and mentor Albus Dumbledore in a place that he describes as resembling "King's Cross Station." He then returns to Hogwarts to finally defeat Voldemort. This lesson contains discussion questions to bring out connections in these chapters to Original Sin, Baptism, Sacrificial Love, Communion of the Saints, and other aspects of the Faith. After the discussion, students write a reflection paper on Romans 6. 

Recommended For

Grade Level: High School, Middle School

Subject: English, Literature, British Literature, Religion, Core USCCB Curriculum, Sacraments as Privileged Encounters with Jesus Christ

Learner: Traditional Classroom, Homeschooled Students, Classical Education , Gifted Learners, Struggling Readers, English Language Learners

Tagged as: romans 6,  original sin,  literature,  harry potter,  baptism

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