Welcome to the all-new Potter Tuesday. Today we are going to look at Chapter 1 of Book 1 of The Series That Wowed. Who would have thought that a chapter that opens with at least half of our time spent on Vernon Dursley’s shoulder would hook so many millions of readers into reading thousands of pages? But it did. So let’s get right into it.
The Dursleys had everything they wanted, but they also had a secret, and their greatest fear was that somebody would discover it. ~ Page 3
The Dursleys strive to be deliberately boring. They are rude to others, self-centered, gossipy, and judgmental. They think they know everything and are perfect. Though they may love each other, their lives are completely devoid of love outside of that. They can’t even find it in their hearts to care for their orphaned nephew. The key word I want to focus in on in this passage is fear. The Dursley’s had a secret and that secret caused them great fear.
“The Potters, that’s right, that’s what I heard—”
“—yes, their son, Harry—”
Mr. Dursley stopped dead. Fear flooded him. He looked back at the whisperers as if he wanted to say something to them, but thought better of it. ~ Page 4
Fear floods Vernon, because he has a secret and he is terrified these strange people have just spoken his fear. And then, once the Dursley’s go to sleep on this dull, gray Tuesday, someone very anti-Dursley-ish shows up and speaks to the cat on the wall…
“After all he’s done…all the people he’s killed…he couldn’t kill a little boy? It’s just astounding…of all the things to stop him…but how in the name of heaven did Harry survive?” ~ Page 11-12
If you’ve read through all the books or watched the movie you will know the answer. Harry survived because of what Voldemort is completely devoid of and what the Dursley’s have very, very little of—love. And here is where the biblical parallels come in.
God is love, and all who live in love live in God, and God lives in them. And as we live in God, our love grows more perfect. So we will not be afraid on the day of judgment, but we can face him with confidence because we live like Jesus here in this world.
Such love has no fear, because perfect love expels all fear. If we are afraid, it is for fear of punishment, and this shows that we have not fully experienced his perfect love. We love each other because he loved us first. ~ 1 John 4:16-19 NLT
At the end of the series, when Harry has his moment with Dumbledore at King’s Cross in his head, Dumbledore tells him that Voldemort has much to fear in that place but Harry does not. Why? Because he lived a life of love, growing more and more perfect in it until he committed the ultimate act of love—sacrificing himself to save others.
One of the biblical principles shown throughout the Harry Potter series is that the more we grow in love (like Dumbledore and Harry) the less and less we fear. Unfortunately Voldemort never learns this, but thankfully Dudley will.
Moral of the story (and this post) strive to continue to grow in love all the days of your life. How do we do that? It is my belief that we grow in love by living in God and letting God live in and through us.