Happy Potter Tuesday! This week we’ve reached the mid-point of Sorcerer’s Stone, Chapter 9: The Midnight Duel. In this chapter, Neville Longbottom is sent a Remembrall by his grandmother. Malfoy thinks this is something to sneer at, but Harry and the other Gryffindors have had enough of Draco’s attitude.
During their first flying lesson, Neville loses control of his broom and falls. Leaves the Gryffindors and Slytherins together, Madam Hooch users Neville to the hospital wing — she should know better. Neville’s Remembrall lay forgotten in the grass until Draco spots it.
“I think I’ll leave it somewhere for Longbottom to find — how about — up a tree?” ~ Draco Malfoy, p. 147
Though Harry knows flying with Madam Hooch gone could get him expelled, he takes off after Draco. When Draco throws the Remembrall, Harry dives and catches it before it hits the ground where Professor McGonagall is waiting for him.
“Never — in all my time at Hogwarts —” ~ Professor McGonagall, p. 149
McGonagall carts him off — Harry believes she is going to have him pack his bags. However, the Transfiguration professor stops at a class and calls out the Captain of the Gryffindor Quidditch team, Oliver Wood, and then gives Harry a real surprise.
“Potter, this is Oliver Wood. Wood — I’ve found you a Seeker.” ~ Professor McGonagall, p. 151
This is where I paused in my re-reading and thought, as I’ve thought before, what a great title for Harry! Rewind a minute for me. When Draco takes the Remembrall, what does he say he’s going to do with it? He’s going to leave it somewhere for Neville to find. A very interesting play on words by Mrs. Rowling for,
“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened.” ~ Matthew 7:7-8 ESV (also found in Luke)
You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. ~ Jeremiah 29:13 NIV
The principle of seeking and finding is weaved throughout scripture. When we seek and continue to seek, we will find. There is a theory that all the Quidditch matches in each book, reveal the story plots. I believe that Rowling gives us a clue as to Harry’s character and destiny by labeling him a Seeker in the first half of the first book. She is saying, this boy is going to seek and seek and seek, and he is going to find the ultimate Golden Snitch. The golden trinket that is going to end the “game” the brave have been fighting against the snakes of the story (snakes as a symbol of the snake in the Garden of Eden, who led man to a path that brought death and disease and hardship into the world).
If you’ve read all the books (if not, Spoiler Alert), you’ll know that Harry is both a Christ-figure and a Christian Everyman figure. These are literary terms to describe a character that reflects a characteristic of Christ (death and resurrection through sacrificial love) or the Christian Everyman journey (sinner redeemed and set on a new journey to grow and follow in Christ’s footsteps). Harry serves as both. He is a Seeker, like all who decide to follow Christ. He seeks a way to stop Voldemort (representative of evil) from continuing to harm people. And he finds that way within himself, by dying so others can live. He symbolically carries the first Snitch he ever caught with him on his Via del Rosa into the Forest. What is within that Snitch but the Resurrection Stone. A stone he doesn’t use for his own selfish gain but to help him connect with his father figures and mother, who walk with him on the path to his sacrifice. He drops the stone and lets them fade away right before he enters the clearing and offers himself up as the ultimate sacrifice which bathes his friends in protection from Voldemort’s power—something he learned from his mother, Lily (a symbol of Christ).
My point? Harry was not just a Quidditch Seeker, but a true Seeker. He sought and sought and sought a way to bring about the end of Voldemort’s reign of tyranny, and he found the answer because when we seek we will find. I’ve heard people say, and I was one of them, that they wish they understood who or what God and this Jesus are. They feel like they can’t fully understand them, and they can’t. I couldn’t, at least. Not right away. Not until I sought and sought and sought did I find. But when you do find that “Golden Snitch” you are seeking, it will change your life forever.
If you want to find the Snitch, you have to Seek. The only way to find is to first seek. If you want to find God, seek him.