What's a Christian to Do with Harry
Harry Potter Movie Discussion Guide for Christian Parents
This is a DISCUSSION guide, designed to get your kids talking and
open up opportunities to share related Bible themes. Be sure to listen
as much as you teach.
Hermione says, “Me? ... Just books and cleverness. There are more
important things, like friendship and bravery.
Where do you remember the characters being brave? When have you had to
“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous! Do not tremble or
be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go”
Choices and consequences
Repeatedly, Harry and his friends made good and difficult choices.
Remember when Harry chose “Not Slytherin!” while being sorted? And
when he chose “the right sort” of friends instead of accepting
Malfoy’s offer to be with his group? And when Voldemort tempted him to
give him the Sorcerer’s Stone and join the side of evil? And when Ron
chose to sacrifice himself in the living chess game so Harry and
Hermione could go on?
How might the story have ended differently if characters had made
different choices? When has it been hard to make a good decision? When
have you made a good choice that led to good consequences? When have you
made a wrong choice that led to bad consequences?
“Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, this
will he also reap” (Galatians 6:7). Continue
reading Galatians 6:7-10.
sacrificing himself in the living game of wizard’s chess; Harry and
Ron risking their lives to save Hermione.
Have you ever had to take a risk to protect or help one of your friends?
Have you ever had a friend take a risk to help you? (Probably not
risking their lives, but maybe risking the loss of other friends, or not
being ‘in’ with another group of kids.)
Jesus said, “This is my commandment, that you love one another, just
as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that one lay
down his life for his friends” (John 15:12-13).
The power of love.
Dumbledore explaining why Voldemort couldn’t destroy Harry. Harry’s
mom sacrificed her life to save him. That act gave Harry a protection
that stayed with him forever, so the evil one couldn’t touch him!
is what Harry’s mom did to protect Harry from Voldemort’s curse for
him like what Jesus Christ did to show God’s love to us and protect us
from the curse of death?
God so loved the world, that He gave his only begotten Son, that whoever
believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life” (John 3:16).
“Christ redeemed us from the curse of the Law,
having become a curse for us -- for it is written, “CURSED IS EVERYONE
WHO HANGS ON A TREE --” (like Jesus did when he died on the cross)
The quest for eternal life and gold.
Where Hermione reads what the Sorcerer’s Stone does.
What would most people do to find eternal life and unlimited wealth? God
offers people eternal life in heaven where the streets are paved with
gold, and the walls encrusted with precious jewels. Why do you think
some people don’t seek this? What have you done to seek (or receive)
the eternal life and heavenly riches God offers? What would you do to be
sure you have eternal life?
“These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son
of God [Jesus], in order that you may know that you have eternal life”
1 John 5:13). Also read Revelation chapters 21 and 22.
The danger of believing a deceptive philosophy
Where Voldemort pronounces his philosophy as, ““There is no good or
evil, only power and those too weak to seek it.”
How was what happened to Professor Quirrel in the end relate to having
believed Voldemort’s philosophy? Do you know people who believe this
philosophy in real life? How do you think that might affect their
choices and the outcome of their lives?
“See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty
deception according to the traditions of men, according to the
elementary principles of the world rather than according to Christ”
How each person can contribute unique talents and character strengths to
the group and society; that we should each do OUR part instead of
comparing ourselves negatively to others who have different talents.
Through the trap door and at the end-of-year awards banquet
How did Hermione, Ron, and Harry each use their unique talents or
character strengths to get through the trap door to stop the evil side
from winning? How were these rewarded at the banquet? What talents and
character strengths do you have that you can use to help others?
“But let each one examine his own work, and then he will have reason
for boasting in regard to himself alone, and not in regard to another”
Dangers of talking too much.
“I shouldn’t have said that.” ~ Hagrid
What did Hagrid tell the “stranger” in the pub that let Voldemort
get past Fluffy? How did this put everyone at great risk? When have you
said something that you shouldn’t have said? When have you hurt
someone because you didn’t control your tongue? When has someone hurt
you by saying something they shouldn’t have said?
“So also the tongue is a small part of the body, and yet it boasts of
great things. Behold, how great a forest is set aflame by such a small
fire!” (James 3:5).
Lesson Theme: Resisting
Harry’s temptation by Voldemort
Temptation is usually something you really want, something that could be
good, but would require you to do something wrong or side with evil to
get it. What do you think might have happened if Harry had agreed to go
over to Voldemort’s side hoping to be reunited with his parents? Was
wanting to be with his parents a bad thing to desire? When have you
wanted something that could have been a good thing, but been tempted to
do something wrong to get what you wanted? How can you resist giving in
to evil and temptation like Harry did?
“Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial; for once he has been
approved, he will receive the crown of life, which the
Lord has promised to those who love Him. Let no one say when he is
tempted, ‘I am being tempted by God’; for God cannot be tempted by
evil, and He Himself does not tempt anyone. But each one is tempted when
he is carried away and enticed by his own lust” (James 1:12-14).