A Comparison Of Courage In Harry Potter And The Philosopher's Stone

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Every generation has a role model to look up to in literature. From Frodo Baggins in The Lord of the Rings to Peter Pevensie in The Chronicles of Narnia, they are our inspiration to make the right choices everyday. Harry Potter is one role model that every child and teenager can look up to because he is forced to struggle through challenges like a normal teenager, but must triumph over evil. Loved by children and adults alike, J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series has been criticized by Christians and praised by scholars. Harry Potter is often credited with promoting literature, thereby creating a new generation of child readers. The stories are often about witchcraft, and are then criticized by certain conservative Christian groups who feel the content of the series is…show more content…
Harry is brought to Little Whinging to be placed under the care of his cruel aunt and uncle. While growing up, he is forced to deal with verbal and mental abuse by his vicious Aunt Petunia and Uncle Vernon, and their bratty child Dudley. In the Harry Potter series, J.K. Rowling shows us the virtue of courage in Harry. Before Harry learned he was a wizard, he tried to stay as strong as possible. Courage is the virtue concerned with strength and power, and every Gryffindor possess the virtue of courage. What is noteworthy about Harry’s courage in the last book of the series is the way it resonates with the way Christians have thought and taught about courage through the ages, from St. Augustine to Thomas Aquinas to Martin Luther King, Jr., to Blessed Pope John Paul II. The way Christian’s courage contrast with our common contemporary notion of courage is found in your everyday action and adventure film-think Luke Skywalker in Star Wars (or Will Turner in Pirates of the Caribbean, or Steve Rogers in Captain America and

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