[Globe and Mail] 19 July 2007--As if battling Voldemort, Death Eaters and Dementors wasn't enough, the boy wizard has also endured the wrath of religious conservatives in the decade since J.K. Rowling's books first found their way into the hearts of young Muggles the world over.
There have been book burnings, book bans and even a declaration by one Catholic Church official last year that Harry Potter is "the devil."
But with Potter fans already lining up ahead of the final book release this Saturday, some Christian denominations are now eschewing condemnation for praise, embracing Ms. Rowling's tales as powerful religious fables for our time.
Leading the Potter parable movement is the Church of England. This Saturday, it will release Mixing it Up with Harry Potter, a 48-page guidebook that directs religious leaders how to translate tales from Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry into religious lessons.