The Jewish World Review draws
Jul 30, 2001
The Jewish World Review draws parallels between Harry Potter and Jewish history:
The books are steeped in such universal ethical lessons as honesty, discipline, and loyalty, to mention only a few. … J. K. Rowling may never have studied Jewish history, but her series provides a perfect parable for the causes of the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem.
1,931 years later, we are still quarreling senselessly with one another and overlooking enemies who seek our destruction. If we haven’t learned the lessons of our own tradition, perhaps we can learn a lesson from Harry Potter’s headmaster, Dumbledore: “It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.”