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Is There a Difference between the Magic in

The Lord of the Rings, Narnia, and Harry Potter?


I don't think there is, but I understand the concern

Some parents are afraid that if their kids read the Harry Potter books or watch the movies, their kids will start to practice magic


in real life

It’s a concern because there really are people who practice magic in real life and there are people who turn away from God because they practice magic and become involved in the occult.  

The Harry Potter stories in particular are harshly criticized by many Christians because of the magic in them, but many of those same Christians love C.S. Lewis’s Chronicles of Narnia and J.R.R Tolkien’s Hobbit and Lord of the Rings.

All 3 series of stories have magic:

  • Harry Potter

  • Lord of the Rings

  • The Chronicles of Narnia

But is the magic in each of them different?

Or is it the same kind of magic in all of those stories?

There are people who read Harry Potter and then practice magic, but there are also many people who read The Lord of the Rings trilogy and become heavily involved in practicing magic and other occult practices.

Does that mean that Tolkien,

a devout Catholic,

is responsible for leading people into the occult

with his stories?

I definitely don’t think so, and I don’t think anyone else thinks so either

There’s a lot of magic in the Chronicles of Narnia, too—even magic and spells cast by humans.

Both Susan and Lucy Pevensie use magic in several of the Narnia stories

So does that mean that C.S. Lewis, a devout Christian,

is leading people into the occult?

I don’t think he was—I think he would have been horrified at the thought, because he was a devout Christian when he wrote the Chronicles of Narnia

I’m a Christian, and I love all 3 series of stories, but at one time I also thought that the magic in the Harry Potter books was a very serious problem, and that it would at least open the door—if not bring people right in—to practicing magic in real life.

I went through the stories and read them through a Christian lens so that I could look at the problems people saw, to figure out whether the claims were what was really in those stories.

I DON’T think the claim that J.K. Rowling’s series is about magic in real life is valid

When I compared the Harry Potter books with the Lord of the Rings and Narnia books, I saw a LOT of elements in the stories of Middle Earth and Narnia that are very similar to Harry Potter. One of those elements is the way that all three authors use magic in their stories.

After discovering the similarities between the 3 series, I wasn’t afraid to talk about or defend Harry Potter anymore.

More than that, I didn’t want other teachers or parents to be afraid of reading the stories or letting their kids read the stories, either.

         Perfect love casts out all fear

God is love itself

God is also truth itself

You should never be afraid of seeking the truth



That’s why I created this online course

Magic in Middle Earth, Narnia, and Hogwarts

I DON’T think the claim that J.K. Rowling’s series is about magic in real life is valid

In this digital course, I walk with you through parts of the story elements and characters so you can see some of the similarities between the three series, including:

  • What magic is in Middle Earth, Narnia, and Hogwarts

  • Comparing the way that each of these authors uses magic in their stories

  • Comparing how spells are used by Aragorn in LOTR, Lucy in Narnia, and Harry in his stories

  • What Lucy Pevensie and Sarumon have in common

  • Some similarities between Sauron and Voldemort, and how both authors used Aristotle’s philosophy  

  • Some of the deeply Christian and Biblical elements that Rowling used to tell her story in her series about Harry Potter

I don’t want you to be afraid to seek the truth, or to be afraid of reading any story

I want to help you find God where He hides in plain sight and to be able to read any story without fear



Here’s what to do:

  1. Click the button below and purchase the online digital course

  2. Set up your account and listen to the audio files

  3. Give yourself a moment to cope with being stunned with wonder over what these three authors included in their stories

Magic Course

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