J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter books and the subsequent movies have captivated readers and viewers for years. The final movie was released in the United States on July 15th and the first showing made forty-three million dollars. The wizard-themed series is one of the most popular book series in modern literature and has both Christian and non-Christian fans. With such wide popularity, the chances are pretty high that you have a lot of non-Christian friends who are a fan of the series, so how can you use this movie to reach out to them?
Movies are great conversation starters and can lead to profound topics. Harry Potter is an especially good movie to use for such conversations as it deals with such a wide array of important topics like death, love, good vs. evil, friendship, morals, character, sacrifice, etc.. Here are some questions you could consider using:
Do you think the many sacrifices Harry’s friends made were worth it? Would you sacrifice your life for your friends?
Do you think that good always triumphs over evil? What do you define as “good” and “evil?” Do you consider yourself to be a good person?
In the movie, there’s not much of an afterlife mentioned for characters who die. What do you think about that? If you were to die tonight, what would happen to you?
Those are just a few examples…the possibilities are endless. If you don’t like/approve of the series, you can still use it to start conversations. Explain why you don’t agree with the topics addressed in the movie.
Harry Potter isn’t the only movie you can use in this way. When talking with non-believers, look for ways to use movies, books, and TV shows to explain your beliefs.
Have you used this technique for evangelism? How did it turn out? Do you have any tips? Leave your thoughts in the comments!