So in honor of the release of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child I thought it would be fun to remember some of my favorite moments from Harry Potter. These books are ones that David and I have both loved and I am excited to read this next chapter in the life of Harry, Ron, and Hermione. Throughout the books there have been just superb moments that were heartbreaking, funny, exciting, or just plain awesome. So here are some of my favorite moments, characters, or things from Harry Potter.
Tag Archives: Prophecy
So recently I wrote a part 1 about prophecies in fiction – mainly in Fantasy. Prophecy is a frequent plot scheme in Fantasy, playing a big or small part, and generally about the main character and/or the main plot. The prophecies are generally old, and predate the plot itself – often causing the plot, as the villain takes action based on it (like Harry Potter), or else just pointing to our main character as a chosen one.
That all sounds a lot like the Bible, full of prophets and prophecies of the Messiah. And thinking of villains taking action based on the prophecy, I referenced that as well (via the Inhumans) – Herod, killing the babies to try to kill the Messiah. All of which to say is that these prophecies in Fantasy have a strong cultural connection to the Judeo-Christian tradition. We’re rarely following the action of the prophet themselves – which is some of what makes Dominic Deegan so much fun!
In Science Fiction, however, it seems like if there is prophecy – which is rare – you often get to meet the prophet as well. And here, prophecy is less supernatural, and more explained in science – in a quantum way, or a mathematical one. But when it comes to prophecy in Science Fiction, there’s one that stands well above the rest as an example – and which has a lot to say about religion as well. And that’s Dune.
One of my favorite literary devices is prophecy. A good prophecy, sufficiently vague and mysterious, riddle-like and maybe rhyming, to keep you thinking back, keep you wondering. It can easily drive a plot. It usually points to a chosen one. Indeed, a recent favorite of mine hits all the important aspects:
“One day, a talented lass or fellow, a special one with face of yellow, will make the Piece of Resistance found from it’s hiding refuge underground, and with a noble army at the helm, this Master Builder will thwart the Kragle and save the realm, and be the greatest, most interesting, most important person of all times. All this is true because it rhymes.”
-Vitruvius, The Lego Movie
See? It rhymes. Must be true.
Prophecy, and indeed prophecy pointing towards a chosen one, is grounded in religion. Okay, so for our science fiction and religion series, this post is halfway there. But what about science fiction? One of the fundamental aspects of science fiction I have seen since the series started is that science fiction tends to stay away from religion. Meaning similarly, it stays away from prophecy in large part.
So I’m calling this post part one because I want to talk about prophecy, and the better way to do that is to talk about Fantasy. Then in part two, I’ll go into a couple of good science fiction examples and see how they differ. So onward for Fantasy prophecies, and an open thread!
It’s a big topic with this game – religion. It’s one of many real-world and historical issues that they decided to tackle and include in the game, along with other big topics like race, class, and ideology. They made the religion important, made it matter. Of course, they also pretty much made it a cult of personality for their leader.
However, the question of religion in regards to Bioshock Infinite is bigger than just religion in-game. People had reactions outside the game to the religious situations – situations that hit you within moments of arriving in Columbia. Minutes into the game, there were people too uncomfortable with it to move on.
And maybe they did eventually move on. This is a topic I’ve wanted to write about since last year – but we were avoiding the spoilers. And I wanted to see where it went – and I was not disappointed. So I want to talk about both the real-world reactions to the inclusion of religion, and the internal events and existence of the religion!