Harry Potter Goes to Sunday School (Really)

Well, it made my Sunday to see this! Check it out.


  1. John,

    This is not a surprise to me. I discovered your book, and Harry Potter while I was in an Orthodox seminary via other seminarians. My wife was a bit miffed about it because she had tried for a few years to get me to start reading it, but I never would. But another seminarian family kept our daughter while I was in class and my wife worked, and she brought home the first movie one day. After watching it, I immediately went out and bought the second and third movies (they were the only ones out at the time), and started reading the books. All this happened within the context of St Gregory Palamas and Maximos the Confessor, and Fr Alexander Schmemann, going to services, and delving into the depths of Orthodox theology.

    Harry Potter, and particularly your book, “Looking for God…” fit in nicely into the holistic Orthodox worldview. Wonderful job. Hopefully, we’ll be seeing these lessons more in the future. A lot of clergy and laity I know love the Potter books and your book is always recommended by me, and others.

    Fr Dn Kevin

  2. Arabella Figg says

    Wonderful, John! A great Christmas present for you. Hope other Christian churches follow this example.

    Fullatricks won’t follow anything except a trail of treats…

  3. Cool!

    Congratulations, John!

  4. JohnABaptist says


    You can’t see it, but my thumb is up.

    The highest expression of craftsmanship is constructing a tool that others can use to build a pathway to the House of the Lord, that House not made with hands, eternal in the Heavens.

    May the honest, noble pride that comes from having truly accomplished good in a world of evil be fully yours this Christmas season.


  5. Congratulations! I will have to see if there is anything I can use in my Sunday school class! I wanted to do a whole set using your book, but I’ve got 4 kids, and only one of them has actually read all the books (and here I was thinking I’d been the only oddball to have not read them!)

    congratulations- see how useful and fascinating your work is! you can unpack literature and unpack Christian teaching with them! Merry Christmas to you, then, and a well-deserved one! 😀

  6. John,

    Right now. just like JohnABaptist, my family and I are standing and clapping for the outstanding recognition of your work being placed within Orthodox Sunday School.
    Indeed a great Christmas present.
    May your work lead many to the Savior upon whom the Star of Bethlehem rests today and forever.

    Merry Christmas John!

    David and Toni

  7. That’s great! What a nice surprise for you, John.

    Merry Christmas to all.


  8. Just FYI. Today I was having lunch by myself, eating a healthy spinach salad, and reading a copy of an old law book that written by my grandfather while he was practicing law in India. The book was published in Calcutta in 1936, and it was entitled, “The Law of Patents in India.” So, I’m reading along, and on page 4 my grandfather is talking about how under English law the British Crown was the source of patent rights in England, and then he says this:

    “It is difficult or impossible to determine with certainty when monopolies were first granted to inventors, although the exercise of the prerogative is undoubtedly very ancient. As an example of an early grant, it is stated that King Edward III, in the year 1366 A.D., on the representation of some alchemists, granted a commission to two friars and two aldermen to inquire whether a philosopher’s stone might be made; and on their reporting that the project was feasible, granted to the two aldermen a patent of privilege, that they and their assignees should have the sole making of the philosopher’s stone.” (My grandpa then drops a footnote to the documentation from the era of King Edward to show where to find this patent authorization.)

    So, a couple of guys in the mid-1300’s received from king Edward III a patent to develop a philosopher’s stone.

    Just thought you’d all be interested.

  9. That is interesting indeed, LL.

    I wonder if Nicholas Flamel paid the patentholder’s heirs and assigns for te rights…

  10. I really glad you liked the Sunday school lesson. I’m the teacher who created the lesson, and the response by the students was quite good (most had read the book). We’ve also done a follow up lesson based on the Order of the Phoenix, also using your book “Looking for God” as a guide post. OOTP was great deal tougher, but the kids had a good time with it anyhow.

    Thanks again for your book and how it helped me jumpstart my lesson for the movie. There is a great deal of wonderful Christian material in these stories and your book really helped me draw it out as a catechist.

    Thanks again!

  11. There is now also a lesson on Order of the Phoenix at the same site: http://www.synaxis.org/catechist/OrderofthePhoenix.pdf

    Feedback always welcome!

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