The Beginning: Harry Potter <br>and the Sorcerer's Stone

A young boy finds his purpose and begins to realize the value of standing for good—and against evil—in the first book of the Harry Potter series.

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In this opening volume of the Harry Potter series, J. K. Rowling introduces readers—and her hero—to the world of wizards, Muggles, Hogwarts, Quidditch, and Dumbledore. Often humorous and touching, the book follows Harry Potter as he discovers that he’s a wizard, attends a wizarding school, and starts to understand his role in the ultimate fight of good versus evil.

Does each of us have a purpose? Does God give each of us gifts? How are Christians to interact with the defenseless? How can we work for justice for the poor and the oppressed? What kinds of good things can become idols in a Christian’s life? How can we avoid letting our desires become idols? What does the sacrificial love of Christ give to us? How can we express that to our communities?

Table of Contents

SCRIPTURE: Exodus 20:3–6; 1 Samuel 16:7; Proverbs 29:7; Matthew 6:19–34; 10:29–31; Luke 10:30–37; 14:25–35; 15:11–31; John 13:1–17; Romans 5:8; 8:16–17; 12:10; 1 Corinthians 12; Ephesians 4:11–16; Philippians 2:1–4; 1 Peter 4:7–11; 1 John 2:15–17; 3:16–18


    • Identify the Current Issue

    • Discover the Eternal Principles

Teaching point one: God created each of us with unique gifts and intrinsic value, no matter what those around us might say.
Teaching point two: No matter who you are, you are called to defend and care for those who can’t defend themselves.
Teaching point three: Though there are many things that are right and good to like and desire on Earth, God doesn’t want us to create idols out of them.
Teaching point four: Evil cannot touch the power of sacrificial love.
    • Apply Your Findings

Based on Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, by J. K. Rowling (Scholastic, Inc., 1997)

This study is 13 printed pages.

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Click to enlargeThe Beginning: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's StoneThis first Bible study in the 7-session course Harry Potter and the Search for Truth guides readers through the themes of J.K. Rowling's captivating tale.

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