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Reviewing New Conferences, Exploring Two Fantasies

A rundown of our Realm Makers conference coverage, plus a promised comparison of (yes) the “Harry Potter” and “Left Behind” fantasy franchises.
| Aug 6, 2013 | No comments |

Oh yes, I’m assembling my thoughts after the first Realm Makers conference, which fellow Spec-Faith editor Rebecca LuElla Miller and I have already covered here:

More upcoming explorations:

  • Realm Makers 2013 Review — Thursday, Aug. 8 (my own review of the conference)
  • Realm Makers: What Could Come Next? — Friday, Aug. 9, by fantasy novelist Morgan Busse

poster_undesirableno1harrypotterMeanwhile, over at Christ and Pop Culture, I’ve also been exploring two bestselling franchises that Christians might assume aren’t at all alike. Yet they both include magic/miracles, secret societies, Satanic enemies, and supernatural battles between good and evil.

Once upon a time, specifically the late 1990s, these franchises fought. One was set in a world of good wizards, a dark lord, non-magical citizens, and a global battle between light and darkness. It won over bestseller lists. This surprised readers, because this series was by a Christian thriller novelist and a Christian prophecy teacher: the Left Behind series.

At that time arose another series about a boy wizard by British author J.K. Rowling.1

E. Stephen Burnett is coauthor of a nonfiction book about parenting and popular culture (title TBA), to release spring 2020 from New Growth Press. He also explores biblical truth and fantastic stories as editor in chief of Lorehaven Magazine and writer at Speculative Faith. He has also written for Christianity Today and Christ and Pop Culture. He and his wife, Lacy, live in the Austin area and serve as members of Southern Hills Baptist Church.

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Paul Lee

Thanks much for the coverage.

Kessie Carroll

The coverage was great! I wish more folks had tweeted their experiences.

I read your article about Left Behind/Harry Potter. When the comments start going “Narnia and LOTR are the only legit Christian fantasy”, I mentally turn off. :-p