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Christianity is a major monotheistic religion. Its followers, known as Christians, believe in and worship God. Christians differentiate themselves from other religions by believing that God sent his son, Jesus of Nazareth to Earth as the messiah. These events are extensively outlined in the Christian holy book, the Bible .
Christianity is divided into multiple denominations, notably Roman Catholicism, Protestantism, and Eastern Orthodoxy. Christianity is currently the most popular religion of Great Britain with approximately 60% of its population identifying itself as Christian. The religion is also the most popular in the world as approximately one third of the human race adheres to it in some form.
Christianity in the Wizarding World
At least some wizards are known to subscribe to a form of Christianity though little concrete information is available on the subject.
Albus Dumbledore owned a copy of the Christian Bible. It is therefore possible he was a member of the Christian faith to some degree.
Both the tombstones of Ariana and Kendra Dumbledore ("For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also") and of Lily and James Potter ("The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death") in the graveyard in Godric's Hollow, allude directly to the Bible (Matthew 6:21 and 1 Corinthians 15:26 respectively). It is likely that the latter couple had at least some affiliation with the Christian faith. Additionally, their son, Harry Potter was christened shortly after his birth, strengthening these claims.
Sirius Black was possibly a Christian as he was appointed as Harry Potter's godfather. Likewise, Harry Potter became the godfather of Teddy Lupin, making it possible that not only he was Christian but the couple who appointed him, Remus and Nymphadora Lupin, as well.
Most Churches do not allow non-members of their church to be buried in their cemeteries making it likely that the wizards buried in Parish Church of St. Clementine graveyard in Godric's Hollow were Christians. Notable figures who were buried here and therefore may be Christians include Ignotus Peverell, Ariana and Kendra Dumbledore, and James and Lily Potter.
Behind the Scenes
- J.K. Rowling has admitted to injecting Christian ideals into the Harry Potter series; therefore, it is possible she intended for some of the characters to be Christians.
- In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Harry gouges a small cross, the major symbol of Christianity, into the tree under which he buried Mad-Eye Moody's eye. As many Christians are buried under some form of a cross, this could be an affirmation of Harry's faith. Additionally, Harry notes that Mad-Eye would have preferred this to having his eye used by Dolores Umbridge. Although he may simply be saying that Mad-Eye would prefer any type of burial whatsoever, this may also insinuate that Mad-Eye would have appreciated the Christian gesture and thus been a Christian to some degree during his lifetime.
- Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (First indirect mention)
- Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (film) (Indirect mention)
- Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (video game) (Indirect mention)
- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Indirect mention)
- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Indirect mention)
- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (film) (Indirect mention)
- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (video game) (Indirect mention)
- Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Indirect mention)
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Indirect mention)
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1 (Direct mention)
- LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4 (Appears in photographs)