Making Strange: The Value of Fantasy in Tolkien and Harry Potter
Does fantasy take us away from the real world? Is it implicitly escapist? And how can Christians value fantasy that is full of magic and wizards? I will argue that potentially fantasy allows us to imagine our world differently and also demonstrate that far from allowing us to escape reality through magic spells, Tolkien and J. K. Rowling present us with the stark reality of death and show that only by acknowledging its power is new life possible.