Artifacts of the culture
'When stories become as popular as the Harry Potter stories, they no longer simply reflect the religious views of the author, but become artifacts of the culture, and they say something about the culture that has embraced them,' Dalton says. 'And that is certainly the case with Harry Potter.'
The academic interest in The Boy Who Lived is part of a larger search by religion scholars and writers for signs of faith, and in particular for echoes of the Christian narrative, in culture. The search is not new, though scholars have historically concentrated on high art – like painting and literature. More recently, religion journalists have turned their attention to popular culture, authoring books with titles like 'The Gospel According to the Simpsons,' by Mark Pinsky, and 'The Gospel According to the Coen Brothers,' by Cathleen Falsani, while scholars are examining the role of religion in Madonna’s videos, in the Star Trek series, and on 'Lost.'"