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Blog Post: Witches & Wizards Wander In Vienna

Wondering what witches & wizards were doing in Vienna last month?

If you were driving down Beulah Road in Vienna anytime during the last two weeks of July, you might have noticed hundreds of young witches and wizards making an appearance in the muggle world. If you know what muggles are, then you may just know why they were there. (Or maybe you read our blog post last year called "Not Your Mother's Summer Camp!")

For the second year, Vienna's Church of the Holy Comforter held its vacation bible school based on J.K. Rowling’s popular book series exploring the adventures of Harry Potter and friends. While the book series is the inspiration, the curriculum of the program was born right here in Vienna.

Leslie Barnhart, a parishioner at the church, developed the curriculum for the bible school and with permission from Warner Brothers, opened the doors to Vienna’s  version of Hogwarts Castle in the summer of 2011. After the completion of that first session, Leslie was inspired to write a book on the topic.  The Christian’s Guide to Harry Potter was published in July.

In the book, Leslie first explores some of the overarching themes of the book series and then dives into each book to highlight Christian themes and symbolism. While I admit to loving English lit class in high school and college, the experience of reading this book, along with J.K. Rowling’s series is fascinating to me.  Like so many others, I’ve enjoyed the plot of the Harry Potter series but find myself re-experiencing it at a much deeper level through Leslie’s book. 

The Christian’s Guide to Harry Potter by Leslie Barnhart is currently available in paperback and Kindle versions through Amazon.com. Look for it in bookstores in September. If you want to gain new insights into this wonderful series, you must pick it up!

Leslie has added her name to Vienna's growing list of must-read authors (including David Baldacci, Ian Caldwell & Richard Kirkland just to name a few). And interesting residents like these are just another reason why WE LOVE LIVING IN VIENNA!

This edition of TheresNoPlaceLikeVienna.com was contributed by Susan Hussey, Realtor Partner with The Belt Team. Susan resides in Vienna with her husband and two young children; and she is a member of Holy Comforter Episcopal  Church. Susan has particular expertise in working with buyers & sellers of luxury homes & new construction.

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J.R. Lowery August 19, 2012 at 01:07 PM
Not that I have a dog in this fight, but I find it amusing to see a a "Christian" church latching itself on to an insanely popular series of books and films, despite the fact that the documents upon which the church was founded explicitly prohibit the types of things that the books and films promote. This either smacks of rank hypocrisy, or a church that finds itself able to cast aside the more uncomfortable tenets of its faith in order to create greater audience appeal. http://www.openbible.info/topics/sorcery “You shall not permit a sorceress to live.

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