Who Is Harry Potter?

Frans Lutters; Translated by Philip Mees

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  • Examines Joanna Rowling's inspiration for her bestselling books
  • Explores the characters of Harry and Dumbledore to discover the archetypes behind them
  • Draws on an extensive knowledge of classical literature and thinking

An esoteric study of the archetypes and characters behind the Harry Potter stories.

216 x 138 mm
Waldorf Publications
Steiner-Waldorf Education; Waldorf Publications
72 pages
Publication date:
29 Jan 2016


The idea for the Harry Potter books came to Joanne Rowling while she was travelling on a train in 1990. She says that she was not looking for magic and sorcery, but that magic and sorcery sought her out. This prompted Frans Lutters, an experienced Waldorf teacher, to ask: who really is Harry Potter, and where did he come from?

Lutters explores the archetypes of the seven books, including Harry and Dumbledore. He draws on his deep knowledge of esoteric and classical thinking to find comparable characters, and draws parallels to Parsifal, Mani, Michael and Ahriman.

This thought-provoking little book looks beyond the glitter of the movies and the hype and revisits the storytelling power of these popular books.


Frans Lutters is an experienced Waldorf teacher in the Netherlands. He has written several books in Dutch, including An Exploration into the Destiny of the Waldorf School Movement, and the Grail Mystery and the Seven Liberal Arts.

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