I have a feeling that people are wondering at my title. What does Jesus, Harry Potter, and the Hunger Games have to do with each other? The reason I put them together is because all these stories deal with one particular spiritual law.
There are physical laws like gravity, whatever goes up must come down. There are also spiritual laws like, whatever you sow, you will reap. For example, you treat people badly, expect to be treated badly. You gossip about people, expect people to gossip about you. Another example is don’t repay good with evil. Spiritual laws are just laws that have to do with things that can’t be seen directly, but happen as a result of people’s actions. I want to talk about a spiritual law that was broken in the Hunger Games by the killing of Katniss Everdeen’s sister, Primrose Everdeen a.k.a Prim. If you’ve read the books and know something about spiritual laws, then I want you to guess what law I’m talking about.
What is this spiritual law? The ultimate example of it is found in Jesus Christ. If you’re not familiar with what happened over 2000 years ago, here is a short summary: Jesus Christ, who is God, was crucified by the Romans, under the directive of the religious leaders of that day. The thing is, according to the Bible, that was exactly what God wanted, He wanted Jesus, His Son, to die. You see all humanity has to go to Hell, to pay for any sin they have committed. Going hell is considered spiritual death. Yet because God doesn’t want anyone to go to hell (but He can’t interfere with people’s choices), He sent Jesus to die for humanity, every single human being.
A book in the Bible, John 3:16 says: For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
So instead of you and I dying, Jesus took our place. He died for us. If we accept this sacrifice, we won’t go to Hell when we die, we go instead to heaven.
In Harry Potter, this same spiritual law is applied. Voldemort, the main antagonist, went to Godric’s Hollow. He entered James and Lilly Potter’s house. First he killed James, then he went upstairs, saw Lily by Harry’s crib, and tells Lily to step aside cause he’s gonna kill Harry (yeah, like what mother is gonna step aside for her child to be murdered!). Lily refuses and says that Voldemort should kill her instead. Voldemort, instead of stupefying Lily (that is to make her unconscious with his wand), decides to kill her. Maybe he thought that if she had another child, he/she may come back and kill him in revenge. Then again, maybe not. I mean the guy just loved killing people.
Lily is now dead, and Voldemort goes to complete the job he really came to do, the real threat to him. He looks at Harry who is also looking at him, he points his wand towards Harry, and he says the killing curse. Only something unexpected happens. The curse bounces off Harry and kills Voldemort instead. Nobody had ever survived the killing curse, and nobody had ever escaped when Voldemort decided to kill them. So why did Harry survive? He survived because his mother gave her life for him. She refused to step aside for Voldemort to kill Harry, and she told him to kill her instead. Her blood made Harry untouchable; he could not be killed.
Now in the Hunger Games trilogy, Katniss Everdeen, the protagonist, volunteers to take the place of her younger sister, Prim, in the Hunger Games. (The Hunger Games was a mandatory competition where people were chosen through a ballot box to fight other people to the death until there was only one person remaining alive.) Prim’s name was picked, and Katniss volunteers to go and fight in the place of her sister. Let’s now fast forward to the third and final book where Primrose is killed.
Can you now guess what law was broken in the Hunger Games?
Prim could not be killed. Katniss had taken her place. Prim’s life was protected according to a spiritual law.
So why did she die? This is my opinion: I think that the author wanted a way to get rid of Gale, one of Katniss’ potential love interest. Prim was killed in an attack method that was similar to one that had been designed by Gale. And Gale tells Katniss that she would always be wondering whether it was because of what he designed that her beloved sister was killed. Katniss doesn’t deny this.
I felt sorry for Gale, and I don’t think that the author should have gotten rid of him like that. (I also wonder whether my sympathy for him stems partially from the fact that he was tall and handsome). That aside, the thing is that the author didn’t need to get rid of Gale by killing Prim. Gale was a great guy, but I agree that he wasn’t the best guy for Katniss. Nevertheless, he didn’t deserve that sort of exit. Gale was smart, he knew Katniss, and he knew what she needed. He probably could have figured out that Katniss and him were too similar in personality to be compatible.
What could have happened was for Prim to almost get killed in the bomb blast, but be saved by Gale . In doing so, Gale could have come to the realization that he needed to deal with his anger, and that Katniss was not the woman that could help him in that area. That would have been a better ending. And the sad thing is that Gale was smart like that. He could have come to that realization. I also felt like that author was also giving some subtle unfair hints about Gale by saying that he went on to live in district 2, the district that had been buddy, buddy with the evil Capitol.
This is the reason why I do not like the Hunger Games.