Watch - March 16, 2020
Scripture: Mark 5:36b
In helping children to deal with their fears, the Rev. Patricia Lyons, the Hogwarts Chaplain, explains how J.K. Rowling in The Prisoner of Azkaban uses humor in the form of the Riddikulus Charm to transform fear into joy. For our deepest fears, she offers the Patronus Charm - a transformative practice that calls on us to draw on our deepest memories of love for strength and sustenance.
An activity suggested in The Hogwarts Chaplain video is to make your own wardrobe in which to trap and transform a personal boggart (something that frightens you).
Each family member should take a sheet of 8 ½ x 11 paper and turn it horizontally. Fold both the left and right side together so the edges meet in the middle. This will be your “wardrobe” - open the doors of the wardrobe and draw something that frightens you. Shut the doors! Now pass your wardrobe on to other members of your family. Each person should open the doors and add something silly to the “scary” pictures, something to make them less frightening. Take a turn to draw on each other persons’ picture. When everyone is done, open your doors to see how your fear has been transformed!