This rabbi may have a hit on his hands.
Rabbi Moshe Rosenberg penned a mash-up of the timeless tale of Passover matched with another harrowing, legend of persecution: that of Harry Potter and the wizarding community, as dreamed up by J.K. Rowling in her blockbuster series. Taken together, the two form the basis of Rosenberg’s The (unofficial) Hogwarts Haggadah, a prayer guide for the upcoming Jewish holiday.
Already, Harry Potter fans and observers of Passover are getting pretty excited about the new way to celebrate. The haggadah is currently the top seller on Amazon in the Judaism and Jewish holiday categories, as it weaves philosophical questions about the holiday with character studies of Harry Potter figures.
Traditionally, Passover recounts a tale of slavery and suffering, and also requires observers to stick to stringent dietary standards during its eight days, including avoiding leavened bread products. So the zeitgeist-y mix of magical lore and biblical story may get kids—and Potterhead adults—engaged in the tradition in a whole new way. Even Chelsea Clinton suggested via Twitter that she’ll be snagging her own copy.