Harry Potter And The Philosopher's Stone Quest Cycle

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Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone written by J.K. Rowling is the first novel in the record-breaking, multi-award-winning Harry Potter series. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone is a Heroic Quest Cycle because it includes a call to adventure, a descending into darkness, and a transformation and resurrection. This novel shows Harry evolving into a better being, descending into the darkest part of his quest, and more importantly, being presented with an adventure that completely changes his life.
First of all, in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, Harry experiences one of the first segments of the Heroic Quest Cycle when he reluctantly accepts his call to adventure. As Hagrid gives Harry his acceptance letter to Hogwarts, Harry
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For Harry to stop Snape from getting ahold of the Elixir of Life, Harry and his friends must descend past the trapdoor that will lead them to the stone. After opening the door, Harry describes the passageway to Ron and Hermione as, “‘Nothing-just black-there’s no way of climbing down, we’ll just have to drop.’” (Rowling 296). At this point, Harry, Hermione, and Ron must enter a dark, deep underground where they will have to go through a variety of obstacles. This passage will not only guide Harry to the stone, but it will also force Harry to confront his fears such as coming face to face with Voldemort. Going down into the trapdoor is the descending into darkness that leads Harry to the reward and the fate of his journey. Not only does this adventure challenge Harry, but it also transforms him into a better person. Correspondingly, Harry encounters one of the most important components of the quest cycle when he transforms and resurrects from his experiences. After defeating Lord Voldemort, Harry is ready to leave for the summer and return to the Dursleys, but before saying goodbye, Harry says something to Ron and Hermione that surprises them both: “‘They [The Dursleys] don’t know we’re not allowed to use magic at home. I’m going to have a lot of fun with Dudley this summer.’” (Rowling 323). In the beginning, when Hagrid tells Harry how great of a wizard he would be, Harry felt very unsure of himself that he would succeed. After learning spells, making new friends, and defeating Voldemort, Harry has now transformed into a stronger and happier person. Because of his accomplishments at Hogwarts, Harry has finally realized his full potential and embraced being a wizard. Harry is a stronger individual who will no longer allow the Dursleys to take full advantage of him. This scene shows that the time Harry spent at Hogwarts had transformed him into a better person who has

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