Analysis Of Harry Potter: The Hero's Journey

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According to the guidelines set forth by Joseph Campbell’s, “The Heroes Journey”, Harry Potter is obviously a true hero. Harry Potter is a character developed by British novelist J.K. Rowling who is most famous for said series. The most apparent theme of this series is the always loved good versus evil mythological concept. The entire basis of this good versus evil theme is contingent upon a prophecy born years before the setting of the story, “neither can live while the other survives.” This is the driving force needed for antagonist Voldemort to seek Harry Potter’s ultimate demise. Harry’s journey from a simple nobody to one of the most powerful names in his world is one of true love, hardship, courage, and bravery. There are several books …show more content…
There are a few key characters that influence Harry’s character growth and morals. One of the most prominent influences would be Professor Dumbledore who took on a fatherly role to Harry. He taught Harry Potter what he thought Harry would need to succeed in his ultimate task and eventually entrusted to Harry the legacy Dumbledore had been working towards, finding and destroying the horcruxes. Horcruxes pieces of Voldemort’s soul that bind him to this earth and keep him strong and alive. Destroying them destroys a piece of Voldemort’s soul and weakens him. Thus, Dumbledore had, possibly, the most prominent role in Harry’s journey. There is also the introduction of Sirius Black in, “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.” Sirius is Harry’s godfather and was Harry’s father’s best childhood friend. He was another father figure to Harry and would help keep him grounded and true to himself. Sirius’s death at the hands of one of Voldemort’s close followers devastated Harry and pushed him more towards his goal. Those are just two of many positive mentor influences among Harry’s journey. The majority of the story occurs during Harry’s school years and he had learned to trust many teachers and older student along the way. This all led up to him being a mentor …show more content…
During the course of the seven books included among the Harry Potter series he is constantly tested. His knowledge, bravery, and resilience was consistently attacked. Unbeknownst to him, the entire magical world viewed Harry Potter to be a savior after surviving the death spell (Avada Kedavra) cast upon him by Voldemort. I think that was a lot of pressure for him to try to live up to and he would continuously have to prove himself even throughout his own doubt. He was supposed to be a hero in a world he was just discovering when in reality he was just a twelve year old boy. I believe this was a crucial milestone he needed to overcome throughout his journey. During his journey, Harry learns of the prophecy in its entirety. The knowledge causes Harry an amount of grief enough for him to feel alienated from his peers. The good that came out of it, though, was that it caused him to commit to the ultimate end goal of finishing off his nemesis. This stage of his character growth showed that he was willing to undergo a metamorphosis and that he was willing to die for the greater good. Near the end of the series, Harry’s willpower to overcome Voldemort’s psychic connection and negative influence resulting from that connection on his mood and wellbeing became an obstacle. Overall, the biggest hurdle Harry Potter had to

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