The Seemingly Archetypal Narrative That Exist Within The Harry Potter Series

3712 Words Dec 8th, 2014 15 Pages
In this essay will evaluate the seemingly archetypal narrative that exist within the Harry Potter series by J.K Rowling. As of July 2013 The Harry Potter series had sold an approximate amount of 450 million copies, reiterating the notion that the series is one of the best- selling series in all of history. Just as professor Mcgonagall said in the first novel. “every child in our world will know his name!”. To this day, 17 years since the release of the first book, many social scientist have attempted to understand the cause of appeal that the series olds over so many different ages, cultures, genders, ethnic backgrounds, and countries: and have not been able to come to a conclusive answer. Many have inferred that the appeal lies within Harry’s journey and it’s similarity to various other epic heros from different cultures, religions, backgrounds and etc making the books relatable no matter what your background may be. These similarities are referred to as structures within literary texts called archetypes. Archetypes set a standard structure for the journey of a hero, very similar to Harry Potter. The story within the seven books revolve around and follow the main protagonist, Harry. Early within the first book we find out that Harry is orphaned, only a few pages later, that he is a wizard and has been accepted into a far away prestigious school, Hogwarts School Of Witchcraft and Wizardry. As the story progresses he makes faithful companions, such as Hermione and Ron, who…

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