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Harry Potter Essay

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In movies, novels, and life, people are named as heroes. The heroes we establish and the heroes we recognize, however, may not meet the criteria for the status of mythic hero. A mythic hero ventures forth on his journey, and comes forth from the hero’s path to greatness. Joseph Campbell, a mythologist who studied all of the great human myths and religious tales, realized, in studying these myths and tales, that there were certain steps that every hero went through. Campbell called this “The Hero’s Journey”; it is based on Carl Jung's idea that all human beings have an archetype. After Campbell studied a lot of the great myths and realized this pattern, he published his findings in his book ...view middle of the document...

At the time of the call, the hero has reached a turning point in his life and is looking into the future, hopeful for change, “The familiar life horizon has been outgrown; the old concepts, ideals, and emotional patterns no longer fit; the time for the passing of a threshold is at hand” (Campbell 51). The hero is grown tired of their mundane existence and sees the call as a way to excite their life. Regardless of if the hero is directly called or forced upon a situation, the hero receives the call from the herald. The herald would be Hagrid because he comes to get Harry Potter when he turns eleven. Harry Potter begins with our baby hero being left at the doorstep of his aunt and uncle after his parents are killed and the worst evil the world has known seemingly defeated. Harry spends the next ten years in virtual misery. His relatives bully him and his cousin torments him. As far as Harry is concerned, he is doomed to live out this life for a long time. Campbell's theory begins with the letter from Hogwarts. The letter is the first sign of the call...

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