In Harry's epic journey from the first book to the last, how would you put that into a "hero's journey" format?What would the guidelines be to write a paper like that. Or what would the format be...

In Harry's epic journey from the first book to the last, how would you put that into a "hero's journey" format?

What would the guidelines be to write a paper like that. Or what would the format be to describe Harry Potter's journey to a heros journey. Like Odysseus' journey; that being a heros journey. But without just simply summarizing the whole tale of Harry Potter and relating it to a heros journey. I feel like I am repeating myself sorry. I know what to write about I just don't know how to go about it.

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litteacher8 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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Harry's journey is continued throughout the books, but the first book in itself is also a hero's journey.  Harry starts in the regular world and gets the call to adventure from Hagrid.  He accepts the call, and enters the Magical World through the threshold of Daigon Alley and the Leaky Cauldron pub.  Then Harry experiences many trials in his first year, including the troll and the trek into the woods.  He forms alliances, mainly with Ron and Hermione.  He meets his mentor, Dumbledore.  Finally, he faces his last trial and is reborn when he confronts Voldemort.  Then, he returns to the regular world changed.

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gbeatty | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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Shaping the entire series into a single discussion of the hero's journey would indeed take some work. However, others have started the process for you, addressing Harry Potter as myth. (You'll find essays online addressing Potter as myth, as a mythic journey, etc.) I wouldn't start there, though. I'd start by looking at the two ends of the issue. First, look at the structural markers on the hero's journey, such as the hero's call to adventure. Second, look at the books and see if you see them. With Harry, that call is wonderfully evident. Look at the storm of owls in the first book, and all the other attempts, followed by the arrival of Hagrid.
The tough part will be determining when Harry faces the deepest depths of the underworld, since he faces death and the dead so often.

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I would say that Harry's long, seven-year journey is a bit different from myths such as the Odysseus or the Iliad. For one thing, most of those ancient epics did not occur in seven, organized school years. I suppose, however, that there are several key moments that could be connected to create a hero's journey. There are some very important points in the series where Harry does something especially brave, or when he makes an important realization. For example, Harry's first encounter with Voldemort since when he was a baby might be his first great act of heroism. He also showed heroism before when he retreived Neville's Remembral from the bully Draco Malfoy. I would say that another very important event would be Harry's realization that either he or Voldemort must die, and that he is the only one who can vanquish Voldemort. Harry's eventual acceptance of such a scary destiny is a great indication of his heroism.

For me, Harry's most beautiful heroic moment was in the seventh book, when he accepted that he must die. When Harry pressed his lips against the Snitch Dumbledore had left him and murmured that he was ready to die, I was incredibly moved by his bravery and willingness to sacrifice himself for others. 

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