Crossing Of The First Threshold In Harry Potter And The Sorcerer's Stone

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“The Crossing of the First Threshold” Campbell explains “The Crossing of the First Threshold” is the hero physically crossing into a new world or the unknow. The threshold is usually a literal doorway or gateway into a whole new world of “magnified power”. This is the hero’s first steps in his adventure. The threshold is a physical gateway or doorway that the hero must cross and once the hero crosses the threshold a new zone of “magnified power” awaits the hero. There is usually a guardian that introduces the Hero to the world or defends the threshold from the hero. Campbell says, “With the personifications of his destiny to guide and aid him, the hero goes forward in his adventure until he comes to the ‘threshold guardian’ at the entrance to the zone of magnified power.” (64) Here Campbell explains that the first threshold is the entrance to a new world full of power and there is a guardian that guards the threshold from the unworthy. The hero must get past the “threshold guardian” or prove that he is worthy to cross. “The Crossing of the First Threshold” in Harry Potter is when Harry first crossed into Diagon Alley…show more content…
Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone “The Initiation” starts in chapter 6 because Harry passes though the barrier that separates Kings Cross muggle train station and Hogwarts Express on Platform 9 ¾. After this crossing Harry is at the point of no return and the start of his adventure ends. Here Harry starts the initiation phase of his journey. “The Initiation” ends on page 367 when Harry faints after defeating Lord Voldemort. “The Initiation” ends here because at this point Harry has completed his quest. Harry has acquired the sorcerer’s stone before Voldemort and defeated Voldemort. After Harry wakes up he starts his return to his aunt and uncles house. Harry Potter embodies two sections from “The Initiation” in Joseph Campbell’s Hero with a Thousand Faces. These sections are “The Road of Trails” and “Meeting with the

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