Harry Potter And The Philosopher's Stone

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Harry Potter: An Archetypal Hero But Not Only

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone is the first book of a series of seven novels written by J.K. Rowling between 1997 and 2007. The seven novels have been read by millions of adults and children across the world. The series tells the story of a young orphan boy whose name is Harry Potter, and who finds out he is a wizard and is invited to join a school called ‘Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry’. At this school, Harry Potter finds out that his destiny is to defeat Lord Voldemort, a dark wizard who killed his parents when he was just a baby, and who is terrorizing the wizard society. During the whole series, the reader follows Harry Potter through his heroic journey during which he will meet different challenges, with his friends Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger. In this essay, I will demonstrate that even though Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone follows the structure of the archetypal hero, Harry Potter breaks the stereotypes of the hero and challenges gender roles that often concern the hero. In order to do so I will first show how Harry Potter can be identified as an archetypal hero, and I will then explain how Harry Potter, in many ways, differs from this archetype. Harry Potter can be said to be an archetypal hero since he possesses many important qualities that a hero should encapsulate. First of all, Harry can be said to be fitting perfectly for the archetypal hero because of the mystical
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