Hero Research: HARRY POTTER

Harry Potter and Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling

Hero’s Journey

Status Q: Harry Stays Home with the Dursleys’, who treat him very badly. He has no friends or anywhere else to go.

Call to Journey: A mysterious letter arrives from a place called “Hogwarts” that invites him to come to the school for witchcraft and wizardry, where he learns magic.

Refusal to Journey: harry think that he is not a wizard, that whatever that was happening was happening to the wrong person

Supernatural Aid: Hagrid helped Harry get around and find his supplies at Diagon Alley and leaves him with the ticket to the Hogwarts Express at station 9 ¾.

Beginning the Adventure: Harry leaves London on the Hogwarts Express to go to Hogwarts.

Belly of the Whale: Harry sits in the train and he meets Ron Weasley. This is the closest he is to his old life.

Testing the Hero: Harry meets new friends, enemies, teachers and other strange things at Hogwarts. The Sorting Hat sorts him into Gryffindor, though it also asks if Harry wanted to be sorted into Syltherin,

Meeting the Goddess: Harry finds out about the Mirror of Erised, where he sees his parents in the mirror, an inner desire of his.

Temptation: Harry goes back to the mirror several times just to see their parents. The mirror tempts him to stay there forever.

Meeting the Bad Guy/ Person With Power:Soon, Harry finds out about the Sorcerer's Stone and thinks that Snape is going to steal it. Harry, and his best friends, Ron and Hermione set out to find the Sorcerer’s Stone before Snape does. But they first approach a monster, a three headed dog: Fluffy. Then a plants that choke to death, finding flying keys that unlock a door only using a flying broom, a game of Wizarding Chess, finding the only jar that was not poisonous jar. Finally Harry reaches the last part, when he finds out that it was not Snape who was trying to steal the stone but Quirrell, who is working for Voldemort. Harry gets the stone before Quirrell, who makes Harry faint.

Achieving Their Goal: Harry found stone and Dumbledore destroys it to avoid further trouble. Voldemort does not get the stone.

Returning to Safety: Harry wakes up and finds himself in the nurse’s and talks to Dumbledore about what happened, the stone and why Voldemort attacked him in the first place. Exams and everyone packs up to leave and Everyone goes to the house cup feast to have fun.

Apostasies: Harry learns that Voldemort is most likely coming back to get him, and he must both mentally and physically prepare for that.

Refusal to Return:: Harry loved it at Hogwarts so much that he does not want to return back to the Dursleys’, but he does any way.

Master of Both Worlds: Now Harry knows and is the master of both the Wizarding and normal world.

FREEDOM:Harry has freedom from the Durleys’ and something to that makes him different from his relatives. He comes back to Dursleys’, except this time he is waiting for a new school year.

Two Articles

Research and find at least two articles about them.

  1. http://digitalcommons.buffalostate.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1000&context=english_theses

  2. http://www.novelguide.com/harry-potter-and-the-sorcerers-stone/theme-analysis

(MLA citations of these articles are at the bottom of the page in the Bibliography)

Part B: 2 Paragraphs

There are many books, shows, movies, maybe even in real life, where people are known as heroes. Heroes are people who show outstanding courage, intelligence, and selfless to the people around them as they save or help them. Heroes are pressured by the society, but they do not let that confront them as they put other people’s needs in front of themselves, though sometimes even risking their own lives. They also follow Joseph Campbell's Hero’s Journey. The series of Harry Potter books written by J.K. Rowling provide tremendous examples of the the hero's journey. In the book Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter, the central character of the story, is a real hero.


Harry shows courage as he faces Quirrel and Voldemort in the climax. He is brave and tries his best to fight Voldemort. Though Harry first came in looking for Snape, he is aware of the tragic things Voldemort has done. So even though he is risking his life, as Voldemort could hurt him or even kill him, Harry is determined to finds the Sorcerer’s Stone before Voldemort does so that Voldemort does not come back and harm others; Harry is selfless as he puts his own life on the line just for the protection of others. With his outstanding intelligence, Harry uses the Mirror of Erised, to find the location of the Stone, which is in his pocket.

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Harry Potter, from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, also follows Joseph Campbell's Hero’s Journey. Harry stays home with the Dursley’s, his only living family, for 11 years. He has no friends or anywhere else to go. Then he gets called to an adventure: an admission letter arrives from “Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry” where he can learn to practice magic. Harry gets assistance from Hagrid, a gamekeeper at Hogwarts. Hagrid helped Harry get around and find his supplies at Diagon Alley and a ticket to Hogwarts Express at station 9 ¾. Harry soon departures London on the Hogwarts Express to go to Hogwarts. When Harry reaches Hogwarts, he meets friends, enemies, teachers and other strange things. Harry finds out about the Sorcerer's Stone, a stone that if used grants immortality, and formulates a theory that Professor Snape, Harry’s mean Potions teacher, is going to steal it the stone. Harry, and his best friends, Ron and Hermione set out to find the Sorcerer’s Stone before Snape does. They approach the crisis, the problem in the story: that Snape is going to steal the stone. But they are tested first: the three headed dog, Fluffy, plants that choke to death, finding the correct key to unlock a door with a flying broom, a game of Wizarding Chess, and finding the not poisonous jar, and the Mirror of Erised, a magical mirror that shows what you deeply desire for. Harry finally reaches the last part: the treasure or the stone. Harry finds out that it was not Snape who was trying to steal the stone but Professor Quirrell, another one of Harry’s teachers, is the one who was trying to steal the stone, and finds out that Quirrell was actually working for Voldemort. Harry achieves his goal by getting the stone before Quirrel. As a result, the stone is found and Dumbledore, the headmaster, and destroys it to avoid further trouble. Harry talks to Dumbledore about what happened with the stone and why Voldemort attacked him in the first place. Harry then starts recovering from what happened as everyone goes to the house cup feast and has fun. There are exams and everyone packs up to leave through the Hogwarts Express.The school year is over and Harry comes back to Dursleys’, except this time he is waiting for a new school year.

Part C:

I picked Harry Potter, the main protagonist from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling, because the characterization of Harry Potter strongly proves that he is a hero more than any other story that I am aware of. Harry is a representation of all the best qualities in his society: courage, intelligence, athleticism, and loyalty. He is a classic hero, the best of the best. Everyone knows that Harry will succeed. The author, Rowling, stitches Harry's character together well enough that Harry, and his role in the story's plot, can be very easily related to the Hero's Journey. Thus, the evidence of Harry's heroism can be proved strongly, which is why I picked Harry Potter.

Part D: Bibliography

Rowling, J.K., "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone." New York: Scholastic, 1997. Print.

Baker, Katie L., "Harry Potter: A Hero of Mythic Proportions" (2011). English Theses. Paper 1.

Bunting, Joe. "Harry Potter and The Three Types of Heroes." N.p., n.d. Web. 27 Sept. 2015.

"Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone: Theme Analysis." Novelguide. N.p., n.d. Web. 27 Sept. 2015.