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Harry Potter & Odysseus: Contemporary & Ancient Heroes
Transcript of Harry Potter & Odysseus: Contemporary & Ancient Heroes
Introduction Harry Potter and Odysseus, perhaps the most famous heroes of their times. Harry Potter coming from the ever so famous Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling, and Odysseus coming from the Odyssey by Homer. Though so much time and change separates the birth of our two heroes, we can find that they have many similarities.
Harry Potter and Odysseus, perhaps the most famous heroes of their times. Harry Potter coming from the ever so famous Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling, and Odysseus coming from the Odyssey by Homer. Though so much time and change separates the birth of our two heroes, we can find that they have many similarities.
Author’s Influence The time period that our two authors come from greatly influence the story and the two heroes. J.K Rowling J.K. Rowling began to write her novel on a train ride home. In the Harry Potter series, many important scenes take place on the train. Many of the characters in the Harry Potter series are either someone she knew in real life, or came from something she read, heard or saw. Also, many of the customs and traditions are present in Harry Potter that are present in present day England, Which is where J.K. Rowling lives (J.K. Rowling).
Homer Homer grew up in ancient Greece, though the exact date of his birth and death are unknown, we know that the Greeks were at constant conflict and war. This meant that they needed to have a powerful military, therefore, warriors from the military were greatly valued and respected. This means that the hero that Homer created was one that would appeal to the people of Greece, a powerful and intelligent warrior, Odysseus.
Though these may seem like shallow observations, they are actually much deeper since these connections to their real lives and backgrounds allows us every day people to relate to the story Intelligence Both our heroes demonstrate intelligence, which shows that intelligence is a trait greatly valued by all societies. Harry Potter Harry Potter must use his intelligence to learn and master all the spells that he is taught. Since he is up against numerous wizards and other supernatural creatures, he must use his intelligence to overcome each of the obstacles (Johnson, David).
Odysseus Odysseus must use his intelligence because he is not up against his equals, he is up against gods that are much more powerful than he is. The only way to defeat the gods would be through intelligence, and not through pure strength.
Courage Harry Potter must be brave in order to face all the obstacles and trials that are thrown his way. He demonstrates his braveness and courage by taking on adventures that aren’t necessary for him to take, but he does so anyways.
Odysseus demonstrates braveness by facing all the gods that are keeping him from reaching his home. Whenever his crew faces a challenge, he willingly accepts the challenge and when he overcomes the obstacles, he continues on his journey against the many gods (Hamilton, Edith).
Ignorance Harry Potter demonstrates ignorance mainly at the beginning of his heroic journey, when he is unaware that he is a wizard and plays with the wonders of being a wizard just a bit. He again demonstrates ignorance throughout his journey when he makes a few foolish decisions that put him or his friends in danger.
Odysseus demonstrates ignorance also at the beginning of his journey. The whole reason that he is sent on his journey is because of his ignorance, and for that his whole crew must pay. However, from both their journeys, the two heroes eventually acquire wisdom Supernatural Forces Both the heroes overcome many obstacles, but the reason they are so brave and looked upon as heroes is the fact that they overcome supernatural obstacles sent by supernatural forces. Though the two initiations are very different, they foreshadow that many supernatural forces will test the heroes. Odysseus’ initiation occurs when he returns from the Trojan war, and angers Poseidon. Poseidon then vows to never let him return home, for he is the god of the seas, and to send many other gods against him. He must then wander throughout the Mediterranean sea with his crew over many years and visit many gods’ islands and overcome whatever obstacle they face there.
Harry Potter’s initiation is when he finds out that he is a wizard. More specifically in The Goblet of Fire, his initiation occurs when his name is placed by a mysterious force in the magical Goblet of fire. He is then entered in the tri wizard tournament where he faces supernatural forces such as dragons, mermaids and men, and the evil forces of Voldemort, who remains his main antagonist throughout the story. He uses his intelligence and courage to surpass the supernatural forces and prove himself a worthy hero. Conclusion Both heroes demonstrate braveness and courage as one of their heroic traits. Though it may seem like a negative quality, the author purposely puts this trait in their heroes so we the audience can relate, and because Rowling and Homer didn’t want to make it seem like their heroes were perfect; they had flaws like all humans.(Spencer Priscilla). So to tie lose ends Harry Potter our contemoerary heroe and Odysseus the opposite of that (Greek heroe) are both important for both set influences for the people and many other future writers, now thats the way the cookie crumbles.