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The Hero's Journey:

This Prezi compares the Hero's Journey of both Odysseus in the Odyssey and Harry Potter in the Harry Potter Series.

Natalie Rugg

on 21 October 2014

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Transcript of The Hero's Journey:

The Hero's Journey
The Hero's Journey:
The Odyssey
The Harry Potter Series

Natalie R., Mackenzie S., Olivia R., Allison M., Megan M. , and Haley M.
Belly of the Whale
The belly of the whale represents the final separation from the hero's known world and self. By entering this stage, the person shows their willingness to undergo a metamorphosis.
Crossing the First Threshold
This is the point where the person actually crosses into the field of adventure, leaving the known limits of his or her world and venturing into an unknown and dangerous realm where the rules and limits are not known.
Supernatural Aid
Once the hero has committed to the quest consciously or unconsciously, his or her guide and magical helper appears, or becomes known.
Refusal of the Call
Often when the call is given, the future hero refuses to heed it. This may be from a sense of duty or obligation, fear, insecurity, a sense of inadequacy, etc.
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
Harry's Uncle Vernon would not let Harry see the letters that were addressed to him, but they just kept coming.
The Odyssey
"What shall I say first? What shall I keep for the end? The gods have tried me in a thousand ways. But first my name: let that be known to you, and if I pull away from hitless death, friendship will bind us, though our land lies far".
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
Hagrid takes Harry Potter to Diagon Alley to get school supplies for the upcoming year.
The Odyssey
Odysseus does not want to leave Ithaca, his wife, and new son.
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
Harry is sent a letter from Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry to attend their school.
The Odyssey
Odysseus is called to fight in the Trojan War.
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
Hagrid breaks in the shack on the island in which Harry and the Dursleys had been hiding and says, "You're a wizard, Harry." Harry is finally handed the letter to Hogwarts by Hagrid.
The Odyssey
Hermes helps get Odysseus off Calypso's island. This is when
the Odyssey
starts. 'In medias res' is the term for this; it means in Latin to start in the middle of things.
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
Harry meets Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger on the train to Hogwarts. This starts a lifelong friendship and a magical adventure.
The Odyssey
The Harry Potter Series
Throughout the series, Harry Potter must face challenges including fighting the evil Lord Voldemort.
The Odyssey
"They fell in, soon enough, with Lotus eaters, who showed no will to do us harm, only offering the sweet Lotus to our friends--but those who ate this honeyed plant, the Lotus, never cared to report."
The Odyssey
“My quiet Penelope--how well I know-would seem a shade before your majesty, death and old age being unknown to you, while she must die. Yet, it is true, each day I long for home, long for the sight of home. If any god has marked me out again for shipwreck, my tough heart can undergo it. What hardship have I not long since endured at sea, in battle! Let the trial come.”
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
Harry falls for Ron's sister, Ginny.
The Harry Potter Series
Harry Potter wants to and sometimes threatens to use magic on the Dursleys out of school. He used magic illegally outside of school to save his cousin, Dudley Dursley, from Dementors.
The Odyssey
“Swiftly she turned and led him to her cave, and they went in, the mortal and immortal. He took the chair left empty now by Hermes, where the divine Calypso placed before him victuals and drink of men; then she sat down facing Odysseus, while her serving maids brought nectar and ambrosia to her side. Then each one’s hands went out on each one’s feast until they had had their pleasure…”
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
Harry decides that he would rather sacrifice his own life to Lord Voldemort instead of have his friends fight to the death against Lord Voldemort's army.
The Odyssey
Odysseus prays to Athena to let him live through the storm that Poseidon created to hurt him. Here, Odysseus is invoking the goddess by asking Athena for assistance and as an authority.
The Odyssey
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
Lord Voldemort casts Avada Kadavre, the killing curse, on Harry. This kills the Horcrux that had been living inside Harry. Harry enters a realm in which he speaks with his mentor, Dumbledore.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
Harry comes back from the dead to fight and kill Lord Voldemort.
The Odyssey
The Harry Potter Series
Every year at the last day of school Harry wants to stay because he doesn't want to go back to the Dursley's. He feels safe and his friends are at Hogwarts.
The Odyssey
Odysseus pretends to be a beggar before telling Penelope he is back because he wanted to remove the suitors from his home first.
The Odyssey
Odysseus tells his son, Telemachus, that he was his father (he appeared to be a beggar to Telemachus). Together they plot the fall of the suitors.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
Harry leaves Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry to live in the "real world". He goes to live his life as a wizard.
The Odyssey
Athena gave Odysseus a dream that showed him himself taking the suitors' weapons and hiding them. This is known as "deus ex machina" which is when an unexpected power or event saves a seemingly hopeless situation.
The Harry Potter Series
The Weasley family has always welcomed Harry into their home, for they know that Harry has none. The Burrow has been a place where Harry could relax and play in safety with Hermione and the Weasleys.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
Harry decides that the Elder Wand is too powerful for any wizard and snaps it in half.
The Odyssey
The Odyssey
"Their secret! as she heard it told, her knees grew tremulous and weak, her heart failed her. With eyes brimming tears she ran to him,throwing her arms around his neck, and kissed him..."
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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
Lord Voldemort is defeated and the Ministry of Magic is restored.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
In the end, Harry lives a good life. He marries Ginny Weasley and has three children. Harry and Ginny's children attend Hogwarts. Ron and Hermione get married, too.
The Odyssey
“He yielded to her [Athena], and his heart was glad. Both parties later swore to terms of peace set by their arbiter, Athena, daughter of Zeus…”
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Call to Adventure
The hero starts off in a mundane situation of normality from which some information is received that acts as a call to head off into the unknown.
Road of Trials
The road of trials is a series of tests, tasks, or ordeals that the person must undergo to begin the transformation. Often the person fails one or more of these tests, which often occur in threes.
Meeting with the Goddess
This is the point when the person experiences a love that has the power and significance of the all-powerful, all encompassing, unconditional love that a fortunate infant may experience with his or her mother.
This step is about those material temptations that may lead the hero to abandon or stray from his or her quest.
Atonement with the Father
In this step the person must confront and be initiated by whatever holds the ultimate power in his or her life. In many myths and stories this is the father figure who has life and death power. This is the center point of the journey.
When someone dies physical death, or dies to the self to live in spirit, he or she moves beyond the pairs of opposites to a state of divine knowledge, love, compassion, and bliss.
The Ultimate Boon
The ultimate boon is the achievement of the goal of the quest. It is what the person went on the journey to get. All the previous steps serve to prepare and purify the person for this step.
Refusal of Return
Having found bliss and enlightenment in the other world, the hero may not want to return to ordinary world to bestow the boon onto his fellow man.
Magic Flight
Sometimes the hero must escape with the boon. This can be just as adventurous and dangerous returning from the journey as it was to go on it.
Rescue from Without
Oftentimes the hero needs a powerful guide to bring them back to everyday life, especially if the person has been wounded or weakened by the experience.
Crossing the Return Threshold
Retaining the wisdom gained on the quest, integrating that wisdom into a human life, and possibly sharing the wisdom with the rest of the world.
Master of Two Worlds
Achieving a balance between the material and spiritual (the inner and outer) worlds.
Freedom to Live
Mastery leads to freedom from the fear of death, which in turn is the freedom to live. This is sometimes referred to as living in the moment, neither anticipating the future nor regretting the past.
"This man's son had served under the great Odysseus, gone in the decked ships with him to the wild horse country of Troy--a spearman, Antiphos by name."
"To this the Wayfinder made answer briefly: 'Thus you [Calypso] shall send him, then and show more grace in your obedience, or be chastised by Zeus.'"
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This is the point where Odysseus is telling his story to the Phaeacians. This quotation below illustrates the trials that Odysseus had to go through and how much he has already changed from them.
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The complication with the Lotus Eaters, who ate mind-controlling Lotus flowers and gave them to Odysseus's men, was only one of many trials Odysseus had to endure. Odysseus embodied much of the culture's values in this step such as bravery, wit, and hospitality.
Calypso seduces Odysseus into staying on her island for many years.
Harry fights the basilisk and Tom Riddle in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.
Harry helps his godfather, Sirius Black, escape with Buckbeak the Hippogriff in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.
In Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Harry participates in the Triwizard Tournament in which his friend Cedric Diggory is killed by Lord Voldemort.
In Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Harry must fight with his friends and the remaining members of the Order of the Phoenix against the Death Eaters, who are Lord Voldemort's followers.
In Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Harry is accompanied by Albus Dumbledore to look for Horcruxes, items in which one can hide a section of one's soul.
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In this scene, Odysseus is trapped on Calypso's island and is telling Calypso about the wife he left in Ithaca. He misses her greatly.
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"Hear me, unwearied child of royal Zeus! O listen to me now--thou so aloof while the Earthshaker wrecked and battered me. May I find love and mercy among these people."
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Odysseus can finally live in peace with his family, which was reunited after twenty years of him being away.
"Athena, counseling me, will give me word, and I shall signal to you, nodding: at that point round up all armor, lances, gear of war left in our hall and stow the lot away back in the vaulted store room."
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Odysseus leaves after winning the Trojan War. He heads towards Ithaca. Here is where Odysseus's journey in
the Odyssey
really starts.
Odysseus returns to Ithaca, which was his original goal.
"But now these islanders have shipped him homeward, sleeping soft, and put him on Ithaca, with gifts untold of bronze and gold, and fine cloth to his shoulder."
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All of Odysseus's crew except Odysseus was killed by Zeus because they killed some of Helios's sacred cattle.
"'Peace, Helios: shine on among the gods, shine over mortals in the fields of grain, Let me throw down one white-hot bolt, and make splinters of their ship in the winedark sea.'"
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"No god. Why take me for a god? No, no. I am that father whom your boyhood lacked and suffered pain for lack of. I am he."
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"Pallas Athena, Zeus's daughter, poured a grey mist all around him, hiding him from common sight--for she had things to tell him and wished no one to know him, wife or townsmen, before the suitors paid up for their crimes."
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Odysseus, Telemachus, the swineherd, and the herdsman attacked and killed all of the suitors and any disloyal servants or maids.
"Odysseus' arrow hit him under the chin and punched up to the feathers through his throat."
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Odysseus, his family, and his people lived in peace because of the agreement that Athena helped them make. Here, Athena is also called "daughter of Zeus" this is called an epithet, or an adjective or descriptive phrase expressing a quality or characteristic of the person or thing.
The Odyssey is a type of poem known as either an epic or a Homeric Simile. These are usually a long poem from an ancient oral tradition.
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