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Harry Potter Movie Archetypes

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Tyler Litzler

on 31 October 2012

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Har ry Potter is a young 13 year old boy who is sent on an enormous journey the first tiem he steps foot into Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Throughout his adventures in Hogwarts from going into the forbidden forest to fighting a 3 headed dog, Harry always makes sure that his friends are safe. He also keeps a clear head through all the trials he has to go through. Harry Potter is considered a Hero because he is a leader, cares for others, and shows bravery countless times throughout the books and the movies. His glorification comes at teh end of the movie when he stops lord Voldmeort from returning, and by doing so, is loved by the entire school, adn is considered a hero. The Departure Harry Potter receives a quest in the beginning of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. His quest is to protect the Sorcerer's stone from whoever or whatever is trying to steal it. From the moment Hagrid retrieves a mysterious item from vault 713 of Gringotts Wizard Bank, Harry is intrigued as to what the mysterious object is. A task he receives is to protect the stone. after finding out what the object is, Harry suspects that Severus Snape is going to try and steal it. So he believes it is up to him to protect it. Another task is when he and his friends have to defeat a giant troll that is set loose in the dungeons. The Initiation There are many trials that Harry Potter must face before he finally reaches his final showdown with Professor Quirrell. One of these is his first quittage game. He is afraid that something very bad will happen, and it does. He has the bravery to go on with it anyways, even after Professor Quirrell jinxes his broom and nearly kills him. He still goes on to win the game. Some other trials that Hary must face are the things guarding the stone, the first of which is a three headed dog. They barely escape before they are thrown into a bed of plants that nearly strangles them, and then are nearly killed by a horde of flying keys. Then Harry uses his amazing cunning to win a chess match with an unknown player and goes in to face the thief. The Return The Return is the final part of a Hero's Journey. The first stage is a spiritual journey. A journey that Harry Potter is on throughout the entire movie is him coping with the loss of his parents. He finds a mirror known as the mirror of desire that shows you your heart's greatest desire. Harry's greatest desire is to be with his parents. At the end of the movie, lord Voldemort offers to bring his parents back and he is forced to make a decision between saveing countles lives or having his parents back. He chooses to keep the stone, and even though he saves many lives, he still wishes that he had his parents. The Fall The second part of the return is the fall. this incolves the main character to be taken from a higher place and put into a lower place. This happens to Harry when he is forbidden to go to the place where the stone is hidden but he does it anyways. This is a loss of innocence. Even though someone directly tells him not to and even though it turns out good in the end, Harry was still forbidden to go down to where the stone is kept, and by doing so surrenders his innocence. Death and Rebirth The last part of the return is death and rebirth. Harry experiences death and rebirth when he sees his parents in the mirror. Even though his parents are dead, he can still see them as if they were standing right next to him. Another time he experiences this is when Voldemort is killed by a rebounding curse but he still comes back and possesses Professor Quirrell. He died on the night that Harry's Parents died, but he was reborn as a half alive half dead creature. He could not sustain himself, so he had to live off another person's body. Character Archetypes 1. The mentor: Harry's mentor in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone is Hagrid. Hagrid was the one to cary him to his new house and shoe him where to buy all his school supplies. Throughout the story, Hagrid helps Harry in any way he can and he forms a deep bond with him.
2. the devil figure: The devil figure in Harry Potter is obviously Voldemort. He offers Harry his parents in exchange for the sorcerer's stone.
3. Trickster: A trickster in Hary Potter is Hermione. She is a trickster because she relies on her wits to survive.
4. the outcast: The outcast in Hary Potter is Nevel Longbottom. He is socially awkward and is rejected by most people.
5. Creatures of Nightmare: A creature of nightmare in Harry Potter is the three headed dog, Fluffy. He is guarding the stone and does everything in his power to keep him away from it. Symbolic Archetypes 1. Good vs. evil: This is a main symbolic archetype in the film. Voldemort represents the evil while Harry and his friends represent the good.
2. Supernatural Intervention: A supernatural intervention in Harry Potter is the sue of magic.
3. Unhealabel Wound: This is the most noticable archetype in Harry Potter. Harry's unhealable woudn is, of course, his lightning bolt scar on his forehead. It represents the night he lost his parents and how he survived. Color and number Archetypes Color Archetypes are a certain color that appears often in a film that has a hidden meaning. A color archetype in Harry Potter is black. This color means intellegence and nearly every wizard at Hogwarts wears a black wizard's robe.
Number Archetypes are numbers that appear in a film with a meaning. A number archetype found in Harry Potter is seven. Seven is the most powerful magical number. It symbolises a cycle or perfect order. https://www.google.com/search?q=Harry+Potter+logo&hl=en&tbo=u&rlz=1I7DKUS_en&tbm=isch&source=univ&sa=X&ei=sWiIUPT0BsSW2AXuioDgBA&ved=0CDQQsAQ&biw=1024&bih=554
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