[2015] Shelby McNeil: Harry Potter and Campbell's Monomyth

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[2015] Shelby McNeil: Harry Potter and Campbell's Monomyth

Harry Potter and Campbell's Monomyth

Stage 1. BirthHarry experiences a fantastic circumstance that establishes him as our hero of the story when he doesn't die after being attacked by the Killing Curse as a baby.

Stage 2. Call to AdventureThe reader fully realizes this stage when Hagrid barges in and says the famous quote, "You're a wizard, Harry."

Stage 3. Helpers(Amulet)Harry's main protective figure in this book is Hagrid. Later in the series, we see more of a shift toward Dumbledore.

Stage 4. Crossing the ThresholdHagrid takes Harry through the Leaky Cauldron on onto Diagon Alley. This is Harry's first time seeing the wizard world.

Stage 6. Helpers (Companions)Harry's main two companions are Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger.

Stage 5. TestsHarry, Ron, and Hermione undergo a series of trials before Harry arrives at the final one alone. A few of these include Fluffy, flying keys, and real-life wizards chess.

Stage 9. The ReturnHarry reluctantly returns to the Dursleys' for the summer.

Stage 8. FlightHarry heads back to the Dursleys via Hogwarts Express.

While the whole Harry Potter series, written by JK Rowling, follows Joseph Campbell's Monomyth, the same can be said for the first book itself. Here, it's known as Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, and elsewhere it's known as Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone.

With three primary stages--Separation, Initiation, and Return--Campbell's Monomyth can also be broken down into 11, more specific stages.

Stage 7. The Final BattleHarry faces Lord Voldemort alone at the Mirror of Erised.

Stage 10. ElixirHarry receives the Invisibility Cloak for Christmas. His wand is another device he receives.

Stage 11. HomeAt the close of this book, Harry realizes Hogwarts is his true home, and is yearning to return.

This is, personally, my favortie clip from the entire Harry Potter series. The mystifying sense you get when the music has changed at 2:08 and then again at 2:31 is what sets the stage for the rest of the story. We later see that Harry's wand plays a much bigger role in the story than one might think.


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