Compare And Contrast Harry Potter And Odysseus

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Homer wrote The Odyssey centuries ago at the 8th Century BCE, yet many themes found are like modern literature. An example of literature of today's time is J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Harry Potter goes through difficult tasks to defeat the Dark Lord, Voldemort. Odysseus is sailing from the battle of Troy back to his home, Ithaca. Poseidon, the God of the sea, curses Odysseus for being too arrogant to teach a lesson about being humble. In both books, Harry Potter and Odysseus go through a series of events for the greater good of society. Harry Potter and Odysseus face similar journeys when going to the magical world, facing trials, and their return to the normal world.

Harry Potter and Odysseus both travel through a special threshold to enter the unknown world. Harry meets up with a group of certified wizards and friends to escape from the mundane world and re-enter the magical world (45-62). Harry almost didn't make it out alive because the Dark Lord’s team of wizards injures Harry. In the Hero’s Journey, the crossing of the threshold is how Harry almost dies to make it into the magical world. In Odysseus case, similar themes pop up. On page 1045, Odysseus had “plundered the stronghold on the proud height of Troy.” He travels with his shipmates back to Ithaca, but an unknown force transports them to the magical world. When traveling and entering the magical world that was almost stopped by another force. Even then, when they enter the magical

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