Essay about Harry Potter and the Holy Grail

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Two of the best things in the world, “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” and “Harry Potter,” have a good deal in common. Other than the vast amount of space reserved in my brain for storing quotes and random facts from these two stories, both tales share many similar objects, plot devices, character attributes, and themes. Even though Python's “Holy Grail” is an exact historical representation of the Arthurian Grail legend, some might argue that the “Harry Potter” story is more reflective of the actual ancient texts than the 1974 film. Harry has many things in common with King Arthur. Both characters were orphans raised with their cousins, and mentored by wise men with large beards. Neither knew of his importance until it was revealed…show more content…
Sir Percival, for instance, was at first deemed unworthy of obtaining the Holy Grail due to his lack of inquiry regarding the wounded Fisher King. (Mahoney, 205) The second rather important cup in the fourth “Harry Potter” novel is the Triwizard Cup. This is the Holy Grail of the Triwizard Tournament, and the object that all of the contestants are seeking. The Triwizard Cup fits the more traditional, somewhat less educated views of the Holy Grail—jeweled, flashy, made of a precious metal, and quite obviously worth a lot of money. It is interesting to note that when Harry and Cedric touch it, they are whisked away to the graveyard where Voldemort and Wormtail are plotting their nefarious deeds. Galahad, after seeing the Holy Grail, is also whisked away, except he goes to heaven, while Harry ends up getting tortured for a bit, and barely escapes with his life. The Grail quest of Arthurian legend shares a few thematic similarities with the quest for the Triwizard Cup. According to the Matthews' book, “The Grail Tradition,” there were three somewhat successful seekers of the Grail: Galahad, Percival, and Bors. This holds nicely with the three wizards who are supposed to take part in the Triwizard Tournament. The first task that Harry must complete consists of somehow thwarting a dragon's attempts to keep him from stealing its golden egg.

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