Similarities Between The Odyssey And Harry Potter

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The Hero’s Journey: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone and The Odyssey Published in the 8th century B.C.E and 1997 respectively, both The Odyssey by Homer and Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J. K. Rowling are universally known arts of literature. The Hero’s Journey is a commonly used trope incorporated in numerous amounts of tales. This trope involves a hero who goes on a journey, finds himself in a crisis, defeats his enemies, and comes home changed. Harry Potter, the main character in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, encounters many conflicts and meets helpful mentors on his adventure. Similarly, Odysseus, the main character in The Odyssey, encounters various monsters and obstacles, too. Both Harry Potter and the…show more content…
All in all, both mighty main characters go on exciting journeys, but eventually they are able to return home. Unexpectedly, both Odysseus and Harry are surprised with a “call” to leave their homes and pass their comfort zones. Odysseus is called to take part in the Trojan War and Harry Potter is invited to start school at Hogwarts: The School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. When Harry Potter receives an invitation for Hogwarts, his aunt and uncle (Uncle Vernon and Aunt Petunia) aren’t too happy to see the letter. “Harry dodged the Smelting stick and went to get the mail…a letter for Harry. Harry picked it up and stared at it, his heart twanging like a giant elastic band. No one, ever, in his whole life, had written to him.” This excerpt from the text explains how Harry Potter felt when he received this letter. It also shows how this call affected him and how it took him out of his comfort zone. Furthermore, In The Odyssey, Odysseus is notified that he must travel to Troy to fight the Trojan war. He sets out to this land when his son is only a few years of age and leaves his family. As Homer describes, “What of my sailing, then, from Troy?” This quote is a direct statement from Odysseus, in which he is reminded of his departure from his beloved island. In summary, the call to action phase of the Hero’s Journey trope is revealed to both Harry and Odysseus. Because of the daunting trails they are soon to face, both characters encounter a mentor that will guide them to achieve

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