Harry potter and Monomyth

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Harry potter and Monomyth

  1. 1. J. K. RowlingHarry Potter
  2. 2. J. K. Rowling• was born on 31 July 1965• she is author of the Harry Potter fantasy series• more than 400 million copies were sold• it is best-selling book series in history• her headmaster at St Michaels = Albus Dumbledore• she had a difficult homelife = Hermione
  3. 3. J. K. Rowling• idea for the series on a train trip from Manchester to London in 1990• in 1990 her mother died = Harrys loss• In 1993 Rowling was diagnosed with clinical depression = the idea of Dementors• the twelfth richest woman in the United Kingdom• 2012, Rowling published her first adult novel The Casual Vacancy
  4. 4. Harry Potter series 7 books 1st published in 1997; the last one in 2007 Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  5. 5. Harry Potter series smaller volumes − Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them − Qudditch Through The Ages − The Tales of Beedle the Bard
  6. 6. Harry Potter series monomyth − the heros journey − Joseph Campbell: The Hero With a Thousand Faces − departure, initiation, return − „A hero ventures forth from the world of common day into a region of supernatural wonder: fabulous forces are there encountered and a decisive victory is won: the hero comes back from this mysterious adventure with the power to bestow boons on his fellow man.“
  7. 7. Harry Potter series archetypes: reccurent symbol or motif in literature, art or mythology − Harry Potter - Orphan Hero − Albus Dumbledore - Wise Old Man quests: in each book there is a quest to be fulfill − find the Philosophers stone − find three Deathly Hallows − an ultimate quest for Harry: to find himself and to discover who and what he is
  8. 8. Harry Potter series structure: mirroring structure of the quests − books 1 and 7 − books 2 and 6 − books 3 and 5 − book 4
  9. 9. Harry Potter series good and evil: not sharply distinguished; characters are mixed (e.g. Snape) ending: no apocalyptic ending; an affirmation of the goodness of normal life - „All was well“
  10. 10. Harry Potter in 99 seconds http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y57sYHIDP_Y
  11. 11. List of sources„The Books“ jkrowling.com. n.p., n.d. Web 4 November 2012Algeo, John. Harry Potter and the Hero With a Thousand Faces. theosophical.org. n.p., n.d. Web 4 November 2012

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