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A Mythological and Archetypal Technique to “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” by JK Rowling


The initial installment in the sequence of Harry Potter books, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, can be analyzed by the a variety of archetypes and myths current in the novel.

To begin with, allow us appear into the so-identified as heroic quest of Harry. As the tale unfolds, Harry goes by the classic and mythic levels of a hero’s journey. 1st to these is a simply call to journey. In the tale, Harry gets the letters from Hogwarts. 2nd is a separation from the recognised world. This is seen in the section where Harry leaves for Hogwarts. Third is an initiation into the new world. This is obvious in the Sorting ceremony, where Harry undergoes a placement-like ritual by the Sorting Hat. Following is the existence of threats which can be noticed in Harry’s rivalry with Malfoy and also his face with the Mirror of Erised – the two of which attempted Harry’s character and desires. Yet another is the existence of a fellowship which can be justified by the people of Ron and Hermione. The advice of a mentor, by Hagrid and Dumbledore, the ultimate confrontation with darkness – Harry as opposed to Voldemort above the stone – Afterwhich, comes a rebirth or resurrection by Harry’s victory above Voldemort and eventually, the hero’s return to the old world – Harry returns to his house, but this time he appreciates who he really is.

The Sorcerer’s stone or what is also recognised as the Philosopher’s stone is a common element from mythology that seems in Rowling’s function. In the tale, the stone was created by Nicolas Falmal, Dumbledore’s associate, whose character is in fact centered on the background and legends surrounding thr actual French alchemist Nicolas Flamel. The stone, the two in the novel and in the area of alchemy, is explained as a modest purple ball that can flip metal into gold and can also create an elixir that can grant everlasting existence.

The character of Lord Voldemort obviously illustrates the electric power of fear during the novel. In actuality, most wizards, besides Dumbledore, dare not refer to him by name. As a substitute, he is referred to as, ‘He Who ought to Not Be Named’. In this manner, Voldemort is taken as a metaphor for fear, which is a frequent element of mankind.

Most of the names of the people in the novel have appropriate meanings. One illustration is Headmaster Albus Dumbledore. His initial name is derived from the Latin term alba which suggests ‘white’. His last name is old English for ‘bumblebee’. In symbolism, white stands fro purity, so the headmaster’s name indicates honor and a tricky-performing mother nature. Yet another illustration is Professor Severus Snape. Severus is the Latin term fro ‘severe’ and ‘strict’ – adjectives that can really be related to the professor’s character.

In Harry Potter, there are four Hogwarts houses. Gryffindor is the Hogwarts property to which Harry and his close friends belong. Gryffindor is derived from Griffin, which suggests a fierce, famous beast with the overall body of a lion and the head and wings of an eagle. And that is why this Hogwarts property uses a lion as its image. On the other hand, Slytherin, Gryffindor’s rival property, is in fact a variation of ‘slithering’ a technique of vacation for snakes, the quite reason probably why its image is a serpent.

In terms of archetypal males, Dumbledore is what we simply call, The Main. He is a leader of wizards, highly-revered and he seems to be above his subjects quite nicely. The Terrible Boy, no question, is Voldemort. And we can also say that Ron’s character is in good shape to be the greatest mate archetype. In archetypal females, The Boss can be related to Deputy Headmistress McGonagall due to initial, her position in the college and up coming, her smart character. Hermione’s character, on the other hand, can be classified as The Librarian archetype. She has responses for practically any concern due to the fact she has read through a good deal of books and she can also be fierce, once provoked.

Over-all, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone is a single good novel that captured the hearts of the two young and old alike for its myths and archetypes that bind all the readers together all above the world.

By John Zwelling