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Is Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone a Heroic Quest
Cycle?

            The magic world and the adventure of Harry
Potter perceive the reader that the novel is a Heroic Quest Cycle. Starting
from the ordinary world to the special world, Harry Potter and Philosopher’s
Stone has the characteristics of the Hero’s Journey. All the
characteristics and stages of the Heroic Quest Cycle are in the novel, the
novel is fantasy fiction (which includes elements of mystery, magic, thriller,
adventure, horror, and romance.), and the setting of the novel match the Heroic
Journey. The elements and characteristics of the Quest Cycle match the story of
the novel. The rules of Heroic Quest Cycle apply the novel. As a result, Harry
Potter and Philosopher’s Stone is a Heroic Quest Cycle.

            Stages of the Heroic Quest Cycle are in the
novel; The Ordinary World, The Call to the Adventure, Meeting the Mentor, The
First Threshold, Guiders/Helpers and Tests, Into the Darkness, The Supreme
Ordeal, Reward, The Road back, and The Resurrection. The story is based on
these 10 stages. For example, Harry was called to an adventure when Hagrid
arrives and Harry finally get to read his letter that read that he has been
invited to attend Hogwarts school of Witchcraft and Wizardry. At first, Harry
refuses the call out of disbelief. He tells Hagrid, “I think you have made a
mistake. I don’t think I can be a Wizard.”(Rowling 62) Then, he gets
encouragement from Hagrid and Harry accepts the adventure. When he woke up the
following morning, he described his feeling, “Harry scrambled to his feet, so
happy he felt as though a large balloon was swelling inside him.” (Rowling 66)
This explains that the story is following the stages of Quest Cycle. Every
events happening in the novel follows up the stages of the Quest Cycle.

The genre of the novel is fantasy fiction which is one of the
elements of the Heroic Quest cycle. Most of the Quest Cycle elements consist of
myths, magic, and fairy tales. In the novel, the story is based on magic mostly
which is one of the elements of the Quest cycle. For example, when uncle Vernon
made Hagrid angry, Hagrid swished his pink umbrella, pointing to Dudley. A
violet light hit him and he got a pig’s tail. Harry described the scene as, “He
brought the umbrella swishing down through the air to point at Dudley-there was
a flash of violet light, a sound like a firecracker, a sharp squeal and next
second, Dudley was dancing on the spot with his hands clasped over his fat
bottom, howling in pain. When he turned, his back on them, Harry saw a curly
pig’s tail poking through a hole in his trousers.” (Rowling 62) This shows
Harry that there is magic and he is a wizard. There are more magic in the story
and it represents the fantasy world (Special World).

The setting of Harry Potter and Philosopher’s Stone match
the Quest Cycle by providing magical world that Harry lives in. Along with
plot, character, theme, and style, setting is considered one of the components
of fiction. The setting of the novel mainly focus on magic, on Harry’s point of
view. For example, when Harry and Ron arrived to the Hogwarts, Harry described
the school as, “The narrow path had opened suddenly on to the edge of a great
black lake. Perched atop a high mountain on the other side, its windows
sparkling in the starry sky, was a vast castle with many turrets and towers.”
(Rowling 119) This displays the magical world that Harry lives in. In the
Special World, he sees and learns magic but back in the Ordinary World, he
lives ordinary. The setting follows the rules of the Heroic Quest Cycle as it
represents magic.

            In summation, Harry Potter and
Philosopher’s Stone is a Heroic Quest Cycle, regarding the characteristics
and stages of the Quest Cycle in the novel, the fantasy fiction, and the
setting of the novel. The novel consists most of the elements of the Quest
Cycle. In my opinion, the novel is a Heroic Quest Cycle.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Works Cited

Rowling,
Joanne Kathleen. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. United
Kingdom, UK: Bloomsbury, 2014. Print.

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