Mount Alvernia High School, Newton, Massachusetts

Kaitlin  Ambrogio
J. K. Rowling: The Development of Harry Potter as a Traditional and Mythological Hero The Development of Football in Britain
J. K.  Rowling
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Football in England developed organizationally and socially to become the people’s game. Football is the people’s game because the English people and those from the rest of the world have connected with the sport. Football’s popularity is due to the fact that it is inexpensive to play, can be played anywhere, and exists at a variety of levels. Football fans have a strong affiliation to their team of choice because their team represents an important aspect or belief to them. Fans become obsessed with the game because their team represents an important belief to them.

Children’s literature has always had an element of imagination that is crucial to capturing and maintaining a child’s interest in a book. J.K. Rowling, the author of the Harry Potter series, has done just that. Rowling has created a mystical and enchanting world where her characters attend the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry while maturing and learning life’s lessons. Harry Potter, the protagonist, takes on the obstacles and challenges of life, while prevailing as a traditional and mythological hero. According to Joseph Campbell, a traditional and mythological hero has six characteristics that define him as a hero. A hero must be born under unusual circumstances, trained by a wise teacher, enter the unknown, struggle in the unknown, find a boon for the community, and finally return to the community with the boon. The reflection of these qualities in Harry Potter surely make him a hero in the mind of every reader.

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