Harry Potter and the Hero's Journey

Sure, Harry Potter was sorted into the Gryffindor house, but is he really a hero? Middle and high schoolers examine the plot and character development in J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series before creating a presentation to argue whether Harry and his friends are truly literary heroes.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Apply the techniques to another story involving the Hero's Journey, such as Star Wars or Lord of the Rings
  • Have class members write their own stories based on the development of the Hero's Journey
Classroom Considerations

  • Requires access to the Internet to show the introduction video
Pros

  • High-interest content will get students excited about the lesson
  • Applies standards of plot progression and characterization to a modern, popular novel series
Cons

  • None