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ERIC Number: ED479487
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Mar-10
Pages: 27
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Discovering the Archetypes of "Harry Potter."
Evans, Allen D.
The "Harry Potter" series has become a phenomenal success with children. "Harry Potter" books in print worldwide is in excess of 116 million, and they have been translated into 47 languages. What might account for this huge popularity? While the characters and events are certainly engaging, funny, original, and creative, they also illuminate another dimension of interpretation that may explain their appeal and popularity: that of the archetype. This paper explores the concept of the archetype as viewed through the characters in J.K. Rowling's "Harry Potter" stories. The paper discusses definitions and examples of archetypes. Finally, it offers selected comments, noting that Harry is an evolving archetype, essentially still a work-in-progress, and that as such, readers across the globe can only speculate as to the eventual outcome. (Contains 2 table and 15 references.) (NKA)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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