Fantasy Friday – Harry Potter

Fantasy Friday

This year I decided I wanted to do something a little different with Fantasy Friday. Because I really like to do a sort of analysis when it comes to my reading (see my What Are You Reading Series for more), I thought that it would be a good idea to attempt the same with the fantasy genre being represented in the mainstream media.

If you’ve checked out the title, for this post I’m going over Harry Potter movies.

For the set up I’m going to go over: characters, the world design, and the story set up itself. Each section has around 4 or 5 questions and will be answered to the best of my abilities.


Quick Overview

Originating Creator: J.K. Rowling
Media Form: Film
Type of Fantasy: Boarding School Fantasy

Characters

Are the traditional archetypes represented here? If so, which ones and by what characters?

The Chosen One/Hero = Harry Potter (Quite literally too.)

The Underdog = Neville Longbottom (Ron can be considered this as well, but since he was close with Harry, he didn’t get as much of the underdog treatment that Neville did.)

The Trickster = Fred and George Weasely (Since Alice in Wonderland, tricksters are more often seen in pairs.)

The Manipulator = Albus Dumbledore (Kind of obvious here. He is the person who set up the entire story to play out as it did. Even accounting for the fact that he would have to be killed before the end result would be realized.)

The Librarian = Hermione Granger (Another obvious one. Hermione is always a wealth of knowledge and is useful for the moments where her practicality is really needed.)

The Seer/Wiseman = Luna Lovegood (Unlike the Librarian archetype, the Wiseman is a wealth of unconventional information. They often see from a perspective no one else would think of.)

The Sidekick = Ron Weasley (Ron has the potential to be a hero, but is often held back by his own hesitations. Because of this, he is more supportive of Harry in his hero role and assists when possible.)

The Coward = Draco Malfoy (The Coward is all about self-preservation, and that is what the entire Malfoy family thrives upon.)

The Villain = Voldemort (Duh. No real need for explanation here.)

The Psychopath = Beatrix Lestrange (Both clinically and professionally.)

The Double Agent = Severus Snape (For love and for what is right, Snape kept up the mask for years.)

What character relationship styles are represented?

Romantic Relationships = Harry/Ginny and Ron/Hermione

This can also be considered as childlike love because they’ve been together for so long, but as they all develop their relationship change and grow.

Deep Romantic/True Love = Mr. Weasley/Mrs. Weasley

They are the real power couple in this series. They loved each other enough to have 7 kids together. Mrs. Weasley supports her husband with his fascination of muggle objects and he is strong for her when things in the wizarding world starting going south. These two are real marriage, and parenting goals.

Obsessive Unrequited Love = Bellatrix/Voldemort

This relationship is truly one-sided. She would do anything and everything for him, and honestly he couldn’t care less.

Pure Unrequited Love = Severus Snape/ Lily Evans-Potter

Though we only catch small glimpses of it, we see how much he loved Lily but it was never returned. Compared to James, Snape felt like he would spend the rest of his life proving he was the right person for her, but never even attempted to take her happiness with James away.

Is there a clear antagonist/protagonist? Why or why not?

Sure the main antagonist/protagonist combination is Voldemort and Harry, but when you look further and think of the broader term of protagonist, it can go beyond Harry. It can be said that collectively the trio (Harry, Ron, and Hermione) are the protagonists of the story. Also, what about Neville? Is he considered the “almost protagonist” because he was born just one day before Harry? On the side of the antagonist, the overall antagonist is Voldemort, hands down,  but if you look further into the individuals storylines in each book there are multiple antagonist. Lucius Malfoy in The Chamber of Secrets and Dolores Umbrige in The Order of the Phoenix, are just a couple of examples.

The World

Is this set in “our world’ or in a completely different one?

For Harry Potter, it’s a little bit of both. Instead of being in a dimension that isn’t our own, the wizard world is secretly beside ours. Hidden and underground.

What types of creatures are represented? What are the world’s rules for these creatures?

There are so many creatures in the wizard world that they actually have their own book. Only a small portion of them are seen in the books themselves. Those that are considered as “intelligent” are often rounded up onto reservations or sanctuaries, and treated like outsiders. This actually very similar to how Native Americans are treated here in the United States.

What cultures are show here? How are they affected by the politics of this world? Is their any inner-turmoil within the culture? How is it shown?

The main culture represented in this series is British culture, but later we get small glimpses into French and Bulgarian cultures. A lot of the politics seem to be self-contained, mainly because we see it through the eyes of kids, not Ministry workers. For the inner-turmoil, we see a lot of fear. Fear of Voldemort returning causes them to be in denial and weak when he does return and take over.

Are there any current wars?

The last Wizarding War may be over on the surface, but for many Death Eaters it has only been delayed. Until Voldemort’s return, the war just goes underground. It’s real end comes with his death at the Battle of Hogwarts.

The Story

What is the goal of the antagonist? Protagonist?

The goal of our antagonist, Voldemort, isn’t really control. He goal is more about having power in all possible forms. Control is only a part of that.

Harry on the other hand, just has the goal of protecting others. It kind of becomes and obligation, because he is the one thing that will keep Voldemort from accomplishing his goal of power. Everyone else is caught in the crossfire.

What type of progression does this story have?

The entire story covers several years, but each movie is considered a  year in itself.

What kind of impact does the hero’s quest have on his companions?

For many of Harry’s companions, death meets them. Those that do survive, are forever changed because they have met battle and seen death. They’ve become stronger and more confident, but also probably have more issues waiting down the line.

Could the antagonist’s goal be beneficial, but they are going about it the wrong way?

I don’t see how any part of Voldemort’s goal could be beneficial to anyone else but him.

Did the companions affect the plot?

If it wasn’t for Harry’s companions, I’m pretty sure Harry would have died years ago. Ron has always been supportive, but Hermione always knew that one detail that would keep them all alive. Luna gave Harry the perspective needed to accomplish his journey. Each person had their part to play in Harry’s quest of defeating Voldemort.

How important were the subplots to the conclusion?

Each subplot is important because through these subplots, Harry develops into the hero he is at the end of the series.


So what did you think? Are their things I missed, or wanted me to cover better? Let me know in the comments below.

Keep on Writing,

Jess

 

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