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Scholars Day 2006, Wednesday, April 12

The Wizard in J.K. Rowling

It all started around 1998, when an eleven year-old boy with a lightning bolt shaped scar made his way onto bookshelves around the world. Originally getting little marketing, the Harry Potter series has now become one of the most recognized and talked about set of books. Many writers (and readers) debate over the reason for J.K. Rowling’s success, and while it may be a combination of reasons, the most important thing she did was pay attention in English class and choose to utilize the hero journey structure for her books. The Hero with A Thousand Faces by Joseph Campell provides the basis for the discussion about the hero journey in the first six books in the series, and predictions for the final book are made incorporating the elements of the journey yet to be fulfilled.

Presenter: Kathryn Atkinson (Undergraduate Student)
Topic: English
Location: 122 Hartwell
Time: 9 am (Session I)