Regis College Senior Honors Program
Thesis - Open Access
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My name is Kellynn, and I am a Harry Potter addict. I am not the only one with this affliction. J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter series is one of the most widely published and read series of all time. Harry Potter does not remain limited to the world of literature; the Harry movies have made millions of dollars and will continue to do so throughout the last three films. While the books are technically "children's literature," children, young adults, and adults from all over the world read and view the Harry Potter world. The cultural impact is significant, not only in a common language including such words as "muggle" and "Voldemort," but also in the way our archetypes have changed. As the world shrinks due to globalization, we gain a more universal view of the hero, or heroes, as the case may be. I read Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone the summer after my sixth grade year and have devoured the remaining books ever since. I am one of those fanatics that waited in line for books five, six, and seven. I purchased them at midnight and stayed up all night gorging myself with fantasy. I have read the entire series multiple times, listened to them on CD, read them in Spanish, and own all of the movies thus far. I am a little obsessed. So obsessed in fact that I began to wonder why I could not get out of J.K. Rowling's world.
Date of Award
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Gates, Kellynn, "Harry Potter and the Evolving Hero Archetype" (2009). Regis University Student Publications (comprehensive collection). 491.