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Middle Years English: Heroes and Villains

Middle Years English


Why the name change from "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone" in the UK to "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" in the United States ?

Analysis: What's Up With the Title?

Harry Potter


This Google Doc lists and describes types of heroes, quests, stages, characteristics, and symbols. Students are invited to find examples. Includes graphic organizer.

The Hero's Journey
Detailed resource of the elements of the hero's journey. Follow links for examples.

The Hero's Journey
Students use this interactive site to create a hero and journey, guided by the archetype.

A host of heroes - April Gudenrath

What can some of literature's most famous heroes teach us? From the epic hero (like Beowulf) to the tragic hero (like Oedipus), each has something distinctive to share. April Gudenrath describes the many faces of the fictional hero -- and shows how they can inspire everyday people.

Hero's Journey explained

Elements of English

Here’s What The Harry Potter Books Would Be Like From Neville’s Perspective

Character list

Themes, Motifs & Symbols

Analysis of Major Characters


Joseph Cambell : The Heroes Journey

Joseph Campbell's 17 Stages of the Hero's Journey  : click on image for source and to enlarge.

The Hero's Journey : "Joseph Campbell was right".

Click on image to enlarge or go to source.

The Empowerment Dynamic

The Hero's Journey - Star Wars, Harry Potter & Wizard of Oz

Heroes or Villans?

FILM HERO or Villan?

American Film Institute

AFI's 100 Years...100 Heroes & Villains is a list of the 50 top movie heroes and 50 top movie villains of all time.

The characters on this list have a made a mark on American society in matters of style and substance. They also elicit strong reactions across time, enriching America's film heritage while continuing to inspire contemporary artists and audiences.




For Teachers

TES Australia

Revision aid
DescriptiveWordsHero.doc (148kb, Word document)

Revision aid
DescriptiveWordsVillain.doc (100kb, Word document)

A Long and Difficult Journey, or The Odyssey: Crash Course Literature 201

katniss everdeen | stages of the hero's journey

Student Project : Harry Potter: Hero's Journey

This was made by a student and so should be used as an intoductory guide only.

Take a 360 view of Harry Potter's Library