August 2nd, 2005



Been reading "The Hero with a Thousand Faces", which for some reason I keep wanting to call "The Hero without a Face", which would be an altogether different work.

For some reason I keep thinking of Harry Potter while I read it. For example, when he talks about the first trial, the Guardian of the Unknown, he strongly implies, though he does not actually say, that the guardian's goal is to protect the hero from his coming adventures, keep him safe at home, but the hero defeats the guardian and passes on to his *real* quest. And I think, Harry had to beat the professors to reach the Sorceror's Stone. I'm curious to see how deep the parallels go. I can already see Atonement with the Father (learning the Patronus charm -- all of Year 3, really), and the Descent into the Underworld (the graveyard scene in Year 4).
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