The Love of Freedom

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Our first introduction to Harry Potter is that of a young boy who has lost both of his parents. An orphaned boy who must go live with his aunt and uncle, separated from a world where he has just become a celebrated hero. Harry transforms from just an orphan to an orphan hero within his first year at Hogwarts. We see Harry’s life before he has found out that he is a wizard, and we see how controlling the Dursley’s are about his actions. They order him around, make him cook breakfast in the morning, lock him in his cupboard indefinitely, and ultimately leaving Harry with no control over his life. As Kern said, “As a Hero, he creates a life less obviously controlled by others. His Heroic destiny, fully promised at the beginning of his tales, strengthens readers’ sense of his growing independence and indicates his potential to shape the outcome of larger events as well.” (Kern, 45) As Harry gets more comfortable at Hogwarts, and grows into the identity of a hero, we see him take control of his own life and the path it will follow. We see throughout The Sorcerer’s Stone that as Harry feels more comfortable in his atmosphere, he begins to branch out and become more independent than he previously was. One of the greatest examples of this is from The Sorcerer’s Stone is in chapter sixteen when Harry decides that he would be going down the trap door that night to stop Snape (Quirrell) and stop the Sorcerer’s Stone from being possessed by Voldemort. Hermione urged him that both Snape and McGonagall would expel him had he left the common room. Harry became outraged and exclaiming “If Snape gets hold of the Stone, Voldemort’s coming back! Haven’t you heard what its like when he was trying to take over? There won’t be any Hogwarts to get expelled from!” (Rowling1, 217) He goes on to say that the house cup is no longer important that stopping Voldemort is. Harry displays…...

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