A Well Deserved Hero – Tanner Carlton

In J.K. Rowling’s ‘Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban’ the main character Harry is considered a natural born hero by many around him. Harry’s considered a hero because of his miraculous near-death experience as a child with the dark lord Voldemort. Throughout this story we learn that Harry’s fame is well deserved as he shows true signs of good leadership to other’s around him.

In the story, Harry acts as a sort-of silent hero who helps perform good deeds without recognition. Throughout the action Harry is pressed to catch the  said-traitor who helped kill his parents, Sirius Black. Upon learning that the traitor was not Black, but Peter Pettigrew instead, Harry begins to display his truly heroic characteristics.

With his friend Hermione, Harry dangerously goes back in time with a time turner that Hermione had been using for school purposes. First Harry and Hermione save Buck-beak, Hagrid’s beloved pet hypogrif that hurts Malfoy earlier in the story. This becomes important because Buck-beak is eventually given to Sirius Black so he can escape from Hogwarts. Then, For Harry’s true example of heroism he conjures a very difficult patronus spell to get rid of a group of dementors. In grand fashion he steps up to his heroic status by saving his friends as well as his newly introduced godfather, Sirius Black. An amazing effort that is not properly rewarded, but enjoyed by the joy of success with Harry’s good friends.

In conclusion, good friends seem to be where Harry sources his ‘heroic’ power. Not the undeserved fame, that he has previously recieved. If there is one main thing Harry and his parent’s had in common it would be good friends, and it is from those friends  that they both gain there true powers and leadership.

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