The Makings of a True Hero

In the book, “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban”, Harry is portrayed as the “hero” continuously and “the boy who lived” against Voldemort. Harry Potter is known as the hero in this text because from birth, he lived when Voldemort was trying to kill him and this was known throughout Hogwarts and the whole wizarding world. But the question is if he was considered a hero from birth or from what his deeds to protect everyone in the secondary world. James Potter, Harry’s father, was a well-known seeker for Hogwarts and lived up to his name, but because of this, Harry has to live up to his father’s name. His deeds also led him to be known as a hero because of what happened to him in the past and his special characteristics, including speaking snake language; he confronts dangers and near-death experiences. Outside of his reputation as James Potter’s son, he stands up courageously to defeat his enemies. The Dursleys were also his enemies because they treated him with cruelty and on page 16-17, Aunt Marge, who despised Harry, stayed over with the Dursleys for a week and forced Harry to blow her up because of the way she talked about his parents. He fought against his dangerous enemies such as the dementors, Peter Pettigrew, and Professor Snape, helped him to grow stronger as a wizard by learning new spells, such as expect patrolum and riddikulus. His deeds also led him to be known as a hero because of what happened to him in the past and his special characteristics, including speaking snake language; he confronts dangers and near-death experiences. On pages 162-163, Harry Potter and his friends find out that Scabbers, Ron’s rat, is actually Peter Pettigrew and that Sirius Black is actually his godfather that was trying to help Harry. Harry also saves Sirius and himself when the dementors came to give them a kiss, and using the spell that Lupin had taught him, he casts the dementors away, saving them. Throughout the book, Harry saves and risks his own life in order to save others and through these kinds of acts, he is proudly known as a hero.

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