Throughout the literary world there is an assortment of different types of heroic characters. Although each of these figures faces different challenges within their stories, many of them share similar tales in how they each became a hero. Within these stories there is a theme of both the beginning of a person’s life and the deeds of the person shaping the person into a hero. In keeping with this theme J.K. Rowling writes about Harry Potter in her story, “The Prisoner of Azkaban”, becoming a hero because he is molded by both his circumstances and actions.
Ever since he was little the wizarding world has always admired Harry as a hero because it was through him that Voldemort was defeated. “Harry had escaped from the same attack with nothing but a scar on his forehead, where Voldemort’s curse, instead of killing him rebounded upon its originator” (Rowling 6). In the beginning of the story, “The Prisoner of Azkaban” it is the events that surround Harry’s first meeting with Voldemort that make him a hero, not Harry’s accomplishments. By causing the collapse of Voldemort’s power Harry begins his journey of heroism.
Another reason Harry is a hero is because he is willing to help others even when it puts him in danger. “‘Right-who wants ter go first?’ The hippogriffs were tossing their fierce heads… ‘No one?’ said Hagrid with a pleading look. ‘I’ll do it,’ said Harry” (Rowling 115). Hippogriffs are dangerous creatures and no one is willing to try their hand at making friends with them because they are too scared. Harry is also nervous, however because he loves Hagrid he is willing to face the hippogriffs even though he could get hurt. In this scene Harry begins to become a more active type of hero because he allows himself into a situation that could cause him harm.
Finally, Harry is a hero because he is persistent in the sight of danger. “Harry felt a lurch of fear. He wasn’t ready. How could he make a dementor less frightening…it came to halt at Harry’s feet. He raised his wand, ready” (Rowling136-138)[.] Harry is truly frightened by the dementor even in boggart form; however he faces his fear and strives to defeat the monster anyway. Though he fears the dementors Harry shows ultimate courage in his decision to continue trying to conquer the dementors.
Throughout “The Prisoner of Azkaban,” J.K. Rowling shows a continual theme thoughout literature in her character Harry Potter. Like most heroic characters it through both events within his life and his courageous deeds that cause him to become a hero. Although the events surrounding his birth affect his heroism, it is truly his unselfishness, courageousness, and persistence that make Harry Potter a true hero.