Luke Skywalker vs Harry Potter

I’ve taken a few writing courses, and if you have too you’ll know that quite often speakers and teachers refer to the “Hero’s Journey” in the piece of fiction. This is a specific character arc where the protagonist learns a lesson, changes, and then tells others of his wonderful discovery so they, too, can change.

One of my favorite bloggers in cyberspace is Ingrid Sundberg, a Young Adult writer and children’s illustrator.

She blogs about fiction writing, writing conferences and all things of interest to authors, and one of her blog entries compared the Hero’s Journey of Harry Potter in “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets” to Luke Skywalker’s hero journey in “Star Wars: a New Hope”. I was utterly fascinated with the similarities, so I asked her if she would mind being my guest blogger for the day and tell all of you about the comparisons.

So, without further ado, here is Ingrid’s take on the subject:

Author: Ingrid Sundberg

In a galaxy far, far away . . .

(or while browsing through the internet), I discovered that Harry Potter is really Star Wars in disguise! Get out your lightsaber or your wizard wand and get ready to battle, because I think it’s time for a show down. Of course, what I’m really talking about here is the Hero’s Journey, and Harry Potter and Star Wars both follow it to a T.

While I was researching story structure this week, I came across the following (hilarious and insightful) image that shows just how similar Harry Potter and Star Wars really are. And I couldn’t help but share:

The above image comes from the 510 Stage Hero’s Journey website, and includes half a dozen more examples of how one story is almost identical to another! So go check it out!

If you aren’t familiar with the Hero’s Journey, in addition to checking out the website link above, I would also suggest reading:


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