Recognition of the
Boon in Harry Potter
Analysis By Lynne Milum
Copyright © 2005-2007
by Lynne Milum. All rights reserved.
Master of Two Worlds for the Series
Thus far in the series, Harry has not truly
achieved mastery. He has achieved competence, and several
critical skills have been honed by (Dumbledorian) design or by
circumstance. He has some indication of the schism between the
worlds as he has been separated from his friends by knowledge of
the prophecy. Mastery will be realized in the culmination of
Harry's adulthood and in fulfillment of the prophecy.
Presumably, this understanding and reconciliation of the
Wizarding World and the Muggle World will be achieved in the
final installment of the series.
In each book, however, Harry receives an explanation from
Dumbledore regarding the current adventure that moves his
Trial 1 – The Meaning of the Mirror
(Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone)
Harry obtained practical knowledge from the Mirror of Erised
- Harry encountered great difficulty in separating from the
Mirror - but that mirror reflected not the stuff of life, but
the deepest desires of the viewer. Harry also learned that the
love of his mother extended beyond the doors of death - she died
that he might live.
Harry begins to grasp his identity and the
realization that he is different from others. He learns of a
protection that his mother gave him and the probability that
this protected him not only in the dungeons, but in the original
attack when he was a baby. The demystification and
self-understanding of Harry Potter begins.
Trial 2 – The Tom Riddle Connection
(Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets)
This episode marks Harry's first
resurrection from death. Harry attains secret knowledge of the
Chamber of Secrets, Voldemorts identity, and knowledge that he
is a true Gryffindor, capable of calling forth the sword of
Godric Gryffindor by virtue of the ancient Sorting Hat. He has
overcome death and is capable of defending the life of the
innocent for the sake of a pure love.
Trial 3 – The Saving of Innocents
(Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban)
Harry learns his father’s identity by
association with his three friends. He learns ultimately of his
parents betrayal, yet will not permit the destruction of the
traitor - Harry sees in Peter ultimate redemption for Sirius as
verifiable TRUTH. Harry also learns secrets of time travel with
Hermione his teacher.