Harry Potter Star Wars

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:

  • The Hero With a Thousand Faces by Joseph Campbell
  • The Writer’s Journey: Mythic Structure for Writers by Christopher E. Vogler

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5 responses to “Harry Potter Star Wars”

  1. Amy Sundberg says:

    Ah, the good old Hero’s Journey. We went over the various steps in detail at Taos Toolbox.

    The transition between Star Wars and Harry Potter does seem to work out particularly well, even so. 🙂

  2. Julie Musil says:

    Oh my gosh! That’s wild.

  3. Tessa Conte says:

    LOL OMG so true! Also, I love the Hero with 1000 faces…universal truth, there!

  4. Eleven Eleven says:

    Joseph Campbell and the monomyth rock. Abyss of the unknown, rebirth, the sage’s advice, I love it all. The best stories have it.

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