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