Harry Potter And The Philosopher’s Stone: An Example Of The 22 Steps

For an example, here are John Truby’s 22 steps in Harry Potter And The Philosopher’s Stone. Now, this film does not have all 22 steps, as it is not a perfect film, however it has a large majority of them and is considered a good film. I have also broken some of the 22 steps up again, so the blog page is slightly easier to understand

Ghost: Harry not knowing his parents
Ordinary World: Dudley Dursley’s birthday and showing Dudley being trapped in the zoo shows that strange things happen often in Harry’s world.
Need: Harry needs freedom from the Dursleys and to have control over his life
Weakness: Harry’s general physical weakness, lack of power and general weakness against Vernon Dursley
Inciting Event: The sequence of shots in which Harry attempts to get his Hogwarts letter.
Desire: Harry’s desire to find out who he really is and most information about his parents.
Ally: Rubeus Hagrid
Mystery: Voldemort, the fears and rumours surrounding him.
Fake-ally opponent: Professor Quirell
1st Turning Point: The famous scene in which Hagrid tells Harry “You’re a wizard”
Plan: To have a good time at Hogwarts, Harry has never been happy or succeeded at anything so this is why his plan is so simple.
Opponent’ plan: To kill Harry Potter as he poses a threat to the opponent’s overall plan of controlling the wizarding world.
Drive: To make friends and generally succeed at Hogwarts.
Attack by ally: Mirror Of Erised scene, where Dumbledore tells Harry not to go back to the mirror. Harry is getting distracted by the Mirror’s tricks and is falling off the wagon.
Apparent defeat: Getting caught tending to Hagrid’s dragon. Harry and the crew end up loosing 150 house points for Gryffindor and end up getting detention in the Forbidden Forest
Second turning point: Harry, Ron and Hermione find Fluffy in the Forbidden Corridor and realise there’s more to Hogwarts than they first thought,
Third revelation: Harry finding the hooded figure in the Forbidden Forest and piecing together all the information he has. This leads Harry and the gang to change their mind and go directly to Fluffy
Gate, Gauntlet, Visit To Death: Harry has to go through a number of trials at the end of his mission (Getting past Fluffy, the Devil’s Snare, the broom challenge and the chess game). Harry’s sacrifice is getting his best friend injured.
Battle: Harry and Voldemort/Quirell battle infront of the Mirror Of Erised
Self-revelation: In the hospital where Dumbledore explains the story, filling in any gaps or mistakes that Harry has made.
New Equilibrium: At the very end where Harry talks about he’s not really going home, it shows that he’s moved past caring about the Dursley family and what they do to him.

The only one of the 22 steps that I could not find in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone is the Audience Revelation. It seems that the story seems to mainly stick with Harry during the entire film. I feel that this has been done to make the audience feel as though they are going on the journey with Harry and engage them more in the story. I also found it difficult to identify a moral revelation. I believe that this is because Harry is set up as this morally outstanding character and so we have an immense amount of respect for him.

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