Sirius Black and the Hemingway Code Hero
One generation passeth away, and another generation cometh; but the earth abideth forever…All the rivers run into the sea; yet the sea is not full; unto the place from whence the rivers come, thither they return again.” This quote from Ecclesiastes precedes Ernest Hemingway's novel The Sun Also Rises. From different generations, indeed, J.K. Rowling's godfather character, Sirius Black, parallels the twelve traits of a Hemingway Code Hero, as seen by comparing Sirius Black to the protagonists Jake Barnes and Frederic Henry, from The Sun Also Rises and A Farewell to Arms; they all flow from the same river. The twelve traits discussed are the ability for “grace under pressure,” the enjoyment of sensuous pleasures, courage in the presence of death, the love of the outdoors, the avoidance of death, the exercise of rituals, the ability to recognize other Code Heroes, the knowledge of fear being only expressed to an elite few, the detestation of the mediocre, the acceptance of the friends he has, and having a small group of understanding companions.
We, as the sort of fans who attend symposiums, know that Harry Potter is more than a children's book. This lecture will further prove this fact by drawing connections between our favorite Godfather and some of the most influential masculine characters written by Ernest Hemingway. Comparisons such as these allow Potter to be critiqued on the same scale as novels within the English world.
Jessica Ayers has been involved in the Harry Potter fandom since she was 13 years old, and is now a college bound high school graduate. As a Ravenclaw, formal programming has been her favorite aspect of the symposiums she has attended for Harry Potter, but this is the first time she has presented her own work.