7-Point Plot Structure – Case Study

Hello, Lovelies, and welcome back. Today I have a special treat for you. I’m running through Dan Well’s 7-Point Plot Structure, and how it relates to Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling. Just to review from last week, here’s how it works:


Now that we’re clear, let’s talk about it.


The hook is that we are introduced to a very sad and peculiar young boy named Harry Potter, and he can do some very odd things.

Plot Turn I

The first plot turn is where Harry finds out he’s a wizard and is eligible to go to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

Pinch I

The first pinch is when Harry has to face the troll in the dungeon. He is forced to use the magic in a school setting because the adults are all gone and there is no one else to do it.


The midpoint is the moment when he sees the evil being drinking the dead unicorn’s blood. He decides he can’t let it go on and since no one else seems as concerned about it as him, he has to do something about it himself.

Pinch II

The second pinch is when the squad goes to find out who’s stealing the stone. Ron and Hermione have sacrificed themselves and Harry is left to save the day all by himself.

Plot Turn II

This is the scene in the Mirror of Erised when Harry realizes that he has the stone in his pocket, and if he just plays it cool, he might be able to get it away from Quirrel/Voldemort.


The resolution is where Harry wins against Quirrel/Voldemort (and Neville wins Gryffindor the House Cup).


Think you’ve got it? What do you think about this story structure? Which ones do you like to use? Let me know in the comments below!

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