Harry Potter vs. Twilight: Harry Rules All!

December 17, 2008
Since 1998, J.K. Rowling has captured the hearts of millions with her incredible Harry Potter series. For nearly a decade, each of her seven books have left the reader anticipating the next adventure; but, for some reason, even some of the most fanatic Harry Potter fans have sunk their teeth into Stephanie Meyer’s best-selling Twilight series, and have all but forgotten the magic their previously favorite series had brought them.
What is it about either of the series that has drawn so many fans, that causes them to immerse themselves in the many paged fantasy novels? For Harry Potter, the answer is complicated yet simple in its own way: the story is much more intriguing and well-thought out compared to the vampire love story that some claim to be the best all around.
What is so amazing about the Twilight series? Oh, just the fact that Meyers provides deliciously graphic adjectives and ten-page-long descriptions of how “gorgeous,” “perfect,” and yet incredibly “dangerous” dear Edward Cullen is. This and, of course, the tragically wonderful love story between Bella and her two true loves Edward the vampire and Jacob the werewolf. Just looking at those words, anyone in their right mind would think it’s the type of
story that only silly, sentimental fools would read.
Harry Potter actually has a story, with a goal and developing plot that lasts our hero’s youth. He faces difficult times -- much more than just a lovesick dilemma -- and struggles with both insignificant and exceedingly crucial topics that all people face when growing up.
Harry has a love story as well; between the third and fifth books, he has a crush on Cho Chang, just like any other teenager. But J.K. Rowling reveals it in a different manner. Instead of going on about it, she merely hints it with Harry’s behavior around Cho, and occasionally talks about it. She also includes a lot of clever humor, so that the story is not focused on Harry’s far-off love, but rather on him and other characters. Plus, when it turns out that Cho is not the right one for him -- because normal guys are generally very uncomfortable around girls sobbing over their dead boyfriend -- he begins a crush on Ginny Weasley, but refuses to be with her for a long time because he is loyal to his best friend, Ron Weasley.
Besides that, the series has many different characters that affect Harry’s life in both good and bad ways. The Weasley’s are a second family to Harry, seeing that the Durseley’s treated him worst than a muddy dog around the immaculate house. Ron befriends Harry on the first day, and Mrs. Weasley is the mother he never had. And of course, there’s Hermione, who remains true to Harry even during the few times Ron begins to fade away. Then, there’s jovial Hagrid, wise Professor Dumbledore, and many other friends. Severus Snape, Draco Malfoy, and other
Slytherins provide the list of Harry’s school enemies, and provide most of the plot, because realistically, a story is never a good story unless there are some “bad guys.”

Furthermore, Rowling’s humor is used to let the pages pass by quickly and sometimes even be used to mock something more serious. Fantasy is meant to be a metaphorical way of presenting a theme, idea, or opinion.
But most important of all, Rowling alludes to controversial topics, that Harry and his friends become involved in as the series goes on. The Ministry of Magic intervening in Hogwarts’ education in Order of the Phoenix is a huge example of government becoming so corrupt in their own power, it’ll do anything to save their reputation, as what the Minister of Magic, Cornelius Fudge, tries to keep Harry Potter and Albus Dumbledore from telling the world that Lord Voldemort has returned. Also, the prejudice that Rowling describes between the pure-blood families and the muggle-borns (called “Mudbloods,” a derogatory term towards people like Hermione), and how people treated house-elves as no more than inferior servants that do not mind working hard all the time. These topics are highly significant, for it describes the class-warfare that goes on today, and what turncoats people can be, as the books describe Harry’s rises and falls from popularity at Hogwarts.
It is said by certain fans that Bella in Twilight is the more realistic heroine than Harry, perhaps because she doesn’t have magical powers. She also acts like any other troubled teenager who thinks she’s madly in love, but it is just an infatuation. Harry, at least, has flaws like any normal human being, while at the same time preserving the traditional traits of any other literary hero: he’s noble, brave, willing to face death when in danger, willing to save his friends, and tries to discover where he belongs.
Also, within the wizard series, there’s the question of creativity. How can anyone, who has read the series, think that Stephanie Meyer portrays a better example of fantasy? Last time anyone checked, there are no words within Twilight that are similar to “Wingardium Leviosa,” or “Hogwarts,” or even “Albus Dumbledore.” Not that anyone is judging against Stephanie Meyer’s lack of creativity, but it’s hard to ignore the fact that there is nothing to compare when people go on about how Twilight is way better than Harry Potter.

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iamthesmartone said...
Nov. 25, 2009 at 7:27 am
This article is right on the nose, twilight has been given ill deserved praise and accolades for far to long, harry potter revitalized the publishing industry and gained massie attention for childrens literature. it honestly has a great deal more heart than twilight shall ever posses. furthemore J.K, Rowling has a far better writing style than mrs.meyer. rowling's imamgery and humour is timeless and trangressed all cultures. twilight has made it name by stating that its harry potter with se... (more »)
titanicboy replied...
Jan. 6, 2010 at 12:58 pm
Totally agree. have you ever heard about the one when the vampire went to lunch? He said he was going to get a bite!!!
LMS09-10 said...
Nov. 12, 2009 at 9:42 pm
I agree! I'm more of a twilight person than Harry Potter. I can't read Harry Potter. I love Harry Potter movies though!!!
titanicboy replied...
Jan. 6, 2010 at 12:57 pm
I hate twilight so much that I gave a copy of a summary about it and even my dog wouldn't eat it ecause it was so bad, and he will eat carpet fuzz!!!!
inspiredbynature said...
Jan. 8, 2009 at 12:54 am
i too was in love with Harry Potter. But i really need to back up Stephenie Meyer. I love her work, and not only the twilight series. She is amazing in the Host and Prom Nights from Hell. She is an amazing author. Plus the series isnt just about some love sick girl, there was tons of thought put in the novel. If you even bothered to look past your first opinion then you would notice that.
iamthesmartone replied...
Jan. 3, 2010 at 5:49 pm
if by amazing you mean drowning in a bevy of worn out literary deus ex machinas then yes my short sighted friend you are indeed correct perhaps an stephaniecanotwritemeyer book-aton is in order.
phoenixqueen replied...
Jan. 22, 2010 at 10:55 am
I don't think there is any reason to critisize someone for liking something that you don't. There is no "short-sightedness" about it. Some people like some things, others don't. There is also no need to critisize someone you don't really know except for what newspapers and magazines say about her.
iamthesmartone replied...
Jan. 23, 2010 at 9:10 am
firstly i was commenting on her wriring stlye and the overall quality of her boos, not her personal lise nor her personality.
secondly i made no comments cocerning the media's portrayl of her. i stick to the writing and the overall strenghth of her storytelling ablility. furthermore i have infact read all four twilight novels and am more than qulified as reader to state the truth about their flaws and the writer's flaws in regards to the material in question. so if you think t... (more »)
iamthesmartone replied...
Jan. 23, 2010 at 9:13 am
sorry about the many typos i sprained my wrists yesterday, my friend is typing this new comment
iamthesmartone replied...
Jan. 23, 2010 at 9:18 am
by the way the poster that i referred to as short sighted stated that i did not look past my original opinion so whose making judgements now?
phoenixqueen replied...
Jan. 25, 2010 at 6:18 pm
I'm wondering what sort of flaws you found in her books, other than the normal typos that are in every book. And I didn't really understand your last comment, could you clarify?
iamthesmartone replied...
Feb. 2, 2010 at 1:48 pm
i was replying to your previous comment about me judging s.m on her personal life and you additionally making some hypocritical remarks. by the way stephenie meyer is not being crtisized merely for her abundance of typo's she is being called out for her tendency to produce poor characterizations, unresolved plots, examples of feminine inferiority , extreme abuse of the words mummur and chuckle and perhaps the most offensive of all from a literary standpoint at least, the use of a deus-ex-m... (more »)
phoenixqueen replied...
Feb. 2, 2010 at 6:26 pm
I still think that we can just enjoy books for the story the author wanted to tell, instead of overanalyzing it. What is wrong with that? I think that Twilight is an awesome story, that is all.
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