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Harry Potter vs. Twilight

Neither can live while the other survives. See ya, Edward.

For at least a year, or maybe even more, there has a been huge controversy over the one simple question: Harry Potter or Twilight? For me, I’m totally Team Potter, but I’m sure a lot of other people would rather be dreaming about the mesmerizing, sparkling vampires and strong werewolves than the complex storyline written by J.K. Rowling. But, there are some things to consider.

First of all, it all goes down to the matter of values that go way beyond the story’s plotline.
Let’s start off with Stephenie Meyer’s “Twilight”. The whole series mostly focuses on the eternal love of Bella Swan and her sparkly Romeo. But when you really look into it, it’s pushing the characters into crazy obsession and stalking. Bella then abandons her friends to focus only on her boyfriend, and gives up her life friends and family just to be with him forever. Twilight encourages young teenagers, girls in particular, to have no friends and aspirations and to just wait for their “Edward”.

The “Harry Potter” books also focus on the meaning of love, but it a totally different way. Harry’s story encourages love for all humankind. We are taught about true sacrifice, true friendship and the true meaning of love. But most of all, we are taught that life isn’t always easy. Harry and his friends sacrifice themselves and use their love for their family and friends to do anything for the common good. The main female characters in these books didn’t give up all of their dreams for a relationship.

It is clear to see which message the novels are sending out is superior. Sure, read about the vamps, but think about your reading first.

Wizards rule.
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Comments

Comment from Cheryl
Time January 19, 2010 at 9:00 AM

Harry Potter rules!!!!!

Comment from Deanna
Time February 26, 2010 at 9:55 PM

Twilight will never be better than Harry Potter. Twilight is so unoriginal to me and I will never read it! HP<3

Comment from bri
Time February 26, 2010 at 10:04 PM

You are totally right! Harry Potter is always better, no matter what. I agree one million percent! [:

Comment from Marissa(:
Time March 3, 2010 at 8:08 PM

sorry Bri, but i have to disagree..i am totally obsessed with the Twilight Saga and Jacob Black <3 i have never picked up a Harry Potter book and I have to break it to you, but i never will :/

Comment from bri
Time March 3, 2010 at 9:30 PM

I’m sorry to hear that you will never pick up a Harry Potter book, Marissa. That is quite sad.
Okay, yes, the Twilight Saga might actually be good books, I give you that one. But do you see the hidden messages in the book? Read my posts. Bella gives up her life: school, friends, carrer, for a boy. She is a teen mom. Those are bad influences for younger girls these days.

Comment from Samantha
Time March 4, 2010 at 3:28 PM

I don’t really even get why they’re compared. Sure they’re both teen(ish) books but seriously, completely different (though Harry Potter’s way better. Cause really? Sparkly Vampires. I bet they’ll start having glow-in-the-dark werewolves now) The only thing really similar is the fact that Edward and Cedric are the same actor and they both happen to be dead.

Comment from bellerrsonn!!!
Time March 12, 2010 at 8:41 PM

i likeed the twilight series..but HP is sooo much better there isnt a comparison.

plus it gave MY name like and awful rep. like NOOO i am not dating a vampiree jeezz!!!

Comment from Tierney
Time March 12, 2010 at 8:44 PM

Totally team Potter 100%! The Twilight saga was so generic! Forbidden love blah blah blah gag me! lmao Harry Potter is so original and so perfectly written. It makes you become attached to the characters and think they’re real (believe me i’ve thought) Stephenie Meyer’s story is completely overdone and has such a limited amount of characters. In HP you had SO many characters, yet you wouldn’t get confused and not remember them. Rowling always gave her characters significant characteristics. I still think to myself all the time “How in the world did J.K. Rowling think of her plot, characters, setting, etc.” She is just awesome!

Comment from bri
Time March 12, 2010 at 10:37 PM

Tierney, you are absolutely right. Harry Potter has such an advanced and complex story line and character and setting setup, it reigns supreme to Stephenie Meyer’s books!
And Bella, I read the Twilight books too, and they were okayish. But HP is definitley better. ! :]

Comment from Jill
Time April 2, 2010 at 3:17 PM

Well, I am definetly a twi-hard, but i have to admit that Harry Potter is an amazing book series. I just starting reading them the other day. I don’t even understand why they are compared…both two totally different kinds of books.
One focuses on magic, wizards, and all the things that come with that.
The focuses on myths, and legends, and a complicated romance.
I love both series for different reasons, but if I had to choose I would say that Harry Potter is a little bit better :)

Comment from bri
Time April 3, 2010 at 2:06 PM

I understand what you mean, Jill. I also think it is weird that Harry Potter and Twilight are being compared, because yes, they are about two different things. But I am mostly focusing on one aspect of the stories, which is the meaning of love. Harry Potter focuses on a healthier type of love, where it is kind of the opposite for Twilight. Love is one of the main ideas of these two book series, and there is a big difference between both.

Comment from Kate Shipe
Time April 7, 2010 at 9:00 PM

TEAM POTTER BESTFRIEND!!!!! WOOPWOOP

Comment from Devan Constantine
Time April 19, 2010 at 3:32 PM

Ok, well, here is my opinion. I love Twilight…and Harry Potter.
Twilight was an “ok book”. Like, NewMoon and Eclipse we sooo much better. Where, in Harry Potter, I liked every book but the 1,2,and4. And im not an Edward fan so…….I’ll have to say TEAM POTTER!!!!

Unless it was Jacob vs Harry. Sorry Harry, but, your going down!!

Comment from Mina
Time May 17, 2010 at 7:10 PM

I love HP, its my favorite book series:D I read twilight a while back and I really, really hated it. It was badly written(did we really need 3 pages worth of description every time Bella mentioned Edward’s supposed awesomeness? No, we did not), Bella whined too much, Edward was a controlling jerk, and neither Edward nor Bella had much of a personality. Harry Potter, on the other hand, is amazing. It’s got well developed characters, so well developed that you feel really attached to them, an amazing plot, and it was funny too:D So… yeah. I’m team Potter, if you couldn’t already tell.

Comment from bri
Time May 18, 2010 at 4:34 PM

Agreed, Mina. You’ve got a lot of good points.

Comment from Erin Alexis Felton (;
Time July 7, 2010 at 2:04 PM

I’m Team Potter all the way with ya, Bri, and I agree pretty much 100% with you with the crazed, creepy obsession that is Bella and Edward’s relationship. I will give Stephenie Meyer props though, because even though Bella chooses Edward over her friends, family, and life, Meyer did get some things right when it comes to the meaning of love in the saga. Take Victoria for example: her entire character is based on her love for James. Edward killed James, and Victoria vows to avenge him, which I think makes for a very passionate, troubled character, which “Twilight” needed, what with Edward being perfect, and all. Jacob also had the right idea of love, too. He never gave up on Bella, which is a good lesson, to never give up on what you love. In Eclipse, he even fought along side his enemies to protect Bella, which I think proved his love. She got it right with those two characters, in my opinion. Now if only she had gotten it right with supposedly flawless, but super sexist Edward, and “Oh no, save me! Oh no, I fell down! Oh no, I started a vampire war! Oh no, I’m in love with two monsters and I can’t choose! Oh no, I should have chose Mike Newton!” Bella…

Comment from bri
Time July 7, 2010 at 7:54 PM

Hahaha, thank you soo much for commenting! I absolutely love your last name! ;] Tom Felton!<3
You made a lot of really good points; i basically agree with all of them. About what you said about Victoria and Jacob: They did show a few characteristics of the right meaning of love, I guess. Victoria tryed to avenge Edward for killing James. It could kind of been seen as obsession… But she loved James so much, she did came across as a very passionate character. I agree on the point you made about Jacob. He did consistently love Bella and prove that he did without being melodramatic and annoying like Edward was sometimes.
I wish she chose a different personality for Bella. But i guess it kind of fits because in the end Bella finally "fits in" with the Cullens and vampires in general, where she didn't really get along well with humans and the human world.

Comment from Erin Alexis Felton (;
Time July 7, 2010 at 8:19 PM

Who can compete with our Tom Felton? ;D
I definitely agree that Victoria could be seen as obsessed, but I think then you have to recognize that she is a vampire, and she’s been alive for who-knows-how-many years, and she did have the time on her hands to dedicate the rest of her life to getting revenge. After all, according to the first movie’s tagline itself, “When you can live forever, what do you live for?” I suppose the vampires don’t have much of a life, and time must seem to drag on, so when Victoria lost James, the most important thing in her life, it triggered the whole obsession with killing Bella. Because really, at that point, what else was there to do?
That’s quite a good point you made, about Bella finally fitting in with the vampires.. It kind of proves the whole idea that Bella “belongs” with Edward. It kind of makes me wonder how she would have fit in with the werewolves if she had chosen Jacob. I mean, is it vampires in specific she fits in with? Or does she just not fit in with humans?

Comment from bri
Time July 7, 2010 at 9:04 PM

Ah, now I get what you mean about Victoria. I agree. When you really have nothing to do because you’re a who-know-how-old vampire, I guess you’d fight for the person you love. Makes sense.
And I’m not sure if Bella would fit in with the werewolves. Maybe. But in Breaking Dawn there was this one chapter when Bella was a vampire towards the end, it was called “Shining”(not in the sparkle-in-the-sun sense) or something like that. And that showed that Bella should be a vampire and fits in perfectly.. I don’t know if she would have that moment if she was a werewolf.
But I guess it could have been like that either way, that’s just how I see it.

Comment from Erin Alexis Felton (;
Time July 7, 2010 at 9:42 PM

I see what you mean now.. It’s been quite a while since I read “Breaking Dawn” and that last post made me run upstairs to the bookshelf to grab it. The chapter is called “Shiny” and after skimming through it, I see exactly what you’re saying. In this chapter, Bella beats Emmett in arm wrestling, starts to test her strengths as a vampire, and she herself realized that she had never been exceptionally good at anything as a human, and now she dazzled the people that used to dazzle her. So thank you for that, you’ve made me view the story in quite a different way. And I kind of want to reread the book now, instead of just this chapter. My memory has failed me, it seems. (:

Comment from bri
Time July 7, 2010 at 10:16 PM

Haha. I was actually going to check the book too. But you beat me to it! ;)
I’m glad my comment helped you out! Yours helped me a lot too!
I kind of want to reread the book too because of all the points we made.!

Comment from Nicole
Time October 5, 2010 at 5:41 PM

omg i think that twilight is wayyyy better……and i hav tried reading the harry potter books but i always got bored with them, but i do like the movies….A LOT, my fav movie is the goblet of fire!!!!!team edward =]

Comment from marcella
Time October 7, 2010 at 5:01 PM

i ssoo agree with you! im deff team potter! the only thing is that im kinda havin a hard time gettin into the books. i think its because i saw the movies first cuz i was a little young to read them when they first started. i have to give it to twilight too tho cuz they are pretty good(well really good) books and i loove them but the whole thing with sparkly vamps is a little weird and its kinda unoriginal. i think that she used that idea because all the other things like flying and stuff were taken lol. and i amm soooo TEAM JACOB<333 im not the biggest fan of ed in the movies. i like him better in the books. ok bck to harryyyy i love it! when i was little i wanted to marry him but never told ny one heehee and my sis who is older, totally loooves draco! but yeah im going to force my self to read theharry books cuz i dont wanna miss out on the awesomeeness and i sorta read the seventh and looved it!!! soo yeah oh and i LOVE your blog! i just went on it for the first time today and u talk about like all the books i love! my friends think im weird cuz i love books so much but they dont know what theyre missin out on!!

Comment from marcella
Time October 7, 2010 at 5:06 PM

ohh and responding to samanthas comment.. thatd actually be pretty cool to have glow in the dark wearwolves!! aha now i want one 8D

Comment from Kath and Augs
Time November 4, 2010 at 10:36 PM

HARRY POTTER IS ACTUALY BETTER THAN ANYTHING EVER NEVER EVER
ps. i hate twilight
:P

Comment from Kath and Augy
Time November 9, 2010 at 9:29 PM

We think that the potter books are insanely better and we love them and i wish i was magic and kathleen doesnt but i think she secretly does and i love harry potter!
:):P:S:D

Comment from Ash
Time November 13, 2010 at 1:05 AM

I go with Potter. I mean even though I am a fan of Twilight, the Harry Potter series just seems more interesting. Has a LOT more action than Twilight.

Comment from Ashley
Time March 19, 2011 at 1:09 PM

Ok, I sooo cannot choose between the two. I’ve read all the Harry Potter books, seen the first six movies, and loved them. But, I’ve also read all of the Twilight saga, and loved them (but hoped she would end up with Jacob, instead), and have NOT watched the movies because I know they will suck.

Comment from tamera elise govender
Time June 14, 2011 at 4:13 AM

lolz. twi burt i disagree .. . twilight iz betta dan harry potter !!! :P

Comment from Voldemort
Time November 10, 2011 at 6:39 PM

Im just confused about how Marissa can “Disagree” if she hasn’t read both books? Doesn’t make sense to me.

Comment from Heidi Bloom
Time March 25, 2012 at 6:08 AM

Harry Potter rules!!!! :-) Twighlight will NEVER be better!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Harry Potter is ACTUALLY ENTERTAINING, unlike Twilight.
Here is a list of crimes old Eddy has comitted:
1. Murder
2. Trespassing
3. Stalking
4. Breaking and Entering
5. Getting into fights

Plus, isn’t Bella concerned about the age difference? I mean, seriously, we are talking about a 17 year old going out with a dude who is like 90 years older! And no one batted an eyelid! I bet Bella wouldn’t go for him if he was a wrinkly old man with false teeth. But because he has kept his sparkly beauty, she thinks he is the hottest thing EVER!!!

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