Why 'Harry Potter' Is Better Than 'Twilight'
The age-old debate continues: Potterheads vs. Twihards.
With so many fictional series options today, Harry Potter and Twilight are still two of the most popular. And when it comes to wizards versus vampires, the fan debate gets heated! So now it's time to set the record straight. In case there was any doubt, Harry Potter is better than Twilight, and here are a few reasons why.
1. The Wizarding World Is Cooler than Forks
J.K. Rowling created such a vast and wonderful world within the Harry Potter series that the audience is completely immersed in the location. From Platform Nine and Three-Quarters, to the Burrow, to Diagon Alley, to Hogsmeade, to the legendary Hogwarts — the geography within Harry's universe is beyond intriguing, and makes you wish that you could disapparate there at once.
In the Twilight series, Bella and the Cullens live in Forks, Washington. Sure, the air is probably very crisp and there are lots of trees, but that doesn't really compel the reader or viewer to want to be a part of it. Bella goes with her dad after school to Carver Cafe for steak and eggs, while Harry and his friends grab a butterbeer after class at the Three Broomsticks, then check out new magical gags at Weasleys' Wizard Wheezes shop. Beers and magic seems like the more exciting option of the two. If that isn't enough proof, Harry Potter has it's own amusement park! No one wants to go to a Forks amusement park.
2. Because Vampires and Werewolves Get Boring
The only magical creatures featured in the Twilight series are vampires and werewolves. They also discuss gifted humans, but mostly in the context of how their abilities transfer into vampire powers. In Harry Potter, however, Rowling created a multitude of unique creatures, from the small yet mighty mandrake, to the bone-chilling dementors. There's even an additional book, Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them, which describes the history of Magizoology and documents 85 magical creatures. Take that, Stephanie Meyer! Fans' curiosity to learn more will be satisfied when a film based on the book will be released in 2016, starring Eddie Redmayne as writer and researcher Newt Scamander. Vampires and werewolves are so 2005.
3. Nobody Drops Wisdom Like Dumbledore
Throughout the Harry Potter series, each book and subsequent movie taught important and meaningful lessons. With the help of the wise and all-knowing Albus Dumbledore, Harry learns the importance of friendship with friends who become his surrogate family. He is encouraged to seek truths and to always stand up for what is right, no matter what the consequences may be. Most importantly, Harry teaches all of us to be brave and have courage, even in the face of death.
Take a look at Twilight's lessons, and it comes off like a Lifetime movie special. A seriously emo girl becomes even more emo, marries a vampire, gets pregnant, and decides to become a vampire and be immortal. Sure, she fights in battles towards the end and helps protect her family, but there's no takeaway. No masterful one-liners like, "Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light." Boom. Dumbledore drops mic.
4. It Connects with More People
Harry Potter speaks to audiences of all ages. From young children to grown adults, the series connects with fans on such a deep level. And there's something for everyone: fantasy, adventure, thrills, mystery, comedy, drama, romance. Boyfriends won't be embarrassed to watch the films (major points with the ladies, guys), and kids will happily enjoy both books and films with their parents. Twilight, on the other hand, is a much more polarizing series. Due to its highly emotional and romantic plot lines, there is a stigma that a majority of Twihards are teenage girls. Bella never really grew up with you the way that Harry, Ron, and Hermoine did. Her storyline feels rushed and far too extraordinary for audiences to connect with. Even though Harry's life is also quite unusual, in the end, Rowling found ways to touch upon his very tangible sense of humanity, as he grew from young boy to heroic man.
5. Two Words: Sirius Black
All the vampires combined (yes, even the dreamy Peter Facinelli and the cool Michael Sheen) do not even come close to the epic badass that is Sirius Black. A member of the original Order of the Phoenix, former prisoner of Azkaban (cleared of charges, of course), godfather to Harry Potter, and a fierce animagus, Sirius is a boss.
A favorite among Potterheads, Sirius doesn't break the rules, but certainly is willing to bend them in order to find justice and rid the wizarding world of Voldemort. Sirius was most definitely punk rock, and it only makes sense that Gary Oldman was chosen to portray the character in the films. In 2008, Rowling released an 800-word prequel story about Sirius and his best friend, James Potter. Perhaps one day more stories will be told about the Marauders and life BHP (Before Harry Potter). No one really needs to see a prequel of Twilight. We've seen Interview With A Vampire. We get it.
So how do you feel? Are you Team Twilight or Team Potter?