“The true function of a writer is to produce a masterpiece and no other task is of any consequence.”
— Cyril Connolly
Let me make it clear in the beginning itself– J. K Rowling wins undoubtedly.
[I’ve read both the hit series so I am capable of unbiased judgment.]
The Harry Potter Series (HPS) is the book of the millennium! The following is the argument supporting this stance:
The Twilight Saga (TS) is so lame. It might have just been labeled a palatable blend of Beauty and the Beast and Cinderella, if it was not so over-rated. By Beauty and the Beast, I mean to say, the imagined fairy-tale of most guys- ‘being made gentlemen from beasts after the love spell binds them!’ By Cinderella- do I even have to explain? – I mean, the imagined fairy-tale of most girls- ‘being so imperfect and finding unconditional love in the form of perfect princely men’. I repeat, So Lame! TS is such a masochistic story. Crazy readers just keep dwelling into the love-problems of a non-existent vampire and that awkward girl. 😦
In HPS, the story is compelling. It has many layers. There’s the main plot with interesting and intricate sub-plots. In the end of the seventh book it all comes together so beautifully. My only disappointment was Harry Potter’s love-story and the name of his three kids. C’mon yar, you have to agree, that was a convenient wrap-up! Nothing exciting about it!
Harry Potter- 4.8/5 [Only because the hero HP didn’t get a nice love-story]
In TS, there were no amazing characters other than Edward. The whole story is over-shadowed by Edward’s perfection and dizzy romance. Jacob has that “Awww-factor”; only pity makes him so popular with girls.
In HPS, there are many interesting characters. I love Neville Longbottom’s character very much. I felt so happy for him when he gets his revenge against Voldemort in the end. Hermione and Ron’s bickering is fun to read. As individual characters, both of them stand out with Harry. The sudden twist in Snape’s character in the latter part of the book was such a refreshing change. Sirius Black has such an endearing relationship with Harry. Each time I read the book; I used to wait for Dumbledore and his pearls of witty wisdom. Also, every time the Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher used to change, they were all replaced by someone better. To name other awesome character with beautiful individual shades- Hagrid, Malfoy, Cedric Diggory, Weasley twins, Prof. McGonagall, Lupin etc. etc.
Twilight- 3/5 [All earned only by Edward btw!]
Harry Potter- 5/5
TS created an upsurge of crappy romances. The plot was so unimaginative and one-tracked. But I’d still like to give credit to the writer for exploring the dark romance, making it believable and connecting the audience.
At a seminar, a Final-Year literature student noted that the HPS can be read as a subversive text. The whole plot makes subtle comments on the political system (Ministry of Magic), war, media, religious and superstitious beliefs, psychological study of the characters, relationships, minority rights, exploitation etc. The philosophy in the dialogues in each of the book is preached so beautifully!! So, don’t be surprised if it is introduced in the syllabus!
If you missed reading the HPS, you’ve missed experiencing an amazing world. It is an alternate world in itself, an escape!
Harry Potter- 5/5
I think the parodies of the TS are better. Okay, I’m just being mean and biased. There are few scenes in the movies that are engaging to watch. The intensity of the romance may be addictive to some people. I agree.
Harry Potter, I love each movie. People complain that the script of the movie edits out some good scenes in the original book. But I think it’s only fair. It is the creative interpretation of the director and to showcase the intricate world of Magic is a feat in itself. Anyway, it does not violate Rowling’s copyright so I’m more than happy and really, there’s no need to be spoil-sports.
I promise myself one thing- that I’ll buy the whole original HPS (both books and DVDs) for my personal collection just for myself. I promise to re-read it and re-watch it to keep the fan-madness alive.
Harry Potter- 5/5
Sometimes I can’t believe TS is such a rage. How dumb! But then I look at Robert Pattison and read Edward… I know why. The best line that came up from the mad fan craze was– ‘Forget Romeo, I want my Edward’
If you remember being a 10 year-old, you cannot forget how the story captured your imagination. It was not a kid’s book at all. Each book was priced above Rs. 700/-. It was a roller-coaster ride to get the book first and know what happens next before everyone. Kids looked adorable in round-framed glasses! Without embarrassment I’ll accept that I have a wand and used to practice spells with it (Wingardium Leviosa!!! 😛) I prayed every night that Hagrid would come to take me too, to Hogwarts. Even I was ten like Harry Potter when I first read it! It caught my imagination and mesmerized me. Harry Potter is my childhood. Each of the seven books created the same thrill. Each movie still does.
Twilight- 4/5 [over-rated]
Harry Potter- 5/5
Why Harry Potter actually wins for me? Because it is a British franchise! (Only kidding!)
I rest my case.
Once a HP fan, always a HP fan,
“Of course it is happening inside your head, Harry, but why on earth should that mean that it is not real?”
~J.K. Rowling, (Albus Dumbledore)
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
My Favorite Book in the HP Series:
Harry Potter & the Prisoner of Azkaban
Harry Potter & the Goblet of Fire
Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows