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Bilbo Baggins or Harry Potter

Updated on April 27, 2016

Bilbo vs Harry, You Decide

Joanne “Jo” Rowling, or most commonly known as J.K. Rowling, has become one of the richest women in the United Kingdom and one of the most celebrated authors of all time. Her books have sparked significant change and a sense of rich imagination in the lives of her readers. Hence, as we celebrate her 50th birthday on July 31st, we pay tribute to J.K. Rowling, the woman responsible for creating a story that defined generations – the Harry Potter series.

However, over the years, Harry Potter has shared the spotlight for being a great hero in Fantasy books with his equally famous counterpart in J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit – Bilbo Baggins. The two respective fan bases worldwide of the two most used, most popular book franchises in history directly compare Harry Potter to Bilbo Baggins and constantly puts one above the other.

So here we dare to ask: Who really is the bigger hero, Harry Potter or Bilbo Baggins?

To mediate this discussion as fairly as possible, how we choose to assess who really is a more substantial hero in the Young Adult Fantasy literature genre will be through exploiting both characters’ similarities and differences.

Both heroes are set in a fantastical world of magic and mystical beings. They both utilize magic in order to triumph over evil forces vastly larger than themselves. Both heroes even have a magical device that renders them invisible. Harry however has inherent magical capabilities while Bilbo does not. Admirably enough, Bilbo still manages to face the giant dragon Smaug and triumph in his conquest with the little magical resources he had and instead uses his own innate cleverness. Advantage: Bilbo Baggins.

Both heroes have gained and lost their company as they embark on their journeys as heroes. Both heroes also have friends who teetered between being allies or foes, as with the likes of Professor Snape and Gollum. Upon meeting all these new characters, Harry selflessly directs his efforts and capabilities for the people around him while Bilbo still longs for home and self-satisfaction despite his newfound heroism. We then give Harry’s notable attribute of understanding and compassion, even towards his mortal enemies, greater weight than Bilbo’s rather simplified urgency in survival and self-preservation. Advantage: Harry Potter.

Both Harry Potter and Bilbo Baggins have gone through an enormous deal of pain, suffering, trial and despair. But even at an early age, Harry Potter has been subject to an unfair disadvantage of having a cruel set of people to have as a so-called “family”, which becomes a big cornerstone of his kind and understanding character, whereas Bilbo Baggins grew up in luxury in his secure and comfortable dwelling and only set off in his quest to be a “burglar” after the wizard Gandalf and several other dwarves disturbed his peace. Advantage: Harry Potter.

Given the analysis we have made so far, we have reached the verdict of having the Boy Who Lived, Harry Potter, as our better hero.

What do you think about our verdict? Who do you think is a more substantial hero, Harry Potter or Bilbo Baggins? Comment and tell us what you think!

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