Percy Jackson Versus Harry Potter
They are both extremely popular among children and young adults. They have both managed to get their author on the New York Times Best-Selling List. And as of October last year they are both completed. I am talking about the Percy Jackson series and the Harry Potter series of course, written by J. K. Rowling and Rick Riordan respectively.
Now I know what the title says but this is really not a competition but a comparison. Because really these series have a lot in common and trying to decide which one is better is just silly when one can just enjoy both of them.
The Percy Jackson Series
Let's start with Percy Jackson who actually has two book series dedicated to his adventures. The first series, Percy Jackson and the Olympians follows Percy from the age of twelve to sixteen and includes five books. The second series, Heroes of Olympus also includes five books but does not include Percy as the only main character and this series is a continuation of the first series and spans over a shorter period of time.
Percy Jackson and the Olympians is told solely from Percy's point of view and is written in first person, which makes the books so hilarious as he has a great sense of humor. The chapter titles alone will make you crack up and at the same time make you curious to find out the meaning behind it.
Percy is twelve years old and has dyslexia and ADHD and as a result is doing very poorly in school. He lives with his mother, Sally, a kind and patient woman and his stepfather Gabe who is lazy, greedy, disrespectful, and just plain disgusting, and Percy can't understand why his mother keeps putting up with him. During school field trip to the museum his teacher turns into a mythological creature and he discovers that the Greek myths are more than just myths and that his best friend Grover is a satyr in disguise and that his long lost father is Poseidon the god of the seas. Along with Grover and his new friend Annabeth, daughter of Athena, he encounters many beings from Greek mythology and saves the world more than once.
In Heroes of Olympus, Percy is not included in the first book but is reported missing. Instead the book follows three new demigods. Leo, the son of Hephaestus, Jason, the son of Jupiter, and Piper, the daughter of Aphrodite. During the entire Heroes of Olympus series the chapters are named after the demigod who narrates the chapter.
During the second book Percy finds himself at Camp Jupiter, a camp for Roman demigods, children of the Olympian gods' Roman aspects. He quickly befriends Hazel, daughter of Pluto, and Frank, son of Mars. The three find themselves on a quest to Canada and Percy regains his memory afterwards.
In the beginning of the third book Percy is reunited with his Greek friends and together the seven demigods set out on a dangerous quest to Italy and Greece to save the world from doom. Percy is somewhere between sixteen and eighteen years old when the series ends.
The Harry Potter Series
The Harry Potter series is about an orphaned young boy named Harry Potter who is forced to live with his aunt, uncle and cousin because they are his only remaining relatives. There he is treated horribly and whenever something strange happens he is blamed and punished for it even though Harry has no idea what happened. During the summer shortly before he turns eleven he starts getting mysterious letters every day, although he has never once gotten a letter before. His relatives won't let him read them of course and they end up fleeing the house in order to keep Harry away from his letters. He is then visited by Hagrid, a half-giant who tells him that he is a wizard and that he has been accepted to Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry. Harry, thrilled to get away from his relatives goes to Hogwarts and gains a lot of new friends like Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley, and enemies like Draco Malfoy and Lord Voldemort, the dark wizard who killed his parents and is out to kill him too.
The Harry Potter series contains seven books and was completed in 2007.
The Main Characters
We have Percy and Harry, both in their pre-teens when the series begins and both have to struggle in school, Harry with bullying and Percy with his dyslexia and ADHD. And while Percy does have his mother he still has to suffer because of his stepfather, Gabe, whose attitude is similar to that of Harry's relatives, in a way.
Both Harry and Percy find out that their parents weren't who they thought they were and that they themselves have some extraordinary powers because of it. Harry learns that his parents were wizards and that all the strange things that happened around him were due to his magic. Percy learns that his father is Poseidon, the Greek sea god and that his dyslexia is due to his brain being hard-wired for reading Ancient Greek, which he finds he has no trouble reading, and that his ADHD is nothing but his battle reflexes. Both boys then leave their home to go somewhere where they can be trained along with others like them. Percy goes to Camp HAlf-Blood, which is a summer camp for demigods, and Harry goes to Hogwarts, which is a school for young witches and wizards. There both boys find their two best friends. Percy has his best friend Grover and he quickly befriends Annabeth Chase, another demigod, while Harry befriends Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger.
Both Percy Jackson and Harry Potter defeat their enemy. Percy's being Kronos and Harry's being Voldemort. And both series are excellent and very well written, not to mention thoroughly well researched; Rowling with her very carefully chosen names and Riordan with his extensive knowledge on Greek Mythology.
If you have only read one or the other I strongly recommend you read the other series too.