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Reasons why Harry Potter is better than Twilight

Updated on October 10, 2010

Harry Potter vs. Twilight

First Off.....

I know there are a lot of Twilight fans out there who feel like Twilight is the most amazing thing ever, OMG EDWARD I LOVE YOU, I need a boy who sparkles, etc etc, Well, guess what? You are wrong. No, this is not an opinion, this is fact. Harry Potter trumps Twilight in ever single way, hands down, no argument, no competition. That stated, let's see why.

Harry or Edward?

Let's examine these two gentleman shall we?

Harry Potter has lived his entire life facing hardship after hardship: His parents murded when he was an infant, he is sent off to be raised by his abusive aunt and uncle. He is bullied by his cousin and classmates, until he is one day told that he's a famous wizard. He's sent off to a school where he knows nobody, yet people constantly point at him, stare at him, ask him personal questions, and generally make him feel uncomfortable. During the next few years he faces mortal peril at least once per book, has to deal with trying to keep his loved ones safe when they're a target for being close to him, and try to defeat the most powerful and evil wizard alive, who happens to be out to get him. It really doesn't seem that easy.

Edward, on the other hand, lives in a huge house, and has access to more money than he knows what to do with. He doesn't have to worry about having a job, because he's been in high school for a century, and that isn't changing any time soon. He's 17 forever, and can just mooch off his parents' money for hundreds of years, buying sports cars on a whim every now and then. The biggest problem he has to face is not biting people.

Now, who do you think has to deal with more hardships? Who has more responsibilities?

Underlying Shallowness

Harry Potter is, by all accounts, not the hottest guy around. He's skinny, a little short for his age, socially awkward, and wears glasses, not to mention the unsightly scar. Ron is a gangly red-head with more freckles than face, and Hermione has frizzy hair and beaver teeth. But you know what? Harry Potter fans love them anyway.In fact, all the good guys in Harry Potter are relatively unattractive: Snape, with his sallow skin and greasy hair; Dumbledore, and old man with flowing silver hair and bear; Hagrid, an immense man with unkempt hair and an unnerving tendency to befriend deadly creatures. The Harry Potter books never put emphasis on how good the characters look, beauty is not a main factor in how much we're supposed to like them.

In Twilight, however, ALL the characters are gorgeous. The books are filled with descriptions of the vampires' breathtaking beauty, Edwards pristine hair and skin, the way all vampires are more beautiful than even the most perfect human. This is pretty much the main theme of the book, a girl falls in love with a beautiful boy, and wants to join his beautiful life and become part of his beautiful family. Meanwhile, lots of beautiful bad guys want to kill beautiful Bella, beautiful Edward, and later their beautiful baby. Why? Why can't Edward just be a normal looking guy? That would be a true romance book, the tale of two average looking people falling in love for who they were, not how they looked or because they had "imprinted". Why teach young girls that you have to be pretty to be loved?

The Theme of Love

The main argument Twilight fans present against Harry Potter is that Twilight is a book about never ending, eternal, undying true love. I even had one Twilight fanatic tell me once that "Twilight is all about love, and there's none of that in Harry Potter."

.....are you kidding?

If you think that Harry Potter is not about love, you probably need to go back to first grade and learn reading comprehension again. The Harry Potter books are FILLED with love, far more than Twilight.

Twilight is, of course, a romance book, so I'm not going to deny that there is love in it. But Twilight's downfall is that it only has the "relationship" type of love. In Harry Potter, there is not only romantic love (come on, we all knew Hermione and Ron would end up together), but there is also the love that exists between friends. What else could have made Ron, Hermione, Ginny, Neville, and Luna risk their lives to come with Harry to the Ministry of Magic in The Half Blood Prince? And what about the love between parent and child? Lily and James Potter died to save Harry. Think about that for a second. They gave up their lives for him, because they loved him so much. Is there anyone in this world you would truly and honestly die for? Voldemort even told Lily that if she got out of the way and let him kill Harry that he would spare her. But she chose to lay down her life and give Harry the protection of her undying love. And what about the simple love for justice? The simple, underlying desire for right that drives Harry and his friends to confront Voldemort time and time again, to refuse to give in to evil, to fight against prejudices against those who are different from them, and to stand up for those who can't defend themselves. All of those things, THAT is what love really is.

Depth of Characters

Basically, there are two types of people in Twilight: Beautiful good people who are in some freaky kind of obsessed infatuation, and beautiful bad people who want to kill them, often for no explainable reason.

In good ole' HP, the characters aren't so simple. Sure, Harry is obviously a good guy, but he isn't purely good. He faces temptation, like in The Philosopher's/Sorcerer's Stone when Harry considers giving Voldemort the stone in order to get his parents back. Harry sometimes wonders if there is evil deep down in him, because he can talk to snakes or because the sorting hat considered putting him in Slitherin. Harry faces temptation in his life, and has to keep fighting for what is right.

In fact, Harry Potter only has two characters who are purely good or purely evil: Dumbledor, obviously, represents the ultimate good - he is infallible, nothing could ever, EVER corrupt Dumbledore. This makes him the "Jesus" figure, so to speak (he even sacrifices himself so the students of Hogwarts might live). And then of course, there's Voldemort, who is completely evil. There is not a shred of goodness in Voldmort, not a speck of caring or mercy. This makes him the "Satan" figure of the book.

There are also several anti-heroes in Harry Potter: characters who are on the side of good, but who aren't always particularly pleasant people. The prime example of this, of course, is Severus Snape. Obviously, he's not a nice guy. He loathes Harry and his friends, he delights in punishing them, and he is overall an unlikable guy. And yet he risks his life to spy on Voldemort for Dumbledore, he saves Harry's life multiple times, and he ultimately dies in the struggle against Voldemort. Snape is a complex, well written character with depth and dimension, and no one even remotely as complicated as him sets foot in limited plot of Twilight.


One of the most condemning things about Twilight is that, after having read the entire series, you don't really feel as though you've learned anything. There are literally zero life lessons to be had from the books.

Harry Potter, on the other hand, is a veritable goldmine of moral learning. The most important ongoing moral theme, I feel, is that of prejudice. The books are filled with examples of discrimination: Voldemort wishes to purge the world of anyone different to him, for example Muggles, Muggle-borns, and anyone who sympathizes with them; Dolores Umbridge harbors a hatred for all half-breeds like centaurs, merpeople, and half-giants like Hagrid; and Remus Lupin faces continual prejudice and has to quit his job at Hogwarts because he is a werewolf. While none of these fantastic creatures exist in real life, that doesn't mean we don't face the same problems. People are discriminated against every day for being whatever race or religion they are, for their gender, or for being gay or transgender. These types of injustices are exactly what Rowling was portraying in the magical universe she has created, and they are exactly what Harry Potter would fight against if he were here.

And Lastly, Quality of Writing!

Twilight fundamentally lacks quality writing. The plot lines are simplistic and the dialog is not exactly literary genius. Harry Potter, on the other hand, has plot elements that span the entire series, and subplots intertwining all over the place. You can always predict what's going to happen in Twilight, because you know the bad guys will be defeated, and the good guys will stay in love forever. But with Harry Potter, you don't always know what you're going to get! GOOD GUYS DIE IN HARRY POTTER! Fred, Lupin, Tonks, Snape, Dumbledore, and countless other lay down their lives, and you never know who is safe and who isn't. I was expecting Harry to die in the last one, because you never know. Also, Harry Potter is set in a magical world unlike anything we could ever experience, whereas Twilight is set in a mundane, rainy American town that happens to have vampires. I mean think about it, the reason there is a Harry Potter theme park and there will never be a Twilight one is because there is just more cool stuff in Harry Potter. What would be in a Twilight theme park? Some attractive people covered in glitter? Harry Potter captures the imagination with it's quirky ideas, where as Twilight dulls the senses with it's derivative... well, everything.

In conclusion...

Intelligent people, who enjoy interesting plots and dynamic characters, are almost always Harry Potter fans over Twilight. Twilight is designed to be read by 12 year old girls of average intelligence who want something to be obsessed with. It is my belief that, 10 years from now, time will prove me right, because I very much doubt there will be die-hard twilight fans in a decade, where as I know that I for one am a Potter-lover for life.


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    • Sandeepa Sinha67 profile image

      Sandeepa Sinha 10 months ago from West Bengal, India

      Shut the hell up! Twilight Saga and HARRY potter both are awesome. They have no comparison. They are amazing! Twilight is amazing and heartwarming in its own way. PLEASE don't compare them

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      GalaxyRat 12 months ago

      Made me laugh: "What would be in a Twilight theme park? Some attractive people covered in glitter?" LOL! Well written Hub.

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      Lily Luna Potter 21 months ago

      It's spelled Slytherin not Slitherin. Just thought you might've wanted to know.

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      Lily Luna Potter 21 months ago

      Hermione, Neville, Luna, Ron, and Ginny went with harry to tho the Ministry in "The Order of the Phoenix", not in "The Half-Blood Prince".

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      Priya Barua 2 years ago

      Amazing article. Loved every bit of it. Keep writing and ignore the rather caustic remarks a few have decided to leave in the comments.

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      Potterhead4life! 2 years ago

      I agree with u like heck!!!! Oh my god! Some twi-hards say that the hp books are too hard to read and that the words are wayy too long! God I finished it just fine and I'm in 3rd grade!

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      SilverWolf 2 years ago

      Great, great job!!! The only thing I don't like, though is the last part. I am a twelve year old girl, but I hate Twilight just as much as I should.

      And Twilight is not read by people with average intelligence, it is read by idiots with nothing to lose who are not in a relationship, so they are desperate to have someone and use Edward as their fictional boyfriend.

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      Amanda 2 years ago

      I agree on most things you said, but not on the Dumbledore part. As we see in Deathly Hallows he is not really such a good guy after all. He had temptations from "the dark side" and unlike Harry he has actually given into them in the past. He regrets it in Deathly Hallows (in which regrets and redemtions are mayor themes!) when he and Harry talks in "Limbo" after Harry having sacreficed himself so no one else would died. And he "resurrected" too so HARRY is the Jesus character!

      You also left out a huge theme in that Harry Potter is all about how knowledge gives you power. Harry does not defeat Voldemort because he is stronger or more powerful, because he is not. He defeats him because he has taken the time to actually do research and getting knowledge about the whole situation and reflecting on it so he understands it. (He and not Snape is the owner of the Elder Wand.) I hate the film version of Half-Blood Prince because of this is left out even though the mayor theme of that book is Harry getting to know Voldemort's past in order to understand him. The film is almost entirely about the "love square" Harry-Hermione-Ron-Lavender, probably influenced by Twilight's popularity.

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      Wavie 3 years ago

      I agree with you on everything except maybe the Dumbledore part. I don't think he's the ultimate good guy. I mean he had temptations too and he was fine with sacrificing Harry for the greater good. He is not evil but he is not the ultimate good guy.

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      Jaima Subhani 3 years ago

      In twilight, it is said that vampires live forever..... even twilight fans say that this story is gonna live in them forever.....

      Even if wizards and witches can't live for their entire life.... the story will....


      Only a true potterhead can believe that...

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      Rosie 3 years ago

      Dumbledore isn't as good as you say,and for the comment with the love between Lily and Snape,it was meant since the beggining.The first question Snape asks Harry means:I deeply regret Lily's death.The plant he named was a kind of Lily and blahblah...

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      Kristina Pitts 3 years ago from Greenville, SC, USA

      Twihards are fake. Potterheads are real.

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      jean 4 years ago

      PREACH !!

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      4 years ago

      I will admit, I was starting to like Twilight more than Harry Potter but changed my mind. The music is better in the Twilight movies though. Harry Potter is more realistic than Twilight plus everyone gets older. There was a few times Harry and Hermione had feelings or each other. Things were getting complicated for a minute there.....On Twilight, the life of the sparkling vampires was too perfect. It was better to be a vampire than a human. Ella loved Edward and was going to revolve her world around him. The Cullens were rich and happy to where Ron and his family struggled financially. Harry Potter never "showed off" how much money he had. I can go on and on but that is what I noticed the most.

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      4 years ago

      I agree

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      Bernie Ment 4 years ago from Syracuse, NY

      As a film critic, I had the privilege of going to all the Harry Potter and all of the Twilight films. I can simply say this - Harry Potter was filled with excitement, adventure, bravery, integrity and just plain fun. Twilight was simply filled with angst (although the final film tried to up the excitement level a little). I'll take fun over angst ANY day. Thanks for the interesting read. Voted up!

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      Hp4ever 4 years ago

      I just read yours and a Twilight Rules one and I have to admit: Twilight fans are idiots! They were going on about how there is no love and how ``Hot'' (gag) Edward is and how it is way more realistic than HP! Harry Potter 4 ever! ps. loved this! Hated the Twilight one! She has got to get her facts straight! :)

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      Random 5 years ago

      "Snape used to be the most awesome, complex character in the novel, but for some reason, Rowling decided to add some unnecessarily sappy backstory about Snape and Lily's romance. It makes his sacrifices seem so shallow and selfish. He's not fighting for Harry or for Hogwarts or for good against evil, he's fighting for his school crush. And he barely does anything remotely important too, except cut off someone's ear and get killed by Voldemort. The "spying for Dumbledore" thing was most likely randomly added by Rowling to make his backstory more convincing."

      That's what makes his sacrifice meaningful. The fact that his love for her went unrequited, because of how he turned to the Dark Arts. It fits in with the theme of Love Conquers all and Love is the most powerful magic there is. You may not like it, but it fits in with the overall message JKR was going for. I for one, think it's bittersweet and it makes sense in the book. He is shallow, he is manipulative, he is a coward, but those are just his foibles and his ultimate story arc was about redemption. To be a better man because of "the power of love." Is the message cliché? Sure, but it's still a wonderful message to tell kids.

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      SophieBvB 5 years ago

      What else could have made Ron, Hermione, Ginny, Neville, and Luna risk their lives to come with Harry to the Ministry of Magic in The Half Blood Prince???

      it happened in "the order of pheonix"

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      Ayman Nisar 6 years ago

      I agree with you completely......Dan'z movies are always the best ones....And Twilight need far more improvement even for comparing itself with Harry Potter series....

      There are much more things to learn and enjoy in HP series than Twilight.

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      Karolyn 6 years ago

      Justin Blake

      I'm sorry, but I kind of want to hit you right now.

      Please don't read well written articles about things you have no interest in to demoralize the readers and lead the author to thinking that some people in this world aren't worth their time.

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      Justin Blake 6 years ago

      Harry Potter is better than Twilight. However, it's nowhere near as good as you made it out to be.

      Voldemort hates muggles, but don't the good guys look down on them as well? Voldemort wants to exterminate them, and the Weasleys and the good guys basically want to keep them as entertaining pets. There is not even a single significant muggle in this book, except Harry's stupid fat family. In reality, most of the cool things in the wizarding world are what WE muggles built, including cars, lighters, tents, broomsticks, and trains are basically stolen by wizards who continue insulting muggles for their need to invent things due to their lack of magic. Hell, I can kill someone better with a gun than a wand.

      Harry Potter is actually a perfect character. The self doubt he experiences from talking to snakes is just powers from his scar. Potter is another bland character who by the way never learns anything else after the expeto patronus spell from the third book. he just relies on one-time gimmicks such as the luck potion or the time turner, and beat Voldemort through sheer luck out of some bullshit wand switcheroo, not true love. The Malfoy stealing Dumbledore's wand and Harry stealing Malfoy's wand making him the master of the elder's wand is not only confusing, but so utterly pathetic. Harry, supposedly the chosen one, is relying on second year magic all the way to the end of the series.

      Harry is the god of hogwarts. There are moments when people hated him, but there were always people beside him supporting him. And when people don't hate him, he's a goddamn celebrity who everyone wants to be friends with and everyone wants to worship. And if he's so ugly, how can he score both of the hottest chicks in the school? Harry is one popular kid, and like Edward, he doesn't deserve it at all.

      Snape used to be the most awesome, complex character in the novel, but for some reason, Rowling decided to add some unnecessarily sappy backstory about Snape and Lily's romance. It makes his sacrifices seem so shallow and selfish. He's not fighting for Harry or for Hogwarts or for good against evil, he's fighting for his school crush. And he barely does anything remotely important too, except cut off someone's ear and get killed by Voldemort. The "spying for Dumbledore" thing was most likely randomly added by Rowling to make his backstory more convincing.

      Lastly, don't fool yourself on the quality of the writing. Harry Potter is a children's book. It is not even close to the quality of writing from great classic novels like Dickens, Shakespeare, Verne, Tolkien, or London. You didn't even have to think while reading the series. And no, people dying and an evil wizard does not make Harry Potter an adult book. The "clever and exciting" twists in Harry Potter are comparable to the twists in soap operas or melodramatic tv shows.

      Don't even get me started on Twilight. It's the stupidest piece of trash I have ever read in my whole life. However, there are many Twilight fans who can pull out some arguments like yours; how Edward and his family also have love even though they aren't related, how there's prejudice between werewolves and vampires, how Edward learns to do good by drinking animal blood instead of human blood, how Edward has an ugly monsterish side beneath his perfect exterior, how Bella is actually just a normal, bland human but how she attracts a perfect Edward, etc. etc.

      BOTH of these series are silly and WAY too commercialized. A Harry Potter theme park has got too be the most immature and gimmicky idea I ever heard of, and Rowling is sure milking every amount of profit she can get out of the Harry Potter franchise.

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      Dobbyi a free house-elf 7 years ago

      I used to quite like twilight..I read the first 3 books and I found it enjoyable. BUT...when I got myself a copy of Breaking Dawn...I saw 3 HORRIBLE words in the blurb... ''Move over Harry Potter'...OH NO YOU DI'N'T.

      from then on I DESPISED the can NEVER EVER be compared to jk rowling. I love this article! It completely illistrates my feelings in a more...civilised way. A small part of my mind will always be at Hogwarts, wherever I am

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      YouKnowWho 7 years ago

      I love this! My heart is beaming with pride for harry potter and i love it even more than ever! I love the conclusion of this, because i too, i am harry potter-lover for life!

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      HarryPotterForLife :) 7 years ago


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      Sophie 7 years ago

      monkey3000 you are absolutely right!! haha. great article, by the way.

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      monkey3000 7 years ago

      i suppose there are some reasons that it's GOOD that twilight was gives people with no taste in literature something to read and people with taste in literature something to laugh at. It's also quite a good substitution for firewood.

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      Anieck 7 years ago

      Omygod, I loved reading this. I totally agree with you. Twilight just sucks, and Harry Potter is the best thing ever. I've seen the first Twilight film; I almost fell asleep! That would NEVER happen with the Harry Potter films. I think about HP every day and it's just amazing.

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      GoGranny 7 years ago from Southeastern PA

      Interesting comparison. Kept me reading to the end. Nicely written hub on popular topics. I love both Harry Potter and Twilight, for different reasons. How about the Lord of the Rings series? I would be interested to read such a comparison between that and Harry Potter!

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      Zara Nox 7 years ago

      Amen to that. Very good.

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      glenn wallace 7 years ago

      You might want to put a spoiler alert on that section where you list HP characters that die. Presumably, one of your objectives with this Hub is to win over new HP fans, and get them to enjoy the books after all.

      But on a broader note - this is a very good compare/contrast of the two books. And while you are clearly not impartial, I'd say you're pretty dead on with your critique.

      The one thing I'd comment about in Twilight's defense is that there is at least one decent life lesson to be had: There can be romance and desire in a relationship, even with abstinence.

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      Marissa  7 years ago

      Gahhh I totally agree! This was a really well written hub too :)


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