Adventures, Love, and Harry Potter
The generation of people being raised right now is obsessed with pop culture. Music, television, celebrities, fashion, movies, and books all have a significant impact on this generation. This generation’s morals and personalities are being shaped by the pop culture that surrounds us. Years from now, people will still be a product of two very popular book and movie series that have greatly effected our pop culture: Harry Potter and Twilight. Both have brought new fashion and trends to the world and it is not uncommon for you to hear references to the books on a day-to-day basis, but more importantly, both series have brought extremely different examples of love to this generation. Even though the Harry Potter series is better known for its adventurous side, it contains more and healthier examples of love than the Twilight series. The Harry Potter series is a thrilling set of seven novels or eight movies that tell a story of a young boy who is a wizard and begins his journey in the wizarding world by attending Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizarding. His life becomes conflicted when a dark magic wizard, named Voldemort, attempts to take over the wizarding world by killing anyone who gets in his way including Harry’s parents when Harry was just a baby. The series presents Voldemort’s gain of power and Harry’s attempt to stop the dark wizard; it ends in the thrilling Battle of Hogwarts where it is decided once and for all who the greatest wizard of all time is. The Twilight series, on the other hand, is four novels or five movies about a young girl, Bella, who moves to live with her father and falls in love with a boy; the young boy, Edward, turns out to be a vampire. The novels display their love story and the trials the couple share such as Bella’s friend Jacob falling in love with Bella, Bella’s will to become a vampire for Edward, and the vampire royalty disapproving their relationship.
The Harry Potter series presents several different types of love such as love between couples, parents, siblings, and friends. Not only that, but JK Rowling has an amazing way of letting the reader feel the love the characters have for each other, and she allows the reader to love (or hate) the characters almost as if they were real people. In Twilight, Bella Swan meets Edward Cullen and falls in love with him almost immediately, and the other couples in the series are together before they are introduced in the story line. Even when Bella meets Jacob, he already has feelings for her; therefore, we never truly see the progression of falling in love. However, in the Harry Potter series, the audience can see and feel the love grow between the characters. For example, in the first of the eight Harry Potter movies, Ron Weasley is annoyed by Hermione Granger and reacts the way a typical twelve-year old boy would towards a girl. In the fourth movie, the reader sees Ron grow jealous as Hermione grows close to another boy and goes to a ball with him rather than Ron; reciprocated, in the sixth movie, Hermione grows jealous of Ron when he gets a girlfriend. Finally, in the last movie, Ron and Hermione kiss in a heroic scene showing their true love for each other. Even farther than that, JK Rowling adds Ron and Hermione’s marriage into the epilogue of the series. She also allows the reader to witness love grow between many other characters such as Harry and Ginny Weasley, Cho Chang and Cedric Digory, and she even includes a wedding between Bill Weasley and Fleur Delacour, two characters that are single in the fourth movie but gets married in the seventh. Seeing love grow between two characters is much more emotional then a character meeting someone, and five minutes later the characters declare their love for each other. Watching the relationship grow allows the audience to feel more emotionally involved. This gives the message to the reader that love is not something that automatically happens, it is a strong...
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