Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Maybe a little too cynical? A comparison between Harry Potter and Luke Skywalker

Stumbled upon at this site.

We're getting close to the July 21 release date of the final installment in the Harry Potter series. In the meantime, we can only speculate about how the Potter heptalogy will finally turn out.

And, sure, I laughed at these oversimplified similarities between Harry Potter and Luke Skywalker... but I'm confident the Harry Potter series won't end up as badly as the Star Wars saga... right? (On the other hand, if there's a wizard in "Deathly Hallows" that answers to the name or description of Jar Jar Binks I hereby volunteer my services as class action counsel in the case against Ms. Rowling!)


Anonymous said...

sorry curmie, this is something else i know nothing about. but you should listen to the mo show tonight and call in about this!!!

smiles, bee


Anonymous said...

Oh my goodness - if Jar Jar Binks shows up in Book 7, I may just take you up on that offer, counselor!

But yes, I've seen this comparison before. The classic mythological Quest, as described in detail by Josehph Campbell - can also be compared to the Arthurian legend, or to the Hobbit.

I for one, am counting down the day to the last (*sniff*) book in the series!


ps, as Miss Bee pointed out, your post has great timing - I'm going to be discussing Pottermania on The Mo Show tonight on Blog Talk Radio!

The Curmudgeon said...

Mo -- I probably won't be able to listen live tonight -- but hope it goes wonderfully.

sari said...

I think that all "hero quests" can boil down to being very similar. The difference in Harry and Luke is that Jo Rowling wrote out many of her books before the first movie was ever made instead of writing the script as the movie was being filmed. (No offense to Star Wars, the first three I loved, but the last three seem to have been not so well thought out).

The HP books have so much intertwined detail and backstory that you never even hear in the movie...there's no way it will end badly. People may not like what happens, but she'll do her stories justice, I'm sure.

Jar Jar Binks, even my five year old even can't stand him.

landgirl said...

I agree hero quests have the same pattern but I am always curious as to which ones grab attention and which don't. I thought Harry Potter stuff was kinda mediocre. Not bad but just not as inspiring as I had expected from a quest novel. I don't think any narrative can be sustained thru so many parts. The stories get more and more full of personal details more like gossiping than epic struggles.

katherine. said...

not so sure Skywalker was an original thought...(smile)

SQT said...

I think there are a lot of similarities but I still enjoy Potter quite a bit. The only thing that matters to me is whether it's entertaining or not. Hopefully it will end well. I'm not a big fan of tragic endings.

Ralph said...

But the best scenarios are still the best...use the theme again and again because it's good! I mean, hasn't the Bard had his story lines recycled more than once?

Shelby said...

I've never seen the Potter movies, nor read any of the books. I am, however, quite a fan of Star Wars. My very first real date was to see The Empire Strikes Back.


Linda said...

I'm with Shelby on the 'never read any Potter books' though I have seen a couple of the movies.

Honestly, though, who doesn't love a good story and that's obviously what the HP books are for a lot of people. My daughter, Amanda, loves them and can't wait for the next movie and book.

MommasWorld said...

Love it! I would have never, ever thought to compare Luke and Harry. That was fun! Huh? Did you say July 21st? No Way! I thought it was coming out on the 11th. I know I am not a kid but I get a real kick out of the Harry Potter movies. This year we might even let Snow White come along to the theater with ManSon, Oldest daughter and I. Last time we were afraid she was too young to sit still through the entire movie.

MommasWorld said...


Spreading some cheer your way today! Come get your Award! Why? Because you ROCK!

The Curmudgeon said...

Sari, SQT -- I'm hoping it will end well, too: When I go in for entertainment, I want the good guys to win and the bad guys to lose. If I want something else, there's always reality....

Sharon, I think the HP series will hold up over time. But who knows?

Ralph -- I believe it is agreed that some of Shakespeare's plots were borrowed from Plautus... Stephen Sondheim, Burt Shevelove and Larry Gelbart borrowed from Plautus to make "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum."

Linda, Mommasworld -- We're counting down here, too -- the next movie comes out first, then the last book.