LOTR vs. Harry Potter (Part 1)

Geeks across the globe fiercely debate one another with this simple question:

What fantasy franchise is better…..Lord of the Rings or Harry Potter?

In my opinion, it all depends what you value in a fantasy film/book.  

Since the topic is vast, it requires an in-depth analysis of both J.R.R. Tolkien and J.K. Rowling. In the upcoming posts, I’ll dive into each author, their works, characters, films, and how they’ve influenced our culture. 

For the time being, I’m going to start with a simple infographic comparing both franchises.

Click below:


Are you a “Potter Head” or are you a “Ringer”? Have you read the books, but have not watched the movies, or have you done both? Comment below with your answers. 


4 thoughts on “LOTR vs. Harry Potter (Part 1)

  1. Hey Leticia!
    I love both of these series! I read all of the Harry Potter books as well as went to every midnight showing at the theater. For Lord of the Rings, I saw the first movie, Fellowship of the Ring, when I was 7 so that I would be caught up in time to see the midnight showing of The Two Towers. I believe the only reason why someone would pick one series over the other is generational. I grew up when the Harry Potter series had just started, whereas LOTR was made before my time. But since my parents loved LOTR it was a huge part of my childhood as well. I still say to this day that they are both my favorite.

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    • Hi Alec,
      I would have to agree with you in terms of Harry Potter having more relatable characters, storyline, and universe for modern day audiences.

      Both franchises are an excellent source of entertainment for the entire family.


  2. I grew up with both of those series. I love the Lord of the Rings movies and used to watch the whole trilogy at least once a year. The Harry Potter books were probably what turned me to reading as kid so it also has a special place in my heart, even though I don’t particularly enjoy the way they adapted them into the movies. So I think not heaving read the LOTR books and having read HP many times, I’m a Potter Head in the books and a Ringer when it comes to the movies!

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    • Fair point. Both trilogies are brilliant in so many different ways.

      I’m happy to hear that HP encouraged you to read as a child. For me personally, the Lord of the Rings resonates more with me. I think Peter Jackson did a fantastic job adapting the trilogy on to the silver screen!


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