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Team Bella or Team Hermione? The Twilight vs. Harry Potter Debate, Part 2

By Hanako M. Ricks

HollywoodNews.com: And the debate continues! As Part 2 of their Twi-Potter Tournament gets underway, E! Online now asks the question regarding our female leads: Are you Team Bella or Team Hermione?

Oddly enough, it’s taking me a lot longer to put together my pros and cons for this comparison, simply because I’m really trying to be unbiased towards Bella, but am finding it hard. Why? Let’s discuss:

Bella Swan – Bella’s personality in the books is that of a loner; she admittedly did not have many friends in her old hometown of Phoenix – where she lived with her mom, nor does she have many in her new hometown of Forks – where she now lives with her dad. Truthfully, she does not approach anyone herself with friendship until she meets Edward. they are drawn to each other, but in different ways: she is intrigued by his mysterious persona, he simultaneously desires her while at the same time, wants to kill her. She convinces him to give a relationship with her a chance, and they both fall head over heels in love. Within a few months, she is convinced that he is the only guy for her, and she begins a four-book campaign (which takes place over the period of 1 1/2 years) for him to change her into a vampire. During this whole ordeal, she also falls in love with her best friend, werewolf Jacob, and this causes more complications between the three characters. Bella knows that she wants to be with Edwards, as a vampire, yet she also does not want to let Jacob go, not does she want him to stop loving her. Her relationship with Edward puts not only herself in danger numerous times, but also the lives of her high school “friends” (that she usually has to be forced to spend time with), her parents, and the whole city of Seattle. Although she does try to sacrifice herself to save these people at different times, the fact is her selfish decisions have oftentimes put the people she loves in jeopardy. The whole focus of her character throughout the series is to 1) always be with Edward, and 2) to turn into a vampire.

Turn-ons: Bella does seem capable of genuine love, and that fact is clearly shown by her unexpected desire for a child (and the dangerous conditions that comes with that decision) in Breaking Dawn. She also apparently knew that she was destined to be a vampire long before anyone else ever did. Her “power” to block other vampires’ special abilities does save her clan in the end.

Turn-offs: The fact that Bella is so consumed by the love she has for Edward, in a most unhealthy way. When Edward leaves her, she literally stops functioning – she becomes extremely anti-social, stops eating, and literally wastes away pining over him. She takes unnecessary risks with her life, just to see hallucinations of Edward. In the books, Bella describes being away from Edward – even for just one night – as being physically painful for her. She’s also selfish, wanting Jacob to still remain friends with her – even to still love her – although she knows how much doing so hurts him. She wants to be turned into a vampire, no matter what the cost, yet she balks at giving Edward what he wants…at least, until it benefits her. She is obsessive, selfish, dependent, and manipulative.

Hermione Granger – When we first meet Hermione of the Hogwarts Express, she is not a very likable character. She is a bossy, snobbish “know-it-all”, who takes pride in boasting about how much she knows about the wizarding world, even though she has lived as a muggle all her life. Fortunately, we come to find out that this act is just a mask to hide her loneliness, which is evident when Ron teases her unkindly after an incident in Charms class. Eventually, she becomes very good friends with both Ron and Harry, and it is then that we begin to see her personality emerge. Even though she is definitely a “follow the rules” type of girl, we see that part of her personality gradually change, as she makes decisions to break the rules, for the greater good. Her focus throughout the series always remains the same: being the best in her class, helping Harry find ways to defeat Lord Voldemort (while trying to keep him alive in the process), and her important – but vastly changing – relationships with Harry and Ron. And not necessarily in that order. Hermione does have the same issues as most teenage girls do: the conflict of falling in love with your best friend, dealing with the attentions of other boys, dances and the sort. But she also has other issues to deal with: her divided allegiance between the world she was raised in and the world she belongs to; keeping her parents safe in the midst of the trouble in the wizarding world, freeing house-elves from enslavement and taking a stand against the evil that threatens to overtake the wizarding world. Similar to Harry, she has had to deal with love, loss, sacifice, betrayal, and death.

Turn-ons: She’s not afraid to be herself. She puts the safety and well-being of others before herself. As she has matured, she stubbornly accepts that even though she’s “the brightest witch of her age”, she doesn’t always have the answers, and she can occasionally be wrong. She’s patient (especially in matters of love). She’s not impulsive – she thinks things through, which has saved Harry and Ron’s behinds more than a few times.

Turn-offs: She still exhibits part of her bossy, know-it-all attitude. She has a bit of a temper when things don’t go her way. She speaks up to defend others, but will rarely stand up for herself when it comes to things she wants. She is a little obsessed with being the smartest, or always right.

My vote: Yeah, yeah, you knew if was Team Hermione once you began reading my thoughts on Bella. I’m sorry, and I really tried to be fair, but Bella’s unhealthy obsession not only with the first guy she’s ever been in a relationship with, but also of her determination to become a vampire, just doesn’t sit right with me. She’s only 17 years old when she begins making all of these big decisions, and she’s doing them without having experienced life, or anything else. Granted, Hermione has to make some grown-up decisions of her own way before the age of 17, but her issues were on a more global scale; when you compare saving an entire race from enslavement or helping to defeat a tyrant to freaking out because you’re physically a year older than your immortal boyfriend or wanting to end your human life just to be with said boyfriend, the comparisons seem a bit silly, don’t you think?

So which damsel would you be more apt to rescue if needed? Are you Team Bella or Team Hermione? Share your thoughts!

And you can review my thoughts on the Team Edward vs. Team Harry debate here.

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  • July 7, 2010 | Permalink |

    Team Hermione all the way. I’ve read both series, multiple times. Bella is too obsessed with Edward, and frankly, I don’t think she’s a very nice person. She rejects the overtures of friendship from so many people in Forks, placing her relationship with Edward over anything else. I feel like she became less her own person as the books went on, no matter how much her relationship with Jacob evolves.

    Everything you say about Hermione is true. She’s a bossy swot, for certain. But she’s incredibly loyal, and not to the detriment of her other friendships. When she decides to break the rules, she obliterates them. Like Bella, she ultimately has “everything” – the life and the man she loves, but not at the expense of everything else in her life. And she’s smart and respected for that fact. The older I get, the more I see how much intellect can be valued.

  • July 7, 2010 | Permalink |

    Hermione is the easy choice for me here for the simple fact that I find Hermione to be how I would like my daughters to be! Smart, sassy, loyal, and follow their instincts with level headedness! Hermione does have her faults, but what girl doesn’t!

  • July 23, 2010 | Permalink |

    Team Hermione ALL the way. I think she is amazing And she is also loyal. She does not let her friends down she keeps her promises. I would LOVE to have her as a friend. (:

  • August 3, 2010 | Permalink |

    i am team hermione allllll the way bella is just a loner and shes not that great she doesnt show that much emtion ever and im sorry for kristen stewart cause she doesnt have a great role to play its really dull but emma watson has a great role to play and hermione is just the greatest girl charecter in any series i have read and i have read a lot of books

  • October 2, 2010 | Permalink |

    Definitly Hermione, is the best out of both of them.She is just more awesome than Bella. Soooo definitely Hermione all the way she is awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • October 14, 2010 | Permalink |

    team hermoine all the way for 2 reasons. shes the better character and 2 the actor who plays her is super hot 😀

  • October 21, 2010 | Permalink |

    I think Bella is a more relatable character than Hermione tbh, and she lives in a real place, not an imaginary school of magic

  • November 2, 2010 | Permalink |

    Teem Hermione,of course we!I I don’t know,Bella is just fake.

  • November 12, 2010 | Permalink |

    i have a similar take on bella
    shez way more preoccupied with boy issues in the age of 17 and in addition she’z jealous enough to get herself be in volved with Jacob when she can’t even keep Edaward out of her mind !
    Hermione stands for beauty with brains …nd that has allways been a gr8 combo
    Moreover, hermione deals with situations with a clear nd concerned attitude while bella deals every aspect of her life in a more self-oriented style !!!

  • November 14, 2010 | Permalink |

    goooo hermione granger <3

  • November 25, 2010 | Permalink |

    Team Hermione all the way.

    Hermione is actually a developed and matured character that makes good choices and isn’t fickle. She doesn’t run after boys all the time, is intelligent and beautiful. She tries to help people rather than being the person that always needs helping.

  • December 4, 2010 | Permalink |

    Hermione! Her personality is thousands upon thousands of times better than bella’s. Bella in my opinion is an Idiot. Hermione makes great choices and understands what she’s getting herself into, bella does not.

  • December 6, 2010 | Permalink |

    Team Hermione ALL the way!!!!!! In fact i am dressing up as her tomorrow for spirit week!

  • December 19, 2010 | Permalink |

    Team Hermione all the way. I’m sorry but bella is just awful!

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  • February 20, 2011 | Permalink |

    Uhhh…, someone used the argument, Bella lives in a real place, not a school of magic……, so vampires living with regular humans, NOT consuming human blood, and then a boy who hit puberty and becomes a werewolf?

    Not very relateable…

    I couldn’t even finish the Twilight series because Bella was so annoying and helpless.

    Hermione will forever be the winner in these kinds of debates.

  • February 20, 2011 | Permalink |

    Hermione is so awesome, but she just makes me jelous
    So my vote is for Bella

  • March 10, 2011 | Permalink |

    i am team hermioni all the way i have been since i picked up the first book in the harry potter series. no matter what she is the better choice. some one used the comment at least forks is a real place. well, how do we know that hogwarts isn’t real. the books say that muggles aren’t aloud to see wizardry it’s against wizard law to let a muggle see magic. so there is no way we can know that it’s not real. but we definitely know that vampires don’t exsist. so thats not a plausible argument. a plausible argument would be the fact that bella is a spoiled little helpless brat. and hermione is not.

  • March 13, 2011 | Permalink |

    Hahha! Sr to say that: I’m not fan of both those two. but the way i think is Bell and Hermy are the two different kind of character, in two different kind of background and definitely exists in two different type of novel.
    It’s nothing to compare because both of them has their own self. To be selfish or stubborn or something like that is still the special way of building the character.
    But truly i said i prefer Bell, because Hermy seems to be a bit haughty.

  • March 17, 2011 | Permalink |

    i prefer hermione. or even better i prefer harry potter over twilight.

    twillight is basically the story of a girl thats independant and doesnt belive in “needing” a man
    and then she turns into this obsessive girl that runs around doing reckless things that almost get herself and others killed. i dont blame bella though, i blame stephine meyer for writing her stupid fantasy mid-life crisis, if anyone hasnt noticed bella is stepiene!

  • March 23, 2011 | Permalink |

    TEAM HARMIONIE!She is more pretty.And she acts like me.I think Bella is WAY Obssesd about being a vampire.WIZARDS RULE!!!

  • April 20, 2011 | Permalink |

    Hermione trumps Bella any day of the week!

  • April 22, 2011 | Permalink |

    I don’t think Bella sets a good example for the age group of girls who are reading these books. While Hermione starts off a bit snobby, in the end she is just a very loyal friend trying her best to help Harry. She doesn’t seem stuck up about her intelligence, in fact sometimes she doesn’t think she’s intelligent enough.
    Bella is very confident in what she wants, but she doesn’t seem to think before she makes her decisions. She is so dependent on Edward that she doesn’t take time to live her own life and figure out who she is without him. She is so needy.
    So overall, while Hermione gives an impossible standard of intelligence, she exemplifies the kind of character I’d like a girl to have, while Bella, while being more average in terms of skills to look up to, has does not have the confidence and independence that I think girls need to be successful in relationships and in life.
    SO. Team Hermione

  • April 30, 2011 | Permalink |

    TEAM HERMIONE! I even have her wand! I love Hermione!
    Bella is kind of…a damsel in distress, always needing help and barely able to help.
    So, again, TEAM HERMIONE!

  • May 8, 2011 | Permalink |

    @Newbie, yeah, while Bella lives in a world, where vampires and werewolves exist. No, wait, she lives in a world, where VAMPIRES SPARKLE IN THE SUN!

    Team Hermione all the way.

  • May 17, 2011 | Permalink |

    Team Bella for me. I think Hermonie is nothing special with magic.

  • May 17, 2011 | Permalink |

    I love Bella much more. Herry Pottter fans are so funny with their Hremione lol

  • May 30, 2011 | Permalink |

    i vote team hermione i love harry potter so much and hermioneis cool, smart and unlike bella is normal cause bella is to soppy or whatever about edward and i just think ok get a grip… i love how hermione is independent but still manages a love life when she wants one

  • June 24, 2011 | Permalink |

    team hermione that Stupid twilight series sucks who cares about stupid vampires and how they sparkle, pathetic

  • R
    June 24, 2011 | Permalink |

    TEAM HERMIONE!!! first of all hermione and harry potter rock. Second who wants some person who never smiles and isn’t enthusiastic. Twilight is SO boring. Harry Potter is 100% better than Twilight 😛

  • June 24, 2011 | Permalink |

    Hermione’s team!!!! I REALLY LOVE HARRY POTTER. hermione is way betetr than bella who never smiles. i mean who wnats to vote for some person who’s not enthusiastic and has a blank look all the time!
    Hermione for me!!!

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