Team Edward or Team Harry? The Twilight vs. Harry Potter Debate Continues
By Hanako M. Ricks
HollywoodNews.com: In keeping with what is probably the biggest (or maybe just the most debated) rivalry in pop culture this week, the staff over at E! Online have decided to name this the week of their Twi-Potter Tournament (a nod to the dangerous Tri-Wizard Tournament which dominated the storyline for Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire). The task: to present a week-long competition in which fans can daily decide whether or not they are Team Twilight or Team Potter for various categories. I have decided to play along with this “tournament”, and will be interested to see how the final tallies count up. So let’s get started with…
The first category? A duel between our two “heroes”: are you Team Edward or Team Harry?
Let’s go ahead and get the looks issue out of the way: yes, I am very much an Edward fan in the looks department, especially in regard to the screen counterparts of the characters as they are written. Nothing against Daniel, but I happen to prefer men who are tall, and at 5’5″, even I eclipse him in height (even if it is only by an inch or so. Robert also has the classic looks of a model, which I loved way before he became a vampire, when he was only known to the world as Cedric Diggory the Tri-Wizard Champion of Hogwarts (from the very same movie that inspired this little “competition”, go figure!). Now if Harry onscreen was tall, with messy hair and bright green eyes, Edward might have a bit of competition! But now that that’s out of the way, let’s move on to the more important virtues of our two leading men.
Edward – He was a dying human who was turned into a vampire to be a son/companion for Cullen patriarch Carlisle. In his own words, his entire existence as a vampire has been empty and unfulfilling until he meets Bella, the first (and only) girl he’s ever fallen in love with. For the rest of the series, his main purpose is to be with her and protect her, even when both of those desires seemingly cannot co-exist. Because of his desire for Bella’s blood, he is constantly torn between wanting to love her and wanting to kill her (at least until the third book/movie Eclipse, in which he declares that he is no longer tempted by the scent of her blood). When he thinks she has died, he decides he would rather kill himself than exist in a world without her, with no concern for his family. Aside from his family, he has no other friends, no other outside interests or influences. He also has no other purpose in the book, besides being Bella’s one true love and protector.
Turn-on: When he loves, he loves with everything he is. How many women can honestly say that they don’t want a man who worships the ground they walk on? He also has the power of telepathy, which could be quite useful at times.
Turn-off: He can be manipulative and controlling (like when he suspects that Bella has feelings for her friend Jacob. He also admitted to sneaking into Bella’s bedroom for months before they began dating, to watch her sleep. Stalkerish much?
Harry – We are first introduced to Harry as “The Boy Who Lived”; the newly orphaned infant who unexpectedly brought about the downfall of Lord Voldemort, the most feared Dark Wizard of all time. He is sent to live with his maternal aunt and her family, who throughout the first eleven years of Harry’s life mistreat him, emotionally abuse him, and otherwise ignore him. They never tell Harry the truth about his parentage or the murders of his parents, or the fact that he is a wizard, at least not until Rubeus Hagrid shows up to tell Harry the truth. The series of seven books follows Harry during his trials and tribulations of learning who and what he is, the destiny that has followed him since the day his parents died, and other, normal teenage worries, such as bullies, schools sports, and girl crushes. He is surrounded by an “adopted” family (the Weasleys) who treat him as one of their own, he has friends who help him through his various misdeeds, victories and defeats, and – by the end of the series – has learned the hard lessons of love, death, betrayal and sacrifice, and what it means to literally save the world.
Turn-on: Willing to sacrifice love, happiness and even his life to protect not only the people he loves, but the entire world if it’s required. (Not to mention that at a mere 12 years old, he saved the life of his future wife. Sigh.)
Turn-off: Can be a bit impulsive at times, not thinking before he speaks/reacts. He also has a bit of a temper, which could also be contributed to the fact that his thoughts were temporarily being shared by the same dark wizard that tried to kill him.
My vote: I’m Team Harry all the way on this one. Even with his horrible upbringing and the fate of the wizarding world in his hands, Harry still lives his life like a normal teenager, worrying about girls and grades, and spats with best friends, and wanting to do what’s right while not wanting to do it at the same time. He falls in love, but never lets that become his singular purpose in life, nor does it distract him from the ultimate sacrifice he must make. His decisions and actions are based on what would be best for everyone, not just the sake of one person. His life, as filled with turmoil as it may be, is emotionally more healthy, because although he does eventually find a specific purpose for his life, that purpose does not control every aspect of it. In truth, Harry is the “healthier” choice.
So what do you guys think? Are you Team Edward or Team Harry? Share your thoughts with us!