Is Lord of the Rings better than Harry Potter?

United States
July 20, 2009 8:01am CST
With all of the hype surrounding the new Harry Potter movie, I thought it would be interesting to know if people thought Lord of the Rings was better than Harry Potter? http://www.squidoo.com/LOTR-v-HarryPotter
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@eileenleyva (27855)
• Philippines
3 Oct 09
Nope. Lord of the Rings is not better than Harry Potter. Each story must be taken on its own. I actually don't see a comparative analysis for the two movies. Lord of the Rings is an adventure about middle earth. Harry Potter is a story of a boy wizard in the modern world. LOTR is a trilogy. HP is a series. If you could pinpoint a topic for comparative analysis, maybe we can answer which one is better.
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@eileenleyva (27855)
• Philippines
8 Oct 09
Come on Revan, I think only two questions would qualify for legitimate analysis. Rowling's style is very elementary in the sense that she could have been writing for graders as a target audience. Her sleuthing characters could be compared to Carolyn Keene's. Tolkien, however, is a bit heavy. The modern viewer/reader could easily adapt to HP because the plot delves on an ordinary school scenario. But who would not be amazed by the legend of the rings and the fellowship that brought out the best in all kinds of creatures. I take each work as it is and enjoy it. Both are exciting and mind boggling. I am glad my children grew up with these stories. Made them realize easily that great plots always show the battle of good and evil. And the former prevails. I will leave you to your favorite characters. Doby perhaps, LOL. But Legolas' swiftness amazed me.
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@hexeduser22 (6688)
• Philippines
8 Oct 09
For me they cannot be compared statistically because LOTR is made targeting audience from young adults and Harry Potter's target audience varies from children to adults. Imagine a five to six year old kid watching LOTR, parental guidance should be used because it contains violence and gore while HP is more into the magical world with less violence and obviously no gore.
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• Mexico
10 Oct 09
Exactly... we can't compare two different styles as better than... that's very subjective. I like them both
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@Revan2009 (469)
3 Oct 09
The HP books are better than LOTR books, but the LOTR movies are possibly the best fantasy movies of all times, and will be for a very long time it seems.
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@eileenleyva (27855)
• Philippines
8 Oct 09
My turn now to ask. On what basis? LOL
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@Fulltank (2894)
• Philippines
3 Oct 09
HP sequels are intended mostly on the younger ones, while LOR deals mainly on some mature minds. I guess I also vote LOR as better than HP.
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@flagella08 (5067)
• Philippines
3 Oct 09
i have seen all both movies and all i can say is that they're all the best. i can't compare them since they have different stories yet the cinematography are way beyond excellence. i have all the movie collection at home. i always love harry potter and lord of the rings.
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@sybil02 (185)
• Philippines
28 Jul 09
I chose LOTR for one the story is much easier to grasp and it has much intensity compare to HP, though in terms of special effect I think both have the same good quality of special effects. Also if you are into fight scene and easily digestible story line you will surely choose LOTR than HP.
@leeloo (1492)
• Portugal
27 Jul 09
Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter are both amazing works of fiction, they are targeted at different people. The LOTR were written during WW2 and published as together in the fifties targeting predominantly adults, the Narnia books were targeted towards younger people(now heavily criticised). Harry Potter started with a young target audience and grew with it's early fans, the last two books in particular having been written for an older audience. This makes them even more difficult to compare. In the article they compare Harry Potter with Frodo, but technically though both are the main heroes of their respective books they are very different. Frodo is a simple young man no more then a teenager who leaves a happy life of certainty and goes on this epic journey unwillingly, but due to his kindness and empathy not only with his friends but his enemies too endures all the hardships to follow a path that is feared doomed from the beginning, more like Ron Weasley. Harry comes into the knowledge that he is destined for greatness, his blessing is also his curse, his ability to survive the Dark Lord at the penalty of his parents lives makes him more alike to Aragon. Aragon has to face the fact that he will be king but for that to happen, the world must face the worst threat possible, he is strong and brave tries to avoid his destiny coming true by keeping the world safe on his many travels. The movies on the other hand I have to admit I preferred the LOTR movies though the Harry Potter movies were good the others are amazing, hopefully the nest two will make the choice more difficult in the future though.
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@mama_bear (1121)
• Canada
21 Jul 09
i am a huuuuuge lord of the rings fan. yes it may be a harder read than harry potter but it set the standard for that kind of story telling that involve magic and magical creatures. also it was written in a different time, tolkien was way ahead of his time, and his books have stood the test of time, they may as well have been written yesterday. his universe is more diverse in my opinion than jk rowling, then again i am a sci-fi and fantasy snob.
• United States
20 Jul 09
Lord of the Rings. I have to be honest, I have never been a huge Harry Potter fan. I mean, they are OK, but I find the movies wandering a bit in the story line. And tried to read one of the books once, but just couldn't get into it. I read the Lord of the Rings books when I was in high school, and when I was sitting in a theatre, and the screen went black, and all I heard was 'My Preciousssss'! I was soooooo excited. They were adapted amazingly well for all the detail that was in the books, and kept to the story line. I loved them, and can't wait until they make the Hobbit movie!!
• Indonesia
12 Apr 10
@SimeyC : i think we can't compare between LOTHR and Harry Potter.. Because LOTHR and Harry Potter is totally different movie.. LOTHR based on a war story beside that HP based on friendship and love story Just this statement can answer what you ask ^_^ Its just about interest.. Do you like war movie? Or Love story movie? That is why a people surrounding HP... Because 80% most of people in the world like Love Story movie/Friendship movie.. (Im sorry if my grammar is not right... im from Indonesia...,
@nangisha (3498)
• Indonesia
11 Apr 10
I think lord of the ring much much better its really great with strong character, and very epic situation. If you read it the author make you believe if its really happen not fiction. The movie also so well adapted from the book. The book and movie really gold collection. Harry potter good too but Lord of the ring is more great and majesty.
@carmelanirel (20948)
• United States
11 Apr 10
Oh yeah. LOTR is much better.
• Philippines
11 Apr 10
For me i like more Harry Potter coz it has better storry and more interesting than the Lord of the Rings.
• United States
20 Mar 10
i see you are new to mylot. welcome to mylot. in my opinion i think that harry potter is abit better than lord of the rings. they are both pretty good movies though.
@ybong007 (6654)
• Philippines
19 Mar 10
In my own opinion, i like LOTR better. Harry potter is mostly for the younger audience.
@marmar75 (168)
• Australia
19 Mar 10
The Lord of The Rings trilogy is a proven classic. The Harry Potter novels are still new. I have read only 1 book of HP, but I have read all 3 of LOTR and The Hobbit.
• United States
19 Mar 10
I like them both, I do think Lord of the Rings is way better. More action for me.
@optomyst (47)
• Denmark
14 Mar 10
NO! Not at all. I remember we had to read most of the Lord of the Rings series in school and I absolutely hated it. I love faries and elves and gnomes and what have you, but this was just way over the top for me. It could have been all the violence. Now, if they would have had us read Harry Potter would have been another story altogether. There is something for everybody in the HP series.
@habby69 (124)
30 Jan 10
lord of the rings is very much better than harry potter..i saw first part of harry potter and decided not to watch the next parts.but when i saw lords of the rings than i was very anxiously waiting for the next movie part..huge clapping for the makers and team of lord of the rings..perfect work.
@Torunn (8448)
• Norway
29 Jan 10
I think the Lord of the Rings book are better than the Harry Potter books, but Harry Potter is funnier. For the films I think it's about the same, I enjoyed both the HP and the LOTR films. The HP are maybe a bit more up and down, some very good, some not so good, whereas LOTR is good all the time.