Harry Potter and
Game Of Thrones are some of the most stan-able universes of all time. Garnering the kind of fandom that leads to a lot of cosplay, endless conventions, and a meal ticket for life for any main characters. Which, to be honest, is a genuine relief for any people in creative industries. But guys apart from fandom, and of course the redonk amount of money the casts of both have made, there are so many similarities between Harry Potter and Game Of Thrones.
Dare I go so far as to say that like,
GOT is a bit like Harry Potter after the watershed? OK maybe that is a stretch but guys, there are a serious amount of themes, characters, and facts that the two share.
Now, don't get me wrong. I am not saying that one is a copy of the other. No way in hell. They are both wonderfully lit in their own special way, but I guess
when you get into magic and mythology there is always going to be a few cross overs. If it ain't broke don't fix it, am I right?
To be honest, narrowing it down was actually a little difficult because there are that many common threads. However after a coffee break, a lot of soul searching, and of course utilising years of marathon watching/reading, I narrowed it down to 17.
Erm OK hello glaring similarity from ancient myths and mythology.
You know who loves dragons? Daenerys. Despite them being scary AF, she has a way with them. Another person who has an affinity with dragons
despite their fearsome nature? Hagrid. Not to mention that big old scary dragon challenge in The Goblet Of Fire and that escape from Gringotts.
I mean come on. There is so much dark magic in both. How about Voldemort and every damn thing he does?
He would absolutely love Melisandre and all her wild blood magic.
OK so there are a whole bunch of prophecies in
GOT but one that stands the hell out is the one made about Cersei by an old witch. When Cersei visited the witch Maggy, she said that Cersei would have three kids and they would all die. Guess what — they did!
In Harry Potter, my personal favourite nervous wreck, Professor Trelawney
made a few prophecies that came true. Like about Harry/Voldemort having to kill one of each other so the other can live? Yep, hectic AF.
OK so doing each other over is a bit of a theme in both shows. In
Game Of Thrones it is in fact, the entire purpose of the show.
And in Harry Potter, people are consistently trying to tip the balance of power into the Dark Lord's favour.
A Weirdly Alien Enemy Who Has It Out For A Young Guy
The Night King seriously wants to get his icy mitts on young Bran.
Voldemort wants to totally kill poor little Harry. Even from when he is a tiny sprog.
Too many castles to mention in the Seven Kingdoms, but let's just say King's Landing as an example.
And where does Harry go to school? Why the big old glorious castle that is Hogwarts.
Game Of Thrones live largely beyond the wall and are viewed as mysterious and dangerous creatures. Tormund Giantsbane drank the milk of a female giant for a hot minute which is how he got is dank strength. Wild.
Giants are also seen as wild and mysterious in Harry Potter, with Hagrid being half giant and his bro showing that they have good hearts but
are em, a little unruly.
This is where all the
ubiquitous British actors come in.
Natalia Tena as Nymphadora Tonks in Harry Potter and Osha on Game Of Thrones. Jim Broadbent as Professor Slughorn in Harry Potter and Archmaester Ebrose in Game Of Thrones. David Bradley as Argus Finch in Harry Potter and as Walder Frey in Game Of Thrones. (Yep, he seemingly only plays creepy characters).
Magically Strong Swords
Valyrian steel in the is the ideal material for a sword. Not only is it super strong and ancient, but its magical powers can kill white walkers. Which is fairly ideal considering how much those super speedy zombies come at you. GOT universe
Godric Gryffindor's sword has magical powers and helped Harry in his time of need. Which is a
pretty cool additional feature.
Ability To Look Back In Time
The Lannisters have proven themselves to be largely complete a-holes.
Cersei is obviously the worst, and Tyrion is the least bad. I mean yes he is all cute and nice now but he has a murky AF past. And Daenerys... well, jury is out there.
fans of home bleach kits are the Malfoys, who have that dark old history and allegiance to the Dark Lord.
Poor old Jon Snow is an orphan whose parentage wasn't clear until after he accidentally got it on with his auntie. Less than ideal.
Luckily for Harry Potter, he didn't get off with any relatives but sadly for him — he is perhaps one of the most famous orphans in history.
Incest To Preserve Blood Lines
So, like I said about that
awkward auntie thing. Well, it is definitely not an isolated case. George R. R. Martin includes it a lot in the books and it features heavily in the TV series too — Cersei and Jamie Lannister being perhaps the best known ongoing incestuous pairing.
In Harry Potter, a lot of the bad guys are obsessed with "pure blood" witches and wizards. Any muggle born types are known as "mudbloods". Which is effed up. Anyhow, this has led to a lot of
inbreeding in the families. Like I said — effed up.
This statement puts it mildly. Whatever happened to peace, love, and harmony y'all?
Game Of Thrones it is family against each other in the bid for power. Too many examples to name, but remember when Jamie Lannister killed his own cousin because his sister slash lover told him to.
In Harry Potter people also seem to be falling out with their families. How about the
Dursleys being complete meanies to poor baby Harry? Ugh, trash.
Both Began As Hit Books
Potentially the most obvious and straightforward of all the commonalities, both started as hit books and both have die hard fans screaming "read the books before you watch it!"
Above all, one thing the shows share is devastation among fans when they end. Not sure about you but I still can't accept Harry Potter being over and it will be damn hard to let go of
Game Of Thrones too.