Harry Potter and Naruto are two series that I love a great deal. They’re both imaginative, relatable, and full of suspense. They’re both long, they were both a part of my childhood and still are part of my life today. But the similarities run deeper than that. Let’s take a look at the similarities between the main characters (p.s. this contains spoilers):
Death of the main character’s parents
Harry Potter series:Harry Potter’s parents, James and Lily Potter, were killed by Voldemort when Harry was only a year old.
Naruto series: Naruto Uzumaki’s parents, Minato Namikaze and Kushina Uzumaki, were killed in the process of sealing away the rampant Nine-Tailed Fox on the day of Naruto’s birth (it’s very complex but that’s the gist of it).
A mark left by the attack
HP: Harry has a lightning-bolt shaped scar on his forehead from when he withstood Voldemort’s Avada Kedavra. Voldemort also can’t touch Harry later on because Harry is protected by his mother’s sacrifice.
N: The Nine-Tailed Fox that was unleashed upon the village was sealed away inside of the newborn Naruto. As a shinobi, he is able to harness the Nine-Tailed Fox’s chakra.
HP: Harry lived with his aunt, uncle, and cousin, the Dursleys, before he was old enough to attend Hogwarts. The Dursleys treated Harry like scum and wanted nothing to do with him, making him stay in a cupboard under the stairs. He grew up with no awareness of magic or that he was famous in the wizard world.
N: Naruto grew up completely alone. He was shunned in Konohagakure (known as the Hidden Leaf Village in the dubbed anime) because everyone feared the Nine-Tailed Fox inside of him. Naruto didn’t know why no one would talk to him, and misbehaved, causing people to hate him even more.
Discovering their true powers through rage
HP: Mysterious things happen when Harry gets angry. This is when he first notices that he can do magic, but he can’t control it at all yet.
N: The Nine-Tailed Fox’s chakra kicks in when Naruto is in a dangerous situation, or when he gets mad because somebody hurts his friends (see: the Zabuza arc, the first time training with Jiraya).
HP: Initially has none. Makes friends with Ron Weasley, a goofball and Hermione Granger, a know-it-all bookworm. Harry makes friends with a ton of people at Hogwarts also.
N: Initially has none. Assigned to be teammates with Sasuke Uchiha, a cool guy and an excellent ninja, and Sakura Haruno, a know-it-all book-smart girl. Becomes friends with the Rookie 9 plus Lee, Neji, Tenten, Konohamaru and company, Gaara, Temari, and Kankuro, and other random people that they meet (like my personal favorite, Sumaru).
The similarities here are the know-it-all close female friend and the making tons of friends because of having a magnetic personality…also, perhaps you could say the way that Ron and Hermione end up together: Sakura has a crush on Sasuke, and we don’t know how exactly it’s going to end yet (But it should be noted that Ron and Sasuke are nothing alike).
HP: Famous in the wizard world, and pretty much everyone loves him before they have even met him.
N: Famous in Konoha, but, um, everyone really hates him and shuns him. BUT after he saves the village…he’s a hero!
The Wise, Old Leader That Dies And It’s Tragic
HP: Albus Dumbledore – leader of Hogwarts
N: The Third Hokage (Hiruzen Sarutobi) – leader of Konoha
The Aloof One – But Really Cares About The Kids And Is Passionate When It Comes To Things That Matter
HP: Rubeus Hagrid (for passion, see: the Buckbeak thing in Prisoner of Azkaban)
N: Kakashi Hatake (for passion, see: Make Out Paradise) (just kidding but not really) (see: really any time Kakashi’s in a fight, like the Zabuza arc or when Itachi first appears)
AND they both have crazy hair!
The Slightly Crazy Father Figure Who Is Actually The Kid’s Godfather And Very Powerful In His Respective Universe That Again Dies And It’s Tragic
HP: Sirius Black (Ok, so Sirius himself isn’t that crazy, but his circumstances)
N: Jiraiya (the Pervy Sage…that pretty much says it all)
A coming of age story
HP: The series begins when Harry is 11 years old, and ends when Harry is 17 (not including the epilogue).
N: This series begins when Naruto is 12, and we don’t know the ending yet, but right now he should be about 16 or 17, since he was away for 3 years starting at (probably) age 13, and it’s been a while since then.
N: Orochimaru (Part I), Madara/Obito (Part II)
Interesting how Voldemort and Orochimaru both have a thing for snakes. They’re also both totally freaky.
HP: Death Eaters
HP: Draco Malfoy (he has a good guy/bad guy complex in the end)
N: Sasuke Uchiha (he ALSO has a good guy/bad guy complex in the middle/end(???))
Both of them are widely regarded as good looking and also are generally among the most proficient students. Also it’s interesting how Harry himself is more like Sasuke than like Naruto in certain ways – for one, Harry is a parseltongue (he can talk to snakes) and Sasuke can summon snakes. But Sasuke is also a bit like Malfoy, with the way Sasuke’s always calling Naruto a loser in Part I…
“The Chosen One”
HP: Harry is the only one who can stop Voldemort. As such, the Death Eaters and Voldemort always try to stop him…
N: Naruto is the vessel (“jinchuuriki” if you will) that contains the Nine-Tailed Fox spirit. The plot of Part II/Shippuden is essentially “find Naruto to get the Nine-Tailed Fox.”
HP: Protect the people you love, loneliness, good triumphs over evil, friendship, working together (see: Dumbledore’s Army)
N: “I never go back on a promise!” (“Cause that’s my nindo! MY NINJA WAY!” Admit it, you read it in his voice), also, protect the people you love, loneliness, good triumphs over evil, friendship, working together (see: Allied Shinobi Forces)
The themes of “friendship” and “working together” play huge roles in these series.
So, what do you think? Naruto and Harry Potter are pretty similar…surprising, right? Not like fall out of your chair surprising, because it’s mostly because of allegories and tropes and stuff, but maybe enough to make Harry Potter fans at least try Naruto. And if there are Naruto fans who haven’t tried Harry Potter, they must live under a rock or something.
The World’s supposed to end this Friday- December 21, 2012? Yeah right. But wait- what if it does? Have I done everything I want to accomplish in this life? Pssh no! The JPT team didn’t even finish their Bucket List… But there are still a few days left…
This whole apocalypse thing got me thinking…What is in store for the future of the Earth? Will it be able to revive itself? If it is, what will future evolved organisms think of us, the long extinct species? Will they they think of us like we today think of – and mock- dinosaurs? ARE WE THE NEXT DINOSAURS?!? Will we be mocked of having too little arms? or too small brains? LIKE THIS??
or have really long technical names that are to be studied and analyzed by scientists – whatever they are in the future? Do today’s aliens know the future and make fun of us? Do they make movies of us like we make movies of what we think of them? If we hadn’t made all those ridiculous alien movies would the aliens help and save us from our potential end? We may never know. Or maybe the aliens have already saved us. Maybe the Mayan’s predictions were threatening to the aliens and the aliens in turn destroyed them. It’s all really very disturbing…
On a more cheerful note…
I saw a preview for this movie called something like “Planet Earth” or ” *Something* Earth” while at the movies this weekend. It’s an apocalypse movie (seriously?? another one?!) with Will Smith and his son (seriously?? another Will Smith apocalypse movie?!?) and during the preview this song called “Radioactive” was playing. At first I thought the song was strange because it was about the apocalypse but after a couple of minuets I realized how awesome the song actually was. (Picture me head-banging (which I only do if something is really awesome.)) Anyway, the preview ended and the movie ended and I soon forgot about the song. A few days later I was on my way to my local public library to pick up an Imagine Dragons CD that I had on hold for two months. So in the parking lot of the library I pop the CD in to my player and play the first song. Guess what it was. Radioactive. Except I couldn’t figure it out. It sounded so familiar. It was driving me crazy. Don’t you hate it when that happens? You think you remember something or it seems so familiar but you just can’t find the connection? Yeah. Seriously bothersome. Anyway, the point of this long sidetracked little story was that a) things have the strangest way of coming back to you b) Imagine Dragons is way better than I originally thought (the only song I knew was “It’s Time”) and c) The End of the World is so involved in our pop culture nowadays that I wonder what the people of the next generations are going to think of us? I also wonder what strange and wonderful things will be obsessed over in the future. It’s an interesting thing to think about. Anyway, (I think I’ve said that three times now) listen to the song!! It’s good!!
and also here’s “It’s Time” just because I like it so much…
SIDE NOTE: The movie I saw was The Hobbit and it was awesome by the way (even though I haven’t read The Hobbit, LOTR or seen the LOTR movies.) My dad is determined to get me to read them. But I guess it’s fair since I got him to read all the Harry Potter books… and there are a lot more Harry Potter books…
– J. Coco
Lately, I’ve been looking at a lot of…Pokémemes.
Today I found some that even J.Coco and Stosh might appreciate. Somehow, the Poké-craze missed them (we are part of the age group that was affected by its initial popularity) – they’re not even Genwunners.
For Stosh, who loves to read horoscopes:
I don’t know what they based these on, but I’m a Growlithe! ❤ And Coco and Stosh are Dragonair!! We’re arguably the two of the best on there. They’re all awesome…
Now, for both of them, and me, but mostly them:
I’m a little worried that this might set Coco off in a rage. Like it’s blasphemy or something.
I lol’d at “HYASSSSSSHAASSSA”. Let’s ask Pika-Potter to translate what it means. xD
“It looked as if you were egging him on or something! What did you say!?”
“Pi Pika Ka Chuuu!”
For our undisclosed friend/person Stosh avoids 😛
She’ll never read this, but she’s such a Genwunner. Personally, I love Gen 3, with Mudkip being my favorite of all time (yes, I liek them). Look how cute it is in that picture!! <333
And finally, for me. ^_^
So last weekend my sister went off to college. She’s a freshman this year, attending a school 3 hours away. And after almost 17 years of living with her, arguing with her, competing with her for our parents approval, and hearing too many times: “Oh you’re Rachel’s sister?” all I can say is: FINALLY!
I know, it sounds a little messed up. You’d think I’d miss her terribly and all that jazz but I must admit, there are more perks for me with this new lifestyle. Terrible, I know. But, hey, if you’ve had an older sibling go off to college, something like this has probably crossed your mind too.
So I’ve compiled a list of my new so-called “perks”
1. Exclusive use of “our” bathroom. We are two girls sharing one bathroom. Enough said.
2. Exclusive use of “our” car. If you’re wondering why “our” is in quotations, I can assure you that even though the car is “ours,” it was not shared. She is older and her argument was that of seniority. But now it is mine. MWAHAHA!
3. Use of her clothes. While she’s gone, she’ll never know that I borrowed a few of her clothes from time to time. Or everyday…
4. No more Harry Potter teasing. I’ve told her it’s a crime, but she could never grasp that making fun of Harry Potter fans is a HUGE no-no. Now I can relish in my obsession without hearing “dork” or “loser”. That in itself is beautiful.
5. More storage space. It’s not like she’ll be using her room in the next few months… I see no reason to waste perfectly good storage space…
6. FREEDOM. Heck, now I can blast Coldplay throughout the house, lay on the whole couch, watch Harry Potter everyday of the week, pick the music in the car, choose the GOOD television shows, and I don’t even have to share the tub of ice cream my mom brings home.
This year’s going to be a good one.
– J. Coco
On July 31, Stosh, K-Tosh, and I got together celebrate Harry Potter’s and J.K Rowling’s birthday! We had a good ol’ time watching the first Harry Potter movie, playing Scene It (I came out with the win this time), enjoying the Hogwarts House colors decorations, eating a replica of Harry’s 11th Birthday cake (another post and pictures are soon to come!), and, to my reluctance, watching A Very Potter Musical.
Stosh had seen the fan-made phenomenon before and wanted to make K-Tosh and me fans as well. I can’t speak for K-Tosh, but it left me with mixed feelings. I heard a lot of big talk about the musical from our other friends but I always had hesitation toward actually sitting down and watching it. The thing is that I have the utmost respect for the entire Harry Potter series. J.K Rowling is basically a goddess and a complete genius for creating a world with such rich and creative detail. Also the fact that she can perfectly connect the whole series over seven books is overly impressive. I love her writing and wit and nothing could possibly refute my love for her written masterpiece or its characters. Because I respect the series so much and I didn’t want its beauty tarnished, and I was afraid to watch A Very Potter Musical.
Overall, it was ok. Apart from Harry Potter, as a production standing alone, it was good. The content for the most part was funny, the music and songs were pretty good, and it wasn’t boring. (I’ll admit the Quirrell- Voldemort relationship was pretty funny). I think Starkid (the theater group) did the best they could do with limited resources and effects. I was entertained.
As a Harry Potter fan, however, I was put very close to the edge. At parts I was cringing. Whenever Ginny came on stage and spoke, I wanted to shake the actress by the shoulders and ask her: “WHAT ARE YOU DOING TO ONE OF THE BEST CHARACTERS!?!” But I kept my composure. Stosh kept reminding me that the members of Starkid were all Harry Potter fans and that they were performing out of enjoyment of the greatest series of all time instead of poking fun of it. I guess it’s the type of fandom between Starkid and myself that is different. They have pure enjoyment with Harry Potter and I have pure respect for Harry Potter. I know the overdone characters are what makes the production funny but I had a hard time with it. I think if I had no idea what Harry Potter was, I would have enjoyed A Very Potter Musical much more.
Don’t just take my word for it! Judge for yourself! Here’s act 1 part 1 of the musical.
– J. Coco