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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):

Childhood

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.

Horrible upbringing

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).

Adolescence

Friends

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).

Popularity

HP: Famous in the wizard world, and pretty much everyone loves him before they have even met him.

Yes, this picture pretty much says what I need to say.

N: Famous in Konoha, but, um, everyone really hates him and shuns him.  BUT after he saves the village…he’s a hero!

Umm…ok, I don’t know when this happens, it’s in the anime…so… yeah.

Mentors

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)

The thing with the popsicles is just so cute.

The Plot

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).

D’awww

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.

Bad guys

Big Boss

HP: Voldemort

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.

Flunkies

HP: Death Eaters

N: Akatsuki

Little Bully

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…

There is nothing greater than this .gif

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.”

Values

HP: Protect the people you love, loneliness, good triumphs over evil, friendship, working together (see: Dumbledore’s Army)

Literally, see it! You see it, right here!?

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.

– K-Tosh

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I’ve been noticing a lot of music videos starring the Harry Potter actors lately, so I thought I would share some of them with you.

I know I’ve already posted this first one on the blog, but here it is again.  This is Rupert Grint in Ed Sheeran’s Lego House:

Rupert Grint played Ronald Weasley in the Harry Potter franchise.  In the music video, he plays some sort of Ed Sheeran lookalike/stalker.  I actually liked the video.  I am a little bit of an Ed Sheeran fan, and I really liked the concept of the video.  The stalker twist is pretty amusing, not to mention the comments from our beloved Potterhead:

“This video is the period of time when Ron leaves Harry and Hermione in the 7th book. 0_0”  and “Guys, enough with the Harry Potter jokes now, I’m Sirius.”

This next one is called Out of the Game by Rufus Wainwright starring Helena Bonham Carter:

In this video, Helena (a.k.a. Bellatrix Lestrange) plays an uptight librarian slowly losing her mind.  I loved this video.  The song is great and, as usual, Helena is AMAZING.  I’m a huge fan of her’s; she’s such a versatile actress and this video is right up her alley.

The following video is Matthew Lewis in the Filth music video by Band of Buriers.  Watch with caution, it gets kind of weird near the end:

Now this one is a bit more obscure.  Matthew Lewis (Neville Longbottom) shares the screen with Lily Loveless, commonly known for her role as Naomi Campbell on Skins.  The two are portrayed as a couple who spend a lot of the video fighting, while at the same time, they are passing around this bone wrapped in a shirt.  In the beginning of the video, Lily is drawing an arm, so it’s safe to assume that the bone came from someone’s arm.  The bone could represent a past lover, child, or someone else that Lily may have lost in the past.  Matt gets rid of the bone, which leaves Lily in a frenzy.  In the end, he cuts off his own arm and gives her a new bone.  The bone seems to represent Lily’s inability to let go of the past, which kills her present relationships.  Or maybe it’s just a creepy thing they like to have in their house…?

Here’s a Florence + The Machine song called Never Let Me Go.  This video stars Jamie Campbell Bower, who played Gellert Grindelwald.

This next one is called Say You Don’t Want It  by One Night Only and features Emma Watson (Hermione Granger):

This one was personally my least favorite, just because the song gets on my nerves.  But Emma looks good and the puppies are adorable.

This one is In Demand  by Texas and it’s somewhat older than the other videos.  Basically, the only reason I like this one is because Alan Rickman (Severus Snape) is in it, and Alan Rickman is the definition of talent.

10 points to Slytherin?

I saved the best for last.  This one my absolute favorite; I think its kind of hilarious.  It’s called Beginners and it’s by Snow Club.  It features the one and only Daniel  Radcliffe (a.k.a. DanRad, D-Rad, or Harry Potter):

Gotta love that Hawaiian shirt.  Now we just need one from Tom Felton!