Sunday, 10 July 2011

Twilight vs Harry Potter

Finally! It's the battle you've all be waiting for, the duel of the fans!

AT ONE point nothing was hotter than Potter in the children's book world.

J.K. Rowling's stories about young wizard Harry Potter have sold more than 400 million copies worldwide and have been made into a series of hit movies.

The seven books have been greeted with increasingly feverish anticipation, with shops staging midnight openings on the release dates. The award-winning series also has a large adult readership.

Five of the books have so far been made into films, with the sixth, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, due in cinemas next month.

But now the Twilight teen romance novels by Stephenie Meyer are threatening to move in and take the crown for public popularity, helped by a film franchise starring British heart-throb Robert Pattinson as vampire Edward Cullen.

The four Twilight novels have sold 42 million copies worldwide and have a huge following among teenage girls. A film based on the second book, New Moon, is released in November.

But which is the better book and film franchise? Are Rowling's Potter stories the more magical read, or do Meyer's Twilight tales have more bite?

On the last day of our Twi-Potter tournament, you guys are going to duke it out. Now, tell us which pop culture phenom has the most magical and passionate and bestest fanbase of all?

Twi-hards: The Twilight saga has acquired a large and loud fanbase, many of whom take their love for all things Cullen to a whole new level (hey, great tattoos!). The extremely passionate fans helped New Moon break box office records with $142.8 million opening weekend, as well as Eclipse with $30 million between midnight and 3 a.m. opening day.

Potterheads: Harry Potter lovers aren't giving up the title for biggest fans that easily. They've even got a Harry Potter theme park in Florida and the J.K. Rowling-run fan site, Pottermore. And yes, all seven HP movies have had overwhelming box office success, with the greatest being Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 raking in a whooping $125 million in it's opening weekend.


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