Comparing Fandoms: Avatar versus Harry Potter

Mixin' it up

Mixin’ it up

The fandoms of Avatar (consisted of Avatar: The Last Airbender and Avatar: The Legend of Korra) and Harry Potter are two of my favorites for many reasons. However, I have to admit that I like the former better, especially Avatar: The Last Airbender. Why? I’d like to answer that question in this post.

A few things to note before I start:

  • I’ll compare the Harry Potter series and The Last Airbender.
  • I’ll leave Korra out of the picture, because it wasn’t nearly as awesome as The Last Airbender.
  • I love the Harry Potter series, but I will be honest in expressing my opinion about why I like The Last Airbender more.
  • I’ll refer to the Harry Potter fandom as “HP”.
  • I’ll refer to the Avatar fandom as “ATLA”.

By the way, I was curious about which one others liked best, so I made a poll and put it on the blog. So far, the Avatar fandom is in the lead, but it’s almost a fifty-fifty tie. I should mention that only seven people have voted, so the statistics probably aren’t all that accurate, but it was still interesting to see the results. Anyway, let’s get crackin’.

Comparing the Plot

Both: defeat the bad guy and save the world.

I think the plot in HP was more complex, which I like.  I like stories that are complex and realistic, with clear and understandable plots.  On the same note, HP’s plot was a lot darker, which I like, too, because it often means it is more realistic.  However, the plot in ATLA was dark and realistic in its own way.

One more note: I loved the fillers in each story.  ATLA’s elaborated on the characters, leading us to love them even more (I’ll elaborate on that later).  HP’s…well, I wonder if HP actually had fillers.  Every time it seemed like something was going to be a filler, it wasn’t, although I think it had a few.  When it did, it did the same thing as ATLA.

Overall, each plot had its own complexity and realism.  Neither was dumb or childish, but focused on deep and serious issues.  They focused on mature philosophical matters, as well, teaching great morals and leading fans to become better people.  And they had a fair amount of fun and humor to not totally depress us (unlike Fullmetal Alchemist:Brotherhood*; am I right?).

Conclusion?  HP wins.

Comparing the Main Character

Both: a legendary boy with great expectations placed upon him.

Let’s look at Harry and Aang’s similarities.  Both boys:

  • were young when they learned about who they are
  • had a clear destiny
  • worked to restore balance and harmony to the world
  • heavily relied upon friends and allies
  • knew when to be serious and when to relax; well, most of the time

Now let’s look at the differences.

  • Aang had a fairly easy childhood, while Harry’s just plain stunk.
  • Harry was more serious, while Aang was a more goofy kid.
  • Harry had to go to school, while Aang didn’t.  Bummer, Harry.
  • Aang never experienced much physical pain, but Harry did.  Again–sorry, man.

I just realized how much worse Harry had it than Aang.  That makes me sad for him, but I feel like he had more serious flaws than Aang.  Harry could really be a jerk and was often jealous, cocky, and prideful, although he was awesome in many ways.  Granted, Aang had flaws, too, though (to prove my bias) I can’t think of many right now.  I didn’t like how Aang was kind of a wimp concerning certain issues, but I liked a lot of other things about him.

Overall, each boy had many similitarities, but a number of substantial differences.  Each hero of the story underwent tremendous trial and put forth extreme effort to overcome terrible things.  They were both amazing in their own ways.

Conclusion?  ATLA wins.

Comparing the Other Characters

Both: strong friends, incredible allies, and wicked villains.

This is one of the strongest factors in why I like Avatar better.  For one thing, I’m in love with Zuko.  Literally.**  I would marry him if he were real.  That seems to happen to me a lot with fictional characters.

The comment says it all

The comment says it all

The fact that the picture is of David Tennant may be confusing, but the same concept still applies.  (And, plus, I really like that guy).

I liked the other characters in HP a lot, but the characters in ATLA were awesome.  They were hilarious, infuriating, real, deep, and emotion-provoking.  They simply meant more to me than the characters in HP.

Conclusion?  ATLA wins.

Comparing the Special Abilities

Both: abilities that are granted to certain individuals; often hereditary, but not always.

Essentially, it comes down to magic versus bending. Tough call.  It would be pretty awesome to be able to bend, but I think that I’d rather have a wand.  Correct me if I’m wrong, but couldn’t you sort of bend the elements with your wand?  I don’t know if that’s accurate, but I do think that having a wand would be more practical.

Conclusion?  HP wins.

Well, that’s all, folks!  In writing this post, I realized that each of these fandoms have a lot of similarities, but it also reaffirmed my belief that ATLA is more dear to me than HP.

I was going to compare each fandoms animals and physical environment, but…I’m feeling lazy.  It’s spring break, after all.  Speaking of lazy, I obviously got really lazy as I wrote more and more of this post.  Oh, well.

What do you think?  Am I totally off?  Express your opinion below.  Remember to keep it friendly.

*I just started to watch that show.  It is my first anime and I love it, even though it is really depressing at times.  And, I take it back; it has its own share of fun, but not as much as its share of depressing-ness.  Seriously, though–I have never been on a more extreme emotional roller-coaster ride, which is saying a lot because I am not an emotional person.  At all.  I am Mai in the flesh.

**And now it should make sense why I love Zuko.  I am like Mai.  Zuko is emo.  Opposites attract.  I’m going to keep telling myself that.

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What Kind of Bender Are You? (An Avatar Quiz)

Water, Earth, Fire, Air

Water, Earth, Fire, Air

I just took a quiz that determines the bending type of an individual (based on the bending types from Avatar: The Last Airbender and
Avatar: The Legend of Korra). It was actually kind of fun and really accurate!

I was an airbender, which surprised me–I thought I would be a waterbender–but, after I read the results, it made a lot of sense and described me well.

Take the quiz by clicking here and tell me what kind of bender you are!

Release Date for Season Two of Korra?

Suh-weeeeet! Do you think it’ll actually happen?

Avatar: The Legend of Korra - News & Updates

Note: Big thanks to the commentor by the alias of JB for notifying me about the Upfront’s release date.

Every year, Nickelodeon holds an event called an “Upfront”, which is essentially the Comic-Con equivalent for Television Networks. During these Upfronts, Networks talk about their upcoming television schedule for the year. They discuss shows that will be returning to the network and talk about what fans should expect during the new seasons.

During March of last year, Nickelodeon held their 2012 Upfront and basically gave a rundown of their 2012 Television Schedule. They discussed the newly planned seasons for Spongebob Squarepants, Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness and many other popular Nickelodeon shows. More importantly, they discussed Book 1 of The Legend of Korra. Nickelodeon’s 2012 Upfront gave us the release date for Book 1 as well as a new trailer for the series.

Throughout this current off-season, Nickelodeon has failed…

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Avatar: The Legend of Korra–News and Updates Website

"I have mastered the elements..."

“I have mastered the elements…”

I don’t know about you, but I loved Avatar: The Last Airbender. The characters, the plot–you name it! It was awesome. And the new Avatar show–Avatar: The Legend of Korra–is pretty dang awesome, too. If you agree, then you know that right now, the entire fandom is waiting for season two. The long stretch of time in between seasons of television shows is torturous, but thankfully, I’ve found a website all about Korra to help pass the time until season two.

It’s called “Avatar: The Legend of Korra–News and Updates” and it’s as informative as it sounds. The blog admin is really good about updating the site; the instant even a hint of news is in the air, it’s on the blog. And the posts are often entertaining, too. In fact, I know from first hand experience just how good the blog is. I read it for several months and was then allowed to write for the blog for a short period of time. Although I’m not doing so anymore, I still read it today. It was really cool getting to be involved in a good blog–and this one definitely is.

It’s good stuff, guys. Check it out!

Tell me what you think of it!