No series has transpired in becoming such a global phenomenon like Harry Potter. Over the course of 7 books and 8 films, in the time frame of around 14 years, the Harry Potter series has triggered an overwhelming expanse of passion and obsession from millions and millions of children and adults alike. Such has been the immeasurable success and influence of the series, that a whole Harry Potter Theme Park and Film Studio Tour have been constructed through sheer public demand. Furthermore, a myriad of Potter merchandise, including wands, robes, toys, hats, scarves and pretty much any other Potter themed commodities you can think of, have been mass produced and dispatched to the four corners of the earth like under no other production in the history of cinema.
Despite itself being a very popular trilogy, the same can't be said for The Lord Of The Rings. The Harry Potter universe has shaped and influenced a whole generation of children, who have grown up with Harry Potter at the centre of their lives. Such is the accessibility and familiarity of the Harry Potter franchise, that it has become the most popular film series of all time. I think that is the main difference between Harry Potter and its fantasy colleague. Despite Harry Potter being of the fantasy genre, there is an element of realism and some understandable themes in the books that millions of people, young and old, male and female can relate to and enjoy. The problem with Lord Of The Rings is that one has to be a fantasy film buff to really get the appeal. Such is the extent of the fantasy element in the novel and the fact that it is set in a different universe and a different time zone, that many people are put off. It appeals to much a narrower target audience than Potter. This for me is one of my main reasons as to why Harry Potter is the superior franchise.
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