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Saturday, February 16, 2013

Wizards and Ninjas

I've recently finished reading the entire Harry Potter series and decided that this is now my favorite series ever. While falling in love with the books, I noticed a lot of similarities between Harry Potter and an anime series I also absolutely love: Naruto/Naruto Shippuden. It actually made me wonder if the creator of Naruto is also a Harry Potter fan. From characters to the plot, here are some of the things that I found common between them:

(note: To those who haven't read Harry Potter and watched Naruto yet, please be aware that there may be spoilers in this post.) 

Harry PotterNaruto/Naruto Shippuden

Harry Potter

Uzumaki Naruto
The Chosen One, The Boy Who LivedChild of the Prophecy
*both are orphansJames and Lily Potter died protecting infant Harry from VoldemortMinato and Kushina died when the Kyuubi (nine-tailed demon fox) tried to kill infant Naruto
*both contain a part of the ones who killed their parentsA part of Voldemort's soul lives within Harry, making the latter an unintentional HorcruxKyuubi's chakra was sealed into Naruto, making him a Jinchuriki
*both bear a distinguished markHarry's lightning scar "is the result of a failed murder attempt by Lord Voldemort…""...the whisker marks on his face that he gained from Kurama's influence on him while he was in Kushina's womb."
*both try to do everything themselves
THE PROTAGONIST'S MOTHERLily PotterUzumaki Kushina
*both are red-haired
*both are considered 'outsiders'muggle-born"originated from Uzushiogakure'sUzumaki clan..."
*but with expceptional abilities" extremely talented and skilful witch. Her skills were such that, Lord Voldemort was willing to overlook her Muggle-born status and asked that she and her husband join him.""...deceptive strength and fierce barehanded fighting skills…"
THE VILLAINLord VoldemortOrochimaru (Naruto)
*both are obsessed with immortalitymade Horcruxes to ensure that he will not die has a technique called "Living Corpse Reincarnation, which allows him to transfer his soul to another body and extend his life indefinitely."
worked as a spy for Dumbledore to protect Harrycarried out secret missions to protect Konoha village, making him an S-rank criminal
spied on the Death Eaters to relay information to Dumbledoreinfiltrated Akatsuki to monitor its movements
*the gang of villainsDeath EatersAkatsuki
*the mentor who diedAlbus DumbledoreJiraiya

(note: quoted texts are taken from and respectively.)

So there. Those were some similarities I found between Harry Potter and Naruto. If you also love both and saw other things common between them, feel free to remind me. ^_^
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Julie @ Books and Insomnia

Julie is a Filipina blogger who pretends she has insomnia so she can stay up late reading. When she's not buried in books, she can be found watching anime, drinking chocolate-flavored instant coffee, lurking on the internet, daydreaming and talking about herself in third person. She loves purple and anything sweet!

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