ByTom Burton, writer at
Pure Cumberbitch!
Tom Burton

These two franchises have achieved over $4 billion worldwide and have been credited with Oscar Nominations and wins, these two universes are the most famous movie universes in the fantasy genre, but which one is the best?

Round 1: Cast

Both sets of cast have made their mark on the film industry. These two franchises have created famous quotes from the brilliant portrayal of the actors.

In the Middle-Earth universe, the actors convey a freakishly accurate portrayal of their respective characters, which pleases book fans, but some characters, such as Gollum and Aragorn, create multiple layers of character within the movies. Also with Andy Serkis creating a genre of motion capture and changed the perspective of CGI for future generations.

However in the Harry Potter universe,the actors also convey a freakishly accurate portrayal of their respective characters, which again please book fans. Despite Daniel Radcliffe portrayed a stale Harry Potter in the first few films, his performance in the latter films conveyed a memorable performance.

Also, the extremely heated debate for Gandalf vs Dumbeldore, for me Gandalf is the better character, Dumbledore learnt Magic, Gandalf was created with it!


Better Cast?

Round 2: Story

Both movies have been credited with their story-line, both Franchises use this as their strength and create a large and most certainly time consuming saga.

The Lord of the Rings extended edition is just over 13 hours long and the Hobbit is set to match that, all the main characters in the LoTR were set on their own adventures in which engaged and entertained the audience.

The entire Harry Potter franchise was split into 7 books and 8 films, need I say more! In each film they successfully create a story-line specific to that movie but another story-line that sticks through the entire saga.


Better Story?


Every franchise needs its hero to save the day!

In the LoTR, the main Protagonist is Frodo Baggins. Frodo Baggins, son of Drogo Baggins, was a Hobbit of the Shire in the Third Age. He was and is most renowned for his leading role in the Quest of the Ring in which he bore the One Ring to Mount Doom, where it was ultimately destroyed. This character is argued to be among a large number of main characters, so his success is all the more the triumphant, but actual character building was small, but important nevertheless.

In the Hobbit, Bilbo Baggins was the main protagonist. He was hired by Thorin and Company to be their burglar on the Quest of Erebor, and later fought in the Battle of the Five Armies. Unlike Frodo, this character is seen more as a standout character, and has more screen time, meaning more meaningful character building and emotions that the audience can relate to.

In the Harry Potter universe, the main Protagonist is obviously, Harry Potter was a half-blood wizard, the only child and son of James and Lily Potter and one of the most famous wizards of modern times. All 8 movies were centered around this character, so we got to see lots of screen time with this character, meaning a lot more meaningful character building and emotions that the audience can relate to.


Better Protagonist?


And Every franchise needs a villain to destroy the world!

In the Middle Earth Universe, Sauron is the main villain, Sauron, the creator of the One Ring, Sauron created the rings of power and then he was defeated in the War of the Last Alliance by the lat line of defense: elves and men. Isiluder cut off his finger with the ring on it. He returned to power in the Third Age. He barley gets an appearance physically, but the characters convey him as a mencasicng figure that no one wants to deal with.

The main villain for the Harry Potter world is Tom Riddle, later known as Lord Voldemort, was a half-blood wizard and considered to be the most powerful Dark Wizard of all time. He was the heir of Salazar Slytherin. Tom was born and raised in a Muggle orphanage, but eventually attended Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry and was sorted into Slytherin house. Tom Riddle was the most talented pupil ever to attend Hogwarts after Albus Dumbledore. Riddle was arrogant, cruel, sadistic, manipulative and psychopathic. He was determined to cheat death by creating 7 Horcruxes, and the only person to defeat was Harry Potter! Unlike in the Middle Earth universe, we see a lot more of this Antagonist, in 6 of the 8 films, this character has been given a lot of screen time, and shown to be a menacing figure.


Better Antagonist

Financial Success

This is all Statistics, no opinions here.

Lord of the Rings has achieved over $2.5 billion and the Hobbit (so far) has achieved almost $2 billion making the total up to $4.4 billion over 5 movies, averaging over $800 million per film.

Harry Potter achieved over $7.7 billion worldwide over movies, averaging it out at $962 million per film.

Winner for Financial Success: Harry Potter

So which do you think is the best universe? Vote and let me know what you think!


Latest from our Creators