I personally love it when fandoms collide, and it can often be eerie how similar the different characters are. So I put together a little list of some of my favorite Game of Thrones characters and who I think their Harry Potter twin is. Brace yourself.
Tyrion Lannister/Remus Lupin
Though one lives in luxury and the other in poverty, both Tyrion and Remus suffer being ostracized by the world for reasons beyond their control. They find love, but in both cases it is short-lived and the women eventually die. Both are terribly clever and use their brains to try and make the world a better place. And they both have scars on their faces from traumatic life events. Bet you didn't remember that about Prof Lupin.
Cersei Lannister/Bellatrix Lestrange
Both of these women are hands down one of the most hated characters in their respective universes. They both come from ancient, powerful families and are willing to do whatever is necessary to get what they want. Granted, Bellatrix is just straight up insane, but Cersei's excessive drinking and paranoia make her rather unstable too. Both women love and worship a man that they cannot have, and woe be to anyone who threatens him. Torture and bloodlust are the order of the day for these two ladies. Also, have you seen their cheekbones??
Jamie Lannister/Gilderoy Lockhart
Besides the similar golden hair and winning smile, Jaime and Gil both have built up dazzling reputations by doing rather underhanded things. Women love them and men want to be them. But when stripped of their celebrity (or hands) they both begin to tailspin into despair, or (in Gil's case) insanity. But I for one still have faith that Jaime will find his place in the world, even with a golden hand.
Sansa Stark/Ginny Weasley
While Sansa is prim and snooty and Ginny is fun and adorable, both girls find themselves in the middle of incredibly dangerous happenings. Sansa is trapped in King's Landing by Joffrey and Ginny is trapped in the Chamber of Secrets by Tom Riddle. Each girl has several older brothers who keep things interesting, and they each lose one in the course of their stories. They both have mothers who are full of spunk and who do whatever it takes to keep their children safe. Bonus: they're both gingers.
Arya Stark/Hermione Granger
While some may find this comparison a little far-fetched, it's pretty right on when you think about it. Both girls are battling social pressures to become who they want to be, whether it's a water dancer or a brilliant witch. They travel all over in search of knowledge, and in the face of danger are capable self-defenders and masters (mistresses?) of disguise. They're the brains behind the brawn and they aren't afraid to get messy. And if you squint your eyes, Needle just might look like a very sharp, very shiny wand...
Bran Stark/Harry Potter
Both of these long-suffering boys were struck by tragedy at a young age, Bran losing the ability to walk and Harry losing his parents. In the wake of these traumatic events, they each discover singular abilities that go on to aid them in their adventures. Bran meets Jojen and Meera Reed, who guide him through many dangerous situations (R.I.P. Jojen), and Harry meets Ron and Hermione, who stick by him through thick and thin and who are instrumental in defeating Voldemort. Neither boy could have succeeded without his friends. Both boys come close to death and struggle with nightmares about the things and people they have lost. Also, Hodor and Hagrid, anyone?
Petyr Baelish/Lucius Malfoy
These two are pretty slimy in their own right. They like to play both sides and no one is sure where their allegiances lie. They enjoy the finer things in life and like having power over others. Baelish owns multiple brothels and a network of spies, while Malfoy enlists his entire family in the service of the Dark Lord. They're all liars here.
Daenerys Targaryen/Luna Lovegood
These two ladies have more in common than their silver-white hair. Both girls come from little-known places and don't have much in the way of family. They are underestimated by everyone around them, but they soon prove everyone wrong. Both girls are wise beyond their years and have an affinity for animals, especially ones that freak everyone else out. And something tells me that Dany would look fabulous in Ravenclaw blue.
Jorah Mormont/Sirius Black
Ser Jorah and Sirius' stories both start out the same way: banished from their home and imprisoned in a strange place. Sirius' escape from Azkaban alarms the wizarding world, and Ser Jorah's affiliation with Daenerys makes the Small Council uneasy. Both men are disowned by their families, Sirius for running away and Ser Jorah for slave trading.They both live to guide and advise the young people in their care, doing whatever they can to protect them from harm. Ultimately they are both separated from their young charges. Oh, Sirius.
Jon Snow/Mad-Eye Moody
BEFORE YOU LOSE YOUR MIND, just bear with me. Breathe. Breathe some more. That's it.
Both Jon Snow and Mad Eye decide to serve their fellow man at a young age, Snow with the Night's Watch and Mad Eye with the Order of the Phoenix. They are both incredibly skilled warriors and natural leaders, each becoming pivotal to their respective groups. They lay their lives on the line for others without a second thought, and Moody eventually makes the ultimate sacrifice to protect Harry Potter. Sniff.
Samwell Tarly/Ron Weasley
Here we come to two of the most lovable fictional characters ever. Both Ron and Sam find themselves in fantastic (and life-threatening) situations that unearth surprising talents (White Walkers, anyone?). Both become best friends with incredible leaders, but often feel overshadowed by them. Their kind hearts help to make a dark world lighter, and their stubbornness often gets them into trouble. They both put others before themselves and soon become heroes in their own right. And they both get the girl...eventually.
While Ser Davos isn't half giant, he and Hagrid share other things. They both are loyal to their chosen leaders and have a soft spot for lonely children. They seem gruff and crusty on the outside, but on the inside is a gooey marshmallow of goodness.
Behind Prof Trelawney's Coke bottle glasses are several similarities to the Red Woman. Many have a hard time accepting Melisandre and her Red God, and the students of Hogwarts are convinced that Trelawney is crazy, but both women disprove their naysayers with shocking prophecies and predictions. Both Melisandre and Trelawney are obsessed with doom and death and try to convince others to follow them, often getting mixed results. Melisandre curses Joffrey Baratheon and he dies at his wedding feast; Trelawney predicts the return of Voldemort and his failed attack on little Harry. Whichever one you believe, these are not women to be messed with.
The Hound/Severus Snape
Both Sandor Clegane and Severus Snape are shunned growing up; as adults they are misunderstood at best and feared and hated at worst. Both men secretly wish for a better life away from the ones who oppressed them, and have more goodness in them than everyone thinks. They aren't afraid to let you know what they really think, and they are constantly on their guard. But the real question is: is the Hound really dead?
Margaery Tyrell/Fleur Delacour
As different as summer and winter, these beauties are way more than a pretty face. Margaery marries two kings, first Renly Baratheon, who is killed by Stannis, then Joffrey Baratheon, who fittingly dies a sudden, public death at their wedding feast. Fleur is chosen to participate in the Triwizard Tournament alongside Cedric Diggory, Viktor Krum, and (of course) Harry Potter. Both ladies rise to the occasion, using every trick in their arsenal to achieve their desired result. And, might I add, they both have the most beautiful wedding dresses.
Theon Greyjoy/Draco Malfoy
Theon and Draco are disliked and distrusted by everyone. They resent the attention others get and tear them down at every opportunity. They don't hesitate to betray their friends to try and gain power for themselves, but it doesn't work out for either one. Both dudes get in way over their heads and end up becoming a shell of who they used to be, which brings me to...
Ramsay Bolton/Tom Riddle
I. Hate. Ramsay. Bolton. He's sadistic, psychotic, and has the creepiest smile I've ever seen in my life seconded only by, you guessed it, Tom Marvolo Riddle. Both guys have serious daddy issues and spend their free time torturing animals (and humans, eventually). Neither one was accepted by their family and they tend to take this disappointment out on innocent teen wizards or not-so-innocent ironborn men. *shudder*
Podrick Payne/Neville Longbottom
Pod and Neville both fill the "awkward secondary character" perfectly. Both guys start out as the weird, self-humiliating guy that everyone pretends isn't there, but eventually turns into the indispensable kill-the-snake wing man. Both are quiet and unassuming, but incredibly smart once you get to know them. And both came out of puberty quite, quite well.
Olenna Tyrell/Minerva McGonagall
Lady Olenna's acerbic wit can only be matched by Professor McGonagall. Both ladies have many years of experience and wisdom under their belts, and they both spend their time imparting these to the next generation. Neither lady has any time for nonsense, but they have been known to enjoy a good joke or two. They're a couple of enigmas, those two.
Aemon Targaryen/Albus Dumbledore
No one has seen more than these two, except for Maester Aemon, because he's...well, you know. Anyway, both the Targaryen prince and the unmatched wizard have bottomless wells of knowledge that they willingly share with those who ask. They are both extremely dedicated to their causes and refuse to leave their posts in times of crisis. People rely on them for guidance and clarity when the going gets tough, and mourned them both when they were gone.
Shae and Tonks are two of the most carefree characters in this list. Both women defy society's constraints on them and claim what they want when they want it. They sometimes don't quite understand how dangerous the world really is, nor care what the consequences of their actions might be. Underneath their rebellious attitudes are tender hearts that just want to love and be loved.
Pyp and Grenn/Fred and George Weasley
These four goofballs have the job of providing comic relief in an otherwise dreary world. Whether it's a witty comeback or fireworks in the Great Hall, both sets of bros never fail to elate crowds and sometimes even make Jon Snow crack a half-smile.
Lysa and Robin Arryn/Petunia and Dudley Dursley
Possibly some of the most annoying people in the history of ever, Lysa Arryn and her whiny son bear a remarkable resemblance to Aunt Petunia and "Dudders". Both moms spoil their sons constantly, whether it's a trip to the store for more birthday presents or breastfeeding your eight-year-old. Lysa hates her sister Catelyn for catching Petyr Baelish's eye, and Petunia hates Lily for having magical abilities. Both women resent their niece/nephew and force them to endure harsh treatment while under their care (but give me a cupboard under the stairs over a Moon Door anytime). Robin and Dudley are both bullies who flaunt their power over others constantly and who run unchecked by their doting mothers. They expect everyone to bow to their whims and never fail to cause a ruckus if someone should deny them.
What did you think? Were there any that you liked or that I missed? Tell me in the comments below!