Okay, first things first. I’m a Twilight fan AND a Harry Potter fan. I love the Weasley twins almost as much as Jasper. Well, not “almost.” I’d say I’m more partial to the vamps and wolves than the wizards and You Know Who….but still, I have never seen the need to compare the two series. It’s a bit like comparing apples to lawn furniture, they’re just not the same thing at all.
However, the Wall Street Journal has a great article about the “battle for the teenage audience” just in time for Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince to hit theatres in a few weeks. Rather than comparing the two series, the article discusses how each franchise has – or has not – paid attention to the other while creating the movies.
For its part, Summit Entertainment, the studio behind “Twilight,” says it has been careful to steer clear of the commercial juggernaut that “Potter” has become, especially because its “Twilight” fan base overlaps with the “Potter” audience. The studio says that its strategy has been to avoid releasing any “Twilight” material too close to big release dates for “Harry Potter.”
“It’s the only franchise that we ever pay attention to,” says Rob Friedman, chief executive and co-chairman of Summit Entertainment. “We are very cognizant of where they are, and we’ve always been wary of being in too close proximity to ‘Harry Potter’ because we know our fans cross over so much, and we definitely don’t want to compete with ‘Harry’ for attention.”
The entire article is worth a read, especially if you’re fans of both series. (Six days until Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince is released – anyone going to a midnight showing? )