Harry Potter Vs. Twilight: The Strange Fandom Feud, Explained

Twilight Saga fans versus Harry Potter fans: a rivalry that continues to deliver online content to this day.

Potterheads from the Harry Potter Series versus Twihards of The Twilight Saga is a rivalry that’s died down since its hay-day from 2005 to 2015, but it still remains a presence in popular culture to this day. Deciding a victor within the feud is more complicated than it appears. However, it does not matter which franchise is crowned “The Winner” because no stats or impassioned online posts will ever convince a fan to switch their allegiances. Even people who are fans of both series prefer one over the other.

J.K. Rowling’s first book in her series, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, was published in England in 1997 and the United States in 1998, and it was adapted into a film in 2001. Stephenie Meyer’s first book in her series, Twilight, was published in 2005, and its film adaptation was released in 2008.

While there was some overlap with the publications, there was a complete overlap with the films. From 2005-2012, two Harry Potter books, all four Twilight books, five of the Harry Potter movies and all five Twilight movies debuted, creating the height of the fandom feud.

This peak also took place during an online social networking boom. The dramatic popularity increase in Facebook and Twitter contributed heavily to the Twilight versus Harry Potter rivalry. There were online forums for fandoms to connect before these social network sites, but the ability for posts on social media platforms to go viral was an integral part of the feud. It became easier than ever to share opinions about popular culture and find other people who shared and reinforced those same ideas.

Online, the Twilight Saga went viral with the Team Edward vs. Team Jacob debate. This catchy team aspect of fandom grew outside of the Twilight universe and burrowed itself into other fandoms including Harry Potter. Meanwhile, Harry Potter leaked into other fandoms with the trend of sorting characters into Hogwarts Houses.

These examples of each series going viral outside of their own fandom demonstrates how both series are cultural phenomenons and why they are linked in a lifelong feud. They created language that fans use to express opinions about other series and characters outside of the original franchise.

The two fandoms also search for different versions of escapism and have different expectations of the stories they consume, so they are prone to judging what other franchises provide. Potterheads are quick to ridicule Twilight ‘s central conflict as a simple, toxic love triangle, and Twihards lament the lack of romance throughout Harry Potter.

Each series sets out to accomplish different goals. While they are both young adult fantasies, they do not have that much in common in terms of plot and style, therefore, the ground is ripe for discord and strife. By throwing these two drastically different series into a cage match with each other, there could not be winner, but it has led to over a decade worth of online content.

Searching the feud online and reading posts between the fandoms is often comedic, and it can be hard to distinguish the satirical posts from the impassioned ones. This is a big part of the feud’s success and why it remains relevant in the cultural conscious. The feud whips itself up into a frenzy in ridiculous waves that are entertaining to watch and participate in thanks to the release of childish anger as well as the ensuing comedic results.

The feud reaches peak comedy when it comes to Robert Pattinson’s involvement in both series. In Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, he played doomed Hogwarts Champion Cedric Diggory. He was also the lead vampire and love interest, Edward Cullen, in the Twilight Saga. Fans argue back and forth which version of Pattinson is superior, when in reality, both characters have more in common than it appears at first glance.

Both Cedric and Edward are described as handsome and charming. They each have special abilities. One is a wizard and the other a mind-reading vampire. Cedric and Edward also share cryptic clues with the leads of their series, Cedric to Harry about the second task clue and Edward to Bella about being a vampire. Both also have endearing relationships with their adoring fathers.

Despite all that the two series share, the fandoms have been feuding from the start. Now that some time has passed, the feud has become based on comedic banter rather than genuine anger. Twihards and Potterheads also share one key characteristic together: their series mean a lot to them.

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