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Old 08-27-2008, 04:10 PM   #41
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LotR just has a much more epic story. that and i really enjoy Tolkien's writing style over Rowlings anyways. Tolkien was always much more detailed, and that's what i love when i read.

the other big plus is that the LotR movies where just better all around than the HP movies (thus far). and regardless of how well done the next HP movies are, its going to take a monster effort to top Return of the King. there is no other movie out there that tops it in terms of how epic it is.

You took the words right out of my mouth. And I must add, that The Lord of the Rings, has HOBBITS! That automatically trumps anything Harry Potter churns out. =P

And with LotR, the movies are actually pretty darn close to the books, I can't say that about Harry Potter, mostly because I haven't seen all of the movies (about five minutes of one of them), nor have I read the books... But I do know from what I've heard, and what I've read... Harry Potter just WOULD NOT appeal to me at all.


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Old 08-27-2008, 07:13 PM   #42
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Until you see the battle scenes of LotR.

Both films and books are equally fantastic, but I'm a sucker for battle.


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Old 08-27-2008, 08:45 PM   #43
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LOTR.

Way more well written.
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Old 08-28-2008, 10:08 AM   #44
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I don't know if I can honestly make an objective decision.

I like them both, very much. In terms of movies, I most definitely choose LotR.

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LotR, we get the Silmarillion (Sp?) and the Lost Tales (Vol. 1 & 2), and the lay of Berlain (Sp?) and the Hobbit, and The Children of Hurin, and the other one in that series..... oh, yeah, we also get the actual Lord of the Rings.

But, look at the sheer history and depth of Tolkien's world compared to Rowling's, it's just... amazing.

So, obviously, my vote was for LotR.

@Ray: Boring? LotR is anything but... unless you can't get out of the first book of the Fellowship.


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Old 08-28-2008, 07:38 PM   #46
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In both, LOTR demolishes HP. I really liked reading the the HP books, especially the later ones, and the movies are pretty good, but they cant even be compared to lotr.
Lotr has a story that affects all of middle earth, whereas the story in harry potter doesnt really affect the non-wizards until the last books. Also, Lotr has my all time favorite scene in a movie EVER, the last march of the ents. That scene gives me goosebumps every time I see it, and its not like thats the only good scene even, the entire movie is almost perfect. The only thing I can fault the movies on is not including my favorite whatever he is Tom Bambadil.



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Old 08-28-2008, 08:28 PM   #47
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Lotr has a story that affects all of middle earth, whereas the story in harry potter doesnt really affect the non-wizards until the last books.
So the scope of the books is what makes a series good?

I'm not sure I agree.

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Old 08-29-2008, 08:59 AM   #48
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Lets see Epic story, Massive battles, whole world created, elvish, trolls, ogres, Nasgul, Sauron, Golem.... And of course Gimli.... Oh yeah LoTR wins hands down... And they did it in 3 books... HP couldn't finish it in 3....

And what wizard compares to Gandalf.... He even died and came back...

Lets see... Comparative based on characters
HP has Harry... LoTR has Frodo
HP has dorky kids with overinflated self worth... LoTR has the Fellowship
HP has a dieing gay wizard... LoTR has Gandalf the grey and Gandalf the white... Can't keep him down....
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Old 08-29-2008, 09:09 PM   #49
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For one thing Harry Potter in my opinion is well...GAY
And LOTR is epic and great for nerds like me enjoying Star Wars



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Old 08-30-2008, 01:47 PM   #50
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I have immensely enjoyed both series, but LOTR really wins without any question for me.

I love the detail that Tolkein put into creating not just a story, but a living world, one that keeps on going - and he enthused the entire of Middle-earth with a history almost as vibrant as our own.

And the languages... Elvish, Dwarvish, Black Speech, and more.

Each culture is distinct - and while tied to some real-world cultures, it's not obvious - sure the Dwarves are like Vikings, and Rohan similar to the Saxons, but you don't realise it.

I do like Harry Potter, but never as much as I could like LOTR.






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Old 08-30-2008, 01:58 PM   #51
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Truly. I don't care how badly written one or the other must be (in fact, neither are) but I just had more fun reading the non-pretentious HP. Which is exactly why the movies failed so miserably IMO.


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Old 08-30-2008, 10:34 PM   #52
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the harry potter movies almost completely ruined the book series. i mean i understand that movies are going to differ from the book they come from, but come on... there is a line that should not be crossed if the movie is going to properly reflect the book (which i had assumed it was), not to mention the acting and the storyline in the movies were absolutely horrible until Year 3 (were it was promoted to just horrible)

so my vote is for Lord of the Rings, probably one of the best movie series i have ever see


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Old 08-30-2008, 11:06 PM   #53
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When it comes down to it, The Lord of the Rings is considered one of the great literary achievements of the 20th century. It is a true epic, and a classical good versus evil tale. Harry Potter, by comparison, seems little more than a children's book. I applaud J.K.Rowling for encouraging little people to start reading again, but I don't think her work could ever hope to match, much less exceed, J.R.R. Tolkien's masterpiece.


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Old 08-31-2008, 07:22 PM   #54
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If you want a semi real challenge read The Silmarillion
I liked The Silmarillion it was a really good book.
But I am sorry Harry Potter has nothing when compared to LOTR. Harry potter was good for a while, but LOTR is a classic that can never get replaced or get boring.





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Old 09-01-2008, 10:27 AM   #55
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LotR challenging.

If you want a semi real challenge read The Silmarillion or for a real challenge the H.o.M.E. series.
Exactly, I read lotr when i was 10... And again when i was 12 and then once more when i was 14. And it was always the same to me:ubah epic story with all kinds of relations to the national stories of many countries. I have read HP once, and it was fun but kinda boring... But the best book EVER has got to be Musashi.... Read it about two years ago... Took me 8 days, and then re read the 1013 pages of pure gold in 5 days and yeah... YEAH!!!!!!!!
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Old 09-01-2008, 05:59 PM   #56
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Harry Potter because:
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Old 09-02-2008, 03:25 PM   #57
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LOTR for sure...


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Old 09-03-2008, 01:06 AM   #58
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I am not much of a fan of either. But if someone put a gun up to my head and told me to choose, I would choose Harry Potter. Mostly because I read the first book before I read the Fellowship of the ring and thought it was alright


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Old 09-03-2008, 04:41 AM   #59
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I am not much of a fan of either. But if someone put a gun up to my head and told me to choose, I would choose Harry Potter. Mostly because I read the first book before I read the Fellowship of the ring and thought it was alright
Because gun-toting literary critic related crime is really on the up these days...

I will admit that Harry Potter has a much stronger marketing machine, but LOTR is still tops.






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Old 09-03-2008, 09:43 AM   #60
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LotR, we get the Silmarillion (Sp?) and the Lost Tales (Vol. 1 & 2), and the lay of Berlain (Sp?) and the Hobbit, and The Children of Hurin, and the other one in that series..... oh, yeah, we also get the actual Lord of the Rings.

But, look at the sheer history and depth of Tolkien's world compared to Rowling's, it's just... amazing.

So, obviously, my vote was for LotR.

@Ray: Boring? LotR is anything but... unless you can't get out of the first book of the Fellowship.
The Lost Tales (Vol. 1 & 2) and The Lays of Beleriand are a part of the twelve book The History of Middle-earth series.


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Old 09-03-2008, 11:47 AM   #61
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I love 'em both, but LotR has more class.
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Old 09-04-2008, 10:56 PM   #62
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Lord of the BoRings.

Lord of the Rings was just plain dull. Every single little detail in any of the three books is drawn out for pages and pages, without seeming to end. While this does lend itself well to film-making, I wasn't impressed with the movies, either. While they were decent films, sure, they're just plain not worth all the hype - not to mention three hours sitting starring at the same field from different angles and a handful of different castles. Not to mention the acting - every single time Frodo opened his mouth I wanted to throw something at the screen.

Harry Potter was much more imaginative, to be honest. And the movies had enough big names to make it worth going to see whether it was as dull and bland as LotR or not. Any movie with Robbie Coltrane or Maggie Smith has got to be decent; but a movie with both of them? I'm there.
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... And the movies had enough big names to make it worth going to see....
And the LotR movies didn't?


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LOTR totally owned Harry Potter.
The movies ruined HP and LOTR did very good with both.
No offense to HP fans but the LOTR the story had way more of a more of a enchanced story that actually did good with wizards.
HP is for 7 year olds,
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Old 09-05-2008, 09:48 PM   #67
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I wasn't even thinking of the movies (and esp. not any actor) when I made this poll. They're derivative.

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I personally like the LOTR books more than the Harry potter movies (LOTR movies are best overall, the HP movies are only good to watch about once while the LOTR books can be read many times over), the HP books (for me) were interesting for a bit but then I would get bored. But that is just me.





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The odds are against those who favor HP.


(told you so...*sticks out tongue*)

I mean seriously? LOTR rivals Star Wars as far as epicness (Word? I don't know) go's for me. If it weren't for the depth of the SW story I would probably be a LOTR kinda guy.

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LOTR is better than HP nuff' said...besides HP is just weird, and I love the detail in the LOTR books, the movies could've used better actors but were good nonetheless...


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Old 09-07-2008, 11:36 AM   #72
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Don't forget the bad lines, "If you want him come and claim him!" Come on, that's one of the worst lines in the movies...


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Gandalf owns Dumbledore.

And Sauron is so cool, I like it how they made them in the prologue of LOTR:TFOTR
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I'll admit, I've never seen or read HP. From what I've heard, even before I came to this forum...Lord of the Rings rules!

I didn't particularly like the books 'cause it was like: Yes, a battle! What, Boromir died! But he was my favorite character and...Aragorn, come on, that was such a LAME eulogy! Oh, lets look at the pretty white flowers on the hill as they spend eighteen days riding to Edoras...

You get the idea .

The movies were great! The battles were--over-used word alert--epic! Return of the King was just awesome, 'cept for the last fifteen minutes.

And yes, I did want to kill Frodo every time he opened his mouth.


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Lord of the Rings, for sure by a long shot.

The books are epic, the movies are epic. Potter books and movies are no means bad, but they don't have that overarching feel of epicness.

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