Harry Potter and Frodo Comparison Essay

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Comparing Harry Potter and Frodo Baggins After watching their debuting films, I became captivated by the Harry Potter series and the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Although I was very young, there was something in these films that completely fascinated me. My interest in them drove me to read the very thick novels from which these films were derived. From then on, I was hooked on every move these main characters made. I began to notice that although these two protagonists had very different adventures, they also had very similar character traits and story framework. Frodo Baggins and Harry Potter had very similar beginnings in life. Frodo’s parents, Drogo Baggins and Primula Brandybuck, both drowned in a boat accident when Frodo was a young boy of 12. After this accident, his relative Bilbo Baggins looked after Frodo. Harry’s parents also died when he was very young, but in a much darker context. The Lord Voldemort murdered James Potter and Lily Evans when Harry was only a baby. Having survived the attack that night with nothing more than a scar, he also became an orphan. This left him under the care of his aunt and uncle, Vernon and Petunia Dursley. The notable difference in this aspect is that Bilbo is extremely fond of Frodo and treats him like a son, whereas the Dursleys despise Harry and everything to do with his magic and wizarding world. These two characters each embark on incredible journeys that happen to commence on their birthdays. On the night of Harry Potter’s 11th birthday, Hogwarts’s game-keeper Rubeus Hagrid burst through their cottage with a birthday cake, and the good news of Harry’s wizardom. He is then whisked away to Diagon Alley where he prepares for wizarding school. On the other hand, Frodo’s journey begins on his 33rd birthday, which is coincidentally also Bilbo’s birthday. Bilbo vanished after entrusting Frodo with the “One Ring” that he

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