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Poll: Similarities between Harry Potter and The Lord of the Rings

A lot has been made of similarities between these two works of fiction over the years (especially on the internet) below is a list of the most noted upon similarities, which do you think is the most remarkable? Discuss Here

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    Daniel Radcliffe in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001)

    Young orphan protagonists (Harry and Frodo) that both start the story living with their Uncle's. (Vernon and Bilbo).
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    Ian McKellen in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012)

    A wise, grey bearded, wizard mentor. (Dumbledore and Gandalf)
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    Ralph Fiennes in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011)

    Dark Lords that have extreme power, lose it all, can't take physical form though their spirit lives on, they bide their time to then regain power again. (Lord Voldermort and Sauron)
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    Elijah Wood in The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)

    Objects of extreme power (often jewellery) that the dark lord's soul is attached to meaning that unless it is destroyed the dark lord can never truly die. (Horcruxes and The Ring of Power)
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    Malfoy and Harry in the forest with Fang

    Evil and dark forests. (The Forbidden Forest and Mirkwood/ Fangorn)
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    The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)

    Hooded followers that serve the dark lord. (Death Eaters and Nazgul)
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    Toby Jones in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002)

    Forlorn, tortured and sympathetic creatures that are simultaneously a help and hindrance. (Dobby and Gollum)
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    Billy Boyd and Dominic Monaghan in The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)

    Trees that move and think for themselves. (The Whomping Willow and Treebeard/ Ents)
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    Timothy Spall and Daniel Radcliffe in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005)

    Assistants to the villains with worm pre-fixes in their name. (Wormtail and Grima Wormtongue)
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    Elijah Wood in The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)

    Giant spiders. (Aragog and Shelob)
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    Helena Bonham Carter and Matthew Lewis in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011)

    Lonbottoms. (Neville Longbottom and Lontbottom Leaf)
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    Billy Boyd and Dominic Monaghan in The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)

    A mischievous, 'comic relief' pairing. (Fred & George and Merry & Pippin)
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    Rupert Grint and Emma Watson in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (2010)

    Protagonist's best friend(s) that won't let them do it alone. (Ron & Hermione and Sam-Wise Gamgee)
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    Viggo Mortensen in The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)

    Important swords that hold the key to defeating the enemy. (Sword of Godric Gryffindor and Anduril)
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    Michael Gambon and Daniel Radcliffe in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009)

    A looking glass that allows users to see into the past (and future). (Pensieve and The Mirror of Galadriel)
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    Christopher Lee in The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)

    Powerful ally wizard turned bad. (Gellert Grindelwald and Saruman the White)
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    Alan Rickman in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011)

    Characters that have been both good and evil, at various stages throughout their lives (sometimes falsely.) Both of these characters have a final redemption. (Severus Snape and Boromir)
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    Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

    Main characters possessing tools that enable them to become invisible. (The Invisibility Cloak and The One Ring)
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    Daniel Radcliffe in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005)

    Protagonists both have scars inflicted by the enemy that won't heal, their pain becomes stronger the closer they get to the dark lord. (Harry's lightning bolt and Frodo's morgul-blade wound inflicted by The Witch King)
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    The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)

    Both groups of heroes have their earliest victories against big cave trolls. (Harry, Ron & Hermione in the Bathroom at Halloween and The Fellowship in the Mines of Moria)
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    Gary Oldman and Daniel Radcliffe in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007)

    A skinny, long-haired, scruffy, bearded and threatening character that turns out to be good. (Sirius Black and Aragorn)
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    Sean Astin and Elijah Wood in The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)

    Both main villians' source of immortality can only be destroyed with a very rare source. (Basilisk Venom/ Sword of Griffindor and The Lava of Mount Doom

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