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Welcome to the very first Character Competition! Today’s contestants are skinny, dark-haired teenagers with special powers. How does newcomer Percy Jackson stack up to the internationally-renowned Harry Potter? They are more alike than you’d think.
|Harry Potter||Percy Jackson|
|Dead: witch & wizard||Parents||Both living: moral woman & Posiedon|
|Voldemort & Death Eaters||Foes||Greek Gods, Kronos & the Titans, Polybotes|
|Hogwarts||Educational Center||Camp Half-Blood|
|Hermione||Clever female friend||Annabeth|
|Ron||Funny, bumbling male friend||Grover|
|Master of Death||Major magical strengths||Controls water, speaks Horse,clairvoyant|
On the surface, it seems that the two are merely different iterations of the same character – they even both have black hair and green eyes! But as the discerning reader digs deeper, subtle but important differences appear. Harry is very clearly modeled on the Campbellian hero: orphaned, wise mentor who dies so that he can fulfill his destiny, and so on. Percy, on the other hand, has a less obvious heroic arc, more clearly modeled on the Greek myths – many of which are more tragedy and irony than success.
Vote for your favorite in the comments!