11 Similarities between Harry Potter and Batman

…and it’s not the low, scratchy voice!

  1. Both have witnessed the deaths of their parents (Harry as an infant in his home; Bruce as a young child outside an opera house).
  2. Both inherited wealth from their parents (Harry’s parents left him a vault of their savings; Bruce’s parents left him bonds).
  3. Both have impressive means of transportation (Harry’s broomstick; Bruce’s batmobile).
  4. Both fight against the forces of evil (Harry vs. Voldemort and his Death Eaters; Batman vs. the corrupt city of Gotham).
  5. Both have wise old mentors (Harry has Dumbledore; Bruce has Alfred).
  6. Both have corrupt governments (Harry & the Ministry of Magic as it stands under Scrimgeour; Bruce & Gotham City).
  7. Both have recognizable trademarks (Harry’s lightning bolt; Bruce’s bat silhouette).
  8. Both have two sidekicks – one girl and one guy (Ron and Hermione; Robin and Batgirl).
  9. Both have learned to overcome their greatest fears (Harry faces dementors several times; Bruce has become Batman).
  10. Both want to follow the footsteps of their fathers (Harry looks up to James and wants to be a member of the Order just like his dad; Bruce looks up to his father, who used his wealth to try to make Gotham a better place).
  11. Actor Gary Oldman is in both movies (Sirius Black in the Harry Potter movies; Jim Gordon in The Dark Knight Trilogy).

Submitted by: Nicole and Danielle

Eric S.

Eric Scull joined MuggleNet in November of 2002. Since that time, he’s presided over a number of sections, including name origins and Dear Hogwarts, but none so long as the recently revived Crazy Caption Contest. Eric is a Hufflepuff who lives in Chicago and loves the outdoors.