Seven “Potter” Parallels Found in “Mary Poppins”

During my latest Mary Poppins watch, I noticed several parallels between the musical and the Harry Potter series. Below are the seven extraordinary similarities I observed.


  1. Magically extended bags




Just like Hermione Granger, Mary also possesses a bag that is a lot larger than it looks. One that stores everything from hat stands to lamps, not quite what Hermione has in hers.


  1. Marvelous mirrors




Harry Potter has several magical mirrors, one of them being the Mirror of Erised. This fantastic mirror reveals one’s deepest desires. In addition, Harry’s mirror in Prisoner of Azkaban speaks to him just like Mary’s does to her.

That’s the spirit, dear,” said his mirror sleepily” (Prisoner of Azkaban 68).


  1. Extraordinary umbrellas




Probably one of the musical’s most iconic objects, Mary’s umbrella grants her the ability to fly. On the other hand, Hagrid’s flowery umbrella hides the pieces of his wand, enabling him to use it for magical purposes.


  1. Easy cleaning




One spell I wish I could perform and would make my life so much easier. Both worlds have easy methods of cleaning, whether it’s a click of the fingers or a simple incantation.


  1. Goodbye, unwanted guests




Harry accidentally blows up his aunt Marge in the third installment, whereas a remarkably strong gust of wind hilariously blows away the other nannies in line for the position.


  1. Subjective taste



In Harry Potter, Amortentia smells different to each person based on what attracts them. On the other hand, Mary’s magic medicine tastes different based on the individual’s preferences.


7. Different worlds




Characters from both of these works get transported into different worlds or times. Harry has Dumbledore’s Pensieve, which allows him to see certain memories. In Mary Poppins, Bert’s paintings take them to an animated world full of dancing and singing animals.

Are there any other magical parallels that you noticed? Let us know in the comments!

Minal Daswani

I entered the wizarding world in 2006, and haven’t left. In my Muggle time, I enjoy reading, bingeing TV shows, baking, and travellng.