Harry Potter vs Twilight: Which YA Franchise Has A Bigger Following Today?

By the time Twilight came out in 2005, the Harry Potter series was already taking over the world and already had six books in the series. The Harry Potter franchise began in 1997 when the first book, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, came out. There are seven books in the series and the books turned into eight different movies that billions of fans have watched over the years.

400 Million More People Read The ‘Harry Potter’ Books

makes sense that more people have read them. But a lot of people are still buying and reading the Harry Potter books. According to Scholastic, “More than 500 million copies of the Harry Potter books have sold worldwide; more than 180 million copies have sold in the U.S. alone.”

More People Watched The ‘Harry Potter’ Movies Too

Harry Potter has eight movies while Twilight only has five (so far). Each of them made millions when they were released in theaters and both franchises are worth billions of dollars. According to Showbiz CheatSheet, the Harry Potter films “collectively made an astonishing $7.73 billion worldwide.”

Team Edward Vs Team Jacob Was A Huge Thing A Decade Ago (But Not So Much Now)

The second movie in the Twilight series is the one that truly launched the franchise into the spotlight and gave it its popularity. According to the Washington Post, “The Twilight saga proved divisive at times, especially when New Moon came around. With Edward gone from Forks, Wash.,—he needs to keep Bella safe, okay?!—there isn’t much left for a heartbroken Bella to do except mope. Luckily, she has Jacob Black (Lautner), a family friend who discovers he is a werewolf, to keep her company. Eclipse only exacerbates the love triangle. Teenagers across the country honed their argumentative skills by fighting for either Team Edward or Team Jacob.”

‘Twilight’ Started A Vampire And Supernatural Beings Trend

Soon after Twilight premiered, TV shows and movies about supernatural beings started showing up more than they have in years, especially vampires. According to the Washington Post, “While we are in no way crediting the series with introducing vampires to Hollywood—Dracula and Buffy would scoff!—it’s hard to deny the impact its popularity had on teen-oriented programming. Bloodsuckers popped up and thrived all over, including in the genuinely bad Twilight parody called Vampires Suck.”

There’s More ‘Harry Potter’ Themed Products Than ‘Twilight’

Both franchises have their own products, but it seems like there’s not as many Twilight themed products as there are Harry Potter ones. Harry Potter has hundreds of different types of products that fans can buy in stores or online, including toys, clothes, decorations, and other stuff.

The ‘Harry Potter’ Franchise Has Its Own Rides And Attractions At The Universal Studios Theme Parks

On June 18, 2010, the Harry Potter franchise became even larger and expanded to theme parks. Fans were first introduced to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Universal’s Islands of Adventure that day and it was the first time they were able to experience the world of their favorite wizard. According to Visit Orlando, “Too wildly imaginative and expansive to be contained by any one theme park, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ is split between Diagon Alley™ at Universal Studios Florida and Hogsmeade™ at Universal’s Islands of Adventure, with the Hogwarts™ Express connecting the two. Before you know it, you’ll be casting spells, quaffing Butterbeer™, going to a Quidditch™ match and even facing off against Lord Voldemort™ himself.”

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