Percy Jackson & The Olympians – A Harry Potter Rewrite?
One series that helped me get over my Post-Potter depression was Percy Jackson & The Olympians. It’s a fun series of books that chronicles the tales of a young demigod named Percy as he fights off monsters and evil lords all while trying to have a somewhat normal adolesant life.
If you are an uber Potter-geek like me, you’ll notice quite a few similarities between the story of Percy and our favorite boy wizard. Here are a few that I noticed. Feel free to leave a comment and share your own!
- Both books start with an 11 year old boy when they find out they are more than what they seem (1 is a wizard and 1 is a demigod)
- Both books have 3 main characters 2 boys and a girl
- Book 4 in each series features a labyrinth
- Both stories revolve around a prophecy that involves the main character
- There is a teacher at both schools that has it out for the main character.
- Both feature a 3 headed dog
- Both touch on the theme of doing what is right versus doing what is easy
- The bad guy in both series uses others to gain power and their human form back
- Both feature “Half-Bloods”
- Hogwarts and Camp Half-Blood both split their pupils out into different houses. Each house has it’s distinguishing characteristics
- There is a character is each of the rival houses that is an antagonist