Twilight begins when a young girl named Bella Swan moves to Forks, Washington to live with her father. Awkward and shy, Bella surprisingly befriends other students at lunch. A group of attractive students walk into the cafeteria and catching Bella’s attention, she asks her new friends who they are. She then spots one boy in the group and learns his name is Edward Cullen. The entire rest of the series revolves around their dramatic and unhealthy relationship. The main concern of the movies is that Edward is a vampire and Bella is not, and whether or not she should become one. The massive emphasis on their relationship is both shallow and misguiding to young teens.
Harry Potter is a much more extensive series, opening with a young boy who was orphaned as an infant and lives with his emotionally, verbally, and occasionally physically abusive aunt and uncle. At the age of eleven Harry learns he is a wizard and begins attending Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. He meets two other first-year students, Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger, who soon grow to be his best friends for the next seven plus years...
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...e subject to this decision. Countless people surrender to Lord Voldemort in exchange for the safety of their loved ones. Harry’s own parents, for example, are discovered by Lord Voldemort after several months of hiding. He arrives to personally murder them and Harry’s parents do everything possible to keep him alive. Harry’s mother throws herself in front of him just as Lord Voldemort attempts to take his life. Due to this act of selfless love, Lord Voldemort is unable to kill the Harry and is forced to abandon his mission, leaving him an orphan when he is just an infant.
Harry Potter demonstrates true friendship, acts of bravery, and noble sacrifice. It sets an example of admirable behavior to viewers, particularly those who are young. Twilight wrongly presents unhealthy relationships as praiseworthy, which can be detrimental to impressionable adolescent viewers.
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