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'Harry Potter' vs. 'Twilight': Who's more popular?

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Harry-potter-vs-twilight_l Who’s more popular: Harry, Ron, and Hermione, or Bella and Edward? According to a recent comparison, the Hogwarts kids have the edge — except in soundtrack sales, where the folk of Forks, Washington have them beat. That might be because the Twilight soundtrack is pop songs, and the Potter soundtracks are the films’ John Williams scores. Maybe.

Comparing book sales, the Potterverse is way out ahead, with a total of over 53 million books sold since 2001 — and Sorcerer’s Stone, Chamber of Secrets, Prisoner of Azkaban,and Goblet of Fire all came out before then, so the actual number is even higher. The Twilight franchise has sold around 25 million, but it has three fewer books and fewer years on the shelf. Since 2008, though, Twilight totally wins: 1,767,272 HP books have been sold, while 22,975,112 Twilight ones have.

At the box office, Harry Potter’s cuisine reigns supreme; even though Twilight brought in $36 million its opening day, that doesn’t beat Sorcerer’s Stone or Chamber of Secrets when their results are adjusted for inflation. Still, it’s not as if a $191.4 million haul is anything to scoff at. Chin up, Twihards!

In the end, both franchises are mega-ultra-super-beloved, right? Doesn’t that mean we’re all winners, PopWatchers? Or can there be only one?

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