Star Wars, Harry Potter

Well, we suppose it all depends on how one defines “better.”

In a one-on-one conversation between Daniel  Radcliffe and Harry Potter author J.K.  Rowling featured on the upcoming Blu-ray/DVD release of Harry  Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, the actor compares his popular film  franchise to sagas like Star Wars and Star Trek

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It’s interesting actually,” says Radcliffe in the above clip given  exclusively to MTV. “If you start to think  for a moment, not about these  characters, but if you think of the lives  these characters actually have in the  books, and the fact that, to a  certain level, because they exist in the  collective consciousness of a  generation, they do exist.”

“I always think that that’s one of the wonderful things about Potter  and the Potter fan base,” he adds. “If you think about the other big   costume-wearing [franchises] that go with it, things like Star Wars and  Star Trek, with Potter, because it started off as a literary  thing, has  created a generation of the same kind of mentality…with an  appetite  for reading and literature, which is kind of amazing.”

But while Radcliffe is essentially expressing that Potter (and its  fans) simply benefits from having originated on the printed page, William Shatner,  on the other hand, has no problem telling folks why his beloved Star  Trek is definitely light years ahead of Star Wars.

Star Trek had relationships and conflict among the relationships  and stories that involved humanity and philosophical questions,” he says in a  recent YouTube posting. “Star Wars was special effects. It  was ILM at its best…Star Wars is derivative of Star Trek.  Derivative!”

What’s more, Shatner also points out that a character such as Princess Leia,  while “beautiful,” just “can’t compare to the wonderful heroines” on Star  Trek.

Of course, when asked if Captain Kirk would have ever considered running off  with Leia, Shatner replies: “Absolutely!”

Now that would have been a movie!

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