In the fantasy genre of fiction aimed primarily at teenagers, Harry Potter and Edward Cullen are two of the most popular characters.

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Edward Cullen versus Harry Potter comparison chart
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Edward CullenHarry Potter
First appearance Twilight Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (USA), Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (UK)
Last appearance Breaking Dawn Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
Created by Stephenie Meyer J.K. Rowling
Country United States of America United Kingdom
Genre Fantasy, young-adult fiction, romance, paranormal romance, mystery Young Adult, Fantasy
Language English Multiple
Enemies The Volturi, James in first movie/ Victoriai first second and third movie, Jacob Black (somewhat), Lord Voldemort, Severus Snape, Draco Malfoy, Death Eaters, Dolores Umbridge, Cornelius Fudge (5th and 6th book), Professor Quirrel, the Dursleys
Leader(s) Carlisle Cullen Dumbledore, Minister of Magic.
Best friends Jasper Cullen, Alice Cullen, Emmett Cullen, Rosalie Cullen, Tanya, Kate, Irina, Eleazar, Carmen,Bella Ron Weasley, Hermione Granger
Occupation High School Student Wizard, Auror
Love interests Bella Swan Cho Chang (Years 4-5), Ginny Weasley (Year 6 and then married)
Intentions To live in peace among humans, to be as human as possible, live a succesful vegetarian lifestyle To defeat the evil wizard, Lord Voldemort, stay as far as possible from the Dursleys, and to live a normal life, not to attract attention or glory to himself as "the boy who lived" or the youngest Triwizard Tournament competitor by "cheating"
Nickname(s) Eddie The Boy-Who-Lived, The Chosen One, Undesirable No. 1, Mr Perkins, Scarhead, Potty Wee Potter
Family Edward Masen Sr. (biological father) Elizabeth Masen (biological mother) Esme Platt (adoptive mother) Carlisle Cullen (adoptive father) Alice Brandon and Rosalie Hale (adoptive sisters) Jasper Whitlock and Emmett McCarty (adoptive brothers) James Potter (father), Lily Potter (mother), Sirius Black (godfather), Vernon Dursley (uncle), Petunia Dursley (aunt), Dudley Dursley (cousin),
Author Stephenie Meyer J.K. Rowling
Date of birth June 20, 1901 Jul 31, 1980
Importance in series Main character, male love interest The Hero, the one who has to either kill Voldemort or be killed by him.
House Current residence of the Cullen's Gryffindor
Gender Male Male
Children Renesmee Carlie Cullen Lilly Luna Potter, James Sirius Potter, Albus Severus Potter, Theodore Lupin (godson)
Personality Romantic, self-loathing, cynical, competitive, caring, melodramatic, jealous, observant, mind-reader Caring, brave, smart, humble, sporty, helpful, intuitive, forgiving, hot-headed, impulsive
Age 17 (biological) 104 (Twilight novel, chronological) 108 (Twilight movie, chronological) 11-17, 36 (epilogue)
Portrayed by Robert Pattinson Daniel Radcliffe
Introduction (from Wikipedia) Edward Cullen-(né Edward Anthony Masen) a fictional character from Stephenie Meyer's Twilight series. He features in the Twilight book and film series as well as the unpublished Midnight Sun. Harry Potter is a series of seven fantasy novels written by the British author J. K. Rowling. The books chronicle the adventures of the adolescent wizard Harry Potter and his best friends Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger.
Affiliated, associations Olympic Coven, Forks High School, Cullen clan Hogwarts, Gryffindor, Dumbledore's Army, Order of the Phoenix, Ministry of Magic
Spouse(s) Isabella Marie Swan Ginny Weasley
Species Vampire Human, Half-Blood Wizard
Home(s) Forks Hogwarts
Hair color Light Brown Black
Headquarters Cullen home Hogwarts
Spouse at the end of the series Bella Swan Ginny Weasley
Eye color Changes to mood Green


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