One that my brother and I have been debating for a great many years now. After much deliberation, I have reached a conclusion, but before we get to it, let’s break down the pro’s and con’s of being a Jedi or a Wizard.
Harry Potter Universe: Pro’s
Hogwarts is full of surprises and magical wonders, and includes three amazing meals a day and a toasty four-poster bed. Also, and this applies to all wizards, magic makes life easy. Say goodbye to dishwashing, clothes-folding and pot-stirring, because when you’re a wizard, you’re a wand flick away from all your chores being finished.Now we all know there are millions of pro’s to being a wizard, but to save you all time, I’ve compiled a couple that I think really sum up the HP universe. Assuming we’re born in Britain, we get to go to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
To add to that, you get to spend your time around mystical animals and zany shopkeepers, and try your hand at eating a pleasant Bertie Bott’s Every Flavour Bean.
Bertie Botts: Source – Warner Brothers
Harry Potter Universe Con’s:
First, you still don’t get to leave earth. As far as the fan fiction goes, there’s not much space travel, so you might get a little stuffy living on the plain old globe.There are some downfalls to being being a witch or a wizard.
On top of that, according to the International Statute of Wizarding Secrecy, signed 1689, Witches and Wizards can’t have much interaction with the muggle world. So living a life of magic, also means living a life of concealment. Although if you’re fortunate enough to have an invisibility cloak that won’t be too difficult.
Lastly, you have to deal with pompous A-holes who run their mouths about pure-blood lines, and spout supremacist crap in a bid to be elitist. Although I guess that exists in our world too…
Malfoy. Source: Warner Brothers
Star Wars Universe Pro’s:
Well just in case, I better say some more. Have you seen how high a Jedi can jump? Think about it, if you were a Jedi, you would never lose in hurdles. Not that that’s much, but it sure is convenient if you like jumping over bars.Umm… Lightsaber. Enough said.
Plus, you have The Force. Ever wanted to choke someone to death but you’re too afraid that someone might notice you? Well have no fear, if you have The Force you have an alibi. Not only that, but you get you to fly really cool spacecraft’s and jump into hyperspace, crossing Galaxies in seconds (please no one fact-check me on that).
On top of that, you’ll never have a dull moment, just walk into any bar and meet hundreds of unique individuals from all around the Universe.
Jedi jump. Source: Disney
Star Wars Universe Con’s:
It must get tiring clocking up the mileage to carry out your Jedi business. I mean, there’s only so many times you can listen to Bohemian Rhapsody, right?The Universe is a pretty big place.
Also, while a lightsaber is cool, I can’t help but think how easy it would be to burn yourself on one. While the movies did a pretty good job of editing out these bloopers, I bet real life Jedi’s would be short a couple limbs by the end of their career.
And lastly, it would really suck to be separated from your family as a young Padawan, shipped off to learn the ways of The Force for the rest of your life. A pretty lonely existence if you ask me.
Okay, we’ve we’ve dotted the I’s and T’s, crunched the numbers and cashed the cheques, so, at the end of the day, which Universe would be better to live in?
My call is Harry Potter. While Jedi’s are a cool bunch, I can’t help but find myself drawn to magic. There’s something whimsical about the Wizarding community, something homely. The spells have never-ending potential and let’s be honest, who doesn’t want a pet owl.
But I’m just one man, what are your thoughts? Am I crazy for choosing spell-casting over The Force?