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Avengers Infinity War lifted a lot from Harry Potter. We found 5 similarities

After having seen Avengers: Infinity War, we couldn’t help but notice all the similarities the Marvel superhero epic had with elements from the Harry Potter saga. We found five.

Avengers Infinity War Updated: Apr 29, 2018 12:15 IST
HT Correspondent
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Hindustan Times
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This image released by Marvel Studios shows Chris Hemsworth as Thor, with characters Rocket, voiced by Bradley Cooper, seated centre, and Groot, voiced by Vin Diesel, in a scene from Avengers: Infinity War.(AP)

SPOILERS AHEAD!!!

Avengers: Infinity War and Harry Potter, specifically Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows have many similarities, and we aren’t just talking about the hype, or the fact that both stories were divided into two-part films. We’re talking about plot elements and themes, McGuffins and character designs.

Now that fans around the world are beginning to see what Marvel has been teasing for months - the epic to end all epics - we can begin discussions on Infinity War in more details. Still, if you’ve still not seen the movie - and it’s quite alright, we know tickets are hard to come by - you should know that this post will contain spoilers. This applies to Harry Potter, too, we suppose.

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Here are five elements we found in Avengers: Infinity War that reminded us of the Harry Potter series. Once again, beware of spoilers. You’ve been warned (twice).

The central quest

The Infinity Gauntlet, embedded with the Infinity Stones.

In Infinity War, the villainous Thanos is on a quest to locate (and unite) the six Infinity Stones. Once he has all the stones, they will make him the most powerful being in the universe. The Infinity Stones are similar to the Deathly Hallows in Harry Potter, McGuffins - plot devices or desired objects - that made the owner the most powerful wizard in the world, one who could, essentially, cheat death. Yes, we know that the Stones came before the Hallows - and even the Horcruxes, which is basically what the Mind Stone embedded in Vision’s forehead is - but you’ve got to agree, especially considering Vision’s dilemma in the movie, that the two are similar.

Voldemort’s death

Lord Voldemort dies at the end of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2.

In the final Harry Potter film, Voldemort dies by slowly crumbling into paper-like ashes, which dissolve into the air as Harry Potter looks on. At the end of Infinity War, several characters ‘die’, but instead of simply vanishing or literally falling to the ground like a real person would, they evaporate into the air, after crumbling into paper-like ashes.

King’s Cross

Harry and Dumbledore have a chat at King’s Cross.

When Harry sacrifices himself in the Forbidden Forest to save wizardkind, he finds himself in a limbo, which looks like King’s Cross station. There, he comes face to face with Albus Dumbledore, his mentor, who had died in the previous book (and film). In Infinity War, after murdering half the universe with a snap of fingers, Thanos finds himself in a similar limbo, talking to a child Gamora about the cost of it all.

Time turner, Dementors

Dementors circle Hogwarts.

At the end of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Hermione Granger reveals to Harry and Ron that she has been using a time turner - a device that enables her to go back into the past - to attend all her extra classes. The time turner comes into use at the end of the story, when the trio must go back into the past and rescue Sirius Black from being killed. In Infinity War, Thanos uses the Time Stone to kill Vision, who had just sacrificed himself to stop Thanos in his evil plan. While this is very common in time travel stories, the fact that both Harry Potter and Avengers have a particular object which allows time travel, and the fact that this object is first utilised to challenge death, is interesting. Also, the Harry Potter time turner looks a lot like the planet where Thor forges his new axe.

Besides this, there’s also the visual similarities between Dementors and Red Skull, who makes a return on the planet Vormir, where Thanos and Gamora arrive at to locate the Soul Stone. Both characters glide around wearing tattered black robes and both characters are harbingers of death.

The eye

Brendan Gleeson as Mad-Eye Moody in Harry Potter.

Remember Mad-Eye Moody’s crazy eye? Well, a new hammer isn’t the only thing Thor acquires in Infinity War, he also gets an eye, to replace the one he lost in Thor: Ragnarok, by Rocket Raccoon (rabbit). And like Moody’s constantly vigilant eye, the one Thor gets also seems to have a mind of its own.

Here are some other fans’ reactions to all the similarities:

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First Published: Apr 29, 2018 08:59 IST