14 “Wednesday” Moments That Really Reminded Us of “Harry Potter” Movies
Wednesday is incredibly popular, and it’s setting viewership records. But for attentive viewers, it’s hard not to compare this series to another popular franchise — the Harry Potter movies. We have found a lot of similarities between them, but we believe they only make the series better.
Dire prediction about the fate of the main character.
In the first Wednesday episode, we find out that the girl is destined to destroy the school. The prediction was made more than 20 years ago, and it’s about the confrontation between Wednesday and a villain. As the plot progresses, it becomes clear that the prediction might be about saving Nevermore. At the end of the first season, the prediction comes true.
In Harry Potter, there are visions of the future, too. Before the boy was born, Sybill Trelawney predicted his life would be tied to Voldemort, and none of them can live as long as the other one is alive. And it was true.
Going down the stairs.
Of course, scenes where a beautiful girl prepares for the ball goes down the stairs and shocks everyone with her dress are very popular. It’s like a cliché in many films. Still, the way Wednesday appeared at the ball was very much like Hermione’s appearance at the Yule ball.
A relative with law problems.
Wednesday was very much affected by Uncle Fester when he taught her self-defense. This is why she’s so happy to see a familiar face when he appears in Nevermore. Fester also has to hide from the police, but they still had a great time.
Harry Potter has a relative with legal issues. We mean his godfather, Sirius Black. He couldn’t take the boy to live with him, because he also had to hide from authorities. But he loved Harry very much.
The creators of Wednesday filmed Thornhill’s lesson in a very similar way to the same scene in Harry Potter. Of course, it was a magic class in Harry Potter, but in essence, they are very similar.
In the real world, statues don’t move. But in Wednesday and Harry Potter, the world is not real. In both cases, the statues moved after a certain password — finger snapping, or a special word.
Kind but manipulative headmaster.
Larissa Weems was shown as the good principal of Nevermore. She did everything in her power to protect the students and the reputation of the school. But it’s hard to ignore the fact that she manipulated the truth.
Albus Dumbledore, the principal of Hogwarts, wasn’t a simple man. He was kind, and always supported his students. But not everything he did was good. He manipulated Harry and hid a lot of things from him, which caused other people to suffer.
In Nevermore, there’s a ball every year, but it’s not like that in Hogwarts. In Harry Potter, we saw it only once, during the Triwizard Tournament. But the balls were still very similar. The teachers feel awkward, with snowy decorations all around, and a cool DJ, or a band performing on the stage.
In Nevermore, teenagers fight for the Po cup every year. It happens on boats, and in Harry Potter — on broomsticks. It’s not very similar at first glance. But in fact, when you look at the fan stands, you can see the similarities. 4 groups with their colors, supporting different athletes.
There’s nothing unusual about werewolves in stories about magic. But look at how the transformations were shown. In Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, it’s professor Lupin, and in Wednesday, it’s Enid. The camera angles are so similar that they can almost be used interchangeably.
Spider on the desk.
During a class, Hermione’s and Wednesday’s desks are visited by spiders. In the series, it appeared from the drawing of Xavier, and in the film, Moody gave it to the students, but the scenes are very similar. And the spiders even share the same fate.
The main villain’s resurrection.
The villains in the stories are Joseph Crackstone and Voldemort. When the story begins, everyone is sure that they are both gone. But thanks to their followers, they come back from the dead and try to make their evil plans come true.
Unexpected “gifts” from parents.
On his first Christmas in Hogwarts, Harry got a special thing that belonged to his father — an Invisibility Cloak. Later, he used it in his adventures, and it’s hard to guess how things would develop if he didn’t have it.
Wednesday got the Thing from her parents. He was sent to watch after the girl and how she was settling in. But she managed to get him to work for her, and he was very useful. He could watch a book, help her hide, or ask for help.
The school that remembers the parents.
Harry and Wednesday got to the school where their parents used to attend. And both of them were surprised by what they found there. Wednesday said that her mother’s judging look always followed her around when she found a photo of Morticia. And Harry was shocked when Hermione showed him the badge of James Potter, which meant he was also a great seeker of Gryffindor.
It’s probably a totally ordinary thing for magic schools to have secret rooms. Both Nevermore and Hogwarts have them. Wednesday found the room of an elite club Belladonna that most students don’t know about. And Harry found the Chamber of Secrets there were lots of rumors about, but only a few people knew how to get there.
Did you notice any other similarities between these stories?