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Alex Rider and Harry Potter

Written By: Gary on March 22, 2006 8 Comments

First we digress: This post was supposed to be a follow up to a post that I thought I did but can’t find the message but I can’t really do the follow up first now can I?

So I’ve always thought there were connections between Alex Rider and Harry Potter. Young English boys who are orphans and get to go on the adventure of a lifetime. Harry gets to be a wizard and Alex gets to be a secret agent. Both had father’s in the business but didn’t get to know them (or all the secrets). Plus they’re always getting injured…

SPOILERS! If you haven’t read book four, Scorpia, don’t read on, I’m going to give the ending away.

Here’s the thing, in the last book Scorpia as I’m reading along and recalling the similarities. They’re wrapping up the story, no I’ll correct myself they wrapped up the story, and as he’s leaving the leaving the building the bad guys sent a new teenage trainee to assassinate him and as he gets closer and closer to pulling the trigger you wait for something to happen, but it doesn’t. He pulls the trigger. Alex dies in a pool of blood and sees his parents in the light and the story ends (for good). There really isn’t any room for interpretation, IMHO.

Here’s the other Harry Potter connection/question: Is this series similar enough that they did this to see how much outrage the reading public might have if they kill another English boy who is the hero of a story?!?

By the way, until the last few pages it was another great Alex Rider novel…


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8 Responses to “Alex Rider and Harry Potter”

  1. Missy says on: 22 March 2006 at 7:46 pm

    SPOILER, SPOILER, SPOILER: It’s not over, check author Anthony Horowitz’s site. http://www.anthonyhorowitz.com/alexrider/books/

    I think there’s an Alex Rider movie in the making.

    I met Anthony a few years ago and he signed my Foyle’s War DVD covers. Anthony told us about another YA series he had years ago, Groosham Grange, that was written BEFORE Harry Potter. Here’s how his site describes these books: “A school on an island that teaches magic. A boy with magical powers living with unpleasant relatives. Heard it all before? This one was written first!”

    Because of the HP books, Anthony told us he wasn’t planning to continue his series–he had plenty of other stuff to write. I don’t think these are available in the U.S.

    I strongly recommend Foyle’s War and wish there were books to go with the TV series! (Sorry this is so long!)

  2. kazza says on: 23 March 2006 at 1:37 am

    Yes lots of people have theorised that Harry will have to die at the end of book 7 …. :) not sure how well that secret will be kept if that’s the case.. heh

  3. joy says on: 24 March 2006 at 2:05 am

    even i have read and also heard that rowling commented that harry is most likely to die in the last book…i had no idea abt this alex rider tho…
    adios amigos…

  4. Gary Said... says on: 15 April 2006 at 10:17 pm

    Ark Angel

    So I never finished the followup to my previous Alex Rider post, it was to lay the ground work for this post. There are spoilers here so if you’ve just recently started reading these novels you’ll want to NOT read this….

  5. jacob says on: 14 September 2006 at 11:01 am

    i think alex rider is the best book ive ever read so me
    and my frend are making our own a.r seres i liked it that much i red the hole seres 110 times all-to-gether

  6. BlooBlighe says on: 11 May 2007 at 3:14 pm

    Alex doesn’t die read the next book!!! There is 1 more book coming out!!!!

  7. cecelia says on: 1 December 2009 at 1:40 pm

    not true.. spoiler-

    but alex doesn’t die..and the shooter wasn’t a teenager…the only similarities between the too series is that they are british..
    fyi read the last harry potter book before you write about harry dying.-

  8. Gary LaPointe says on: 1 December 2009 at 1:44 pm

    But I wrote this three and a half years ago… So some of those events hasn’t happened yet.

    And wasn’t the shooter a teenager? A new trainee?

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