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Harry Potter who? A new study has found that millennials are looking up to Katniss today more than Harry – but it’s not just because of the upcoming movie.

MTV’s annual generational study, in which the interests of 14 – 17 year olds are studied (these teens are about to head into MTV’s coveted 18 – 24 year old demographic) found that Katniss is looked up to more than Harry Potter once was because of real world issues facing many people in today’s society.

Specifically, kids relate to Katniss because of real world “economic turmoil, global political strife, and natural disasters,” just like the heroine faces in The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins.

The first Catching Fire trailer emphasizes similar motives and goes so far as to replicate a photograph taken during the Egyptian revolution – see it on our Facebook page.

While the real world issues are certainly a factor, we’re sure that Katniss being more in the public eye over the past year has helped turn her into the 2013 mascot of millennials.

The boy wizard’s caretakers are aware of dwindling interest in J.K. Rowling’s series despite new generations of readers entering the age where they can read the books. In an effort to refresh Harry Potter’s brand in the United States, this August Scholastic will unveil new covers for each of the Harry Potter books in paperback.

See the new Sorcerer’s Stone and Chamber of Secrets covers. The new covers are illustrated by Kazu Kibuishi.

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire opens in theaters this November, and Mockingjay parts one and two open in November 2014 and 2015 respectively. Expect Katniss to be the leader of the millennials for quite some time.

Thanks, Fastcocreate.

  • RussellTurner

    I love both… but really?!

  • gabyckaz

    my potterhead heart hurts

  • I go both ways

    Hm.. I see how people may be able to relate to Katniss more because she fights for what she believes in – even if that means risking her life. Whereas Harry Potter risked his life when trying to save the world from being taken over by Lord Voldemort which isn’t as relatable.

    But they were both very confident and courageous.

    I feel like Katniss is more popular because of the hype of the books at the moment (I’m sure there will be someone new in a couple of years) but also because she’s a strong femaile character as opposed to a male.

    I’m not sure which character is more of a role model for me. I prefer the Harry Potter series over the Hunger Games but I think either character is a good role model.

    • RabbitRabbit

      i think you hit the nail on the head with “female character”. Katnis is a strong badass female character whereas Harry is a typical male hero.
      I want to see Katnis vs Hermione. I wouldn’t be able to pick one because they are equal in badassery

      • Kate

        I don’t think Harry can be called “typical”. I think is is stronger than Katniss

      • Winkyxx

        Hermione would win, no problem.

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  • Tyler

    I love both but will always be a Potterhead over anything. I do however like the reasoning behind this thing, how Katniss may be more relatable. But I still look up to Harry more.

  • http://ravenclaw1991.tumblr.com/ ravenclaw1991

    Seriously, who ever comes up with this rubbish is just trying to start fan wars. Just like the first person that compared Twilight and Harry Potter and caused that fiasco. Someone is clearly trying to do the same with this because now a lot of people are gonna be going “nooo, Harry Potter is better.” Well, that’s not really a fair comparison anyway because they’re nothing alike.

  • matthewhpg

    Oh, so facing evil Dark Lords trying to take over the world using magic isn’t a real world issue now?

  • Larael

    We should consider the age of those in the study – when the last HP book came out the oldest of these kids was 8. They didn’t grow up with it. They aren’t the HP generation. You know if you were.

    • Kate

      I’m only 16, and I was only 10 when the last book came out, but I still consider myself part of the HP generation. I look up to Harry more than Katniss.

    • alazear2

      A better way to put it is that the bulk of the people in this study are part of the latter part of Generation Y. Millennial or generation Y start in the 80′s, 90′ and 00′. If these people are 14 through the 17 then they are from only a small, latter portion of the group towards the end of the millennial generation. I would bet that if you expanded the poll to people age 14 through 25 you would find a vastly different view, one which still sees Harry as their Mascot.

    • Alana

      I’m fifteen and I grew up with Harry Potter. The Hunger Games was just a fun little read. Harry Potter will always be my favorite.

    • Meghan

      I’m fifteen and I started reading Harry Potter when I was rather little (like first or second grade). I think that I am a “millennial” and I’ve read both series. I never felt like Katniss was someone to be looked up to because in times of crisis she was too emotional. Harry was way more of a hero in every sense of the word.

    • HarryHungerAvatar12

      I personally think i’m a true Harry Potter fan even though i did not grow up with the books i read it before the last 3 films came out and didn’t really enjoy Harry Potter as much as Hunger Games and i admit i grew up with Hunger Games more, although Hunger Games is my generation i think that i belong more towards the 90′s and the Harry Potter fans since i am living with 3 90′s kids in my house that love Harry Potter. So personally i agree that i’m not in the HP generation but that dose not mean i don’t belong in the HP fanatic living fans

    • no

      As a 17-year-old I’m pretty sure that everyone I know likes Harry Potter a hell of a lot more than the Hunger Games. They’re a good series, but they’ll fade once the movies came out in the same way Twilight did. Harry Potter is the sort of series that will join the likes of LOTR and Star Wars in our cultural history. There’s no comparison.

  • Noelle Braaten

    I don’t care for article tags like this. Of course Harry isn’t as strong as Katniss right now, the last movie came out two years ago and the last book six years ago. The hardcore original potter fans are getting well past MTV age.

  • disqus_KSCajox2LQ

    I think this has more to do with the ages of the people interviewed (14 year olds weren’t even born yet when the first Harry Potter book was released) than actual relating to characters.

    • WillowBlood

      Well, SS was released in 1998 in the U.S., and lots of 14-year-olds were born then.

      • I<3Books

        Yeah, I was born in 1998. But, just for the record, I’m still a Potterhead all the way.

      • disqus_KSCajox2LQ

        They were born, but they were also infants when the first book was released, as opposed to me and my friends who were 7-10 and actually able to read them and get into the mania as it developed. It just wasn’t as big a part of their childhood as opposed to those of us who were born in the late 80s or early 90s.

  • sarahd15

    MTV, now that is so legitimate. Please. Publish an article when Katniss Everdeen inspires thousands and thousands of people to read, making literature cool again. Most people I know only saw the movie, too lazy/not inspired enough to read the books.

    And I feel like you only publish things like this to start fan fights. Harry Potter dominates not just because it is EPIC, but because it paved the way for nerds to become cool and reading to be something fun and acceptable among younger peers.

    • Shannon

      They publish these things because it’s news. A study was performed and the information was published, not like they’re saying it’s true or not, simply relaying the info. It’s a new generation being asked, of course they’re going to have different literature role models than we did because they didn’t grow up with Potter, they grew up with Hunger Games posters plastered all over the place.

      • sarahd15

        They haven’t “grown up” with Hunger Games posters everywhere. It’s only been popular for a couple of years maybe. And I wasn’t referring to just to growing up with the movies, I meant the books. Reading a series over the span of around a decade is called “growing up with a series”. The last Hunger Games book was already released before the first movie, so no it won’t have the same impact on the younger generation as Harry Potter had on mine. Society is changing, things get popular really quick, then they die down. Look at Twilight, it’s popularity started dying down around Eclipse, and you’re not going to hear anybody talking about “growing up” with those books or movies. Harry Potter’s popularity is something that won’t die down nearly as much as other things, hence more Wizarding Worlds being built around the world, and an expansion in Orlando, Fl.

        • Shannon

          Jeez, are you worried that much about Potter not being as important as it used to be? I don’t even like Hunger Games, but you seem very concerned about Potter losing some popularity. It’s been out of the public’s eye for 2 years now, it’s not going to be as popular as Hunger Games which is in the middle of it’s film popularity because studios are pumping out publicity like mad.

          Insecure much? Just so you know, I <3 Potter, but I don't care if a new generation of teens can relate more to Katniss than Harry, Harry was my generation, not theirs.

          • sarahd15

            Haha you’re funny! I guess you’re just in the mood to try and insult random people on the internet? News flash, I can state my opinion just as much as you can. Guess what? You don’t have to like it or care. You can think it’s dumb, doesn’t bother me. That’s your right. You have your thoughts, I have mine. My main point is, you were wrong in saying that this generation has grown up around the Hunger Games, because it hasn’t yet. Thanks for commenting though!!!

          • Liderc

            She didn’t say your opinion was dumb, they said that the data shows that this generation relates to Katniss more, mostly due to advertising of the films. Which is a factual statement.

  • Rosalie David

    I don’t think it has that much to do with age. I grew up with Harry Potter and LOVE the series but I would consider Katniss more relatable. While Harry is brave and loyal he uses those to fight Voldemort. This makes for a great series but how many of us actually have to save the world from the Dark Lord? I know none of us are being drafted to the Hunger Games but Katniss also faces poverty and political issues that many people can relate to easily as oppose to Harry’s problem that his teacher’s identity as a werwolf might be revealed.
    No one can deny that Harry Potter is a great inspiration and influenced our childhood, but Katniss lives a world that mirrors ours in many ways and her actions seem more believable to us (or me I guess).

  • Jill

    I love both series equally.

  • El

    I like both, but to be honest you need to 1) look at the age group and 2) realize the Hunger Games are of huge hype at the moment. Harry Potter (the films) ended two years ago, there’s nothing left to look forward to really whilst the Hunger Games have a couple more films. In my opinion, Harry > Katniss. Always.

  • Ahmed Tarek

    The impact of the Egyptian revolution in that photo *applause*

  • njandro625

    As long as you still keep the story in your heart, it doesn’t matter how popular other people find it.

  • Kate

    Maybe it’s because most HP fans are to cool to be affiliated with MTV.

  • Patty Carlie Presley

    I didn’t exactly grow up with Harry, as I was an adult when I read them, but I do love Harry, but I understand why more teens are on level with Katniss and I can’t blame them. I would have a hard time siding with either series as I like them both.

  • Elaine

    I will always look up to Harry Potter more than Katniss Everdeen. Even if I am a girl, and even if I enjoy The Hunger Games, I grew up with the Harry Potter series and no one can ever replace what those books did for me.

  • thirstypretzel

    I don’t think so. If you read the article, the data was “collected via in-home interviews, Instagram journals, and the digital diaries of 1,800 younger millennials.” If MTV observed their online journals and diaries, which I guess means instagram/tumblr/twitter/etc, then they have an extremely skewed/biased group of subjects.

    Hunger Games might be all the buzz now, and has been and will be for a couple more years, and it’s true that the characters face more relatable challenges to our times.

    Just because Harry Potter doesn’t make the headlines every day doesn’t mean it’s time has passed. Maybe Hunger Games has more culturally relevant issues today, but one of the biggest reasons people enjoy Harry Potter novels is that they let us forget about our problems, and that will always be relevant.


    Hahahahahaha… No.

  • Riana-Tiana Menezes

    HP fans! Relax! Its not like the world is going to end. As time passes new movies/books take over as being the “It” thing in the world. That doesn’t at all take away the impact or meaning the HP series has had on fans. Take a deep breath and relax.

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  • I<3Books

    I’m 14, and I look up to Harry. As much as I love Katniss, Harry is way better. Teenagers nowadays…

  • Arielle

    Well, isn’t it obvious? Yes, the 14-17 demographic knows Harry Potter, but they’re just out of the generation that would have grown up with the book releases (17 year olds would have been 11 with the release of book 7. Old enough to read Harry Potter, yes. But the full fandom experience? Less likely.) Whereas I think those that fall into the 18-24 set are very much defined by HP. HP is a modern classic that I do believe has staying power, but someone who grew at the height of HP would probably be more inclined to identify with it. Also, do I detect a touch of overreaction in the comments below? You’d think by some of you guys that MTV declared “Everybody Poops” to be this century’s novel. Calm down…

  • Carri

    Hey, it could always be worse. The study could have said that a sparkly vampire has replaced Harry Potter.

  • TheBestGuest

    The difference between HP and all other YA novels is that people actually grew up with HP. They stayed up late with their fellow fans wondering what the other books were gonna be about. Debating whether or not this/that was gonna happen or not. Discussing how it was going to be interpreted into film. I mean people wrote and published books on what could happen in the series! HP changed people’s lives. Like seriously watch this video and tell me of another book that has inspired people like this. http://youtu.be/l123Ndu1Hqk
    Now I’m not saying all other books are crap but only that they haven’t impacted people nearly as much as HP did. My chest feels better now.

  • Tony

    MTV is gay anyways and Hunger Games is more popular now because its new. The first came out a year after the last harry potter book and so did the movie so of course thats why…………people still like harry potter more its just that its over they r moving on

  • Tomas

    No. Just no. Let me explain how this works: Harry Potter is always number 1. Everyone would do well to remember it!

  • Laura Cain

    Read this headline and first line of the article and thought ‘what the..’. Then I saw what the source was. MTV. Yep, figures.

  • Glaciusx

    I see nothing wrong with this. I mean, would you rather people looking up to Bella Swan? Katniss is a good role model, be happy it’s her. I’m a Potterhead all the way, but I am. You should be too.

  • Adam

    Boring. Expect better from you, hypable. Stop trying to stir things up between fandoms.

  • Winkyxx

    Excuse me? Oh hell to the no. I read all 3 Hunger Games books, they were absolutely nothing compared to Harry Potter. Furthermore, the kids who read Harry Potter aren’t 12 anymore….
    Potterheads unite!

    • Tam

      “The kids who read Harry Potter aren’t twelve anymore.” Kids who are twelve nowadays still read Harry Potter. Younger kids, still read Harry Potter. Adults still read Harry Potter. I’ve read the series over five times and I still reread it! I’m a teenager and I know that PEOPLE STILL READ HARRY POTTER! I find many things wrong with that statement.

      • Winkyxx

        sorry, I meant those who did read it when the last book came out aren’t 12 anymore… should’ve phrased it better..
        I know people read it all the time, I still do, and I’m a teen as well!
        Don’t worry, I’m not saying that no one reads HP anymore..

  • Uhmyearightok

    Stupidest thing I’ve ever heard. nothing will ever replace Harry Potter. I’ve seen and read the Hunger Games and it was so boring I never finished the book and fell asleep during the movie.

  • Amber Angeldust

    I love both but I’ll always identify with Harry Potter more than Hunger Games but Hunger Games is good for younger kids to relate to as it deals with many things we are going through these days, like the article said. I understand why it would be more popular.

  • Rachel

    Harry Potter is known world wide. Katniss is not.Children recognize the Harry Potter name.Even people who never read the books.

  • Meghan

    *sob* The Hunger Games books were ok and all but underneath it all she is still a hormonally troubled drug addict by the end of the third book. Harry Potter went movies and five books without becoming a moody teenager and never turned to drugs. He will never stop being the ultimate millennial mascot.

  • Christine

    First of all, I love both book series dearly, and I don’t care which one another person prefers if any. That’s there preference.

    But it was for HP that I got dressed up and stayed out late for. It was for HP that I screamed so loudly for the release date of a book that my roommate burst into my bedroom thinking that I was being attacked. I love the Hunger Games, but when I look back, the HP books were part of my life for seven years, and the movies stretched that into twelve. Even when Mockingjay Part 2 comes out, the people who were a fan of the Hunger Games could have only been fans for seven years at the most, and there wasn’t the same obsessive theorizing for years and years. Two years of plot theorizing as opposed to nine.

    So when I look back at my 24-year-old life, it’s Harry Potter. Hunger Games just can’t compare.

  • Taylor Justice Soniat

    oh yeah, cause 14-17 year olds know SOOO much about “economic turmoil, global political strife, and natural disasters,”…

  • http://benchpressabear.tumblr.com Joan

    I understand why Katniss could seem more popular at the moment, but the study sample seems to have missed the point that Katniss Is always, throughout the series, a reluctant hero. She doesn’t embrace her role in the whole rebellion at ANY moment the series –she didn’t even have complete conviction in the cause, like Gale or some of the other tributes or even Prim– which only leaves her irreparably damaged and depressed by the end of Mockingjay. Um, s

    • GinnyWeasley002

      Exactly!!! Thank you! Said it better than I ever could have!

      In my opinion, though it’s not post-apocalyptic like HG, I can relate to Harry a lot more than Katniss. They still have plenty of ‘political strife, economic turmoil, etc.’ And, in my opinion Harry always seemed more realistic. Like he could actually exist. He was a real hero. I loved Katniss, but, as you said, she was very much the reluctant rebel. She wasn’t committed. She was just a pawn. Who sometimes had an independent streak.

      • GinnyWeasley002

        Just my opinion though, I AM certainly glad that they at least look up to someone like Katniss. She’s a great role model, even though I personally don’t like her more than Harry. :)

        • http://benchpressabear.tumblr.com Joan

          Oh, I agree. I’m actually a huge fan of Katniss as a character myself. The nature of THG and HP as stories is just completely different. They are coming from different places: THG is a story about both the necessity and consequences of war. HP is a story about death and the transformative power of love and sacrifice. They are both after different things, hence their heroes are, too. Katniss is darker than Harry. They are still both heroes by their own right. :)

  • WeeItsNookies

    So does this mean feminists can stop whining about the “patriarchy” and lack of strong female characters now?

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  • rh1127

    Um…. 14-17 year olds represent millenials? A third of that grouping aren’t even millenials!

  • MagentaRose

    I’m turning twenty in a few months, and Harry Potter was such a big part of my growing up; the 8th film came out here just before I finished high school and when my friends and I saw it at the theatre at least three of them cried, haha. It was like the ending of an era.
    I know people I think up to the age of 25 who were captivated by the whole franchise. My cousin who is 27 doesn’t really have the same connection.
    We’re a little bit of a Harry Potter Generation I’d say, I’d say roughly born late ’80s right up til the new millenium.
    I learnt to read properly (and expanded my vocabulary greatly) by reading the books. We were really lucky to grow up with the characters, right along side them.

    On the other hand Katniss is cool too, nothing against Katniss.

    p.s. I love the thought of there being a remake in 30 years, and Emma Watson playing McGonagall

  • hp + thg

    Katniss and Harry are both amazing.

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