With the world gripped by Potter fever as “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2” hits movie theatres this weekend, "Twilight” star Robert Pattinson compares the world of wizards to the world of vampires.
When Robert Pattinson was casted as Cedric Diggory in the 2005 “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire,” he was a relatively unknown British actor. Three years later, however, after HP grossed nearly $900 million worldwide, he was cast as the mysterious Edward in Stephanie Meyer’s “Twilight” trilogy. In a past interview with MTV, Pattinson spoke about the differences between the two movies and the roles he played in them.
One big difference between the two films is where they are set. Although "Harry Potter" technically takes place in the UK, the film is dominated by the wizarding world that no muggles (non-wizards) seem to know about. It’s a place filled with goblins, centaurs, witches, wizards, dragons and countless other mystical people and creatures.
"Twilight," on the other hand, takes place in suburban Forks, Washington, and could realistically take place anywhere else.
Pattinson told MTV that, “The way Stephenie Meyer writes, so much more of it is based in the real world than the fantasy world. It's not like there are goblins or something. The way a vampire gets made is you just get bitten by someone. I mean, it's just like a disease. They're not separate entities to the rest of the world. They are much more human.”
Pattinson even said that he tries hard to keep his character Edward as a “real character, rather than just Dracula.” He claims that he does this to “get rid of all the elements of it being a fantasy thing ... Ed Cullen is a god. But when you actually look at it, nobody really treats him like he's a god, and he can't really do that many godlike things at all.”
And how do Cedric and Harry Potter compare? In "Harry Potter," Pattinson played the happy, courageous, and lovable Cedric Diggory, and in "Twilight," Edward’s character is a lot more mysterious, inward, dark, and a bit self-hating. When commenting on the two diverse personas, Pattinson said: “my character certainly is [more substantial] than the character I played in "Harry Potter" [Cedric Diggory], mainly because the entire thing is based on Edward's character and who he is. He is very tortured and conflicted, which is very different from what I played in "Harry Potter."
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In addition, Pattinson had to be a bit more creative when channeling in on his inner-Edward. He told MTV that “the books are written from Bella's perspective, so I've had to pretty much invent the character of Edward; because in the books, he's just this enigma. He's supposed to be written as the perfect guy, but it's written from Bella's perspective, who is completely, madly in love with him. So you can never take anything to be a fact. It's just her opinion of him ... There are very few actual facts of what he does to go on.”
“Harry Potter,” on the other hand, is written in a third-person perspective, so it’s a bit easier to get an unbiased perspective of the characters.
And perhaps the largest difference between the two films is their genre. All of the “Harry Potter” films are much more adventurous than the “Twilight” ones. Although “Twilight” does have its fair share of fight scenes, the relationship between Bella and Edward is truly the focus of the movies.
Regarding this relationship, Pattinson said, “In a lot of ways, there's a lot of big scenes, there's a lot of action stuff at the end and a lot of dramatic things. But most of the scenes are a very desperate love story between two people who don't really know what is going on half the time.”
Lastly, the question that’s been nagging at every “Twilight” fan since the start: where did Pattinson learn his American accent from? “I grew up watching American movies and stuff, so I've learned how to "act" from American films,” he told MTV. “I keep forgetting that I'm speaking in an American accent sometimes. The dangerous thing is that you end up forgetting what your real accent is after awhile! It's really strange — I've never done a job in an American accent before.”