Originally Posted by gonelong
I am sure others have noticed, but isn't Harry Potter just a kiddie version of Star Wars?
... kid grows up in crappy place with relatives
... finds out he has special powers
... fights evil
blah blah blah
Eh, there are structures to those kinds of stories that pop up in pretty much every culture. People like Albert Lord and Joseph Campbell (who helped Lucas out with the original Star Wars trilogy) have pointed out the various structures that tend to pop up in epic stories, with things like the descent into an underworld, the young naive hero meeting a wise old man who serves as a guide, and so on.