IMDb user (and possible troll?) brian__007 posted a comment yesterday in the message boards for Peter Jackson's upcoming prequel The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey that accused Lord of the Rings of ripping off Harry Potter. Brian's rant quickly racked up more than 100 comments and was deleted, but not before the Internets captured a screencap.
Here's the manifesto in full:
Overall, I like Lord of the Rings. However, I do feel that Tolkien kind of rips off Harry Potter in many ways. There are several parallels, such as elves, dwarfs, wizards, goblins, trolls, magic (especially invisibility), etc. Sauron is referred to as "Dark Lord" just like Voldemort is. There is also the elder white-haired bearded wizard who serves as a mentor, Gandalf, who is reminiscent of Dumbledore. Some of the character names are similar, such as Wormtongue as opposed to Wormtail, too. There is even a gigantic spider (Shelob) at the end of "The Two Towers" that reminds one of Aragog from Chamber of Secrets. I even noticed that the plots of both series begin with the protagonists' birthday. Now I see that Tolkien, this unoriginal bastard, is coming out with The Hobbit in December. This would be fine, but why didn't he just write this book first to begin with? I still like Lord of the Rings, though–don't get me wrong–but I wonder if Tolkien has ever said in interviews whether he borrowed elements from Harry Potter. I'll be watching the extended DVDs later this week and I think he's featured on the commentary track, so I look forward to that.