I realize this is a WoT only forum so it might seem weird to bring up Harry Potter...
If igure figure I already brought up Game of Thrones in some other thread.... and I'm still here which mens means its at least ok....
Um, so really I actually read Wheel of Time before Harry Potter virtually certain as a matter of fact.... and quite enjoy it....
Then harry Potter comes along and is like this massive revelation/ginormous explosion of everything.... and by the time the fervor died down
it's been hard to get many other series in the spto spotlight....
Just the other day though.. for sone reason or another while reading parts of Wheel of Time I'm like wait Wheel of Time has it's own kind of
I mean really Tar Valon vs Hogwarts their both schools for magic... almost like the public vs private schol school debate..... and essentially
the debate is all about which is better and why at least in my mind since I don't know if strangely enough anyone that I've seen on the internet
or anywhere has even tried to have this debate.
It could be that one is good for some type of wizards ands ome the other... btu I'd like to start with the idea that one is simply better... better
design better ideas better everything, better outfits lets say (or lack thereof perhaps)
So here's some basic points....
- Hogwarts: It's definitely got the edge in terms of complex hierarchies I'd say... for starters there's multiple players first years 2nd years 3rd years...
then you have rival houses and stuff Hufflepuff and Ho er Raven claw and stuff like that... and then you have perhaps even different types of
wizarding pagentry and stuff connected to those things like 3rd years go to Hogsmeade ands tuff like that.... lots of crazy ideas basically like
that... that make it even more clear there's a lot of regalia and h changes and ideas that go into it....
- Tar Valon: Tar Valon has a clear kinda singular sorta track system in my opinion... novice... accepted... wizard... kinda... in my opinion... sorta like
that more or less... it's clear what each one means and where you are goingl... and it's just sot sorta straightforward.
- Hogwarts: Well for starters Hogwarts is a castle... a proper European medieval castle in allr espects... you have glass windows, dark corridors... you have
basically all kinds of stuff on every level that is a very serious intense thing... roman cn candles... moats.... it's all very much like that in every respect... it's basically
very very lage a in a kind of manorial sort of way.... it's also very isolated and is basically in a remote region of I guess Scotland or something and you have to take
an incredibly long train ride to get there because it's so far away and everrything about it is so desperate and desolate in many ways I guess from that point of
- Tar Valon - Tar Valon by comparison is like a city-state sorta feel almost with the tower being specifically dedicated to the wizarding parts but the town around it
being basically normal I guess in many ways... it's more or less just a bunch of people who are like normal and not wizards or magical and they all interact with the
white tower in unique ways.... so I think that's pretty different. Also the White Tower is very litterally a tower of some kind instead ofa castle much smaller you could
say probably in many ways....
More or less actually I think by comparison Tar Valon is probably considered a bit barren... like it's just sorta empty... perhaps might be the wrong term
but it's hallways and corridors, rooms perhaps... not necessarily the grand illustrious traditional medieval European thing... not being insulting or anything
by the way! Just comparing....
Relations witht he exterior etc.
-Hogwarts - Hogwarts basically has a fairly rigid view of the whole situation... seeing it as a wizarding only community at the outskirts of everything.... and just
overall has all kinds of issues I guess arguably... the ministry of magic views them as troublesome and different... they are completely invisible from muggles etc
it's just one kinda crazy approach in many respects....
- Tar Valon: Tar Valon's approach to humans c by comparison is more fluid... there's a lot of give and take and infact many close connections between
the White Tower and the surroudning population... for example many Aes Sedai (to use the term of course now instead of wizards) take on local
companions and stuff such as with Gawyn and others it feels like ther'es overlap in many respects with just the local community, then you have
proper warders like lan who are definitely connected even though Lan himself isn't really at all magical and could probably be found around
Tar Valon in many respects.
Ok so there's a few points... I think it might be sort of an interesting topic to talk about.