Was Harry Potter Influenced by Labyrinth?

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Was Harry Potter Influenced by Labyrinth?

Having recently started reading the Labyrinth novelisation I could not help but notice the similarities between it and the Harry Potter series.

The unhappy childhood, castles and Goblins, the maze in the tri-wizard tournament which the competitors must negotiate for the safe return of someone they care about, Jareth’s introduction to the story as an Owl, the character ‘Ludo’ Bagman and the similarities between Hagrid, Fang and Ludo from Labyrinth.

There were a few more I noticed while reading, see what you think;

A “Forbidding Forrest”

Much like the forbidden forest that borders Hogwarts, this ‘forbidding forest’ makes even the formidable Ludo scared, just like Hagrid’s sidekick, Fang.

Was Harry Potter Influenced by the Labyrinth

Diagon Alley?

There are many descriptions of alleys in the Labyrinth novel, getting from one to the other is not always easy as all is not as it seems. Much like entering Diagon Alley.

Was Harry Potter Influenced by Labyrinth?

Hermione in Disguise?

Hermione in Disguise? Was Harry Potter Influenced by Labyrinth?

The prim and proper way in which Sarah behaves and speaks throughout is very much like a certain witch. There are also the similarities in the ball scenes.

Was Harry Potter Influenced by Labyrinth?Was Harry Potter Influenced by Labyrinth?

The Whomping Willow?

The hanging tree which Ludo swung from trying to thump anything in reach, it could be a tenuous link to imagine this as an inspiration for the great tree.

Was Harry Potter Influenced by Labyrinth?

It’s All in a Name

One of the names Hoggle is mistakingly called by Sarah is Hogwart.

Was Harry Potter Influenced by Labyrinth?

Wizards

Sarah’s dog is named after the greatest wizard of them all.

Was Harry Potter Influenced by Labyrinth?

Hermione Granger

Not only is Hermione’s demeanour similar but the name actually crops up as a character Sarah’s mother plays on stage.

Was Harry Potter Influenced by Labyrinth?

Conclusion?

What do you think? Was JK Rowling inspired by Labyrinth or is it all a load of

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