The Witcher makes prophecies better than Harry Potter

The stories of The Witcher and Harry Potter contain ominous prophecies, but The Witcher does a better job of keeping things ambiguous.

WARNING: The following article contains major spoilers for Season 2 of The Witcher, now streaming on Netflix.

A series of fantastic novels by Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski, The witcher has adaptations as a popular video game franchise and a Netflix series starring Henry Cavill. A lot of that of the witcher The story is built on an Elven prophecy that predicts the world will end in an Ice Age, with the Elves being the only survivors. This same prophecy also predicts that the elves will be saved by offspring of ancient blood, that individual being Princess Cirilla “Ciri” of Cintra.

Another series of fantasy novels that builds on a similar prophecy is the Harry potter books by British author JK Rowling. Instead of a doomsday prediction, however, the prophesied Savior has the power to destroy the evil entity known as Lord Voldemort. This savior is confirmed to be Harry Potter, and much of his character arc builds him up to eventually fill that role. But while Harry’s story ends with predictable results, the same can’t be said for that of the witcher Ciri.

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For most of Netflix Season 1 The witcher, Ciri’s storyline depicts her on the run, at least until she finally meets Geralt of Rivia, who is destined to protect her. Season 2 picks up where Season 1 left off, with Ciri learning to better control her own life so that she isn’t constantly on the run. For Geralt, this involves teaching Ciri combat skills and finding mentors to help her control her power, while for Ciri, it involves doing whatever she can to protect herself from damage, which means she doesn’t always do what Geralt says.

One notable difference between Ciri and Harry Potter is that while the latter also decides to be in control of his own life, he does not stray from his prophesied future thanks to a strong support system, which Ciri does not. have in The witcher. With just about every realm chasing her, she doesn’t know who she can trust other than Geralt and anyone associated with him. Even with people Geralt trusts like Vengerberg’s Yennefer, there’s no guarantee that she will get protection or be betrayed.

Along with the odds against Ciri, that leaves her future in an unpredictable place. Even though she is in the company of people who care deeply about her and have only her best interests in mind, it is not certain that they themselves are safe from Ciri’s enemies, including very powerful people like Voleth Meir. What makes Voleth Meir particularly dangerous is the fact that he is an extradimensional entity capable of traveling between the spheres. Not only can they open portals to other dimensions and bring other demonic entities to the mainland, but they can also possess the bodies of other people, especially Ciri’s, and access her powers.

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Aside from being pursued by very powerful enemies and uncertain allies, Ciri herself is very young and malleable. Without a full knowledge of her own family history or elven lineage, she is unable to make informed decisions about her own future, leaving her at the mercy of others to guide her. It also means that she is very impressionable and that she is easily influenced by others because she hasn’t learned to say ‘no’. This vulnerability is easily exploited by Voleth Meir, who not only almost manipulates Yennefer into ceding Ciri to him, but also briefly accesses Ciri’s body and powers long enough to access their own dimension and start the Wild Hunt.

With everything Ciri went through between Seasons 1 and 2, it’s only a matter of time before these violent experiences inevitably shape her personality and bring her to a point where she stops relying on others for herself. protect. The exact path that she will eventually choose remains unanswered. If she ends up fulfilling the Elven Prophecy, there is a 50/50 chance that she will try to save humanity and fail or betray humanity herself in favor of saving the Elves, especially if she finds herself linked to their fate. And in the end, it’s a lot more than what Harry had to face when he came to grips with his own prophecy.

To see Ciri’s journey continue, The Witcher Season 2 is available to stream now on Netflix.

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