8 Ways "Beauty and the Beast" Is Exactly Like "Harry Potter"

Hannah Orenstein
Photo credit: Walt Disney Motion Pictures + Warner Bros. Pictures + Dana Tepper
Photo credit: Walt Disney Motion Pictures + Warner Bros. Pictures + Dana Tepper

From Seventeen

Watching Disney's new live-action Beauty and the Beast brought on a weird case of déjà vu - and no, I don't just mean it reminds me of the original animated version. Upon reflection, I realized it has a ton of random overlaps with Harry Potter, the film franchise that launched Emma Watson to superstardom. In light of these similarities, her role as Belle feels totally meant to be.

1. In both movies, Emma Watson stars as an ambitious only child.

With no brothers or sisters to distract her, Belle dreams of a life outside her tiny village.

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Photo credit: Getty

And Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter series is the hard-working only child born to Muggle parents.

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Photo credit: Getty

2. Belle and Hermione are both serious bookworms.

Belle's home village has a tiny library with just one shelf of books. When she sees the Beast's massive collection, she's awestruck.

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Photo credit: Walt Disney Motion Pictures

Hermione doesn't just appreciate books - she can't fathom why anyone wouldn't.

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Photo credit: Giphy

3. Both stories are set in fancy castles in Europe.

The Beast's castle is in France.

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Photo credit: Walt Disney Motion Pictures

While Hogwarts is in Scotland.

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Photo credit: Giphy

4. Both castles are filled with independent-minded magical objects.

In Beauty and the Beast, the curse that turned the prince into a beast also turned his servants into objects - Lumiere became a candelabra, Cogsworth became a clock, and so on.

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Photo credit: Walt Disney Motion Pictures

Hogwarts has its Sorting Hat, an assortment of portraits that think and speak, and suits of armor that sing Christmas carols.

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Photo credit: Giphy

5. Emma rocks a cloak in each movie.

A short brown cloak over her blue dress as Belle...

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Photo credit: Walt Disney Motion Pictures

... and a long black cloak with a Gryffindor scarf as Hermione.

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Photo credit: Giphy

I've never worn a cloak, but I wonder if Emma must be constantly shivering. Someone bring her a zippered fleece!

6. Popular, athletic hotties are always after her.

If you forget the part about the Beast, Beauty and the Beast is basically a jump-cut of Gaston - the war hero who eats five dozen eggs for breakfast every morning - proposing marriage to Belle about 600 times in a row. (She says no just as often.)

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Photo credit: Walt Disney Motion Pictures

In Harry Potter, Hermione winds up briefly dating Bulgarian Quidditch star Viktor Krum.

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Photo credit: Warner Bros. Pictures

7. Her actual love interests occasionally forget their manners.

Whether they're losing their temper...

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Photo credit: Walt Disney Motion Pictures

... or just stuffing their faces.

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Photo credit: Giphy

8. Each character wears an ICONIC dress to a fancy dance.

For Belle, it's a yellow ball gown when the Beast asks her to join him for an evening of dancing.

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Photo credit: Walt Disney Motion Pictures

For Hermione, it's this ruffled pink Yule Ball dress that has been on my birthday wishlist every year since 2005 (I'm still waiting).

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Photo credit: Warner Bros. Pictures

And both dances were way more glam than prom will ever be. Ugh.

Hannah Orenstein is the assistant features editor at Seventeen.com. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram!

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