Decisions, Decisions. Should you enjoy Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part 2, or the MLB All-Star game?
It's time to compare and contrast two of the most prolific forms of visual entertainment released all summer that just happen to be in the same week!
Who has more stars?
In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part 2 there is no shortage of star power. Harry Potter, played by tween heartthrob Daniel Radcliffe brings a crowd on his own. Potter's trusty, red-headed side kick Ron Weasley is played by Rupert Grint who has garnered a large following of his own throughout the evolution of J.K Rowlings smash hit series turned cinematic classic. Finally, the lovely and talented Emma Watson (the clear celebrity exception in any healthy relationship) plays Hermione Granger--the sensible, courageous bookworm. Watson brings a hidden sex appeal to a character draped in authenticity. Without question, Hollywood definitely rolls out the red carpet for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows pt. 2.
The stars will be out in full view throughout All-Star Weekend beginning July 11th for the Home Run Derby. The Derby is taking on a different flavor this year, with the competition's two most recent winners, David Ortiz and Prince Fielder selecting sides in a team competition for charity. Here is an article breaking down the derby's field by the bleacher report. They'll face off against Fielder's squad of Milwaukee. This all occurs before the rest of the All-Stars even take the field Tuesday night. Cliff Lee, Starlin Castro, and Josh Hamilton will be just a few of talented names on display. Jered Weaver is expected to start for the A.L. while the N.L. starter will likely be Philadelphia Phillies RHP Roy Halladay or Atlanta Braves RHP Jair Jurrjens. New York Yankee stars Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez electing to sit out.
Advantage: MLB All-Star Game (narrowly)
Which one is more important?
The MLB may have the slogan "this one counts" in their past since Bud Selig elected to make the game that was turning lackluster into a fight for home field advantage in the World Series. That move, though much maligned, was the best possible solution in bringing some vigor back into a once classic rivalry between the National and American Leagues. When is the last time home field advantage really made a difference in the MLB. Unlike the NBA and NFL, home field means very little in baseball. Playing for something just adds an important element of intrigue and competitiveness to the ASG. The weekend will undoubtedly be filled with excellent entertainment, as the MLB boasts the finest ASG of any professional sport.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows also counts for something. Tremedous feats of bravery, heart-pounding Quidditch matches, soul-sucking dementors, back stabbing-murder, triumph, disappointment, plot turns around every corner! So far the producers of the Harry Potter movie series have done an outstanding job following along with Rowlings' creative genius, bringing the storyline to life with the latest in Hollywood's gizmos, gadgets and special effects. While avid Harry Potter fans are quite familiar with how this adventure plays out, it hasn't kept them from the edge of their seats with every stroke of Slytherin mischief and Death Eater deceit. Harry Potter 7 promises to deliver much of the same, only this time with even more heightened senses taking it all in.
Advantage: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Pt. 2
And the winner is...
Either way, you win! Find a way to enjoy both platforms of great entertainment and you win twice. Ahh, the summer time.