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Cho Chang (Harry Potter) Versus Hakkai (Saiyuki Series)

Tuesday, April 24, 2018
Harry Potter is a 7-book action, adventure, and fantasy series about wizards, witches, and magic. It was written by J.K. Rowling. The books were adapted into an eight-part film series by Warner Brothers Pictures. The story is about the life of the title character and how he deals with the trials and challenges that come his way as he tries to save the Muggle and Wizarding Worlds from the Dark Lord Voldemort, the antagonist or villain.

Saiyuki is an anime and manga series created by Kazuya Minekura. It stars 4 men as the protagonists. They are on a journey to the west in order to stop the resurrection of Gyumaoh, the Demon King. Along the way, they encounter assassins and demons who try to prevent them from achieving their goal. They are also confronted or have to deal with their tragic pasts.
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What the 2 series have in common?

One of the things that the 2 aforementioned series have in common is how they each have a character who have the same name. The name in question is "Cho". The characters in question are Cho Chang from the Harry Potter series and Cho Hakkai from the Saiyuki series. It’s interesting to note that the Cho in Chang’s name is actually her first name whereas the Cho in Hakkai’s name is actually his last name.

Cho Hakkai from Saiyuki

Cho Hakkai is actually one of the 4 main characters of the Saiyuki series. He has brown hair and green eyes. He is a very nice person who presents a gentlemanly nature. He can be seen as pretty much always smiling and being cheerful. He’s reliable, observant and an expert at cooking.
But you shouldn’t underestimate him because he’s actually a human-turned demon and you wouldn’t want to be up against him in the battlefield. He is a force to be reckoned with. He also has a very dark and tragic past, hiding his pain behind his smile.

Cho Chang from Harry Potter

Cho Chang is a witch and a student at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. She is the Seeker for the Ravenclaw Quidditch team. She is said to be very beautiful and she’s quite popular. Even Harry Potter, the main character of the HP series, had a crush on her and they went out for a short while in the fifth book, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.
Chang appears to be rather moody and melodramatic, not to mention angsty, though this could very well be because her boyfriend, Cedric Diggory, had been murdered near the end of book 4, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.



More similarities between Chang and Hakkai

Aside from the name that they share, both Chos are also similar in that they are intelligent. Chang was sorted into Ravenclaw House in Hogwarts, which was said to be the house for smart people.
On the other hand, Hakkai helps Genjo Sanzo (one of the main characters of the Saiyuki series as well as the leader of their group) plan for their journey such as deciding where they should go next, etc.

Your favorite Cho?

So, who’s your favorite Cho? You can share your thoughts and opinion by taking the quick poll below. Know another Cho or like another one who isn't mentioned here? Feel free to tell us about this character. Mention their name and the series they're from in the comments section below.


Aside: this post is part of the Names Series, a series of short articles intended to showcase some characters who just happen to share the same name even though they’re from different shows and series.

*Notes:
- First pic is a screenshot of the favorite Cho poll from my Opinion Stage account. It was created on 08 Nov 2014
- Pics from that screenshot and from the poll are from Amazon.com; links shown above via the Amazon native shopping ads widget strip format
- This was previously published elsewhere

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