A MONTH OF MAGIC: Hero Complex is counting down to the Nov. 19 release of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 1” — the penultimate film in the history-making “Potter” franchise — with exclusive interviews, photos, videos and reports from the set. Today we turn our attention to muggle-made parodies and fan videos about the franchise.
We’ve heard cast and crew marvel at the enormity of the “Harry Potter” franchise (seven books made into eight films over 10 years!) during our Month of Magic countdown to the Nov. 19 release of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 1.” But Potter fans have been even more prolific, using the Internet to contribute art, fiction and, of course, fan films. Here are some of our favorite muggle-made videos that both spoof and celebrate the wizarding world. Leave a comment below to recommend any videos you think should have made the cut.
5. Literal “Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows” Trailer Parody: This cleverly narrated video pokes fun at Hollywood hype for the franchise’s two-part finale and the cliches of melodramatic trailer montages. There’s a whole sector of online parodies now that use the “Mystery Science Theatre 3000” tradition of voice-over riffs to great effect (the best ever might be “Total Eclipse of the Heart“) but every time this “Potter” version makes fun of Voldemort’s non-nose it makes us chuckle. And, because the magic never ends on the Internet, you can also watch the trailer parody with chipmunk voices.
4. Harry Potter vs. Voldemort Rap: The Chosen One and He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named face off in an “8 Mile“-style rap battle but, well, these guys are a lot closer to Robert Van Winkle than they are to Marshall Mathers. Anyway, Lee Jordan, a.k.a. DJ River, drops the needle on this hip-hop Hogwarts showdown and here’s the sad thing: Voldemort clearly wins. There’s something about J.K. Rowling’s epic that just makes people want to throw their hands in the air like they just don’t care. Check out The Harry Potter Rap, for instance, but be warned that it does rhyme “Snape” and “sex tape.”
3 College Humor’s “Potter” spoof: It’s not a fan video but any parody that comes up with the idea of adding Criss Angel, David Copperfield, Penn & Teller and David Blaine to the Hogwarts faculty gets a spot on our list. There’s some nasty cartoon gore and some college humor (go figure) in this snippet but all of it is aimed at wealthy and annoying celebrity illusionists, so we’re good with that.
2. A Very Potter Musical: In an ultimate display of fandom, a group of University of Michigan students performed this full-length musical “Potter” parody, complete with costumes, choreography and clever lyrics. And yes there is a “Glee” connection — that’s Darren Criss in the lead role as the pride of Gryffindor. If you don’t really enjoy the whole shiny, happy people thing, then instead check out “Harry Potter’s Midlife Crisis,” which has a bit of ripe language and a scene that suggests wizards of a certain age can’t rely on the wingardium leviosa spell in awkward bedroom moments.
1. Potter Puppet Pals: Quirky and clever, low-tech and high-concept. We love them Potter pals. Take it away puppets …
– Noelene Clark
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