The spell Alohomora may not be able to unlock the entanglement going on between Warner Bros.’ "Harry Potter" and an Indian production company whose new film is called "Hari Puttar: A Comedy of Terrors."
Expelliarmus! The Bollywood company hopes to disarm the WB’s claims, saying that they filed the title over two years ago, and that the title (pronounced Hurry Put-ter) bears no resemblance to "Harry Potter." Really? They’re really saying that? Wow.
Rictusempra! The film, that is supposed to open September 12, is about a boy (the eponymous Hari) fighting two criminals who are trying to steal a secret formula devised by his scientist father. Sounds like a "Home Alone"-ish adventure comedy that is not on a "Potter" track. But that name?
Stupify! "We confirm that we have recently commenced proceedings against parties involved in the production and distribution of a movie entitled ‘Hari Puttar’," said Warner Bros. spokeswoman Deborah Lincoln to Reuters in an e-mail.
Confundus! Hopefully both sides can produce an Orchideous spell and make up. Though the titles are similar, the premises are pretty far apart and wouldn’t confuse anyone. Hate to go against the little guys, but the producers of "Hari Puttar" should rethink their title. Naming their property two years ago is probably not going to sway the courts, and they could put that court money towards new promo material!
— Jevon Phillips
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