There are lots of musicians out there who say they knew they had really made it when Weird Al asked to parody one of their songs. Knowing a book or series has “made it” is a bit more nebulous, but I think it’s fair to say the more times your work has been parodied, the bigger you are. Harry Potter must be one of the most parodied works ever, which—fortunately for us—leaves us with some really awesome parodies to choose from. In no particular order, because it’s impossible to choose which is the best…
Potter Puppet Pals
Some of the best belly laughs I had as a teenager are owed to Potter Puppet Pals, Neil Cicierega’s genius creation. Obviously the best is The Mysterious Ticking Noise, which I watched about 30 times in a row when I first discovered it:
Dark Lord Funk
Let’s just say that I might like this even better than the original, partially because HARRY POTTER and partially because it removes Bruno Mars from the mix.
A coworker showed this to me several years ago, and Andrew and I probably watch it…oh, once a year? And of course, we always share it with fellow Potter fans who haven’t had the privilege of seeing it. It’s a full-length musical, so if you’re going to watch it, make sure you have some time on your hands—but it’s SO worth it.
An incredibly detailed fanfiction that posits what might have happened if Harry had been raised in both a loving and an intellectually rigorous environment, Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality is both a fun update as well as an interesting exercise in delving deeper into what actually makes magic magic. My cousin Duncan wrote about it in more detail on Monday. If you missed that post, you should check it out!
Harry and the Potters
The band that spawned the “wizard rock” genre (because yes, that’s a thing) has some great hits, including “Save Ginny Weasley,” “I am a Wizard” and “Stick it to Dolores.”
What are your favorite Harry Potter parodies? I know I must be missing some!by