Five of the best Harry Potter rip-offs, spin-offs and parodies
Fantastic Beasts

When readers turned the last page on Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, or when cinema goers watch the credits roll on the film version a few years later, many would’ve assumed that was the last we’d hear of the boy wizard.

But far from it. The continued success of the Harry Potter franchise means there’s a plethora of spin-offs, rip-offs and parodies have sprung up in the wake of JK Rowling’s ‘final’ book, and yesterday saw the release of the first full trailer for Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them, the first spin-off to make its way to the big screen.

Watch the trailer now:

There’s also loads more out there for magic-hungry muggles to soak up; some official and some not so official.

Here’s all the information on six of our favourites:

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Two-part stage play The Cursed Child is set nineteen years after the conclusion of The Deathly Hallowsand follows Harry Potter, now a Ministry of Magic employee, and his youngest son Albus Severus Potter.

The show’s World Première will take place on July 30 at the Palace Theatre in London. Expect sell-out performances.

Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them

The first of what will most likely be many Potter spin-off films hits cinemas in November, telling the story of wizarding naturalist Newt Scamander as he attempts to recapture a number of dangerous magical animals before the can wreak too much havoc.

Eddie Redmayne plays the leads as part of a cast which also includes Colin Farrell and Samantha Morton. The film looks to be a refreshingly different take on the witch-crafting world from the main body of films. After the success of the Marvel films, Warner Bros. are no doubt keen to get their own Potter Cinematic Universe up and running.

Barry Trotter

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Possibly the most famous of all Potter parodies for its highly unsubtle deconstruction, Barry Trotter and friends Lon Measly and Emine Cringer attend the Hogwash School for Wizardry and Witchcrap.

With a plot more complex than anything in Potter, the three books so far (Barry Trotter and the Shameless ParodyBarry Trotter and the Unnecessary Sequel and Barry Trotter and the Dead Horse) have the characters attempting to prevent the making of a movie, with the entire story being revealed to be a movie itself, which is in turn shown to be a novel being written by Barry Trotter…

Harry Potter & the Chamber Pot of Azerbaijan

For Comic Relief 2003, Dawn French & Jennifer Saunders turned their acerbic gaze to Potter’s on-screen domination which, while only two films deep in 2003, was already taking the movie world by storm.

In the hilarious spoof, the duo make comment on everything from the early film’s relatively shonky special effects to JK Rowling’s grating persona, and even casts the late, great Ronnie Corbett as Hagrid.

Rumoured Quidditch spin-off

We’re already getting a Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them film, based on a short book penned by Rowling for Comic Relief, but rumours has it that a film based on the other book of the pair that were written 15 years ago – Quidditch Through The Ages – could be in the works.

The ‘non-fiction’ book gave a detailed history of the Potter universe’s most famed sporting activity, and it will be interesting to see what kind of feel-good rags to riches story producers can dream up around the book’s rich lore.


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