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“Weird Al” Yankovic Says Warner Bros. Turned Down His ‘Harry Potter’ Parody Request

“Weird Al” Yankovic has parodied everything from theme songs to beloved franchises like Star Wars to iconic rap songs like “Gangsta’s Paradise.” Even so, a title that was never renewed is “Hedwig’s Theme”, the Harry Potter theme song, but that wasn’t for a lack of trying.

While promoting his biopic Bizarre: The Story of Al Yankovic, the award-winning artist revealed that he tried to get permission to parody the theme song and was turned down by Warner Bros.

“Every time it was, about a decade or two ago, I’d approach the film company just to get a blanket blessing like, ‘Hey, I’d like to do a Harry Potter parody.’ And I think they said no, or never responded or whatever,” Yankovic said. The Hollywood Reporter. “But sometimes when you deal with franchises and ask for permission, you know, there are a lot of people who can say no, and they usually do.” THR has reached out to Warner Bros. for comment.

After being shut down, Yankovic says he learned his lesson for future skits. “If I’m doing a franchise, it’s usually better to do it and ask for forgiveness rather than permission,” he explained.

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Despite not being allowed to write a parody of the iconic wizarding franchise, Yankovic remains a huge fan and jokes that his favorite Harry Potter the movie is Bizarre: The Al Yankovic Story. “We like to think that this is the last film of the Harry Potter franchise,” he said.

Daniel Radcliffe and Evan Rachel Wood, who play Weird Al and Madonna in the biopic, were surprised that the musician hadn’t parodied the franchise’s theme song, which Wood said was “ripe” for Weird Al.

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“Maybe that’s what this movie is,” Radcliffe quipped. “This has been his way of making a Harry Potter parody.”


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