"Harry Potter Jr. expected to have a little trouble getting adjusted in his new neighborhood, but he never expected anything like this…"
Those lines may fill you with excitement at the prospect of new adventures in J.K. Rowling's wizarding world of Hogwarts, Quidditch and magic owls, but unfortunately they are not from a forthcoming novel. In fact, those words come from a trailer to a 25-year-old B-movie.
Yes, boys and girls, the original 1986 "Troll" had a character named Harry Potter who travels into a secret magical world, except this one was filled with midgets in disgusting troll makeup and sets about as lifelike as a Summer Stock Dinner Theater. And now, according to The Wrap, it's being remade.
Thomas Girardi, a legal consultant to the producers, says they have every right to capitalize on the fortunate coincidence of names.
"We’ve got the producer," said Girardi. "We’ve got two big-time actor guys – one woman, one guy. Everyone has signed on the dotted line. They certainly do have the right to make their own picture, and their own picture was 'Troll' and Harry Potter Jr."
No word yet on if original star, Noah Hathaway, a.k.a Atreyu in "The Neverending Story," will be reprising his role of Potter, or if the inevitable DVD boxcover will read, "Harry Potter and the Mystery of the Trolls." Original director John Carl Buechler will be returning, having bided his time over the years on prestigious films like "Ghoulies III: Ghoulies Go to College" and "Evil Bong."
Come to think of it, "Harry Potter and the Evil Bong" would make a far more tantalizing movie. In for a penny, in for a pound, right guys?
As the trailer says, "Harry Jr. is about to be drawn into a world beyond his wildest fantasy, and he'll need a little magic of his own to get out of it alive."