“Weird Al” Yankovic has parodied everything from beloved movie themes like Star Wars to iconic rap songs like “Gangsta’s Paradise.” Nevertheless, one title he never changed was “Theme for Hedwig”, which is Harry Potter theme song, but that’s for lack of trying.
While promoting his biopic Weird: The Al Yankovic Story, the award-winning artist revealed he was trying to get licensed songs to parody themes and Rejected by Warner Bros.
I want to imitate Harry Potter . And I think they said no, or they never responded,” Jankovic told The Hollywood Reporter. “But sometimes when you’re dealing with franchises, you ask for permission, you You know, there are plenty of people who can say no, and they usually do. THR has reached out to Warner Bros. for comment.
After being shut down, Jankovic said he learned a lesson for future parodies “If I’m doing a franchise, it’s usually better to just do it and ask for forgiveness than permission,” he explained. “
Despite not being allowed to be a fan of the iconic Enchanted franchise, Yankovic is still a huge fan of it, joking about his favorite Harry Potter movie is Weird: The Al Yankovic Story. “We think it will be the last film in the Harry Potter series,” he said.
and Ellie who played Kooky Al and Madonna in the biopic Vin Rachel Wood was stunned that the musician didn’t emulate the franchise’s theme song, which Wood claimed was “ripe” for Weird Al.
“Maybe that’s what the movie is about,” Radcliffe joked. “It’s his way of imitating Harry Potter. ”