‘Weird Al’ Yankovic Says Warner Bros. Once Denied His Request to Parody the Harry Potter Theme

Add “Weird Al” Yankovic to the growing list of artists slighted by the higher-ups at Warner Bros.No, the parody musician didn’t have a streaming project caught up in the Discovery merger; his biopic “Weird: The Al Yankovic Story” debuted at TIFF in September and is distributed by The Roku Channel.

Rather in an interview with the Hollywood Reporter promoting Eric Appel’s new film, Yankovic lamented one of the many properties he’s been denied the rights to parody because of a major movie studio.

The culprit? Harry Potter.“Whenever it was, about a decade or two ago, I approached the movie company just to get a general blessing like, ‘Hey, I’d like to do a Harry Potter parody,” Yankovic recalled.

“And I think they said no, or they never responded or whatever… But sometimes when you’re dealing with franchises, and you ask permission, you know,

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