That Time Weird Al Yankovic Was Blocked From Doing A Harry Potter Parody Song


For all of the actual song parodies that Weird Al Yankovic has put out into the world, it’s amazing to think of some of the ones that were stopped in their tracks. Promoting his faux biopic, the new movie release Weird: The Al Yankovic Story, the singer revealed yet another song that he just couldn’t get the approval to undertake.

Sadly enough, it would have been a Harry Potter parody, which would have been all the more appropriate now. Speaking with THR on behalf of the Roku Original he co-wrote with director Eric Appel, Yankovic told this amusing tale, and the lesson it taught him: 

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.’ 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, there’s so many people that can say no, and they usually do. … If I’m doing a franchise, it’s usually better just to do it and ask for forgiveness rather than permission.


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