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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’. Yet one title he never renewed is ‘Hedwig’s Theme’, the Harry Potter theme song, but it wasn’t for lack of trying.

While promoting his biopic Weird: 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.

“Whenever it was, about a decade or two ago, I’d approach the movie company to get a general blessing like, ‘Hey, I’d like a Harry Potter parody.’ And I think they said no or they never responded or whatever,” Yankovic said The Hollywood Reporter. “But sometimes when you’re dealing with franchises and you ask permission, you know, there are so many people who can say no, and they usually do.” THR has contacted Warner Bros. for comment.

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

Despite not being allowed to parody the iconic magical franchise, Yankovic remains a huge fan of it. Harry Potter movie it Weird: The Story of Al Yankovic. “We like to think this is the last movie of the Harry Potter franchise,” he said.

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

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

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