Harry Potter might get pretty dark in its later years with all the death and Nazi wizards, but its earlier years were actually pretty light-hearted. While the first two installments had their fair share of gloom, they were still magical romps about kids going on adventures and learning life lessons. That's the lifeblood of any '90s sitcom, which is why someone has gone ahead and made a video of Harry Potter as a sitcom. Check it out below.
This video was made by Comedy Central UK, a pretty fitting account to post anything funny related to Harry Potter. The video shows off what Harry's earliest years at Hogwarts would have been like as a sitcom from the '90s and it's pretty spot on. There's lots of emphasis on Harry, Ron, and Hermione's sillier moments. It's pretty easy to imagine an episode about Harry and Ron learning they shouldn't joy ride in flying cars or Hermione accidentally becoming a cat person and learning to accept how you look on the outside. Hagrid is sort of the lovable uncle character, with Dobby as the Alf of the show, and Snape as like a dark Mr. Feeny who's secretly just trying to teach these kids some lessons. I'd watch that in a heartbeat.
The footage consists entirely of the first two films, The Sorcerers Stone and Chamber of Secrets. Those are without a doubt the most light-hearted films in the saga, which makes them the best target for a sitcom. Right after Chamber of Secrets is when things started to get really serious and the series started to grow up with its audience. It's pretty hard to make a simple affable sitcom where there are werewolves, soul-sucking demons, racist wizards trying to take over the world, and lots and lots of death. It's tough to picture a laugh track playing along with any of that.
While no Harry Potter sitcom is coming in the foreseeable future, there is an entirely new slate of films on the way. Aiming to expand the Harry Potter world, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is a prequel set years before the Boy Who Lived is even born. Set in the roaring '20s in New York City, the film follows Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne), a magizoologist traveling the world studying magical beasts. When his collection of creatures is accidentally set loose in the city, Scamander must find them all before the No-Maj's (American Muggles) learn the existence of the wizarding world. The film is directed by David Yates and stars Eddie Redmayne, Colin Farrell, Zoë Kravitz, Dan Fogler, Katherine Waterston, and Ezra Miller.
The Harry Potter franchise is getting bigger all the time, so would you one day want to see a Harry Potter TV show? If so, what would it be about? Let us know in the comments.
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