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"Troll" Trolls J.K. Rowling with "Harry Potter Jr." Animated Movie and TV Series

Written by Jude Terror on Thursday, July 30 2015 and posted in News with Benefits

The character in the 1986 film was named Harry Potter Jr.

Source: ComingSoon

In what may be the most epic trademark trolling of all time, London-based SC Films International is making a reboot of the 1986 movie "Troll," but this time, they're using the name of the lead character in the title. Why, you ask? Because the lead character's name is Harry Potter Jr., which means that potentially millions of people might be tricked into thinking it's some kind of sequel to J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series.

In an awesomely straight-faced press release, original movie director John Carl Buechler (who is producing the remake) said, "The original 'Troll' film has achieved cult status, and based upon its success we believed that the timing was right to produce an updated 3D animated version for a whole new generation of filmgoers."

Yeah. The timing is right.

While there's no way anyone was actually clamoring for a Troll resurgence, the producers were careful to make clear, via fine print in the press release, that this isn't just an attempt to cash in on the success of the Harry Potter franchise:

The reprise of "TROLL: The Rise of Harry Potter, Jr." has not been prepared, approved or licensed by any entity that created or produced the J.K Rowling series of Harry Potter books or the Warner Bros. series of Harry Potter motion pictures. TROLL: the Movie LLC is not affiliated with J.K.Rowling or Warner Bros nor has this motion picture been endorsed or authorized by J.K.Rowling or Warner Bros. The characters "Harry Potter" and "Harry Potter, Jr." depicted in TROLL are not related to, or inspired by, the book and film characters of J.K.Rowling and Warner Bros.

Harry Potter and Harry Potter, Jr. and his family were characters in the 1986 motion picture "TROLL" which was independently created and distributed 11 years before J.K. Rowling's first Harry Potter book was written and published.


And of course, they're right. And this might be totally legal, depending on what kind of deals the rights holders cut with Warner Bros. when the Rowling's Harry Potter movies were made. But they're still totally full of shit... um... in our expert legal opinion. That being said, Warner Bros. is notoriously bad at lawsuiting, having once lost the DC Comics logo trademark to a shoe company after forgetting to register it, so it's entirely possible they'll end up losing the rights to Rowling's Harry Potter to Buechler in the ensuing legal battle. We're looking forward to it.



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