“Weird Al” Yankovic has parodied everything from theme songs to beloved franchises Star wars Yet for traditional rap songs like “Gangsta’s Paradise,” one title they’ve never revised is “Hedwig’s Theme.” Harry Potter theme song, but it’s not for lack of trying.
While promoting his biopic Weird: The Al Yankovic Story, The award-winning artist tried to get permission to parody the theme song and was refused by Warner Bros.
“About a decade or two ago, when I approached a film company to get a general blessing, I said, ‘Hey, I want to do that. Harry Potter satire.’ And he said no, or he never responded or anything, Yankovic said The Hollywood Reporter. “But sometimes when you’re dealing with franchisees and you ask permission, you know, there’s a lot of people who say no, and they usually do.” THR Warner Bros. has been reached for comment.
After being shut down, Yankovic says he learned his lesson for future parodies. “If I’m doing a franchise, it’s better to do it and ask for forgiveness rather than permission,” he explained.
Despite not being allowed to write satire for the iconic magical franchise, Yankovic remains a huge fan of it, his favorite Harry Potter is a movie Weird: The Al Yankovic Story. “We like to think this is his last film Harry Potter franchise,” he said.
Daniel Radcliffe and Evan Rachel Wood, who play Weird Al and Madonna in the biopic, were surprised the musician didn’t parody the franchise’s theme song, which Wood claimed was “ripe” for Weird Al.
“Maybe it’s this film,” joked Radcliffe. “It’s their approach Harry Potter satire.”