Not too long ago on Moviepilot, I wrote an impromptu monologue about the infamous backpack combining passions for the Harry Potter franchise, President Barack Obama, and the famous Sonic the Hedgehog video game franchise. Now, I'm going to do a review on it, including its history in general.
In China (or somewhere else), many counterfeit backpacks were made for kids that were literally mash-ups of certain franchises. For example, there was a "Batman" backpack that had Superman on it. Other examples include the Shrek 2 backpack with the Incredible Hulk on it, and the "Spider-Man" backpack with characters from Pixar's 2006 film Cars on it. However, some unknown dude in China (or somewhere else) had gained widespread notoriety for producing a knock-off backpack mashing up Harry Potter, Barack Obama, and Sonic the Hedgehog into one really stupid combination. A buddy of mine who goes to the same high school I go to, and a person who likes to research bootlegs like I do, told me that the reason why these people make bootleg mash-up backpacks is because of two things: (1) they want to make money, and (2) they don't care. Well, it all makes sense, because China has either very weak copyright laws or no copyright laws at all (for instance, a Chinese sketch comedy series called Da Peng had ripped off Conan O'Brien's show on TBS, while another Chinese comedy series called The Banquet had ripped off Comedy Central's The Colbert Report). The bootleg mash-up also spawned T-shirts that you can buy online. Also, President Barack Obama somewhat gained a following in China, as many fake smart phones, and a restaurant named Obama Fried Chicken (I'm not kidding, this is a real restaurant!), were branded with Obama-related themes.
On YouTube and fanfiction.net, there were many fan-made crossover videos and stories between Sonic the Hedgehog and Harry Potter, and the idea of crossing the two franchises over had gained somewhat of a cult following. It seems to the fanboys and fangirls that made these crossovers that the fun-filled action of Sonic the Hedgehog and the magical adventures of Harry Potter sorta mix. However, one is a fun, toyetic video game franchise while the other is a film franchise based off of J. K. Rowling's series of books about a boy who goes to a wizard school. If Warner Bros. considers doing a Harry Potter/Sonic the Hedgehog crossover video game, I think that Jason Griffith, the voice actor that currently plays Sonic, can be able to pull off something a bit decent with something Harry Potter-related. However, many fans of the franchise would prefer Ryan Drummond's portrayal of Sonic rather than Jason Griffith, and the differences between the two voice actors have sparked various debates amongst fanboys and fangirls on the internet, mostly through YouTube.
Here's a video containing a crossover called "Sonic Potter". The video was made by user Aloha (online), and has over 4,000 views. Take a look, if you wish!
Here's another fan-made crossover video, called "Sonic the Hedgehog and Shadow the Hedgehog meets Harry Potter and Harry's Best Friends". It was posted by user Englandrules83, and has over 3,000 views.
Once more, the idea of crossing the two franchises over seems a little bit interesting (even though I myself am not a huge Harry Potter fan), but it also seems a bit "out-there" to some, including me. So, maybe this is how the bootleg backpack all started, eh?