Harry Potter fans all over the world, there is one important fact you need to know about the Rise of Harry Potter movie. Namely, it has precisely nothing to do with the actual Harry Potter. Or J.K. Rowling or Dementors or Weasleys or Hippogriffs or anything remotely Potter-related.
I know, I was confused too. The upcoming movie is a reboot of the so-bad-it's-good movie, Troll. As a fan of deranged comedy-horrors like Leprechaun and Wishmaster, I did quite enjoy the original Troll, which features a nude, dewy-eyed Julia Louis-Dreyfuss and some delightfully '80s special effects.
Oh, and a main character called Harry Potter. Check the original 1986 trailer for confirmation of this fact (and for some geysers of goo and tacky music!).
It's obviously pretty cheeky to tout a movie using the name Harry Potter - or Troll: The Rise of Harry Potter, Jr. to use the full title - but it's still legit; there's no doubt that the original Troll featured a 'Harry Potter' back in 1986, played by little Noah Hathaway from The NeverEnding Story.
In the original Troll, a crotchety little troll named Torok causes havoc in Harry Potter Jr.'s apartment block, turning people into mushy green gack and assuming the form of Harry's little sister, Wendy. The press release for Troll: The Rise of Harry Potter, Jr. sounds like an exact rehash of the 1986 Troll, albeit in animated form:
"The new animated feature will revisit the world of the wizardry originally created in the 1986 TROLL movie in which a wicked, magical troll wizard envisages taking over the world. Only Harry Potter, Jr., with the help of a magical witch, can save the planet from the clutches of the troll wizard and his evil force."
In even stranger news, Troll: The Rise of Harry Potter, Jr. - sorry, I really cannot stop typing that because it's so funny - may star Oscar winner Patricia Arquette. Alongside THIS GUY.
Still, although it may seem like a bit of a poke in the eye to Harry Potter fans of the J.K. Rowling variety, the Troll movie has a lot of spirited, good-natured fun to bring. Original writer-director John Carl 'It's pronounced Beekler' Buechler will helm the project, and this is a dude with some decent horror and comedy experience.
Buechler directed Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood and made the awesome special effects in Re-Animator-esque body horror From Beyond, so he's definitely someone I wanna see more from. Even if it does come in the form of a cartoon called Troll: The Rise of Harry Potter, Jr.
Sorry, Hogwarts fans - Troll by name, TROLL by nature, right?