If you are like me, and I hope for your sake that you’re not as it will save you a lot of awkwardness and explaining, you’ve read all the Harry Potter books. Actually it’s more true to say that Stephen Fry has read all the Harry Potter books to you, but still, you’ve ingested the stories.
Also if you are like me, you’ve probably seen all the Harry Potter movies, though it was a blow to my enjoyment of the movie to see Daniel Radcliffe, the actor who plays Harry Potter in the films, naked. I realize he’s a grown man now and he can do whatever he likes, but I don’t want to see any of the main characters naked because I know them chiefly as child actors.
I’m aware that people get older, but if Harry Potter is running around nude and getting bank loans and doing adult crap, that means I must also be getting older and should probably stop reading Young Adult fiction.
I console myself with the fact that I have an accountant, not to mention some retirement investments. Surely these are evidence of some form of maturity, even if the investments aren’t actually maturing. I’d have been better off investing in my sock drawer the last two or three years.
Thankfully there is someone out there trying to lighten the mood and take our minds off of these questions of financial stability and impending old age by poking a little fun at ol’ Harry Potter. A guy by the name of Brad Neely, as I understand it from Wikipedia, wrote and then recorded an audiobook meant to be a companion to the first Harry Potter movie. So, you turn on the audiobook and turn down the sound on your TV and watch through the movie with the audiobook playing in place of the original soundtrack.
All I can say is it is hilarious. Neely does a truly admirable job of mixing rich, flowery prose with fart jokes, and the clashing of the two had me pausing the movie so I wouldn’t miss anything while laughing my head off.
Characters are narcissistic, violent, sensitive, and threaten one another at every turn. It is everything that a movie parody should be and more, in the spirit of a much-more-thought-out-Mystery-Science-Theatre-3000 kind of way, except with a reasonably current movie. I can’t say enough about it. I loved it.
If you can get your hands on a copy, and I have utterly no idea how to tell you to do so, I highly recommend that you do, dear readers.