Thursday, July 2, 2015


The Fine Brothers and animator Ryan Scott Wick have teamed up to create a new animated short that imagines what the PG-rated film Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone might have been like as an R-rated movie.  I find the concept hilarious because I've been mocking the casual attitude of wizards toward gruesome violence for years.  I mean, think about how many times a Hogwarts student is terribly injured in the Harry Potter series only to illicit practically no reaction from the school's teachers whatsoever.  It's either disturbing or hilarious, depending on how you look at it.

The Fine Brothers' version is a bit more grim, portraying Harry Potter as a victim of physical abuse, but as The Fine Brothers make a point of reminding us, the original version of the movie actually already contained some pretty dark stuff.  The best part is that they imagine Quidditch as an even more deadly sport than it was originally, which is fitting given that it's a game that involve teenagers literally flying through the air, attempting to hit each other with balls.  I've always been convinced that, in real life, that would be a game that would escalate into violence very quickly.

There’s a part of me that would love to see a much more grown up version of Harry Potter, but of course, Lev Grossman already has that covered.

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