A boy wizard just learning how to use–and abuse–his new powers finds himself in all sorts of crazy trouble when he and his two best friends run amok at their school of magic. Harry Potter is the newest member of the TGIF family this fall, Fridays on ABC right after Family Matters.
That would have totally worked, right? A young wizard and an entire world of magic would have been more believable than any of the crap Steve Urkel pulled using “science,” so this opening credits sequence imagining Harry Potter as a ’90s sitcom doesn’t seem all that far-fetched. Heck, we think it would have made for a pretty fun show, just with the madcap, zany issues facing young wizards as the primary conflict, and not to so much with the murdering, evil Voldemort as the antagonist. He was awful, but we’re pretty sure Urkel never killed anyone.
Though we did always wonder why Aunt Rachel suddenly disappeared without explanation…
We came across this trailer mashup at Tastefully Offensive, and it was made by the folks at Comedy Central UK, who also picture Hagrid playing a big role (intentional!) on the show, with Dumbledore, “Severus” Snape, and Professor “Minerva” McGonagall all getting a title sequence billing, along with Dobby, played by–who else–himself.
Our bet though is that by season 2 someone would have realized they needed a theme song with lyrics. I mean, a great theme song singlehandedly kept Step by Step on the air for so many years.
What other characters from the wizarding world of Harry Potter would have made for good guest appearances if this had been a ’90s sitcom? Use your wands and do some fantasy casting in our comments below.
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