According to The Hollywood Reporter, “Weird Al” Yankovic actually asked Warner Bros. if he could parody the iconic “Harry Potter” theme song (titled “Hedwig’s Theme”) and was quickly turned down.
“I approached [Warner Brothers] just to get a general blessing like, ‘Hey, I’d like to do a Harry Potter parody.’ And I think they said no or they never answered or whatever,” Yankovic explained. “But sometimes when you’re dealing with franchises and you ask permission, you know there are so many people who can say no, and they usually do.” The musician said he’s learned his lesson, and now when he deals with franchises he just does the parody first and begs for forgiveness later.
Both Yankovic and Daniel Radcliffe recognize the irony that Yankovic was turned down by Warner Brothers and later cast Radcliffe to play himself – with Yankovic joking that “Weird” was the final film in the “Harry Potter” franchise, and Radcliffe implied that this entire film was made just for Yankovic to make his own Harry Potter parody film. While we may never know how Yankovic’s “Hedwig’s Theme” parody might have sounded like, it’s interesting to ponder Radcliffe’s involvement in the role given Yankovic’s history with the franchise.