Welcome Back, Potter – a Harry Potter parody series by Cracked.com (tv review)
I’m a long time fan of Cracked.com. Series such as After Hours, Obsessive Pop Culture Disorder and Today’s Topic are part of my staple internet shows, so I’m always curious to check out their latest efforts. However, their two previous (and most elaborate) offerings, Rom.Com and their Star Wars parody (Adventures in Jedi School) didn’t do anything for me at all – to say I was disappointed is a bit of an understatement. The trailer for their newest series, Welcome Back, Potter, got my attention right away, so I checked it out to see if this would be a turning point or the solidification of a trend that things at Cracked had changed forever.
As you can see from the trailer, Cracked.com regular Michael Swaim is simply playing Raoul Duke from Fear Loathing in Las Vegas as an estranged Harry Potter while my favorite Cracked player Dan O’Brien is playing some sort of Guy Richie/Jersey Shore inspired Ron Weasley simpleton. The premise is that once Harry meets Ron in their first year at Hogwarts, Harry decides he’s not to being The Boy Who Lived and moves to Los Angeles. Now in thier thirties, Hermione has tracked Harry and Ron down in an effort to bring them home so Harry can face his destiny and fight Voldemort.
I know this sounds ridiculous, but it’s actually very effective and funny. Maybe that’s because I like the Raoul Duke character and Dan O’Brien so much, but if it works, it works. After Adventures in Jedi School and Rom.Com, my confidence was shaken, but Welcome Back, Potter has restored my faith. If you like Harry Potter and profane, screwball comedy, definitely give this show a look.
Posted on May 9, 2014, in tv review and tagged cracked, cracked studios, Cracked.com, Dan O'Brien, harry potter, michael swaim, Raoul Duke, tv review, welcome back potter. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.