Warner May Further Delay 'Harry Potter' Movie--Wait, Sorry, I Meant 'Hari Puttar'

August 25, 2008


In India, where retarded, alternate-universe versions of American things are standard, it's no surprise they're coming out with a movie called Hari Puttar: A Comedy of Terrors. But they're getting sued for this one! Shakespeare is in the public domain, making the terrible pun sadly legal, so Warner Bros. is filing suit against the "Hari Puttar" part, because it sounds exactly like "Harry Potter." From the Hollywood Reporter:

Warner Bros. has filed a lawsuit against Mumbai-based producer/distributor Mirchi Movies related to the title of its upcoming film "Hari Puttar -- A Comedy of Terrors," which Warners feels is a tad too similar to its franchise about a certain young wizard.

The case is being heard in the Bombay High Court and comes up for hearing Monday (August 25). "Hari Puttar," a comedy that centers on a 10-year-old Indian boy whose family moves to England, is slated for a September 12 release.

More than the name similarity, you'd think Warner would be pissed how Puttar has clearly stolen that Harry Potter character with the big mess of curly hair who always takes ones of his shoes off and ends up stepping on a mouse trap. This guy in the poster looks exactly like him.

For the Hari Puttar legal team, I think a good defense tactic is: "True, 'Hari Puttar' could sound like a play on 'Harry Potter.' But couldn't it also just be a hilarious new nickname for a hirsute vagina?" Case dismissed.

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