A movie about Harry Potter – no, not that one

October 10, 2007

A young boy named Harry Potter discovers one day that there is a whole magical world out there that he knew nothing about.

Nope, it’s not the Harry Potter you’ve come to know and love who inhabits a world full of Quidditch, blood-flavored lollipops and teachers who can turn into cats.

It’s actually the basic premise of a 1986 low budget horror film called Troll about a whole family of Potters and their young children’s battle with a troll taking over their apartment building. Certainly considered to be a classic by some, and it did well for what it was when it came out, there’s just something about that premise that seems to have captured the attention of fans outside of the horror genre…

On his site, creator Charles Band (who Cinematical.com calls “the most prolific filmmaker you’ve never heard of” – he’s worked on literally hundreds of lower budget horror films) says:

TROLL was a film we shot 20 years ago and aside from its similar story line the lead character’s name in the movie was HARRY POTTER!!!

As noted in Wikipedia, Charles Band also said in an interview that:

“I’ve heard that JK Rowling has acknowledged that maybe she saw this low-budget movie [Troll] and perhaps it inspired her. Who knows what the story is? Life’s too short for a fight as far as I’m concerned but, having said that, there are certain scenes in that movie, not to mention the name of the main character, and this of course predates the Harry Potter books by many, many years. So there’s that strange connection.”

Now that a remake of Troll is, naturally, in the works, Scotsman reports that:

JK ROWLING’s spokesman said she has never seen a 1986 film about a boy named Harry Potter who must battle magical forces to save the world from a powerful wizard.

Go here for the official press release of the Troll remake (2009), including the great disclaimer absolving them from any and all possible or remote connection to JK Rowling.

And who is the “other” Harry Potter (actually Harry Potter Jr.) in the original Troll? Noah Hathaway, also seen as Atreyu in The Neverending Story and, yep, that was him, Boxey from the original Battlestar Galactica. He has also been cast as the Troll (Turok) in the upcoming big budget remake.