Harry Potter wants to kick Hari Puttar’s ass, doesn’t care about Harvey Putter?

Yesterday I reported about Warner Bros’ legal battle with Mirchi Movies over the forthcoming Indian film Hari Puttar: A Comedy Of Terrors (read more about it here). Today I find out that an American movie called Harvey Putter And The Ridiculous Premise has finished filming this August, and not only does Warner not care, the film actually has the support of the Harry Potter cast, crew, and fanbase!

The 30,000 dollar movie, from the people who brought you The Dork Of The Rings (huh?) features characters with names such as Dumpy The Houseschmuck, Hernia Grunger and Wand Fu Master and takes place at the “Snogwarts School Of Witchcrap”. According to the IMDB, the self-professed spoof’s story goes like this:

Celebrity teen wizard Harvey Putter and his friends learn that they are merely characters in a best-selling book and must magically escape their world before the final chapter.

The thought that Warner is freaking out over a Home Alone ripoff that most international Potter fans will never see (Indian films still being a very niche market) while Harvey Putter, which sounds like it’s going to be as funny as a Friedberg/Seltzer film (Disaster Movie), actually has the support of the Potter community, is baffling, and kind of sad really.

Dear Warner Bros, Hari Puttar: A Comedy Of Terrors‘ title is equal parts Harry Potter and William Shakespeare (The Comedy Of Errors, anyone?), so unless you can somehow get the Bard’s corpse to join you in your quest for “justice”, please give it up, you’re only embarassing yourselves.

Harvey Putter And The Ridiculous Premise is expected to premiere sometime in 2010, Hari Puttar: A Comedy Of Terrors is slated for release on September 12th 2008, and Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince was recently moved to July 17th 2009.

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New Trailer: The Last Lear

Directed by Rituparno Ghosh (Chokher Bali), The Last Lear is an English-language Indian movie based on a play by Utpal Dutt.

Amitabh Bachchan, a screen legend in India who’s acted in nearly 200 films, stars as aging Shakespearean actor Harish Mishra who agrees to star in a film, with disastrous consequences to his health. The story is told through flashbacks, while Harish is in a coma. Co-starring with Bachchan are Arjun Rampal (Om Shanti Om) as Siddarth, the movie’s director, and the cute erstwhile Bollywood superstar Preity Zinta (Jhoom Barabar Jhoom) as Shabnam, a bad actress whom Harish mentors.

The Last Lear premiered at the 2007 Toronto International Film Festival to wide acclaim and is set for worldwide release on September 12th 2008. From the looks of this trailer, I know I’ll be there.