1980's Harry Potter

Harry Potter Existed in the 1980s

People of a certain age might have believed they were living in the golden era of Harry Potter. They were wrong.


See, there once was a fictional character named Harry Potter Jr. Played by Noah Hathaway (see: The NeverEnding Story). The character was the star of the movie Troll, which received poor reviews but became a cult classic after its 1986 release.


Noah Hathaway as Potter

Noah Hathaway as Harry Potter Jr (L) and Atreyu in ‘The Never Ending Story’ (R).

Images courtesy of IMDB.


The story is about a boy who uses magic in a wizarding world to defeat a troll. Sounds somewhat similar to J.K.Rowling’s story, right?


The author has always denied a connection to the movie, but some people involved in its creation aren’t so convinced. Making matters worse, a coming prequel – Troll: The Rise of Harry Potter Jr., starring Patricia Arquette – is set to make people even more confused/resentful later this year.


Patricia Arquette in Troll

Image courtesy of MoviePilot.


What’s so interesting about the two distinct Potters is that their lives are surrounded by magic, wizardry, and mayhem. Just look at the short synopsis of the upcoming film:


“The new animated feature will revisit the world of the wizardry originally created in the 1986 TROLL movie in which a wicked, magical troll wizard envisages taking over the world. Only Harry Potter, Jr., with the help of a magical witch, can save the planet from the clutches of the troll wizard and his evil force.”


This sounds oddly familiar… We really can’t wrap our heads around it! It might be a genius move for the producers to put ‘Harry Potter’ in the film title, or a terrible move. We’re guessing a number of Potter fans will be deeply disappointed by the Troll reboot. 


Featured image courtesy of Reuters.