Since its creation, the Harry Potter franchise has spawned a number of parodies and homages in various works. Parodies are distinct from regular fandom production in that their main purpose is to lampoon the franchise and in some cases may feature elements from others as well. Parodies that have been created or works which have featured them include:
Arthur is a series airing weekdays in the United States of America on PBSKids and on multiple networks in Canada. An animated children's series that has also attracted a wide adult following due to a number of factors. It is noted for being the second-longest running program of its type behind only The Simpsons. It is based on picture books by author Marc Brown, who also serves as an executive producer on the series. The Harry Potter franchise was parodied on the program through the Henry Skreever books, which portray the main character as an anthropomorphic individual similar to the other characters on the program, and containing elements that are rough analogues of Harry Potter features, such as a "Mangling Maple."
Barry Trotter is a series of novels by Michael Gerber, fashioned as shameless parodies of the Harry Potter novels. The titles feature the adventures of the characters at Hogwash School for Wizardry and Witchcrap. The titles in the series are Barry Trotter and the Shameless Parody, Barry Trotter and the Unnecessary Sequel, and Barry Trotter and the Dead Horse.
Cascão Porker is a Brazilian parody that features the Harry Potter characters in the style of the characters of the wildly popular Brazilian comic Monica's Gang. The comic directly parodies the film of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone.
Epic Movie was a film by directors Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer, who are known for making a number of other parody films of the same bent. Though largely panned by both critics and audiences, the film did reasonable box office business. The film is a sendup of various movies of an "epic" nature, and other titles parodied in the film included the original The Chronicles of Narnia film and the version of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory featuring Johnny Depp.
The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy
The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy was an animated series once aired on Cartoon Network. The Harry Potter franchise was parodied in four separate episodes on Grim Adventures. Each involves the character of Nigel Planter, a student at Toadblatt's School of Sorcery.
Harry Putter and the Chamber of Cheesecakes
Harry Putter and the Chamber of Cheesecakes is a British parody by Timothy R. O'Donnell. In the parody, the main characters become Harry Putter, Ron Cheesley and Hermione Stranger and fight Lord Moldyfart. There is a sequel titled Harry Putter and the Deathly Hairballs.
MAD is a United States humour magazine with a long history and following. MAD parodied the original Harry Potter title Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone and later directly parodied each Harry Potter film. Potter was also parodied in a number of other regular features within the magazine. The series was also parodied in at least two segments on MadTV, a late-night sketch comedy series aired on FOX, loosely connected with the magazine.
Potted Potter: The Unauthorised Harry Experience — A Parody by Dan and Jeff is a stage show that compresses the events of the entire Harry Potter book series into a seventy minute stage production. It has toured worldwide and earned accolades from many major publications.
Potter Puppet Pals
Potter Puppet Pals is both a fan production and a parody. It is a series of videos released through YouTube featuring the Potter characters as puppets. Numerous skits were produced, the most well-known of which is most likely "The Mysterious Ticking Noise," in which several of the characters performed an oddly catchy song.
Potterwookiee: The Creature from My Closet
Potterwookiee: The Creature from My Closet is a novel targeted at middle-grade readers by Obert Skye. It parodies both Harry Potter and the characters of Star Wars in an adventure involving a group of school-children.
RiffTrax is a series of commentaries provided as alternate audio tracks for films. RiffTrax has provided commentary tracks for every Harry Potter film except the final two.
Robot Chicken is a parody stop-motion cartoon series seen on Cartoon Network's Adult Swim. It has parodied the Potter franchise in a number of segments.
Saturday Night Live
Harry Potter was parodied in a number of sketches on another late night comedy series aired NBC, Saturday Night Live. In one such sketch, Potter (portrayed by Daniel Radcliffe, the Potter actor from the films) himself returned to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry well after the Battle of Hogwarts and greeted a group of first-year students, while catching up with old acquaintances.
The Simpsons is an animated series that airs on a Sunday night comedy block in the United States of America on FOX, and is notable for being the longest running program of its type. Potter was parodied in at least five different installments of The Simpsons, including its film, The Simpsons Movie.
Tanya Grotter is a series of novels by a Russian author, Dmitry Yemets. The titles recast the main protagonist as a female. Though they parody a number of elements and conventions of the Potter franchise, they also feature a serious storyline and were considered similar enough that Potter author J. K. Rowling was successful in a lawsuit blocking their publication in a number of countries.