The ‘Harry Potter’ franchise has proven till today that it is a legacy that will live one till the end of time. The eight film series centering a boy who is a wizard alongside his wizard friends in a mystical land, fighting demons and spirits have definitely touched many fans and viewers. So much so that many movies and films have attempted to capture the same levels of the Wizarding World, only to find less success.
You could be the judge of that, here are 10 movies that tried and failed to be the next ‘Harry Potter’.
10. I Am Number Four
A teenager has astonishing powers, surprise! He has to move from one town to another along with his guardian in order to avoid the beings from another planet who want to kill him. Fans believe that this film was lacking the “it” factor. Despite involving aliens, superpowers, and grand adventures it wasn’t really good enough to capture the attention and keep viewers interested throughout.
This franchise had a lot of hope in the air that they would at least be up par with the ‘Harry Potter’ series but unfortunately many fans felt like it didn’t adapt the written material and became so unpopular that the series couldn’t even be finished in film.
8. Cirque Du Freak: The Vampire’s Assistant
It was a commercial failure and that’s probably why you have not heard about the movie! This film struggled really hard to come out of the shadows with the likes of Twilight. Tough competition am I right?
7. Seventh Son
Based on the first book ‘The Wardstone Chronicles’, this dark fantasy centers on a boy named Thomas Ward, who discovers he is the “seventh son of a seventh son” and places himself as an apprentice to a fellow warrior. Putting aside the complex plot, the film lacked creativity and out of the box ideas, it was rather lackluster.
6. The Seeker: The Dark Is Rising
The film is an adaption from the novels by Susan Cooper about warriors of “Light” destined to stop the forces of “Dark”. The story begins with Will Stanton’s ordinary life and takes a turn when he learns that he is a part of a clan of immortal warriors who have dedicated their lives to fighting the forces of the dark. ‘Harry Potter’s enduring fanbase said it best, “Kids pining for a new Harry Potter-style fantasy film epic will have to keep the vigil going.”
5. Mortal Engines
Based on the steampunk young-adult novel series by Philip Reeve, the film was a bad mix of ‘Star Wars’, ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’, ‘Snowpiercer’, ‘Howl’s Moving Castle’, ‘The Lord of the Rings’, and other blockbusters. The one thing that the film had going for them was the stunning visuals of the colossal mobile cities.
Common Sense Media said it best, “For a movie about flying dragons, ‘Eragon’ is disappointingly flatfooted”. Unfortunately that’s true! A lot of franchises who have been able to pull it off, such as the ‘Game of Thrones’ series, captured flying dragons as the powerful creature that it is and full of mystical magic.
3. The Golden Compass
This was a ‘Lord of Rings’ redo failure! Lyra Belacqua is a young orphan who journeys to the far North, accompanied by Gyptians and an armoured bear. She is on a mission to rescue her best friend and other kidnapped children. But to much surprise, the film won an Oscar for Best Visual Effects!
2. Lemony Snicket’s A Series Of Unfortunate Events
As a stand alone movie, ‘Lemony Snicket’s A Series Of Unfortunate Events’ is truly mind blowing, especially watching it as a teen. But when compared to the first 3 books, you simply cant appreciate! It is because 3 books is squeezed to a tight 2 hour film. Therefore lacking in character development and missing important stories from the written material.
1. Percy Jackson Series
This series takes the cake, as it has the most resemblance to ‘Harry Potter’. While there are occasional moments here that stand out, the two sequels are obvious ‘Harry Potter’ clones, only with Greek mythology blood. It has your classic battle between good versus evil and the secret rival.