Best Muggle Reimagining of Magicians

Brad Neely for Wizard People, Dear Reader

When critics went apeshit over Alfonso Cuarón directing a more adult Potter film – well, adult in the sense of serious drinking and salty language – little did they know someone had beat him to it. Brad Neely's Wizard People, Dear Reader is a hilarious homemade commentary CD, meant to be synced up to the Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone DVD. Yet Neely's take forsakes accuracy for emphasis on Harry's (and, as it sounds, also the narrator's) imagined battle with the bottle, and botched names and motivations (Hagrid recast as the mentally challenged Hagar the Horrible – wait, that's pretty close). Originally available as a humble freebie rental at local stores, Wizard People has gone on to screen at the New York Underground Film Festival, garnered attention from The New York Times, and is now available for download worldwide at www.illegal-art.org. If that's not enough, Neely's surreal, single panel Creased Comics series has graduated from The Daily Texan to that dictator of all things hip, Vice magazine. Rowling would be proud ... if she's not already suing his ass.

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