11 Kid Lit Adaptations That Tried (And Failed) To Be The Next Harry Potter


Harry Potter week continues!  Only four more days until the release of Deathly Hallows Part 1.  Now, we all know that the Harry Potter films have been enormously successful.  Sorcerer's Stone cleared $300 million domestically, and when Chamber of Secrets nearly matched that total a year later, every movie studio in town wanted a piece of the Potter magic for their own.  So what did they do?  They bought the film rights and started adapting every other piece of marginally popular children's adventure literature - all in the hopes of hitting the same jackpot.

Needless to say, those attempts failed.  Sure, the Twilight series has done just fine.  So did the two Chronic-what-cles of Narnia, but the road to successful film adaptation has been littered with the corpses of barely seen, instantly rejected franchise non-starters.  Some of these movies are bad.  Some are even worse.  Others are merely tolerable.  But all have paled in comparison to Harry Potter.  Lightning, it seems, really does only strike once.  And Potter has the scar to prove it.
So in honor of the 800-lb. box office gorilla that is Deathly Hallows, I thought it'd be fun to run down those adaptations that wanted desperately to be like Potter, but just seemed to lack a certain...I don't know what.  Nearly all of them lost money.  None of them warranted a sequel.  Don't be surprised if you haven't seen most of them.  I think there's a reason for that.

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