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As Harry Potter is an extremely popular and profitable franchise, it was bound to be permeated in pop culture.

Asian Animation

  • Happy Heroes: In Season 8 episode 5, where the Heroes are looking for a magician mentor, a magician holds up a picture of one of his former students, who he say is one of his most famous students - it's Harry Potter.

Comic Books

  • Alan Moore really, really hates Harry Potter. His Top 10 spin-off fantasy mini-series Smax features a field trip from a wizard school being horribly killed by a dragon because of their teacher's recklessness (a reference to common fan criticisms of Hogwarts staff's casual attitude to dangerous creatures). The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Century turns into an incredibly vitriolic denunciation of Potter as artistically and politically reactionary, with Harry massacring the entire rest of the Potter cast, turning out to be literally The Antichrist, and finally getting killed by Mary Poppins.
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  • In the Chick Tract "The Nervous Witch", Samantha explains to her evangelical uncle that she and her friend Holly got into witchcraft through the Harry Potter books. The uncle advises her to burn them all along with the occultic stuff.
  • Batgirl (2009): When Klarion the Witch Boy drags Steph to Limbo Town and she accidentally gets herself challenged to a duel she shouts "accio fist" while punching her challenger, before realizing she should have said accio face and then getting run out of town for being non-magical.
  • Superboy 2011: Kon decides that he'll be calling Tannarak, an evil sorcerer whose made it clear he's quite proud of his name, Voldemort and says he's going to free The Phantom Stranger so the two of them can banish him back to "Hogwarts or wherever".
  • The Trio make a cameo in Excalibur.


  • Homecoming, 2026: Skyball is conceptually a renamed version of the franchise's game of Quidditch

Film - Animation

  • In The LEGO Batman Movie, Voldemort is one of the inmates of the Phantom Zone. As an interesting side note, Ralph Fiennes, Voldemort's actor in the films, voices Alfred.
  • SCOOB!: Upon their first meeting one Halloween night, Shaggy mistakes Velma's judge costume for Harry Potter.
    Velma: I'm Ruth Bader Ginsburg, obviously.
    Shaggy: Which house is she in? Hufflepuff?
    Velma: She's a Supreme Court Justice.
    Shaggy: (disappointed) Oh. Slytherin.


  • Peter Grant in Rivers of London frequently uses Harry Potter as an analogy, such as comparing the Wizarding School his boss attended to Hogwarts, or calling a game where the players use magic to chuck tennis balls at each other "Pocket Quidditch". Whispers Underground opens with Snooping Little Kid Abigail looking for the Hogwarts Express. (That is, she's quick to explain, the train they used in the films. Not the actual Hogwarts Express, because it doesn't exist.)
  • Discworld tends to avoid them, because it's going to get accused of ripping off Rowling whatever happens, but in the Ankh-Morpork Post Office Diary there's a brief mention of Unseen University having an owl-based postal service. (This being Discworld, it was abandoned when they realised the owls were just using the letters as nesting material.)
  • The Dresden Files:
    • Dresden notes that he often gets calls from people who see his ad in the phone book and apparently just have to call just to ask if he's "really a wizard named Harry."
    • Peace Talks: Dresden makes a quip using the famous quote from Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone: "Yer a wizard, Harry."
  • Anything But Typical: At the Storyboard convention, Jason sees a girl dressed like Hermione and about fifteen Harry Potters.
  • In Harmony (2016), Iris and Candy dub Camp Harmony's dining hall the Great Hall.
  • In The Amy Virus, Mr. Shunsberg's wife named their son Harry because she's a huge Harry Potter fan.
  • Rules: When Catherine was seven, her mom started reading the Harry Potter books to her. Even though she's old enough to read by herself, her mom still reads every new book aloud.
  • There's More Than One Way Home:
    • Jack's bedtime routine involves being read five pages of Harry Potter. He's on Prisoner of Azkaban at the time the book takes place.
    • When Anna learns that Tyler's autopsy found no cause of death, she sarcastically wonders if he's been killed by the Avada Kedavra curse.
    • The children's party entertainer Science Matt says that he can pretend to be Professor Dumbledore, too.
  • In You Look Different in Real Life, the five teenagers are asked what they would tell their six-year-old selves if they could. Rory says, "I would tell her what happens in the later Harry Potter books."
  • Experimental Film: When Safie unhelpfully refers to Lady Midday in a conversation about who fed Clark dirt, Simon snaps, "Holy Christ, what's she supposed to be, Lord Voldemort?"
  • Because of the Rabbit: While playing Two Truths and a Lie, Ms. Hutton says that she has a cat named Sirius Black, from her son's favorite book series. She actually has a dog named Baxter.
  • In Dogs Don't Talk, Ben remembers his showoff classmate Tamara carrying herself like Hermione Granger.

Live-Action TV

  • Supernatural had one episode where a female was being used as bait. She was nervous until encouraged to think of her favorite heroes. She picked Hermione and listed several facts about her before being told to focus.
  • The Big Bang Theory: In one episode Leonard reads the last book, and Sheldon and even Penny spoil several plot points for him.
  • In the Doctor Who episode "The Shakespeare Code" the Doctor mentions having cried reading the last book. The episode aired before Deathly Hallows was published. Additionally, Martha banishes the episode's villains with a spell ending "Expelliamus!". For bonus points, the episode was part of the Tenth Doctor era, who was played by David Tennant aka Barty Crouch Jr.
  • In Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Lance Hunter explicitly compares most of the so-called "Real SHIELD" to Hufflepuff as a way of insulting them.
    • A season one episode has Skye refer to the SHIELD academy as "SHIELD Hogwarts."
    • In the pilot, a beleaguered Simmons says that she isn't Hermione.
  • The Flash (2014):
    • Hartley Rathaway swears "Holy Harry Potter" when he sees a Time Wraith that looks like a dementor.
    • Cisco Ramon is a fan who made a wand for a convention. At one point he shouts Expecto Patronum.
  • In Lucifer (2016), Lucifer and Chloe investigate the murder of prominent restaurateur who was a father figure to his staff.
    Lucifer: Well, my dear detective, this is patricide. It's a tale as old as time. You know, Oedipus, the Menendez brothers, Voldemort!
  • Veronica Mars: In the second season episode, Vice-Principal Clemons busts Veronica for having a key to his office so she can sneak into it, and as punishment, he has her alphabetize the file cabinet in the basement (though this turns out to be a Batman Gambit so he can have the principal ousted), and when he tells her this, Veronica quips, "And I can't use magic, right?"
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer:
    • Dawn quips "I'm not going to Hogwarts" in "Real Me".
    • Willow says "You go all Dumbledore on me." in "Lessons".
    • Andrew mentions Voldemort in "Bring On the Night".
  • Creepy Connie from Jessie is a "Harry Potter" fan. In "Creepie Connie Comes a Callin'", she wants to go with Luke to a Harry Potter-themed party and is distraught when she finds out Luke (possibly) never saw the films or read a book from the series. In a later episode, she mentions that she wants to name her and Luke's child Hermione if it's a girl.
  • In the Fate: The Winx Saga episode "To the Waters and the Wild", Aisha accuses Bloom of never having read Harry Potter but Bloom tells her that she spends hours taking online sorting hat quizzes.


  • Kim Junsu/XIA of JYJ has a song and album titled Tarantallegra, after the Harry Potter spell that forces people to "dance".
  • The pre-chorus in "Daydream" by J-Hope (of BTS) has the line "Like the hole Alice fell into/Like the road that leads to Hogwarts".
  • TXT has the song "9 and 3 quarters (Run Away)", which (coming from the EP The Dream Chapter: Magic) references the train to Hogwarts as an escape.
  • Harry makes a cameo throwing a patronus in this song of Destripando La Historia while Odin seeks magical knowledge.

Professional Wrestling

  • The second of CHIKARA's 2016 Aniversario events, held May 28, 2016, was titled Aniversario: The Chamber of Secrets.

Puppet Shows

  • One episode of Sesame Street has Gordon and Telly reading Furry Potter and the Goblet of Fur. Another has Cookie Monster star in Furry Potter and the Goblet of Cookies.

Web Video

  • 7-Second Riddles: There was one riddle focusing on a young boy at a magical school. Of course, his name was Harry.
  • Jane Eyre from The Autobiography of Jane Eyre owns several copies of Harry Potter. One is a complete set and she also has several separate books.
  • Sips has a Running Gag where he completely fails to understand what the series is about, and Sjin pretends to fill him in by talking about The Lord of the Rings instead.
  • In an episode of Rooster Teeth Shorts, it turns out that Joel was only halfway through on the book series before Matt spoiled it for him.
  • During The YoGPoD, when doing a musical quiz using iTunes and the "shuffle" feature, many of Lewis Brindley's answers are tracks from the audiobooks, causing Simon Lane to ask incredulously if he actually has any music on his computer.
  • At the start of the Minecraft series Magic Police, Duncan Jones and Sjin start discussing the series, only for one of the duo to mistake the spell "crucio" for "crucify", which causes them to remark that the series would have taken a darker turn if that had been the case.
  • During PewDiePie's Cards Against Humanity video, he gives himself a point and declares "ten points to Gryffindor, bitch!"

Tabletop Games

  • Cards Against Humanity has at least three cards relating to the franchise. The first is "Next from JK Rowling: Harry Potter and the Chamber Of _____", while another is "Daniel Radcliffe's delicious arsehole" and a third is about "Harry Potter Erotica".

Web Comics

  • After Ensign Sue gets the Red Shirt treatment in Ensign Sue Must Die, God Sue sends her to the Harry Potter universe. Later, Kirk, Bones, and the Doctor end up there and convince Ensign Sue to come back to the Star Trek universe for part of their plan to keep the other Sues from destroying reality. Still later, a brainwashed Harry is part of the Sue Army.
    Harry: [as Sue flies away on her unicorn] She was the only girl I loved...

Western Animation

  • American Dad!
    • In "Iced, Iced Babies", when Roger becomes a professor at Hayley's college and she objects to his teaching methods, he tries to give her detention, but when she says that colleges don't have detention, he says that he's taking away 50 points from Gryffindor.
    • In "Dope & Faith", Roger convinces Steve that Hogwarts is real and drops him off at a drug lab. Steve, believing him, later brings some of their product home with him thinking that it's potion ingredients, so Roger convinces him that the drug makers are Death Eaters when they come to take their drugs back.
  • In Animaniacs (2020), the Warner Kids see the new movie lot, where they see Harry and push him over.
  • In Arthur, Prunella is a fan of the Henry Skreever series, about a young wizard boy. It has books, movies, and characters like Persephone and Lord Moldywart.
  • The Fairly OddParents
    • In "Truth or Cosmoquences", an owl wearing a Gryffindor scarf delivers invitations to Cosmo and Wanda, and he receives a mouse as a tip.
    • In "The Fairy Beginning", Cosmo tells of when he lived with his mean Uncle Harry and Aunt Potter.
  • The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy: Several episodes feature young sorcerer Nigel Planter and his adventures at Toadblatt's School of Sorcery.
  • Harvey Street Kids: In "Bad Lot-Tenant", the kids roleplay the in-universe book series Moxie & Magic, which is essentially Harry Potter with gangsters in The Roaring '20s.
  • The Simpsons
    • In "Trilogy of Error", Ned Flanders reads a book to Rod and Todd and says that Harry and his friends "went straight to Hell for practicing witchcraft" before throwing the book in the fireplace, a reference to the books' controversy in Christian circles.
    • In "The Regina Monologues", while the family visits England, Lisa meets J. K. Rowling and compliments her on getting an entire generation of children into reading.
    • In "Homer and Ned's Hail Mary Pass", Marge criticizes Ned's Bible films as being too gory while also glancing over the Bible's sweeter moments. Ned sarcastically asks if she'd rather see films about "a liberal European wizard school".
    • The sub-plot for "The Haw-Hawed Couple" has Homer and Lisa reading an Angelica Button book; Homer reads ahead and is devastated by the death of Dumbledore's counterpart.
      • The episode "Smoke on the Daughter" opens with the family attending the launch of the final Angelica Button book. Lisa argues with Comic Book Guy over whether the costumes refer to the books or the films.
    • In "The Bob Next Door", Sideshow Bob describes his latest plan to kill Bart as "the greatest murder since Snape killed Dumbledore."
      Bart: Aw, I haven't gotten to that part yet!
      Bob: It's a four-year-old book.
      Bart: I'm a slow reader.
    • In the episode "The Great Phatsby", where Burns is betrayed by a singer, at one point he makes this comment in a song: "You're Hufflepuff, I'm Slytherin."
  • Gravity Falls:
    Mabel: Are you gonna tell us we're finally old enough to go to wizard school? Is there an owl in this bag?!
    Ford: I assure you if there was an owl in this bag it would be long dead.
  • There is an episode of Kaeloo called "Let's Play Happy Rotter" where Kaeloo and her friends role-play as the characters from a book series called "Happy Rotter", a reference to Harry Potter. The in-universe book series is about Happy Rotter, whose parents were killed when he was a baby by the evil wizard Voldemob.
  • In Let's Go Luna!, Carmen is a fan of The Hairy Games, which mashes up Harry Potter with The Hunger Games. It's about a girl named Katimone Everquest who goes to a Wizarding School and wields a magic hairbrush. The students of the school are sorted into "Districts". Katimone is an obvious parody of both Hermione and Katniss Everdeen. Apart from books, the franchise also has movies.
  • In the Molly of Denali episode "Book of Mammoths", Travis Hightower has a book called "Best Beasts Ever! And Where to Find Them", which is a parody of the Harry Potter spinoff book Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.
  • In the Xavier Riddle and the Secret Museum episode "I Am Marie Owens", a Hogwarts uniform can be seen among the various costumes in the museum play area.


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