Wizard People, Dear Readers | Chicago Reader

Wizard People, Dear Readers

Austin actor and comic-book writer Brad Neely delivers an iconoclastic audio commentary to the movie version of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001), with revisionist, free-associative riffs that suggest the late Seattle performance poet Steven Jesse Bernstein (or perhaps the demon spawn of Wallace Shawn and Neil Young). Feverish and profane, Neely reimagines young Harry as a prepubescent alcoholic depressive, the giant Hagrid as Hagar the Horrible, Professor Snape as the she-devil Snake, and the head of Hogwarts as the “near-dead Dumbledore,” who's eager to drag Harry along with him to the afterworld. Bizarre digressions fill up the slow spots in the movie, and Neely's wicked put-downs and skewed homoerotic view of the students' Quidditch match are subversively funny. 150 min.


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