If you’re looking for a laugh, check out these books. Clever knock-offs that are obviously based on Harry Potter line the shelves in China, Belarus, and other countries. mental_floss brought us these goodies, including some real gems.
4. Tanya Grotter and the Magical Double Bass (Russia)
Harry’s Slavic twin rides a double bass instead of a broomstick and has a large mole on her nose instead of a lightning bolt on her forehead. Other than that, she bears a striking resemblance to our favorite boy wizard — she lives in a cupboard in the home of her relatives, the Durnevs, after her parents are killed by the evil sorceress Chuma-del-Tort.
…8. Harry Potter and the Half-Blooded Relative Prince (China)
Surprisingly, this novel bears very little resemblance to its namesake. In the book, Harry decides that Hogwarts isn’t rigorous enough and transfers to the top wizarding school in Asia – Qroutes School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. But while there, Harry turns to the dark side and becomes evil. In the end, his peers band together to take him down, giving him a good beating in the process.
…10. Harry Potter and the Chinese Overseas Students at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry (China)
Voldemort’s getting stronger, so Dumbledore decides to bring in a little mental muscle to keep Hogwarts safe. He recruits six Chinese students — all of whom are super-geniuses with incredible work ethic — to help whip his pupils into shape. The transfers inspire Hogwarts students to stand up to Voldemort when he launches a full-scale attack with his posse of dementors, werewolves, giants, and Death Eaters in tow.
My reaction to this was something along the lines of “Are they serious?” How about you?