J. K. Rowling is famous for being the author of the Harry Potter books, a series of seven novels about the year by year adventures of a young wizard who attends a school of wizardry.
However, there are some Harry Potter novels that were not written by J.K. Rowling.
Some are parodies, written by authors seeking to tap from the success of the novel, while others are fan-fictions, written by fans who are still hungry for more Harry Potter action. There is also a distinct set written by fraudulent authors who try to pass it off as a sequel to the Harry Potter series.
10 Hairy Pothead and the Marijuana Stone
Hairy Pothead and the Marijuana Stone is a Canadian parody of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.
The hero of the book is Hairy Pothead, a marijuana smoker who attends Hempwards School of Herbcraft and Weedery.
Hairy Pothead is a weedster, which is a pun on wizard. He has a cannabis leaf shaped scar on his forehead and plays the game of Qannabi instead of Quidditch. He is also a bit of a rascal and once got into a fight with a policeman.
His teachers include the likes of Professor Duinthadope and Professor McGanjagal.
Instead of resuming school with owls, wands and the likes, students at Hempwards resume with herb grinders, cannabis pipes and a stash tin to store their stuff.
Hairy Pothead and the Marijuana Stone was written by Dana Larsen, a marijuana activist fighting for the legalization of marijuana in Canada.
9 Harry Cover and the Bewitching Parody
Harry Cover and the Bewitching Parody is a French comic parody of the Harry Potter series.
In the book, Harry Cover lives with a new family after his aunt and uncle are arrested for maltreating him. He attends Pourdozieu, a school for magicians where he becomes friends with Pron and Hormone.
His rival is Boldemorve, who tried causing some chaos during the school’s upcoming Halloween party.
There are also a few puns. Quidditch players do not fly on brooms but on flying toilets. They do not chase after snitches but flying toilet papers.
Like the real Harry Potter series, Harry Cover and the Bewitching Parody has its own sequels.
One is Harry Cover Les Mangeurs D’Anglais (“Harry Cover, The English Eaters”) where Harry Cover, Pron and Hormone are sent back to 1946 where they battle Boldemorve, who is hiding Hitler and other members of the Nazi party in London.
8 Harry Potter Kolkataye
Harry Potter Kolkataye (“Harry Potter in Kolkata” or “Harry Potter in Calcutta”) is an illegal and unofficial sequel of the Harry Potter series, written by Indian writer, Uttam Ghosh as a sequel to Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.
In Harry Potter Kolkataye, Harry Potter flies to India at the invitation of his Indian friend, Jhontu.
The book was popular in West Bengal, India, because it contained some local characters. However, it was not popular with J.K. Rowling, whose lawyers threatened to sue Ghosh and his publisher.
It was not even the only fake Harry Potter novel making waves in India at that time. There was Harry Potter and the Touchstone which was basically a translation and rewording of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.
Both novels were bestsellers at the time they were taken off the market. The author of Harry Potter and the Touchstone was even working on a sequel and some filmmakers were working on a film.
Uttam Ghosh, the author of Harry Potter Kolkataye, denounced the banning of his book since it was not a translation like the other book.
He claimed it was a new story and he would not have had problems if he had used Hari Patra instead of Harry Potter.
However, he failed to explain why Harry Potter narrated his experience at Hogwarts to Jhontu when he arrived India.
7 James Potter and the Hall of the Elders’ Crossing
The James Potter series is a series of fan fiction novels written as a continuation of the Harry Potter series. They are written by George Norman Lippert, a long-time fan of Harry Potter novels.
Lippert wrote the first James Potter novel, James Potter and the Hall of the Elders’ Crossing after the last Harry Potter novel was released. He posted it online at the urge of his wife and quickly won himself some followers.
The hero of the series is James Sirius Potter, the son of Harry Potter and Ginny Weasley.
James is joined by his friends, Ralph and Zane, to battle against the Progressive Element — a group of wizards who want to reveal the magic world to the Muggles (non-Magicians) so they can start a war between both worlds.
James Potter and the Hall of the Elders’ Crossing created a stir when Lippert first posted it online. Some fans speculated it was written by J.K. Rowling as a test drive for a spin-off series.
Lippert followed it with sequels like James Potter and the Curse of the Gatekeeper, James Potter and the Vault of Destinies and James Potter and the Morrigan Web.
Meanwhile, the book got the attention of J.K. Rowling who encouraged fans to write similar stories like it.
6 Harry Potter and the Showdown
Harry Potter and the Showdown is a Chinese spin-off written by Li Jingsheng as a sequel to the sixth Harry Potter novel, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.
Li originally wrote the novel for his son, who had read all six books and was too anxious to wait for the yet to be released seventh book. However, he pasted the book on the internet and started seeking for publishers.
What happened next was as strange as it was funny. Some publishers published the book without seeking Li’s consent or paying him royalties, leaving us with a hilarious case of pirates pirating the work of another pirate.
In Harry Potter and the Showdown, Harry Potter’s uncle and aunt are unusually nice to him. Professor McGonagall is the headmistress at Hogwarts and Professor Slughorn is her deputy.
Severus Snape also frees Lucius Malfoy from Azkaban and Harry Potter thinks he can only defeat Voldemort and Snape with charms.
So Harry Potter reads a Chinese book titled Thirty-Six Strategies and with the help of Professor Slughorn, uses the knowledge to capture Snape at the Ministry of Magic. Meanwhile, the sword of Gryffindor kills Professor McGonagall.
Harry meets Voldemort for the final battle at Azkaban. Voldemort coerces Harry to join his Army of Death but Harry refuses, and along with Ron and Hermione, defeats Voldemort.
5 Tanya Grotter with her Magical Double Bass
Tanya Grotter with her Magical Double Bass is one of a series of Harry Potter ripoffs written by Russian author, Dmitry Yemet. Unlike Harry Potter, Tanya Grotter is female.
However, she wears glasses, is an orphan and has a mark on her face, just like Harry Potter. She also attends a school for wizards and her rival is the rogue wizard who killed her parents.
Like Voldemort in Harry Potter, the evil wizard in Tanya Grotter is so feared no one can say his name. But we do not fear him, so we will say his name: Chuma-Del-Tort.
J.K. Rowling’s lawyers claimed Tanya Grotter with her Magical Double Bass was a ripoff of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone but Yemet denied this.
He claimed his book has nothing to do with the novel even though he agreed the series parodied Harry Potter. He went on to release several sequel including one titled Tanya Grotter and the Disappearing Floor.
4 Harry Potter and Bao Zoulong
Harry Potter and Bao Zoulong is another Harry Potter copycat from China. It was released in 2002 as a sequel to the fourth Harry Potter book, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.
In truth, Harry Potter and Bao Zoulong was actually an illegal translation of J.R.R. Tolkein’s The Hobbit whose characters were given names from the Harry Potter series.
Harry Potter himself was actually Biblio Baggins, one of the lead characters in The Hobbit.
Harry Potter And Bao Zoulong starts with a sad Harry Potter trying to remove cake icing off his face while thinking of his cousin, Dudley.
Dudley arrives later that day and the story delves into The Hobbit where Harry has been turned into a hobbit that lives underground. During the adventure, he led a group of hobbits to defeat a dragon.
After eighteen long chapters of pirating The Hobbit, the book ends with a nineteenth chapter where Harry Potter returns to Hogwarts.
3 Harry Potter and the Chinese Overseas Students at the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry
As you guessed right, Harry Potter and the Chinese Overseas Students at the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry is another Harry Potter copycat from China.
This time, Hogwarts is under the threat of an army led by Voldemort.
Sensing the impending doom, Professor Dumbledore requests for the help of the Nine Mysteries Chinese Magic School, which sends six Chinese student wizards to study at Hogwarts.
Voldemort later invaded Hogwarts with his army of Death Eaters, dementors, werewolves and giants but was defeated by Harry Potter, Hermione, Ron and the Chinese student wizards.
2 Porri Gatter and the Stone Philosopher
Porri Gatter and the Stone Philosopher is Belarus’s answer to Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. It was jointly written by Belarusian writers, Ivan Mytko and Andrei Zhvalevsky.
Porri Gatter is a perfect mirror of Harry Potter.
Instead of being the magician that lives among non-magicians, Porri is a non-magician that lives among magicians. To make up for his deficit, he uses modern inventions like bombs to fight against his rival, Mordevolt.
Porri Gatter and the Stone Philosopher was published around the same time J.K. Rowling lawyers were trying to sue Tanya Grotter’s writer and publishers.
Vreyma, Porri Gatter’s publishers, said it was not afraid of a lawsuit since its book was a “good parody” that indirectly promoted the original Harry Potter.
Rosmen, the publishers of the Harry Potter series in Russia later clarified that it would not press charges against the writers and publisher of Porri Gatter and the Stone Philosopher since the book was a parody.
1 Barry Trotter and the Unauthorized Parody
Barry Trotter and the Unauthorized Parody is a satirical Harry Potter parody written by Michael Gerber.
In the book, Barry Trotter is a 22-year-old student of Hogwash School for Wizards. He is not a hero like Harry Potter and prefers spending his time smoking and hanging around with a musical group.
Barry Trotter and his friends, Ermine Cringer and Lon Measly, try to stop the production of the film Barry Trotter and the Inevitable Attempt to Cash In.
The film is about Barry Trotter and was produced by his archenemy, Lord Valumart (aka He-Who-Smells). It seems like Voldemort had a bigger nose in this version.
Gerber wrote the book to criticize Warner Bros’s excessive control of the Harry Potter brand and their aggressive marketing for the recently released Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone movie.