Since the premiere of 2001’s Harry Potter And The Philosopher’s Stone, Hollywood has tried its best to mimic the wizardry appeal of Daniel Radcliffe’s gargantuan film series, with hardly any success. The most blatant of attempts was last year’s marginally entertaining Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief, a planned franchise-starter that didn’t exactly set Toys ‘R’ Us ablaze with its merchandise, even though it’s actually a tolerable fantasy diversion.

On the total opposite end of the spectrum is The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, also released last year, when it promptly earned its place amongst Nicolas Cage’s biggest cinematic follies. Aside from Cage’s ridiculous hairdo, Disney’s stillborn expansion of a celebrated Fantasia segment runs through a checklist of bad summer blockbuster components: overused special effects, forced humor, and an in-over-his-head leading man (Jay Baruchel). Worst of all, however, is Cage’s artificially campy performance; even when his character is at his most manic, the star just looks bored.

Having seen all of the Potter films, which are uniformly excellent, Harry’s biggest fans know what makes for a good movie, and should be able to sarcastically rip The Sorcerer’s Apprentice to shreds, a la the great, long-gone B-movie slaughterhouse known as Mystery Science Theater 3000. By crapping all over one of the lamest Harry Potter rip-offs ever, one should be find it much easier to appreciate the Rowling-inspired movies and feel at peace with the fact that no one has done it better than Deathly Hallows director David Yates.