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June 14, 2011

Goin’ Back To Hogwarts
Posted by Jim Macdonald at 09:56 AM *

How did I not know this existed?

A Very Potter Musical

It’s darned near two hours, but what do you want? It’s all seven books.

Comments on Goin' Back To Hogwarts:
#1 ::: Dave Bell ::: (view all by) ::: June 14, 2011, 10:15 AM:

If the audience reaction can be any guide, it's a bit filkish. I didn't recognise the tunes myself, but maybe some of the audience do.

#2 ::: Melissa Singer ::: (view all by) ::: June 14, 2011, 10:21 AM:

Jim: it's because you don't have younger teens in the house. My daughter and her friends sing bits from this on a regular basis. There's a lot of HP filk/music/bands.

#3 ::: The Modesto Kid ::: (view all by) ::: June 14, 2011, 10:23 AM:

I passed the link along to young Sylvia and am sure I will soon be hearing bits from this on a regular basis...

#4 ::: JLCarson ::: (view all by) ::: June 14, 2011, 11:01 AM:

There's a sequel too: A Very Potter Sequel, though I didn't find it quite as totally awesome as the original.

#5 ::: LongStrider ::: (view all by) ::: June 14, 2011, 11:12 AM:

Darren Criss, Harry Potter, is the actor portraying Blaine on Glee. The crossover between those fandoms went a bit nuts when that was announced.

#6 ::: JLCarson ::: (view all by) ::: June 14, 2011, 11:15 AM:

Dave: the songs are all original, though definitely inspired by a range of musical influences.

#7 ::: James D. Macdonald ::: (view all by) ::: June 14, 2011, 11:17 AM:

The rights situation would be a total mess, but wouldn't it be awesome to have Glee do A Very Potter Musical?

#8 ::: Dave Bell ::: (view all by) ::: June 14, 2011, 11:20 AM:

I've just been told this was made before Glee.

#9 ::: Madeleine Robins ::: (view all by) ::: June 14, 2011, 11:26 AM:

wouldn't it be awesome to have Glee do A Very Potter Musical?

Dammit, Macdonald. Coffee all over the dog.

#10 ::: Steve C. ::: (view all by) ::: June 14, 2011, 11:32 AM:

My Fair Potter ?

Kiss Me, Snape ?

#11 ::: Lee ::: (view all by) ::: June 14, 2011, 11:52 AM:

JLCarson, #6: FTR, "original songs" and "filk" are not mutually-exclusive sets. Parody is only one sub-category of filk.

#12 ::: Elliott Mason ::: (view all by) ::: June 14, 2011, 12:56 PM:

My favorite part is the actress playing Malfoy. I haven't seen such grade-A scenery chewing since ... well, Alan Rickman, in a variety of roles, really.

If you're going to write a role for melodrama, you really need an actor who can pull it off, and she's basically yanking it off like one of those magicians with the tablecloth full of good china and candlesticks, IMO.

#13 ::: JLCarson ::: (view all by) ::: June 14, 2011, 01:52 PM:

Lee - whoops, looks like my assumed definition (based on Dave's comment about not recognizing tunes) of filk is wrong - sorry for the misinterpretation.

#14 ::: James D. Macdonald ::: (view all by) ::: June 14, 2011, 02:46 PM:

I really liked Voldemort, and the bitter-sweet romance between Voldemort and Quirrell

#15 ::: Arthur D. ::: (view all by) ::: June 14, 2011, 08:06 PM:

Totally awesome.

#16 ::: Jon Baker ::: (view all by) ::: June 14, 2011, 08:33 PM:

Paint your Broomstick?

To parodize another play in which Dad הכ"ם played (trumpet).

#17 ::: Nicole J. LeBoeuf-Little ::: (view all by) ::: June 14, 2011, 10:50 PM:

@16: Paint your Broomstick?

Someone who "talks to the trees" seems very likely. Possibly one of the centaurs. Or maybe the tree in question is the Whomping Willow?

#18 ::: rm ::: (view all by) ::: June 14, 2011, 11:28 PM:

Yes -- I teach English majors; therefore, I have heard of AVPM.

#19 ::: rm ::: (view all by) ::: June 14, 2011, 11:31 PM:

Into the (Forbidden) Woods
Auntie Petunia
How to Succeed in Magic Without Really Trying

#20 ::: Lee ::: (view all by) ::: June 14, 2011, 11:34 PM:

JLCarlson, #13: Well, parody filk doesn't just work from folk tunes and popular music. It's very common for people to parody original filk pieces as well, and if you haven't previously heard the original, you have no way of knowing that it's a parody. I've embarrassed myself a couple of times that way. :-)

#21 ::: Ingrid ::: (view all by) ::: June 16, 2011, 12:29 AM:

I live with a teen-age Glee fan (female). Darren Criss and the "ultimate genius awesomeness" of A Very Potter Musical is a topic which, thankfully, has finally worn down into a jazzy background piece of daily conversation.

I really adored it, myself, when it first made the rounds of YouTube. It's delightful - especially the way the audience seems to be half killing themselves with hysterical laughter, and then gets caught up in it.

#22 ::: Mycroft W ::: (view all by) ::: June 21, 2011, 05:31 PM:

I have to admit that coming to the Goons from the point of view of an '80s teenager meant that I heard some of the jokes, knew they were jokes, and then had to go back and find the references for them to be funny.

Having said that, #17 NJlB-L: Eccles: "I talk to the trees...that's why they put me away..."

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