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Creator/NeilCicierega, of {{Animutation}} fame, created two flash cartoons featuring hand-puppet versions of the main characters from ''Franchise/HarryPotter''. The humorous cartoons quickly gained popularity (even with Creator/JKRowling and Creator/DanielRadcliffe), and the ''[[http://www.potterpuppetpals.com/ Potter Puppet Pals]]'' series was born.

Eventually, Neil and his friends moved on from animated shorts to live-action shorts featuring real puppets, and they've even done a couple of live shows with the puppets. The series is most famous for the number of [[MemeticMutation memes]] it has spawned. Also, Neville is a butternut squash.

'''Shorts include''':
* "Bothering Snape": Ron and Harry [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin bother Snape]].
* "Trouble at Hogwarts": Voldemort invades Hogwarts, and it's up to Harry, Ron, and Hermione to stop him.
* "Potions Class": Snape describes Potions Class to Harry and friends in a ''very'' disturbing way. Not to mention Dumbledore wanting expired gorilla milk for his bowels.
* "Wizard Angst": Harry's feeling cranky and pubescent today, and he doesn't know why!
* "Mysterious Ticking Noise": The entire cast sings along to a mysterious ticking noise [[spoiler:which unfortunately turns out to be a pipe bomb]]. (Yes, this includes Voldemort.)
* "Wizard Swears": Harry, Ron, and Hermione learn magical profanity.
* "School is for Losers": Harry Potter says school is for losers!
* "The Awakening of the Incorruptible" (later renamed "Albus Dumbledore Lists Your Good Qualities"): The most epic Potter Puppet Pals short ever.
* "The Vortex": A strange vortex appears, and Ron finally goes through puberty.
* "Ron's Disease": Ron gets Wizard Lice, and only Hagrid can cure it.
* "Snape's Diary": Harry steals Snape's diary, and he reads it aloud to Ron and Hermione.
* "Mustache Buddies": Voldemort decides to grow a mustache and has Snape do it too.
* "Ron's Parents": Ron has parents, Harry doesn't.
* "Harry's Nightmares": Harry recalls a series of horrible nightmares.
* "Draco Puppet": Harry introduces us to the [[ShowWithinAShow puppet's puppet version]] of Draco Malfoy.
* "Ginny": Harry flirts with Ron's hot younger sister. [[spoiler:After realizing that they look almost the same, he commits suicide.]]
* "Neville's Birthday": Harry, Ron and Hermione attend Neville's birthday party on threat of expulsion. [[spoiler:In the end, Neville self-destructs.]]
* "Apparate!" Harry learns to [[TeleportSpam apparate]] and uses it towards his advantage. [[spoiler:It goes horribly wrong near the end however]]
* "Dapper Ron": Hermione saves Ron from a dashing curse.
* "Martial Arts": Harry interrupts Defense Against the Dark Arts class to show what he learned in Defense in ''Martial'' Arts.
* "Magic Can Solve Any Problem": Harry decides life would be easier if people were more like him.


Some of the fans of this series made {{Fanvid}}s of these {{Fanvid}}s, using the same or similar programs and posted them on Website/YouTube.
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!!This series provides examples of:
* AdultFear: Parodied in "Harry's Nightmares", where, nestled in among the bizarre and occasionally juvenile ("In one dream, I was ''middle aged!'' Yuck!") traumas that haunt his noggin, was the dream he had where he gave birth to Ron, and raised him from infancy, but one day, he misplaced him, and that terrified him, because it meant he had failed as a parent.
* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation: [[invoked]] All the characters is exaggerated or twisted versions of the original Harry Potter characters, all in the name of RuleOfFunny.
** Dumbledore is an [[CloudCuckoolander outrageous ditz]] who also happens to be an android. A ''gay'' android.
** Ron is a pathetic, effeminate YesMan who adores Harry despite constantly being insulted by him.
** Hermione is TheGenericGuy who follows Harry around in the same vein as Ron.
** Harry is a self-centered {{Jerkass}} who is desperate for attention.
** Snape is a ComicallySerious loner who nobody takes seriously because of his tendency to get angsty over almost everything.
** Neville is an annoying stickler for the rules who is hated by everyone in the school, and also is a butternut squash with the ability to self-destruct.
* AssimilationPlot: Harry, in "Magic Can Solve Any Problem".
* AudienceParticipationSong: The "Avada Kedavra" song in the live show
* BadMoodAsAnExcuse: The short "Wizard Angst", involves Harry waking up in a bad mood and insulting Ron.
* ButtMonkey: Ron, Neville, Draco, and Snape.
* CallBack: In "Snape's Diary," we learn [[DrivenToSuicide just how much]] "Bothering Snape" ''really did'' bother Snape.
--> '''Harry Potter''': "I remember that, Ron! [[CompletelyMissingThePoint Gimme five!]]"
* CanisLatinicus
* CharacterizationMarchesOn: In the earlier shorts, Harry was more cheerful and compassionate, and Snape was more of a short-tempered {{Jerkass}} even to the point of ''murdering'' Harry and Ron for invading his personal space and repeating the word "bother" over and over again. Now, Harry is a self-centred bully, and Snape is the OnlySaneMan of the cast.
* ChristmasEpisode: The Yule Ball 2010 live performance.
* ClusterBleepBomb: Dumbledore's recitation of The Elder Swear in "Wizard Swears", also invoking NoodleImplements to a degree:
--> Your mother is a ''(censored)''-ing ''(censored)'' Lorem Ipsum ''(censored)'' Admitum Venium ''(censored)'' Treguna ''(censored)'' hippopotamus ''(censored)'' republican ''(censored)'' and Daniel Radcliffe ''(censored)'' with a bucket of ''(censored)'' in a castle far away where no one can hear you ''(censored)'' soup ''(censored)'' with a bucket of ''(censored)'' Mickey Mouse ''(censored)'' and a stick of dynamite ''(censored)'' magical ''(censored)'' '''alakazam!'''
** Note that it takes him no less than ''forty-three seconds'' to say this.
* ComedicSociopathy: Poor, ''poor'' Neville. Haha.
* CompletelyMissingThePoint: In "Snape's Diary".
-->'''Snape's Diary''': I was at the Yule Ball with Lily Evans. I asked her to dance. She asked me to die. Would that I could Lily...would that I could...
-->'''Harry''': "My mum was awesome!"
* ContinuityNod: In "Snape's Diary", one of the diary entries is about "Bothering Snape."
* CuckooNest: Occurs in "Harry's Nightmares" as a ShoutOut to ''Literature/ShutterIsland''.
* CurseCutShort:
-->'''Ron:''' Maybe he's in ''loooove!''\\
'''Hermione:''' Who'd fall in love with such an a-\\
'''Ron:''' Maybe he needs a hug!
** Harry says "What the f--" just as [[spoiler:Neville is exploding]] in "Neville's Birthday".
* TheDitz:
** Ron.
** Dumbledore most definitely qualifies.
* DoubleStandardAbuseFemaleOnMale: In "Dapper Ron", Ron tries to start a polite conversation with Hermione, but she interrupts by punching him in the face. He doesn't mind, though, since the punch frees him a curse that caused him to act more refined than usual. [[spoiler: When he tries to thank her, she headbutts him to shut him up.]]
** Ron usually goes through a lot of crap, but Hermione's possibly the first puppet to hit him for no apparent reason[[note]]Hagrid at least did it as an effort to get rid of Ron's lice[[/note]] other than RuleOfFunny.
* DrivenToSuicide: PlayedForLaughs of course.
** [[spoiler:Harry]] at the end of "Ginny".
** [[spoiler:Neville ''[[YourHeadAsplode Self-]][[SelfDestructMechanism Destructs]]'' when he realizes that no one likes him.]] [[CrossesTheLineTwice And yes, it's funny]].
* EasterEgg: [[spoiler:"Follow the butterflies, follow the butterflies, WEE~!" "Ronnicus Explodicus!"]]
* EvenNerdsHaveStandards: In "Neville's Birthday", after Harry and Hermione inform Neville that nobody likes him:
--> '''Ron:''' Even ''I'' look down on you! ME!
* EverybodyLaughsEnding: Done with a beautifully nonsensical twist in "Wizard Angst".
* EverythingsBetterWithPlushies
* EvilSoundsDeep: Voldemort is depicted with a deep, reverberating voice.
* FantasticRacism: {{Lampshaded}} when the Draco Malfoy puppet says "I'm really proud that I'm pure-blooded [[FreudianSlip white]] -- I mean, [[LastSecondWordSwap wizard]]."
* {{Flanderization}}: PlayedForLaughs.
* HalloweenEpisode: The Youmacon 2010 live performance.
* HeroicComedicSociopath: Harry. At one point he leads a half-awake Hagrid all over the school grounds to club everyone in sight. [[RuleOfFunny Except Voldemort]].
* HollywoodPudgy: Invoked by Harry, who constantly makes snide remarks about Ron's eating habits and weight, despite Ron obviously being build from the same puppet template as him. Which is hilarious, considering that Ron in the books is extremely tall and thin.
* HomoeroticSubtext: Ron has an obvious one-sided crush on Harry. Apparently Harry returns Ron's feelings on a subconscious level through his attraction to Ginny, who is basically just Ron with TertiarySexualCharacteristics.
* GilliganCut: The end of "Wizard Swears"
* GroupHug:
** The end of "Trouble at Hogwarts". It's a pretty weird version, though, considering one of the members of the group is a naked old man...
** And in "The Vortex": "Lose some weight before you hug me, Ron."
* {{Jerkass}}: Harry.
* KickTheDog: Harry mercilessly picks on Neville, Ron and Snape.
* KillItWithFire: The final fate of [[spoiler:the Draco puppet.]]
* LargeHam: "I mean everything I ever say, ever, because '''''I'm Harry Potter'''''." ''(thunderclap)''
* LiteralMinded: Draco Malfoy.
-->'''Harry''': No, say hello to the audience.
-->'''Draco''': Hello to the audience.
* NakedPeopleAreFunny
-->'''Dumbledore''': NAKED TIME!
* NonstandardCharacterDesign:
** Neville is a butternut squash on a stick.
** Cedric Diggory is a foot.
* MPreg: Parodied in "Harry's Nightmares".
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: [[spoiler:Harry]]'s reaction when [[spoiler:Neville explodes. [[RuleOfFunny Until he tastes]] [[SupernaturallyDeliciousAndNutritious the chunks]].]]
* NoodleImplements: Harry and Ron's potential punishment in "Wizard Angst" has some of these. [[DontExplainTheJoke Though if you think about it, assuming that the cactus in question is a potted one, it will be picked up and placed over their heads or bare bums and hammered down with the croquet mallet by the drunken Filch. Or Filch will smash one of them with the mallet and then just shove the cactus in/on the other one]]. Alternatively, the mallet could also be used to shove the cactus in... places.
* PetTheDog: Subverted hilariously in "Neville's Birthday". At first Harry appears to feel guilt for [[spoiler:making Neville so upset that he self-destructs]]... then [[spoiler:[[CrossesTheLineTwice he starts eating chunks of what's left of Neville.]]]]
* PornStache: In Mustache Buddies.
* PrecisionFStrike: Hermione doesn't take kindly to Harry toying with her sympathy.
--> That's not BLEEPing funny Harry!
* {{Pun}}:
-->'''[[spoiler:Angel]] Neville''': "It's what's on the inside that counts".
* PuppetPermutation
* RhymingWithItself: Harry's song in "The Vortex" is nothing but this.
* RidiculouslyHumanRobot: [[spoiler: In "Ron's Disease", Dumbledore is revealed to be a gay android]].
* SarcasmMode: Harry's opinion of the fan-favorite suggestion to introduce a Puppet Pal Draco, and execution of same.
* SayingTooMuch: "I just happened to find this book in Snape's bedroom in a locked trunk under his bed."
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: Hermione does this several times.
* SerendipitousSymphony: "What is that mysterious ticking noise?... it's kind of catchy..."
* ShoutOut:
** Besides the TakeThat to Twilight in "Snape's Diary", there's a quick shoutout to ''Film/ShutterIsland'' at the end of "Harry's Nightmares".
** In Neville's Birthday, there's this.
---> Snape:"[[Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail It's just a cake.]]"
*** From the same short: "It's Cedric Diggory! [[Film/{{Zoolander}} He's so hot right now.]]"
* SmallNameBigEgo: Harry.
* StrawLoser: Ron. Subverted in "The Vortex".
* TakeThatAudience: The short Albus Dumbledore Lists Your Good Qualities.
* TakeThat:
** "Awakening of the Incorruptible" has been declared to be a stab at fans who were whining about the sporadic updating. Not that they have a lot to complain about, "The Vortex" was uploaded shortly after.
** Also:
--->'''Ron''': Is it [[Literature/{{Twilight}} a young adult vampire romance novel?]] ''(Cut to later with Ron standing in the corner)''
* TheSmurfettePrinciple: Hermione is the only voiced female puppet of the cast.
* TeleportationSickness: Harry throws up once while Apparating.
* TeleporterAccident: [[spoiler:Ron trying to Apparate with Harry turns the two of them into basically a puppet version of Film/TheHumanCentipede. An attempt to separate themselves by apparating again only results in Snape also fusing with them.]]
* TheyKilledKenny: Harry casts Avada Kedavra on himself at the end of "Ginny", Snape casts Avada Kedavra on Harry and Ron in "Bothering Snape", and Voldemort blows everyone up at the end of "The Mysterious Ticking Noise". They're all back to normal by next episode.
* UncannyFamilyResemblance: Ginny resembles Ron with longer hair and [[TertiarySexualCharacteristics a bow]].
* TheUnintelligible: Hagrid.
* UnusualEuphemism: "Wizard Swears"
* VillainSong: The "Avada Kedavra" song
* VomitIndiscretionShot: Except since they're puppets, it's made out of yarn.
* WhatKindOfLamePowerIsHeartAnyway: In the live show.
-->'''Dumbledore''': "... The spell we know as love."\\
'''Ron''': "Love?!"\\
'''Harry''': "Lame!"\\
'''Hermione''': "That's not magic!"
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Potter Puppet Pals Adventure, which was to be the second episode of the series, but was cancelled because it would have been too hard to animate. It was to be a preview for a fake PPP musical. What remains are the songs, [[http://wiki.illemonati.com/Potter_Puppet_Pals_Adventure and they're awesome]].
* WhyDontYaJustShootHim:
** Aversion -- at [[spoiler:the end of "Trouble At Hogwarts", they ''do'' shoot Voldemort]].
** Also in "Mysterious Ticking Noise" [[spoiler:Voldemort uses it on the good guys because the source of the noise...]]
--->[[spoiler:'''Ron''': "It's a pipe bomb!" ]]\\
[[spoiler:'''Harry and Hermione''': YAY!!!]]\\
[[spoiler:''-Snape and Dumbledore look at each other in stunned disbelief-'']]
* WimpFight: Since the characters are puppets any fight will just be them scrambling against each other.
* YouKeepUsingThatWord: ''Alas'' is an exclamation of dismay, not... whatever Dumbledore uses it for.
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