Shout Out / A Very Potter Musical

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    A Very Potter Musical 
  • High School Musical
    • One of the Horcruxes is a Zefron poster. When Ron tries to destroy it, it says, "You gotta getcha head in the game, Weasley!"
    • Dumbledore even sings a line of "We're All In This Together." (And the crowd joins in too.)
    • According to Word of God, "Voldemort is Going Down" was to be modeled after "Now or Never" from High School Musical 3.
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender
    • Voldemort's speech before killing Harry is from the finale of Avatar: The Last Airbender.
    • Ginny tells Harry, "We kissed at the Yule Ball, and, well, I thought we were going to be together forever... but we're not." This is almost identical to what Aang says to Katara in "The Ember Island Players" (though he refers to the invasion of the Fire Nation).
    • The scene when Ron and Hermione first kiss is the scene between Aang and Katara before the fire nation invasion where Aang kisses Katara. The dialogue leading up to the kiss is almost identical.
  • The sting from Seinfeld plays every time Ron enters a room. This continues in the sequel.
  • Ghostbusters: Dumbledore's description of what would happen if Harry didn't compete in the tournament, and Hermione's reaction—"Total protonic reversal!"
  • Jurassic Park: "Dragons don't wanna be fed, they wanna hunt!"
  • Harry compares his relationship with Ginny with that of Spider-Man and Mary-Jane.
  • Disney:
    • Aladdin: Voldemort quotes Jafar with "How many times do I have to kill you, boy?"
    • Tarzan: The quote "You came back?!" "I came home," though it's used even more dramatically here.
    • The Little Mermaid: Draco's, "We haven't discussed the subject of payment."
    • Ron's "Maybe you just have to fight Mushu from Mulan."
  • "Aren't we an Odd Couple!"
  • Star Wars: Snape's death scene is similar to Yoda's, complete with "There is another Horcrux."
  • Anastasia: The scene when Harry and Ginny dance at the Yule Ball comes straight from the scene in where Anya and Dimitri are dancing.
    Harry: Ginny… Ginny I'm feeling kind of dizzy.
    Ginny: Well, maybe we should stop spinning.
    Harry: We have stopped spinning…
  • Billy Madison: "Oh, Goyle rules!"
  • When questioned about Snape, Dumbledore recites a variation of what the soldiers in The Manchurian Candidate were programmed to say about Raymond Shaw.
  • Dumbledore's will also contains shout outs to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Who Framed Roger Rabbit, played strictly for laughs.
  • Lóreal: "Because I'm worth it."
  • The title references A Very Brady Musical.
  • "It's like the movie She's All That! Do you remember? We watched that together."
  • Harry asks Dumbledore how Lost ends. As AVPM came out before the finale of Lost, Dumbledore responds with, "There are some things, Harry, even I don't know."
  • In the background of one scene, Goyle does that… thing the Globo Gym Cobras do in DodgeBall: A True Underdog Story. You'll know it when you see it.
  • Revenge of the Nerds: Goyle seems to be channeling Ogre when he yells "NERDS!"
  • Draco's rolling around on the floor could be seen as a reference to Fitzwilliam from The Big Gay Sketch Show, also an English schoolboy (and coincidentally also played by a girl).
    • It's more of a Shout-Out to the way Tobias from Arrested Development always rolls around when he messes up a pose and tries to make it look like intentional.
  • Pokémon: One Death Eater's nickname for Dumbledore is Bumblesnore, which sounds suspiciously like "Bulbasaur".
  • The guitar intro to "Granger Danger" is exactly the same as the intro to the Suzanne Vega song "Marlene on the Wall".
  • Several times, you can hear lines sung to tunes from Wicked.
    • "Different As Can Be" gives us the lines "We share some hands and fingers" "and yet, the feeling lingers" lines sound very much like part of "What Is This Feeling". Arguably, even, Voldemort and Quirrell could be seen as Elphaba and G(a)linda.
    • "To Dance Again" gives us the line "And when I'd start to sway/I'd get carried away", which is a near quote from "Wonderful". The melody of "To Dance Again" is also identical in tune to "Wonderful" at the beginning of their chorus part.
    Wizard of Oz: Won-der-ful!
    Voldy: To dance agaaaaaiiiiin!
    • Hermione does the same awkward, out-of-sync dance as Elphaba. She even waves her arms the same way.
  • "Never tell a girl you like her, it makes you look like an idiot" could be a reference to line by Daniel Desario in an episode of Freaks and Geeks.
  • When Cedric is introduced he pushes the Trio + Ginny to the floor, parodying the scene in Goblet of Fire where Harry, Ron, Hermione and Ginny crash to the ground after using the portkey and Cedric lands perfectly like the perfect Mr. Perfect he is.
  • Napoleon Dynamite: "It's probably the best I've ever done."
  • Ron eating in every scene is reference to the 2001 version of Ocean's Eleven, where Rusty is eating in every scene.
  • "I'm gonna curl up in my sock drawer and sleep for days" is paraphrased from Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie.

    A Very Potter Sequel 
  • Goyle does little else:
  • Batman: Upon seeing Umbridge for the first time, Ron remarks that "…they say she can't be killed, they say she drinks blood!"
  • To Kill a Mockingbird: When commenting on her (faux) repulsive ugliness, Lupin calls Hermione "Boo Radley".
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990): Hedwig tells a distraught Draco that "…another talking animal once said, All fathers care for their sons."
  • IT: When telling the other kids an Urban Legend about Sirius Black, Seamus claims that Sirius killed Flitwick's little brother when he was hiding in a storm drain, dressed as a clown.
  • The Lord of the Rings: Lupin complains that the DADA textbooks are so old, they still refer to "Dementors" as "Ring Wraiths".
  • Pokémon: Lupin lists the rival houses for Gryffindor: Slytherin, Ravenclaw and Jigglypuff.
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender:
    • Lucius telling his son that banishment was too merciful ("Day of Black Sun Part 2")
    • Hermione telling Draco that she can't forgive past him but can forgive future him ("The Southern Raiders").
    • "That's rough, buddy."
  • "Get those happy thoughts ready and don't cross the streams!" is another Ghostbusters reference.
  • All That: When Umbridge reads Dumbledore's note to her:
    Umbridge: Dear Umbridge… That's me!
  • Labyrinth: Although he doesn't make any direct references, Lucius Malfoy appears to be modelled on Jareth, from his outfit to his constant dancing.
  • Hairspray: The voice Joe Walker uses for Umbridge sounds like the one John Travolta used for Edna Turnblad.
    • Her inflections also resemble Carol Channing.
  • South Park: Umbridge also licks Lavender Brown's tears like Eric Cartman did in "Scott Tenorman Must Die".
  • Ron and Harry's first Red Vines conversation, which cements them as best friends, is a riff on a conversation with the exact same structure and purpose of bonding in Step Brothers. The variation is that here, each question has the same answer.
  • How I Met Your Mother: The running joke of Lupin and Sirius sniping over who really was James's best friend is reminiscent of Barney and Marshall doing the same thing (over who is Ted's best friend).
  • At one point, Dean says "Wat'choo talkin bout?".
  • Jurassic Park: Umbridge's first scene, with the sound of her footsteps proceeding her appearance. This is also a reference to Mad-Eye Moody's entrance in Goblet of Fire.
  • The patronuses are Harry's stag, Boba Fett, the Green Lantern, and the genie from Aladdin.
  • Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom: Cho telling Lupin "I could have been your greatest adventure."
  • Scarfy sounds a lot like Paul Lynde.
  • Happy Days: Umbridge tells Harry to "Sit on it, Potsie!" though in this case, she's telling him to sit on a knife.
  • Calling Bertie Bott's Every Flavor Beans "candy beans" is a reference to this scene (among others) from Arrested Development.
  • Superstar: In "Harry Freakin' Potter," when the cast sings the word "superstar," they all fall to one knee and throw the peace sign in the air with both hands, much like Mary Katherine Gallagher.
  • One from the other musicals Team StarKid did—Me and My Dick—when at the end Sirius says he's always wanted to see Venice, just like The Old Snatch, the character Nicholas Joseph Strauss-Matathia played in the other musical.
    • Also: The pizza box with a hole in it? Anyone else getting MAMD flashbacks?
  • The paintings on the third floor. "The dogs playing poker peed on the carpet! The screaming man has never looked so terrified! It took the entire last supper to calm him down!"
  • Also, am I the only one who thinks that the scenes where Lupin walks around naked is a Take That! to Twilight? The werewolves in Twilight are hunky, muscular Native Americans who often go shirtless. While Lupin isn't ugly in the slightest, he's very pale, only wears tighty-whiteys after transforming back into a human, coated in blood after said transformation, and he does humiliating things while naked. If that isn't a Take That!, I don't know what is.
  • Possibly a coincidence, but the central plot is rather similar to the 2009 Star Trek film. A villain who has lost everything travels back in time with his followers to when the heroes first met, planning to exact revenge. Meanwhile, one of the good guys, who is the hero's enemy in the past, travels back as well and helps thwart the bad guy.
  • Freaks and Geeks: When Harry says, "you can't have more than two friends", it's very similar to a line said used Sam Weir to justify not wanting to be friends with Cindy after she initially appears to reject him.
  • Final Fantasy: Arthur Weasley at calls non-magical people Moogles.
  • Ron's love of licorice snacks isn't unprecedented.
  • Who knows if this one is intentional, though it certainly seems that way: the Death Eaters' bridge in "It's Not Over Yet" sounds (and staging-wise, looks) very similar to "Ewigkeit" from Tanz Der Vampire.
  • Disney:
    • Peter Pan: When teaching the students about Patronuses, Lupin tells the children that they need a happy thought, which they reply in unison "Any happy little thought?"
    • Bambi: Neville claims the doe Lupin killed was Bambi's mom.
    • While Lucius Malfoy reveals Draco's true parentage he claims, that "now he will do what he should've done 12 years ago" which reminds me of one judge Frollo from The Hunchback of Notre Dame.
    • Toy Story 2: In "No Way", there's a line—"Break out your mad eyes!"—which reminds me of this scene [1] Not sure if it's intentional though…

    A Very Potter Senior Year 
  • Many call back to the previous two musicals, of course:
    • "Always Dance" contains many lines and musical cues from "To Dance Again"; fitting, as they're both Voldemort's villain songs.
      • Made even better when Voldemort's line leading up to it is:
    Journal!Voldemort: It all started when I was a boy… an orphan boy.
    • "OK is wonderful."
    • Harry says "Voldemort is going down" before entering the Chamber of Secrets.
    • "Draco, you little shit!"
  • Other StarKid plays:
    • Starship: At one point Harry is sitting on Hagrid's knee. Another mentor from another musical did the exact same. He even bounces him up and down.
  • "The School Is Mine" is modeled after "Confrontation" from Les Misérables.
  • Yet another Spider-Man analogy. Harry compares the ending of the Sam Raimi Spider-Man Trilogy and the introduction of a new Spider-Man five years later to the ending of his fame and his being replaced.
  • Hagrid compares Harry to the VR Troopers in how they will both be remembered fondly for all time. He thinks the Beetle Borgs are shite, though.
  • When Voldermort is explaining the rules of the diary to Ginny he points out how it's just like Death Note.
    • This is also an example of Throw It In!. In the script, Voldemort hid behind a desk. There were no desks on stage, so Voldemort's actor, Joe Walker, improvised a line about how the diary worked. Later, Harry brought it back up and Joe played along.
  • I, Claudius: Draco as class president wishes all the students had one neck so he could cut it through.
  • It seems the Disney shout-outs never stop… there are two shout-outs in the dialogue to The Little Mermaid.
    Malfoy: We haven't discussed the subject of payment.
    Hermione: (re: Ginny under a trance) Hmm... What is dat girl up to?
  • The Little Rascals: The original name of the Death Eaters was apparently "The He-Man Woman Haters".
  • West Side Story: At one point, they enter snapping their fingers while a certain bit of piano music plays.
  • High School Musical: The name itself—A Very Potter Senior Year—is a classic Starkid shout out.