A Very Potter Musical and its appropriately named sequels, A Very Potter Sequel, and A Very Potter Senior Year are musicalparodies of the Harry Potter books that were written and performed by Team StarKid (a group of former and current students of the University of Michigan) and released as a series of videos on their YouTube channel. The plots mash together a lot of elements from all the books in the series, but the musicals are very much their own work, with unique subplots and very unique takes on the characters, so unique that a character page can be found here. They run on Rule of Funny and Rule of Cool almost exclusively, and definitely aren't afraid to take Refuge in Audacity.A Very Potter Musical (performed and later released in 2009) begins with Harry's second year at Hogwarts. Professor Quirrell, the new Defence Against the Dark Arts teacher, reinstates the House Cup Tournament, and a champion from each House is chosen to compete. But when Voldemort uses the tournament to fulfill a plot to return to his body, things take a turn for the grim for Harry and his friends, who must find and destroy Voldemort's Horcruxes before it's too late. The story takes most of its elements from books 1, 4, 6, and 7.A Very Potter Sequel (performed and released in 2010 after the video of the show was first premiered at Infinitus, a Harry Potter convention) begins immediately after the events of the first story, when Lucius Malfoy decides to use a time turner to go back to Harry's first year at Hogwarts and kill him before he can defeat Voldemort. As Harry, Ron, Hermione, Malfoy and the rest of the characters meet for the first time, Sirius Black escapes from Azkaban and the Ministry of Magic responds by sending Dolores Umbridge to the school to watch out for Harry, and Remus Lupin also comes to Hogwarts to take up the job of Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher. Its story is mostly from books 1, 3, and 5.If you are a fan of this work, it is highly recommended you also check out Little White Lie, Me and My Dick, Starship and Holy Musical Batman which were also written and produced by Team StarKid. You can visit the Team StarKid store to get the soundtrack of A Very Potter Musical for free, as well as links to where you can buy some of their other music or totally awesome T-shirts.Team StarKid announced plans for a third Very Potter Musical, or A Very Potter Senior Year. Their intention was to stage and premiere the threequel in the four-and-a-half months between Starship and the release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, part 2. However, the availability of Darren Criss (who plays Harry and writes the majority of Team StarKid's music) was in question since he was cast as a regular on Glee, and the project was indefinitely postponed. Though a full scale production still cannot be performed in the foreseeable future, a reading of the script featuring music, costumes, props (albeit much lower-quality than what was featured in prior productions), staging, choreography, a narrator (who describes settings and other visual elements the team wasn't able to put together) and a huge number of Team StarKid actors was presented at LeakyCon 2012. The script, soundtrack, and video of the reading have been released. Its story is mostly from books 2, 6, and 7.The musicals have a Character Sheet.
A Very Potter Musical and its sequels provide examples of the following tropes:
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A Very Potter Musical
The Ace: Cedric Diggory, who looks and sounds exactly like the typical Disney prince.
"Join me next week, where my guest will be a pterodactyl."
American Accents: Dumbledore, Molly, the exposition newsies, and some of the extra Death Eaters all have Jewish New Yorker accents. Cho has an over-the-top Dixie accent, and Lavender Brown speaks like a Valley Girl.
Despite Draco's statement to the contrary, Mars has an atmosphere. It's not one humans could breathe in, being mostly carbon dioxide, but hey.
Sci-Fi Writers Have No Sense of Scale: Draco wants a "galaxy-traversing rocketship" to get to Mars. It's... sort of unnecessary to need a ship which can traverse the entire galaxy when you're going to a planet in the same solar system as Earth. Though it's really in Malfoy's character, to have pointlessly over-the-top things to say he's better than everyone else.
Beam Me Up, Scotty!: Cedric's accentuation of the word "find". He only says the word "find" by itself once. The rest of the time he works it into the conversation.
Cedric: Tell me more about this Pigfarts. I find it to be very interesting.
Beta Couple: Cho and Cedric, who despite being initially set up as a Love Triangle scenario with Harry and Ginny, are actually a very happy and loving couple... for the time being.
Betty and Veronica: Harry (Archie), Ginny (Betty), and Cho (Veronica). Cho (Archie), Harry (Betty), and Cedric (Veronica). Hermione (Archie), Ron (Betty), and Draco (Veronica). Voldemort (Archie), Bellatrix (Veronica), and Quirrell (Betty-Just Friends though... maybe).
Bi the Way: Voldemort. Well, most likely. Quirrell/Voldemort is under the banner of bromance, but right down to the language they use they're fooling no-one. We never do see Voldemort lusting after another guy, though, while he definitely mentions other women besides Bellatrix. Could be a case of If It's You, It's Okay.
Book Ends: "Back to Hogwarts" is the opening song and is also played over the credits.
Bowdlerization: Apparently, there is a version that is somewhat raunchier than what was put up on the internet. They didn't cut a whole lot and the play will by no means stop being hilarious without it, though admittedly one of the scenes cut was probably the funniest. They did put it on the internet, but took it down and replaced it with the family-friendlier version after it started to go viral and kids were watching it. Of course, some of us had already downloaded the original by then... It includes such gems as:
Dumbledore: Severus Snape and I share a kind of love that I don't think you will every fully understand, Harry. I would give him the clothes off my back. I would share my bed with him. If a snake bit him, I would suck out the poison. Even if that snake happened to accidentally bite him on the wiener. (several scenes later, after Snape takes a snake to the... well, trouser snake) Harry: Well, someone's gotta suck out the poison. Ron and Draco: Ohh.. no. Nope. No. Snape: I wish Dumbledore were here... Harry: Okay, I mean, well — Hermione, do your thing. Ron: No, no, no, no! I think we should just let Snape die — sorry — and go on with our lives.
This trope rears its head a few times, the most egregious example being Ron getting a snack from one of the musicians.
An almost literal example is in Act 2 when the students barricade the door to the castle. Voldemort just walks around it.
He about a minute later then threatens one of the musicians when they're playing sad music to make him feel remorse.
Harry: There's gotta be one person, one thing in your life that you miss that you regret. (sad music plays) Voldemort: Well... Maybe there's one... NO! (points wand at musician, who raises his hands in surrender) There isn't!
Snape points to the audience and adresses them directly in the begining of the show.
The writhing on the floor was remarkably reminiscent of Tobias Funke's "falling and then pretending it was deliberate by assuming strange position". Some of the deliveries on Cedric's lines also had the Tobias vibe to them. It could be a small homage to Arrested Development by using some of the absurd but hilarious slapstick that worked for AD.
Lauren, the girl who plays Draco, actually said that the tripping and rolling around on the ground is how she portrayed how Draco is; always trying to make himself look cool, eventually tripping over himself but tries in the end to make it look like it was intentional.
In the films, the conjoined Voldemort/Quirrel was portrayed using CGI. In this show, it's portrayed by... the two actors standing back-to-back beneath a gigantic robe.
Composite Character: Draco has some elements of Luna Lovegood. Snape also takes the place of Peter Pettigrew. Cho and Malfoy take the place of Fleur Delacour and Viktor Krum during the House Tournament, and Quirrell fufills the role of Barty Crouch Jr. Lavender Brown and Pansy Parkinson become Ravenclaws in order to give Cho her Girl Posse. Draco also semi-fulfills the Victor Krum role by getting into a love triangle with Hermione and Ron during the Yule Ball.
Inverted. "Different As Can Be" was peppy enough the first time, but the reprise is absolutely euphoric (even though they're singing about murdering Harry.) It's really more of a subversion. "Different As Can Be" was a song about a quirky relationship between two people who just happen to be villains. The reprise is about the happiness of them learning to get along, except they still just happen to be evil.
A more straight example of the "sarcastic echo" variant occurs during Draco's solo in "Back To Hogwarts". Everyone else is thrilled to be back, but he's switching the solo melody to a minor key and singing about his future takeover of the world. Needless to say, it's played for laughs.
Next year, you bet, gonna get out of here, The reign of Malfoy is drawing near I'll have the greatest wizard career And it's gonna be totally awesome. Look out, world, for the dawn of the day When everyone will do whatever I say! And Potter won't be in my way And then I'll be the one who is totally awesome!
Death by Adaptation: Cornelius Fudge. His ultimate fate is unknown in the books, but he was alive in his last appearance. In the musical he's killed by Voldemort in his takeover of the Ministry, making this version of Fudge a Composite Character of Fudge and Rufus Scrimgeour.
Did Not Do the Bloody Research: Draco, one of the few characters that actually had a British accent, mentions that Voldemort would fold his knickers. Although knickers means pants in the US, in Britian it's used to refer to ladies underwear.
Dope Slap: Ron uses an unusual Dope Slap where he slaps his hands together right in front of Ginny's face whenever he berates him. Apparently he gets it from his mother, who can do it so well that it cascades down her line of children.
Lavender: Professor? Can, like, a person be a Portkey? Snape: No, that’s absurd. Because then if a person were to... touch themselves... (looks at Ron)
Economy Cast: All the students that aren't Gryffindors or Draco double as miscellaneous death eaters. Draco and Cho Chang are also the dragon Harry fights. Molly and Pansy are the same actress, Cedric reincarnates as Cornelius Fudge, Goyle is also Rumbleroar, and the newspaper-sellers are Bellatrix, Cho, Lavender Brown, and Goyle.
Hermione: Snape just happened to pick you out of hundreds if not five possible Gryffindors.
Epic Rocking: "Get Back to Hogwarts" and "Voldemort is Going Down".
Equal-Opportunity Evil: Unlike their movie counterparts, the Death Eaters have much more women and other minorities among their ranks.
Everyone Is Bi: One could assume this about almost all of the male characters. Every male character gets at least one Ho Yay moment with another male character. The only named and not one-scene male character who escapes this is probably Cedric.
Evil Brit: The nice guys keep the actors' American accents and the bad guys have Fake Brit ones.
The Hero — Harry. Was he ever going to be anything else?
The Lancer — Draco. Constantly trying to be as cool as Harry and failing. He has a heart but he doesn't show it off often. He also serves as the Sixth Ranger as he joined the group later and teased with being evil beforehand.
The Chick — Ginny. In addition to being the Love Interest, she genuinely cares for everyone in the group (even Draco, who no-one else can stand) and inspires Harry when no-one else can.
Flat Earth Atheist: Fudge tells Voldemort to his face that he doesn't believe he's back, and insists his death by Avada Kedavra is a heart attack.
Foot Popping: Ginny does this during her and Harry's first kiss.
Foreshadowing: Considering the play wastes no time in lampshading the practice of foreshadowing with Snape's pop quiz on Portkeys and dramatic devices, it's impressive just how much effective foreshadowing there is:
Voldemort's love of Zac Efron and Malfoy's reference towards Hermione being Ron's "stupid Mudblood girlfriend" to name two examples.
Groin Attack: Snape gets one with a snake, in a twist of his original death.
Ham-to-Ham Combat: Act 2, part 2 has Draco, Voldemort, and Snape together on one stage — this scene was the original inspiration for the trope, in fact.
Harmless Villain: Considering how much everyone hates and makes fun of Draco, it's worth noting that up until the point where he conspires with Voldemort to smuggle the Death Eaters into Hogwarts he never actually does anything that evil. He just snarks at Harry's group, calls them names and is a general nuisance. True, one of those names was a racist slur but it was still just a name (and he gets his comeuppance for it immediately). It's no wonder he does a Face-Heel Turn when you consider how everyone has treated him up to that point.
When Voldemort laughs at Malfoy's potential plan to get into Hogwarts before hearing it he tells him mockingly that the idea better not be a giant slide or a trampoline... Because they've already tried that and know it doesn't work.
Ron chews out Harry for not listening to his problems, while thoroughly ignoring Harry's problems.
Ignored Epiphany: Voldemort, during his final confrontation with Harry Potter. He even breaks the fourth wall by pointing his wand at the guy playing the emotional background music and thus silencing him.
I Meant to Do That: Word of God says this is the reason Draco rolls around on the floor. He strikes a pose to look cool, messes it up... then tries to make the messing up look like part of the plan.
Implausible Deniability: Fudge refuses to believe that Voldemort is back. Even when he's right in front of Fudge. Killing him. "Ooh, a heart attack!"
Improbable Age: Despite the romantic subplots and the fact that his actor is obviously college age, Harry says, on multiple occasions, "I'm just a twelve-year-old kid!" It probably references that it's supposedly happening during Harry's second year. For those who haven't seen the movies, it's also a refference to the obvious difference between the actor(Daniel Radcliffe)'s age and that of Harry, the character he plays. Take a look at the obvious five-o-clock shadow on that "15"-year-old kid.
Ginny: Yeah but the whole point of Spider-Man 2 was that Peter and MJ could be together. Harry: Yeah but the whole point of Spider-Man 3 is that that all goes to shit! And I don't want my life to be like Spider-Man 3, I hated that movie.
"I Want" Song: "Get Back to Hogwarts" has elements of this, especially Draco's part. Draco tries to sing a more standard one about Pigfarts, but Musicalis Interruptus prevents us from hearing more than a couple lines. Also,"Granger Danger"
Jerkass / Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Ron, Dumbledore, and even Harry to a subtler extent display some (hilariously) jerkish behavior, especially toward Hermione and Ginny. However, it's all for humor and a major part of why the play works...it's much more poignant when they do act nice. Ron in fact acknowledges this behavior:
Goyle: Dancing is for pansies. Draco: You there, what's your name? Pansy: Pansy. Draco: Perfect! You're going to the dance with me.
Love Redeems: For Voldemort — ironic, huh? And for Draco too, sort of.
Love Triangle: The show has a couple with Ron and Draco being in love with Hermione, pining from afar. The other relationship is slightly more complicated with Ginny liking Harry who likes Cho who is dating Cedric. It's resolved once Harry realizes he loves Ginny back. Bellatrix and Voldemort are previously involved before Voldemort loses his body, and an attempt is made to rekindle the relationship that fails due to Voldemort's new, ahem, friendship with Quirrell.
A notable one is when Voldemort kills Harry, the mood surprisingly dark and dramatic for the play. It goes back to humour the minute the kill is over.
Most of the deaths are with humor undercutting the scene to try to avoid this but you will get major whiplash during Dumbledore's. Immediately following is a comical scene that leads up to probably the saddest song in the show: "Missing You". Your neck will ache. Hell, that song itself is an epic Mood Whiplash. Harry's verse is excellent at conveying his loneliness, while Quirrell's part is mainly played for laughs.
There's also, late in Act 1, the scene where Quirrel is betrayed by Voldemort and tortured by Bellatrix, punctuated with jokes about "She's All That".Ouch.
Voldemort: Well, I believe everything has its place. Muggles have their place... Mudbloods have their place... and So. Do. Your. Clothes! Namely, A DRESSER!
Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: If Malfoy is to be believed — which he should be, because he's right —, Pigfarts is a wizard school on Mars and the headmaster is a wizard lion named Rumbleroar. Who can TALK. And lets good students and Dumbledore ride on his back.
Nonindicative Name: Ginny assumes the only Asian girl in the cast is Cho Chang. Turns out that's Lavender Brown and Cho is a white girl with an extremely Southernaccent.
Not Even Bothering with the Accent: Draco and Snape (see Large Ham above) are the only ones with British accents. Many characters have funny American Accents, though. Considering that certain props and allusions make it clear that this version is set in the present day, and "freshman year" is mentioned, it can be assumed that the musical both modernizes and Americanizes the books in order to create humor. Snape and Draco aren't exactly trying either — Snape in particular sometimes sounds less like he's British and more like he's constantly passing a kidney stone.
As is Hermione in regards to Draco. At one point she even overhears him openly state he wants her only for her to go off and hook up with Ron. Not so oblivious: we find out in the sequel Draco already confessed his love to her, and she told him she can do better.
Odd Couple: Voldy/Quirrell. Quirrell lampshades this as the cue for their song.
Only Sane Man: Hermione, at the beginning, but Harry gets his turn at the beginning of act two.
Original Cast Precedent: Sometimes played straight (Lupin's mustache and Lucius' long blond hair, for instance, are carried over from the films) and sometimes subverted (Neville is blond, as the book character is according to Word of God, rather than dark-haired like in the movies).
Paper-Thin Disguise: Dumbledore's beard (worn over his normal beard), Quirrel's turban, and the sparkly, hot pink Invisibility Cloak, which almost covers the Trio's shoulders.
Draco: Could you really say that what happened was my fault? Ron: Yes. Hermione: Yeah. Harry: Absolutely.
Also happens earlier when Quirrel is explaining the House Cup Tournament.
Quirrel: But where does this competition come from and what are the roots of the tradition? Hermione: The House Cup Tournament began with the first generation of Hogwarts students. Quirrel: That was a rhetorical question....
Slouch of Villainy: Possibly what Draco is constantly attempting to do. The sequel implies that he's actually trying to replicate his dad's style of dancing around.
Small Name, Big Ego: Draco is a petite blonde soprano who struts around bragging about the most nonsensical of things, while attempting to strike cool poses and failing epically. His overall manner is so bizarre that Harry and friends have trouble responding to his bullying.
Smooch of Victory: After defeating Voldemort, Harry and Ginny have a moment of wild abandon. Ron is totally okay with it.
"You're tall and fun and pretty, you're really really skinny... Cho Chang!"
"When I rule the world, I'll have flowers!" "When I rule the world I'll have... snakes!"
Suspiciously Specific Denial: Draco would never, ever take Hermione to the Yule Ball. Ever. Not even if they were the last couple on Earth and she looked so beautiful in her ballgown that every time he looked at her he got butterflies in his tummy. Not even then.
Ron: If I had a Horcrux, I would drop it in the bottom of the ocean. Or I would put it in a pyramid with King Tut and all of his jewels. Or I would blast it into space with a monkey who knew nothing about Horcruxes. Hermione: Or it could be hidden somewhere around the mundane British countryside. Our search could entail months of depressing camping, breaking into Gringotts, and drinking boatloads of Polyjuice Potion. Harry: Well, the medallion says that's dumb, so we're not gonna do that.
They don't pull any punches on Polyjuice Potion either. Or the Time-Turner.
Quirrell has a subtle one at the Triwizard Tournament from the book... in reference to there being two teams from Hogwarts:
Hermione: Kind of like a Triwizard Tournament! Quirrell: Yes, sort of like the Triwizard Tournament, except no, not like that at all.... There are four houses, how can it be the Triwizard Tournament with four teams?
There's digs at other works too, such as the Spider-Man movies and LOST.
Title Drop: Not with the play, but with the company and, perhaps accidentally, the company's YouTube account. When Draco is going on about Harry having a rocketship he says, "Moonshoes Potter? Starkid Potter."
Three-Teacher School: The only teachers we see are Snape, Quirrell, and Headmaster Dumbledore. And all end up leaving the school.
Harry: Well, looks like all the professors are dead so... Butterbeers on me!
Two Act Structure: Despite the light-heartedness of the whole show, there's a noticeable change in tone for the second act that comes from following the events of the books. This somewhat mirrors the events in the final book, where the first 25 chapters (roughly just more than half of the book) encompass nearly nine months, and the last 11 chapters comprise two days of action.
Unholy Matrimony: Voldemort and Bellatrix had this relationship, though it's seriously strained due to Voldemort's guilt over betraying Quirrell.
Unnecessary Combat Roll: Minus the combat. Basically, Draco is always trying to strike a cool pose but instead ends up falling on the ground. He then acts like he did it intentionally and ends up looking even more hilariously ridiculous.
Villainous BSOD: Voldemort spends most of the second act in one over his betrayal of Quirrell, though he's surprisingly casual about it.
"Dance Again", which starts with Voldemort tap dancing and ends with a Death Eater kick line.
Draco's solo during "Goin' Back to Hogwarts" ("This year you bet I'm gonna get outta here / the reign of Malfoy is drawing near"), though not really any other times he sings, as he's nicer by that point.
Visual Pun: Another possible interpretation of what it is Malfoy's always doing: "slitherin'".
During their first year, nobody can get Hermione's name right, and the variations they come up with are quite hilarious. Harry finally gets it right while assuring Hermione that they really are friends, only to forget it again immediately once he realises this.
Lucius apparently doesn't know how to pronounce Draco's name. Unless, of course, Lucius is pronouncing it correctly and Draco is getting it wrong.
Both in A Very Potter Sequel and Me and My Dick, Nicholas Joseph Strauss-Mathathia's character leaves in the end of the play, and even uses the exact same piece of dialogue: "I could travel the world. I've always wanted to see Venice."
Actress Brittany Coleman plays Dean Thomas, who sounds just like Gary Coleman.
Arc Words: The idea of "Going Back to Hogwarts" goes from a callback to the original musical, to an allusion to all the time travel, to a final speech about returning to Hogwarts each year that highlights the specialness of Harry Potter and StarKid fandoms themselves.
Draco: I am Draco Malfoy. I am a racist, I despise gingers and mudbloods, I hate Gryffindor house and my parents work for the man who killed your parents. Do you want to be my friend? Harry: You hate Gryffindor house? Get out of my face, Malfoy!
Author Filibuster: Brilliantly used at the end before "Get Back to Hogwarts" to provide praise for the source material. Think of Hogwarts as a metaphor for the Harry Potter series.
Harry: We spent time here, we made friends here, and that's a part of us. 'Cause Hogwarts is bigger than us, it's bigger than any of its founders. And it's gonna be around long after we're gone. Maybe we'll see our kids come here one day. That's the thing about Hogwarts: no matter how long you're away from it, there's always a way back.
The Scarf of Sexual Preference and the Sorting Hat are set up for their wedding and honeymoon.
Sirius is the one to tell the boys to never tell a girl you like her, it makes you look like an idiot.
At the end, Dumbledore discusses the candidates to replace Lupin as DADA teacher.
Dumbledore : I've got it down to Gilderoy Lockhart, Mad-Eye Moody, and some fella named SQUIRREL! Now I don't want anyone dangerous, so I think I'm gonna go with the Squirrel.
Luna Lovegood's absence in the original is explained.
There are some jokes about Pigfarts and Rumbleroar, which are left unexplained when Draco tries to pass them off as mature things that Past!Ron is too young to understand. Luna seems to have already read about Pigfarts from the Quibbler.
Dumbledore invites Umbridge to take a dip in Hogwarts' secret swimming pool; this is after the waiter at a restaurant refers to them as two "Strapping young gentlemen."
Dumbledore's first line is "Draco, ya little shit!" Shortly followed by "Call me Dumbledore, or else."
The blue headband Ron wore in AVPM is used by Harry to cover his scar. He later gives it to Ron.
Spider-Man is used again as an example during some heart-warming dialogue between Ron and Hermione.
Harry, Ron, and Hermione, this time joined by Yaxley, yet again call out less mainstream character names in order to figure out a mystery. In the first musical, it was who betrayed Hogwarts. In the sequel, it's who was Malfoy's father.
Ron says the line "We are in such a pickle."
Dumbledore restores the Zefron poster to its place of glory at the end of the show. Complete with Voldemort sticking his head through it. "It's good to be back."
"From now on, boy, you and me — we're tight."
Unlike Crabbe, Goyle and Lucius, Sirius knows that the countercurse to the Jelly-Legs Jinx is just "Unjellify!"
Draco wants you to know that "He's really nice now!"
"Well chocolate frogs! Harry Potter did it y'all!"
In her first scene, Umbridge promises the girls that this year is gonna be "totally awesome".
Using magic to do something mundane: Ron using "Accio" on a double-stuff Oreo; Lupin using "Alohamora" to open his flask; Cho also says "Lumos" while pulling out a flashlight.
The reprise version of "Get Back to Hogwarts".
The sting from Seinfeld playing whenever Ron enters a scene.
Harry and Ron insist that you can't have more than two friends, providing an explanation for why they were so reluctant to include Ginny in their adventures in AVPM. Ron also pushes Future Draco away from the Trio when they make contact just like he did with Ginny in AVPM.
Draco thinks Hogwarts is "going to the dogs".
Dumbledore is yet again described by Gryffindor students as "the wisest, kindest, most beautiful wizard."
Draco tries to sing a song again only for the stage lights to go down and him be cut off again.
Jim Povolo yet again plays a talking non-human who asks some characters to jump on his back before wistfully saying "To *insert wizarding school name here*!"
In his self-introduction, Malfoy admits that he's "a racist." That'd explain his "Go home, terrorist!" comment when he first meets Quirrel in AVPM.
So, did Cedric Diggory meet and fall in love with Cho Chang between her first and second year, in some Grease-like summer fling which continued on after he transferred to Hogwarts? (We know, of course, that it's because his actor is playing Lucius but still needs a mention). Well, it could make sense, seeing as Harry doesn't know who Cedric Diggory is at the start of the original.
And where did Seamus and Dean disappear to during their second year?
Sirius' proclamation of "Harry, I am homeless," when Harry asks if he can live with him. Slightly subverted, since Sirius isn't really as crazy as, say, Lupin. But he's close.
Crosscast Role: In addition to the examples from the original, Dolores Umbridge is played by Joe Walker, the actor who played Voldemort. Dean Thomas is Britney Coleman who played Bellatrix Lestrange. When the kids go back in time, all their "past selves" except Ron are crosscast, which in Draco's case makes it a guy playing a girl playing a guy. Hermione was played by Richard Campbell,or Neville Longbottom, Harry was played by Sango Tajima, or Lavender Brown, and Draco was played by Jim Povolo or Goyle. Also, most of the Weasley boys are cross cast in their cameo, as they just cast all of the extra actors according to their height.
Ginny goes from main Love Interest to cameo character, as she wasn't a student that year. Her actress, Jamie Lyn Beatty, plays Rita Skeeter instead.
Even though he had a small enough role in the original, Neville's stagetime is now divided between him, Dean, and Seamus.
Averted with Tyler Brunsman. In AVPM, Cedric sings one verse of a song, dies before the end of the first act, and is little more than a rival with Harry for Cho's love. In the sequel however, he has no less than two songs and is a regular scene stealer as Lucius Malfoy.
Lucius with his long hair, pants that are tighter than what scientists thought possible, and an army of death eaters stroking him sensually.
Then there's the centaur...
And Lupin who at one point lies on the ground coated in blood and wearing nothing but tight briefs.
Joe Walker as Umbridge. Has his own fangirl brigade, which is kind of understandable. They keep putting the very attractive, well-muscled guy in tight/revealing clothing, even if it is in a Cross Cast Role.
Luna Lovegood's cameo and explanation to why we don't see her in the original.
It's explained why Dumbledore was able to Dissapperate inside Hogwarts in the first Musical when Umbridge questions it after his escape — he never did, he just seems to say "Dissapperate" whenever he leaves a room.
Fantastic Arousal: Firenze seems to have a case of this when Ron runs his hand down his mane and back.
Flanderization: Cho, though it could be attributed to her personality being younger and more immature. Surprisingly averted with other characters.
Foreshadowing: It's an especially brief moment that goes on in the background with no attention called to it, but at one point Ron strokes the hair of that one girl who's always crying to try and calm her down. Aw, that's actually really nice of him. Who is that girl, anyway? Wait a minute, Lavender Brown-
Friendly Enemy: Ron & Snape, even more so than in the original. Even though he repeatedly says how much he hates Snape, they dance together and exchange high-fives during "Hermione Can't Draw", Snape leaps into Ron's arms when Sirius breaks into the castle, and Ron later tells Hermione that she may not be "...as fun as Harry, or as hot as Cho, or as cool as Snape..." in his Pet the Dog moment. He also asks "Snape?" hopefully both times Umbridge asks "Guess who the new Headmaster/Defense teacher is?"
Funny Background Event: In Act 1 Part 4, at the beginning of the scene between Snape, Lupin, and Harry, you can see Ron steal the candy trolley.
Gag Penis: Centaurs. Ron has to see it for himself.
Dumbledore: I need to interview for the new Defence Against the Dark Arts teacher. I've got it down to Gilderoy Lockhart, Mad-eye Moody and er, somebody called Squirrel. I don't want anybody dangerous though so I think I'm gonna go with the Squirrel.
Humiliation Conga: Literally, Hermione is humiliated and all the guys conga out of the room, singing about how she can't draw.
Draco: My name is Draco Malfoy. I am a racist. I despite gingers and mudbloods. I hate Gryffindor House, and my parents work for the man who killed your parents. Do you want to be my friend? Harry: You hate Gryffindor House? Get out of my face, Malfoy!
Future!Draco lies to Past!Ron and tells him that he doesn't get Hermione.
Umbridge has a whole scene with the girls for this purpose but the moment that really does it is when she makes fun of Harry's parents.
Lucius crumpling up the drawing Draco gave him.
After Lucius' big revelation to Draco, he tries to torture him, but instead hits Hermione. After seeing how much this affects Draco, he continues to torture her simply to spite Draco.
Also, earlier in that scene
Lucius: Surrender yourself Potter, or I'll torture your friend. Draco: Daddy! Daddy, it's me! Would you really torture your own son? Lucius: Draco? ...Surrender yourself Potter, or I'll kill your friend!
Lame Excuse: When Rita Skeeter finds him in his underwear and covered in deer blood, next to a freshly eviscerated deer, Lupin claims that it's a Gryffindor Quidditch tradition. He then forces a crying Neville to eat some of it to reinforce this. Later he claims a jaguar is what caused all the damage the werewolf did... including messing up his office.
Remus Lupin:(coughs) Lupin shouldn't have to pay for that.
Lampshade Hanging: Constantly. There's even a bit of a metafictional one at the start, when Lucius laments that there "literally" isn't any way to move forward. This might refer to the writers being stuck in a corner by writing so much of Deathly Hallows into the first show without expecting to do a sequel, so they have to do (more or less) a prequel instead.
Large Ham: Snape, Lucius, Umbridge, Arthur, Rita Skeeter, and to a lesser extent, Firenze.
Snape tells Dumbledore that "My actions caused the death of the only person I ever loved...", to which Dumbledore replies "Well my story's a hundred times funnier than that!"
In "Harry Freakin' Potter":
Harry:(sombre) But this is all so sad, I mean, my Mom and Dad were killed long ago... Cheery background chorus: Long ago, they died!
After Lucius destroys Draco's picture, he exits by trust-falling into the arms of (and being dragged out by) a death eater.
At the end of "Stutter" when Harry tries to save Sirius from the Dementors.
"Guys Like Potter" has a very sad subject matter (Snape's worst memory) but the lyrics are hilarious.
Snape: So many assholes in this place; so many assholes in my face! Lucius: But now you're alone, left to pout and moan, 'cause you were totally pwned.
During the Mirror of Erised we start with a touching song, slip into a few quick spell jokes in the middle then its back into the, now, even more heartwarming song.
Mr. Exposition: Ron and Rita Skeeter both play this role in "Harry Freaking Potter".
Musicalis Interruptus: If you listen when the gang is singing, "Lupin Can't Sing", Lupin tried singing, "I'm Remus Freaking Lupin".
Also, once again Draco tries to sing a solo before the big quidditch game, but only is able to sing a few notes.
Mythology Gag: Since Sirius's Animagus ability is never mentioned in the musical, Rita Skeeter's description of him as a "murderous dog" is this instead of foreshadowing. His fur coat and hairstyle also make him look dog-like.
Never My Fault: "Look what you've done now, Potter!!", says Draco after ripping his own drawing (that he had given to Harry to make fun of him, and then stolen back).
Noodle Incident: Draco mentions doing things to Dobby's children that horrify him once he's been informed that Dobby is his father, making those elf children his little brothers.
Not Even Bothering with the Accent: Once again, almost everyone — Draco, Snape, and Lucius being exceptions. Also, Seamus Finnigan, whose main character trait in the books is being really really Irish, is played with an over-the-top cockney accent (intentionally for humor, of course). Rita Skeeter's accent also veers from Southern to New York, with a little English mixed in.
Not His Sled: Ron deliberately points out Scabbers during his first scene and mentions in a painfully offhand manner that his parents found the rat on the same night Harry's parents were killed. Everyone knows the "twist" that's coming, right...? Wrong. Scabbers has been dead for years and Peter Pettigrew was somehow hiding in a poster of Taylor Lautner.
Not So Different: Umbridge sees a younger version of herself in Hermione. This revelation causes Hermione to break down crying.
Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping: Joe Moses (Snape) drops his over-the-top British accent during "Guys Like Potter" when he says "I don't need help from a filthy little Mudblood like her!" during the flashback about Lily and James in their school days. Although it might have been on purpose, i.e., he only became the bizarre and eccentric model we now see because he lost her.
Overly-Long Gag: When Harry goes into the train compartment with Professor Lupin, he opens the (imaginary) door, walks in and shuts it. A few moments later Ron comes along and engages in a complicated routine involving vault locks, thumbprint and retinal scanners, codes, door chains, more locks, keycards and two sets of doors to get into the same compartment. The routine is topped off when he finally makes it into the compartment and the sting fromSeinfeld plays.
Pædo Hunt: When Umbridge accuses Lupin of doing inappropriate things with his students (teaching them about Patronuses) he exclaims "Cho, I was only joking!"
Paper-Thin Disguise: The Death Eaters when they try and kill Harry on the train and the Quidditch field. They even keep the distinctive Death Eater mask.
Politically Incorrect Villain: Draco's first scene has him casually admitting that he's a racist (who hates gingers, mudbloods, and Gryffindor house).
The Remnant: Voldemort is defeated at the end of the first play. The sequels reveal that the Death Eaters are carrying on their evil schemes without him, though the final installment has Voldemort resume leadership...sort of.
Dumbledore's reaction to finding out Umbridge is a woman.
Also, "The Scream" as a picture was referenced. It was one of the third floor's picture that saw Sirius Black broking into Hogwarts, Snape said that "he never look more terrified" and it took all the "Last Supper" to calm him down.
Screw Yourself: After using the Time Turner, Harry's first thought upon seeing his past self is "Oh my God, I think I'm in love!"
Series Continuity Error: In AVPM, Lavender Brown & Pansy Parkinson were Ravenclaws, part of Cho Chang's Girl Posse. Here, Lavender is wearing a Gryffindor necktie and Pansy is wearing a Hufflepuff necktie. This could possibly be because without Cedric (whose actor is playing Lucius) the house is unrepresented. Given that Dumbledore says in A Very Potter Musical that he put "everyone who looked like a good guy in Gryffindor, everyone who looked like a bad guy into Slytherin and the other two can go wherever the hell they want," it kind of makes sense that they could switch places to be in the same house as Cho and join her Girl Posse, rather than stay in Hufflepuff House.
The kids' first year at Hogwarts, according to Future!Draco. It was totally the same before and after before he got involved in time-travel; it just didn't make any sense until living it the second time through.
There's even a Stable Time Loopwithin a Stable Time Loop. Snape saves Harry and the others, allowing them to travel a few hours back in time, whereupon Harry convinces Snape to go and save his past self. There's also the bit about Lucius running right by the place where past!Harry and co. are hiding because he's seen future!Harry and co. a little ways on.
That Makes Me Feel Angry: In a nod to Capslock!Harry from the books and the narmy scene from the third movie: "I'M IN A RAGE!... THIS IS THE MADDEST I'VE EVER BEEN!" Hilarious, since he is, at worst, mildly peeved.
That Poor Cat: Harry throws Crookshanks to distract the werewolf.
They Just Don't Get It: When Lucius Malfoy explains the evil plan he had just choreographed to travel back in time and kill Harry Potter, the other Death Eaters just don't get it:
LUCIUS: "Do you follow me?"
DEATH EATER #1: "...No."
LUCIUS: "The Dark Lord would have survived, had they never met."
DEATH EATER #2: "So you're saying that he wouldn't be destroyed?"
Took a Level in Badass: Future Draco. Not only does he not stumble around as much as he did in his first and second years, he also became ruler of the centaurs and freed Sirius Black. Oh, and he also carries around a sword in his robe and a revolver in his sock.
Unsettling Gender-Reveal: Inverted. Dumbledore was expecting Umbridge to be a crossdresser, and found out she was an actual woman.
Unusually Uninteresting Sight: Nobody ever responds to Lupin walking around covered in blood and wearing nothing but his underwear. Even Lupin himself. He'll remain almost naked for any scenes that take place during the same day.
Verbal Tic: Umbridge pronounces "Children" as "Chillens".
Year 1 Draco. Future Draco briefly mentions that he's bedridden with heartache in Slytherin dorms when he first appears, but he is never seen again, even when the year ends... unless that's him being friendly and singing with the Trio at the end.
Then again, the climax only takes an hour then they go back in time to the same hour
Lampshadd at the end of the sequel: "Ah, Luna Lovegood, the girl who was mysteriously missing during our second year!"
Writer Revolt: It seems the writers/creators have mixed thoughts about their decision to censor and edit A Very Potter Musical to something worthy of a PG-13 once it caught on with younger audiences online. Though censored F-bombs and edits appear in the sequel too, Lupin and other new characters seem to been written specifically with Cluster S Bombs and similar frequent (but PG-13-appropriate!) profanity sewn into their personalities, and in a sly nod to the original censorship, the kid characters (now only eleven!) cover their ears anytime Lupin swears.
And I Must Scream: It is revealed that the children petrified were conscious and could hear things
Arson Murder And Life Saving: Kingsley Shacklebolt does this twice, once in the beginning after the battle in the Department of Mysteries and once after the students rally behind Harry to save Hogwarts.
Bi the Way: Lavender Brown to Cho. Also, Seamus to Viktor Krum.
Voldemort is essentially confirmed to be this as well. Scarfy even sorts him as 'could go a number of ways.'
Black Comedy Rape: When she wakes up again, Hermione mentions offhandedly that Filch has been arrested for something he did to her while she was Petrified. It's not elaborated upon, but the conclusions are pretty obvious. Ron is the only person who seems to recognize that it is a big deal.
Dark Reprise: "Always Dance" is a very happy, cheerful song about accepting yourself and, well, dancing... at least until the end, where it becomes intensely creepy when Riddle takes control of Ginny.
An interesting example of the "sad" variant: In the epilogue, Harry sings "Gotta Get Back to Hogwarts" at a slow pace to his son, obviously sad that his adventures are over, but also hopeful that Albus will have great adventures, too.
A second epilogue where Lockhart achieves his dream of being found by mice was not present, probably due to the fact that it makes the "writing of the Harry Potter series for Muggles being done by Lockhart" subplot not make a whole lot of sense.
Right after Hermione accepts Ron's proposal, Dumbledore and Rumbleroar made a cameo. There's no explanation as to why it was removed (if it was even in the live show).
Hermione's "transformation" being a result of using the repairo charm on her face when Neville broke her nose.
Insult Backfire: Harry and Ron try to kick off their campaign for making Harry the Head Boy by making posters that accuse Malfoy of being a racist, elitist, snobbish brat. Unfortunately for them, Malfoy is so bigoted that he thinks looking down upon others is a good thing, and that he's basing his entire campaign around that fact.
Lemon: Hermione writes exceptionally dirty fanfiction that Lockhart is both horrified and delighted by. "This makes Fifty Shades of Grey look like a fucking book for kids!"
Literary Agent Hypothesis: The Harry Potter books were written by Hermione and heavily edited by Gilderoy Lockhart, based on the real events as they're portrayed in the musicals.
Which is hilarious if you know anything about Lockhart's character via Word of God: Lockhart is the only person directly based on someone Jo knows. Jo has stated that he is likely either claiming he was the inspiration for Dumbledore, or else claiming that he wrote the books and is letting Jo take all the credit out of kindness.
"Two things in this world I love, kid. One of them is you." Dumbledore, first to Tom Riddle, then to Harry.
"It's pretty dangerous to be one of my enemies. That's why it's a good thing that we're friends." First said by Draco to Harry, who rejects his friendship, and then by Harry to Draco, when he accepts it.
Noodle Incident: Harry and the others had numerous adventures between AVPM and AVPSY. Most of them aren't elaborated on or the person gets cut off.
Luna has to wash blood off her hands for some reason. The script states it was because she had front-row seat at Buckbeaks execution, although that's cut out from the Youtube-version.
OC Stand In: Tom Riddle's father and grandparents, about whom little is known in canon. It's not quite a straight example since the books did give them some minimal characterization, basically just enough for them to come off as snobby aristocrats. Of course, the musical ignores this in favor of creating its own wacky characterizations for them from scratch.
Operation Jealousy: Once Hermione breaks up with Ron, Cho recommends she go out with someone he can't stand to get back at him for cheating. She chooses Lockhart.
The Other Darrin: Meredith Stepien replaces Bonnie Gruesen as Hermione. In true Star Kid Style, it is immediately lampshaded. Hermione breaks her nose at the beginning of the musical and fixes it with a spell, but looks different.
Hemione: Well, I may look different, but you guys should just treat me like I'm the same old Hermione you know and love. (To audience) And that goes for all you too. (She winks at audience)
Take Our Word for It: A chunk of the play ended up being this because Darren Criss's busier career prevented the play from being fully-realized (visually), so the narrator does descriptions to make up for the lack of scenery and stage effects for things like the humorous death of Voldemort.
Being Star Kids, they of course make extra humor out of it.
Take That: Andrew Garfield's Spider-Man will be a source of inspiration to a whole new generation of kids...with bad taste.
The "Philosopher's/Sorcerer's Stone" controversy gets a jab.
Threesome Subtext: Both Draco and Ron propose to Hermione, who says yes but doesn't specify to whom. This isn't elaborated upon. Plus, in an earlier scene Ron agrees to share Hermione in hope of getting Draco's help to cure her.
Throw It In: "I hope you find that swimming pool" in Harry's repeat of "Going Back to Hogwarts" to his son was added last minute back stage. And all the better for it.
The whole rule about having to touch the diary to see/hear Voldemort was something Joe Walker improvised to justify why Hermione couldn't see or hear him (In the script this isn't mentioned at all and he just hides under a desk when she comes in, but since this was a staged reading, there was no desk and thus, no real place for him to hide). And rather than treat it as a throwaway improv, Darren chose to bring it up again, turning a dramatic confrontation into comedy gold.
Took a Level in Kindness: Cho is much kinder to everyone, especially Hermione. Harry is the only exception and that's mainly because he insults her. Likewise Ron is much less of a jerkass, especially to Hermione.
Goyle is also much nicer: he doesn't bully anyone, and he thinks Draco shouldn't risk his friendship with Harry.
Wardrobe Malfunction: During "Get In My Mouth" Jeff Blim's costume is falling off and he has to keep pulling it back up.
Darren also puts his tie on weird and is perplexed as to why it's not working.
Hagrid's beard doesn't really work out too well...
Moaning Myrtle's wig falls off completely when her body is towed away by Madame Pomfrey. This is notable for probably being the least ridiculous looking thing about this scene.