If there's one thing that lends itself well to parody, it's Harry Potter. Since its phenomenal success worldwide, the series has spawned countless spoofs and jokes. After all, it's not just about a famous boy wizard defeating an evil dark lord, it's also about all the joys and travails of adolescence. And besides that, with the success of the films and the new theme park in Orlando, Pottermania has saturated the popular culture landscape. Harry with his lightning scar and round glasses is as iconic a figure as Mickey Mouse or Superman.
So it's easy to poke fun at the series. The characters, the magical creatures, the heroic themes are all so familiar. The best parodies know the series well and make good-natured fun of the well-loved characters.
I feel cranky and pubescent today and I don’t know why. Errghh. I’m going to take it out on people I like.--Harry
Hello, little child. --Voldemort to Ron
Draco likes fire. --Harry singing (setting Draco puppet on fire)
- Potter Puppet Pals
Potter Puppet Pals
Puppet shows haven't been this entertaining since Punch and Judy. Neil Cicierega created the hugely popular live-action puppet series back in 2003; the episode "Mysterious Ticking Noise" alone reached over 100,000,000 views on Youtube.
Harry always introduces himself in the beginning. He's more than a bit full of himself in this incarnation--bossy, arrogant, and verbally abusive to poor simpering Ron, who fawns over him ("Lose some weight before you hug me, Ron"). Dumbledore is particularly kooky, and Snape deliciously dour. "I am Snape, the Potions master," he says in a morose drawl in the first episode, and he wants nothing more than to be spared Harry's thoughtless tormenting ("Bother! Bother! Bother!").
"Wizard Angst" perfectly captures Harry's teenage misery from Order of the Phoenix (watch him banging his head against the wall, chanting "angst, angst, angst"). "Snape's Diary" develops Severus's miserable, lonely existence, misunderstood and scorned by all. As Harry reads from Snape's stolen diary:
Today the orange one accidentally drank one of my more expensive elixirs. He promptly vomited a glittering rainbow of foul waste. The classroom erupted with applause, triggering my migraine. I aborted the class and was left to clean the boy’s sick. Halfway through, Argus Filch showed up and bragged about his many affairs with Hogsmeade barmaids, then he told me I smelled of broccoli and left without wishing me a happy birthday. I thought of my father. I cried.
"This got boring," says Harry.
In "The Vortex" Harry deals with his insecurities when Ron emerges from the vortex of puberty deep-voiced and confident ("I've never felt better. I'm a man now. 'Sup, Hermione?") and suddenly cooler than Harry, the Chosen One.
Fan feedback has led to the introduction of more characters, like Hagrid and Draco. With the series' popularity only growing, other fan favorites (Dobby? Luna?) are sure to make appearances.
Harry Potter Friday Parody
Well, it had to happen. A video spoofing Harry Potter and Rebecca Black's viral song "Friday." Most people have had the (dis)pleasure of hearing the original song; I must say, I prefer the Potter version. The Hillywood Show, created by the comedy sister duo Hannah and Hilly Hindi, takes on the next-to-last Potter movie in anticipation of the final film in the series.
"It's Deathly Hallows, gotta destroy a horcrux!" goes the refrain, as the video recreates the Seven Potters scene, the attempts to destroy the locket, and the infamous dance scene between Harry and Hermione. The care and attention to detail in the costumes and scenery shows a deep love for the Potterverse even as it pokes fun. By the time I saw Harry cradling Dobby, here presented by a bat-eared Chihuahua, I was rolling with laughter.
- StarKidPotter's Channel - YouTube
Official AVPM website
A Very Potter Musical
Harry Potter as a musical? Is that even possible? The answer is a resounding yes. This is a parody, remember. It holds fast and loose with the chronology of the series, so in one year Harry and friends face the House Cup Championship (very different from the Triwizard Tournament, Hermione!), dizzying adolescent love triangles, and--oh yeah--Voldemort's return to power. It's just a typical year at Hogwarts.
The original production, which premiered in 2009 at the University of Michigan, starred Darren Criss (Glee) as the mop-haired Harry, Joey Richter as the ever-snacking Ron Weasley, and Bonnie Grueson as know-it-all, much-abused Hermione. Here Draco Malfoy (portrayed by Lauren Lopez) is more of a deluded pest than a true menace, as he (she?) plans to transfer to Pigfarts, a school located on Mars, and Ginny (Jaime Lyn Beatty) is a giddy, awkward schoolgirl hopelessly competing with Cho Chang for Harry's affections. After the show made it to Youtube, it became a viral video sensation.
The dialogue crackles with all the energy and humor that comes from knowing the main characters so well. Consider the trio's discussion when Harry is named one of the House Cup Champions:
Ron: Harry, you got this tournament in the bag.
Harry: I don't know, man. Cedric Diggory, he's pretty awesome...NOT! He sucks! We're totally gonna win, it's in the bag.
Hermione: I don't know, Harry...
Ron: Oh my God, Hermione, shut up!
A true highlight of the show is the quirky, Odd Couple relationship between Voldemort and his host body, Professor Quirrell. Their developing friendship is surprisingly tender, even. Come on, you know that a character having Lord Voldemort literally growing out of the back of his head was a gold mine of jokes and gags too good to pass up. This Dark Lord (Joe Walker) is all about having a good time. Defeat his nemesis Harry Potter--good. Knock back some Butterbeers and chat up chicks at the local tavern--also good. When Quirrell (Brian Rosenthal) overdoes it with the formal addresses, Voldemort snaps in irritation: "Okay, just relax with the 'Dark King,' okay. I watch you wipe your butt daily. You can call me Voldemort. We’re there! We’ve reached that point."
Immensely popular with Potter fans, AVPM already has a sequel (A Very Potter Sequel). It may be years (and years) before someone cooks up an official Broadway Potter musical, but in the meantime this should sate fans who appreciate catchy tunes and irreverent humor.
Harry Potter Yo Mama Jokes
Yo Mama jokes will probably always be around. Now you can rib your friends with jokes tailored especially for Potter fans. It makes me wonder why Draco's insults were always so lame, when he had so much good material at hand.
Some favorites include:
- Yo mama's so fat, the Sorting Hat assigned her to the House of Pancakes.
- Yo mama's so fat, she looked in the Mirror of Erised and saw a ham!
- Yo mama's so ugly that the Dementor's Kiss was swapped out for a hearty handshake and a promise to give her a call sometime.
- Yo mama's so fat that if she confronted a boggart it would morph into a treadmill.
- Yo mama's so ugly that when she walked into Gringotts Wizarding Bank, they gave her a job application.
You can also find Harry Potter pick-up lines online, but for the sake of keeping the page PG-rated I'll let you look up those yourself.
Brittany Rowland (author) from Woodstock, GA on October 10, 2013:
Thanks for reading, Michelle. I agree, AVPM is an incredibly clever and hilarious parody!
Michelle Widmann on August 13, 2013:
The AVPM series is one of my favourite parodies of anything I've ever seen. They were smartly done and made their own plotlines using the popular ones we are all familiar with, which I found really enchanting and hilarious. Awesome hub!
Deanna Hayes on February 16, 2012:
This is so whacked!
Brittany Rowland (author) from Woodstock, GA on December 26, 2011:
Thanks, Godzangel. Glad you were entertained!
Godzangel from Syracuse, NY on December 23, 2011:
LOL!! That is mad funny!! Hahaha Harry Potter Yo Mama jokes:) Keep em coming!!
Brittany Rowland (author) from Woodstock, GA on August 30, 2011:
Ron, Ron, Ron Weasley!
Thanks for reading, YadiraE! I'm glad my friend showed me AVPM too.
YadiraE from Puerto Rico on August 29, 2011:
Love Harry Potter parodies!!! I am a huge fan of AVPM!!! Vote Up! and Awesome!!!!
Snape, Snape, Severus Snape... Dumbledore