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A Very Potter Musical
- Would you believe that a Zac Efron poster figures heavily into the plot?
- The musical sting from Seinfeld plays when Ron walks in a few times. Continues in the sequel.
- "Aren't we an Odd Couple!"
- "There is another Horcrux..."
- Voldemort's pre-Avada Kedavra speech to Harry is straight from the finale of Avatar: The Last Airbender. Ironically, this seems to be the one dramatic moment the audience doesn't reflexively laugh at.
- 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).
- And 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.
- Voldemort (in the Zefron poster) shouts "You gotta get'cha head in the game, Weasley!" which is a reference to a High School Musical song, "Getcha Head In the Game". And no, I am not ashamed to know that.
- "How many times do I have to kill you, boy?" from their second confrontation is a direct quote from Aladdin.
- When Harry and Ginny are dancing they quote from Anastasia, "We've stopped spinning."
- "You came back?!" "I came home!" is a quote from Tarzan, though it's used even more dramatically here.
- Dumbledore's description of what would happen if Harry didn't compete in the tournament, and Hermione's reaction -- "Total protonic reversal!" -- is a Ghostbusters reference.
- "Dragons don't wanna be fed, they wanna hunt!"
- Goyle's big scene is a shout-out to 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.
- Word of God says that "Voldemort is Going Down" was originally meant to be modeled after "Now or Never" from High School Musical 3, complete with basketball showdown. The creators have said they are High School Musical fans.
- And, of course, a lot to the Harry Potter books, specially bits and characters that aren't really in the Musical.
- Dumbledore's will also contains shout outs to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Who Framed Roger Rabbit, played strictly for laughs.
- "Because I'm worth it." (Lóreal.)
- The title references A Very Brady Musical.
- "It's like the movie She's All That! Do you remember? We watched that together."
- 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.
- Goyle seems to be channeling Ogre when growling "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).
- One Death Eater's nickname for Dumbledore is Bumblesnore, which sounds suspiciously like "Bulbasaur".
- Harry and Ginny's and Ron and Hermione's in AVPS romance is compared to Spider Man and Mary Jane.
- 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-derful.
- "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.
- "It's probably the best I've ever done"
- Ron eating in every scene is reference to the 2001 version of Oceans Eleven, where Rusty is eating in every scene.
- "Maybe you just have to fight Mushu from Mulan"
- "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
- Shout-Out: Goyle's first three lines - "WHO DARES DISTURB MY SLUMBER?!", "GET OVER HERE!!", and "IT'S CLOBBERING TIME!!".
- Upon seeing Umbridge for the first time, Ron remarks that "...they say she can't be killed, they say she drinks blood!"
- When commenting on her (faux) repulsive ugliness, Lupin calls Hermione "Boo Radley".
- Hedwig tells a distraught Draco that "...another talking animal once said, "All fathers care for their sons.""
- 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.
- 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?"
- In the same scene, Lupin complains that the DADA textbooks are so old, they still refer to "Dementors" as "Ring Wraiths".
- 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) and 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.
- When Umbridge reads Dumbledore's note to her:
Umbridge: Dear Umbridge... That's me!
- Although he doesn't make any direct references, Lucius Malfoy appears to be modelled on Jareth from Labyrinth.
- Word of God says this was an intentional reference
- The voice Joe Walker uses for Umbridge sounds like the one John Travolta used for Edna Turnblad.
- Her inflections also resemble Carol Channing.
- She 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.
- The running joke of Lupin and Sirius sniping over who really was James's best friend seems reminiscent of Barney and Marshall doing the same thing (over who is Ted's best friend) on How I Met Your Mother.
- At one point, Dean says "Wat'choo talkin bout?".
- Umbridge first scene references Jurassic Park, 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.
- Cho telling Lupin "I could have been your greatest adventure" was lifted straight from Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom.
- Scarfy sounds a lot like Paul Lynde.
- 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.
- 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 musical 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.
- When Harry says that "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.
- Arthur Weasley at calls non-magical people Moogles.
- Neville claims the doe Lupin killed was Bambi's mom.
- I AM WOMAN... HEAR ME SMASH!!
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