S2E5: Witch, Please and the Fan-Made Musical

By popular demand, we sat down and watched A Very Potter Musical and boy did we have some thoughts. Some… thoughts.

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Hannah McGregor

I am an Assistant Professor in Publishing @ SFU. My areas of research include periodical studies, media studies, middlebrow culture, contemporary and early twentieth-century Canadian literature, critical race studies, and digital humanities. I also make a fortnightly podcast about Harry Potter.

4 thoughts on “S2E5: Witch, Please and the Fan-Made Musical”

  1. Thank you so much for watching it. I haven’t watched it in a while but I really enjoyed your talk, and the podcast in general.

    I loved AVPM. I listened to the albums, I got twitter to find them and I even started watching glee because Darren Criss (HP) got cast in it.

    It was like the normal HP fandom except most people were even more goofy and were into theatre and music – and I got to love Lauren as malfoy in a way my 15 yo queer heart didn’t understand. And posting AVPM in-jokes in normal fandom places made you feel like you were part of a secret society.

    But mostly, as with all my musical obsessions since, it was about the songs. As you do with songs, Not Alone became about being bullied and different, Missing You became about my alcoholic father never having been there and my granddad dying and Get Back To Hogwarts will probably always remind me of escaping reality in a magical text. All of it done with a goof.

    I realise it’s a privilige that I got to watch it without feeling attacked by the racial stereotypes – and that my fragile fat girl heart probably didn’t need to hear the fat jokes – but I think I needed the laugh.

  2. I have to agree I love the pop culture references and Malfoy in this play. I also really loved this play because it was the first time I saw Harry be “criticized” and I loved that other people had the same annoyances with him that I did.

    I always thought the play was kind of like a panto more than a parody. Maybe that encouraged my enjoyment of it?

    I am always waiting for you two to do a podcast that explores how oriental-ism works in the books / movies / maybe fan based plays 😉

    5 stars as always

    1. This. totally this. It was about being a really different kind of fan art made, by the people who ‘grew up with harry’ for the people who grew up with harry and it was about the fact that they spent a huge amount of time and effort on something that was so silly. It’s the sillyness of it that I love. I think in being low brow and silly, I am forced to forgive some of the problematic parts (which, I acknowledge are not all mine to forgive).

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