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After months of speculation, anticipation and maybe a little worry from the fandom, Team StarKid have posted a video confirming the YouTube release of A Very Potter 3D: A Very Potter Senior Year. 

A Very Potter Senior Year is the third and final of the Harry Potter parody shows which first brought the group attention when they were students at the University of Michigan. The formation of their company, Team StarKid, came after the huge and unexpected response to their work when their YouTube videos went viral. The name “StarKid” is a joke from that first Very Potter show, which hit the web in June 2009.

Less than six months after the release of A Very Potter Sequel, the group’s composer – and their Harry – was one of a million struggling actor/musicians in Los Angeles. He got a haircut, landed a TV guest spot, sang a Katy Perry song to another boy, and his star rose astronomically overnight. But in between movies and Broadway and world tours, Team StarKid and their fans wanted Darren Criss back for a few minutes – just long enough to put together “the Threequel” – the final Potter show that was long known to be finished, ready and waiting to be staged as soon as the circumstances would allow it.

Earlier this year, Team StarKid announced that they would finally be able to perform a version of A Very Potter Senior Year – that because they weren’t sure if they could ever run it as a full show in the way they’ve run more recent releases, they would bring the cast (including Darren) to the LeakyCon convention this past August, and give the audience a staged reading of the script. The final product was five hours long after only 36 hours rehearsal with the full cast. It was completely uncut, full of goofs, and had never been run in order before. It contained songs, staging, choreography, and over 70 costumes worn by the 30+ members involved – Team StarKid brought in nearly every single person who had ever been in a StarKid show to take part in Senior Year.

The audience of 4,000 – who had possibly been expecting a bunch of people sitting in a row of chairs, reading lines back and forth – ate the whole thing up. The rest of the fandom wept and pulled at their hair, especially when rumors circulated that Team StarKid’s creative team, who do seem to pride themselves on delivering technical perfection even if the content is silly, may not want to release the show online due to the one-off LeakyCon taping being unmanageable from an editing perspective. Too many mistakes. It won’t make sense. It’s too long.

Fear no longer, StarKids:



Unlike most purposefully cheesy StarKid announcement videos, the above seems to really reflect the gravity of the situation, that the StarKids know just how much this moment means to a lot of their fans. That, after radio silence, right now was not the moment for teasing or tongue in cheek. We see footage documented from a StarKid creative meeting, discussing the issue of the quality and the context, the fears that if this show will be released it will represent a lowering in standards, and the counter-argument that everyone at LeakyCon and awaiting the show online knew that it wasn’t a full-blown production, that they were expecting a reading and would be forgiving of that. The final conclusion? That for Senior Year to make sense, for the goofs to be funny, for the footage of the reading to be worth watching, the fandom should be familiar with what the show should have been.

So they’re releasing everything. Later this month, Team StarKid will release the script and the music for A Very Potter Senior Year, and then allow fans some time to get to know it, and then, in early 2013, they will put up the entire live video of the staged reading. The script and soundtrack – featuring nine new songs written by AJ Holmes, Clark Baxtresser and Pierce Siebers – will be made available on December 15 through The Ann Arbor T-shirt Company.

In case fans weren’t thrilled enough, the announcement video then features over a minute of footage from the reading. With StarKid’s usual “no cameras, no spoilers” policy in place, this is the first Senior Year content of any substance to have been posted – snippets of songs, previewing new characters (Lockhart! McGonagall! Hagrid! Young Tom Riddle!) and the return of all the old gang, including our Harry, of course.

We were at the live reading, and if you want to know more about what happened, you can go back and read our review of the production.

Is the release of AVPSY in this format – script, soundtrack, then YouTube – everything you’d hoped and dreamed? Did you like the footage from the StarKid meeting and the footage from the show? What are you most excited for?

  • Audrey veatherwanes


  • Megan

    Hah! I love it! I’m so excited for Starkid to come back and for our beloved Darren Criss, in the role that started it all, to be Harry freakin’ Potter.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Andrew-Kinkead/759877420 Andrew Kinkead


  • thegarbar13

    I got chills reading this. I actually refreshed the page a few times then preceded to write an article because I was likel “NATALIE HURRRY UP,” :)

    • mirna

      Thank god I’m not the only one that did that! CANNOT WAIT FOR THIS SHOW!

  • Sophie

    Do you think the album ‘not having original cast members’ means Darren or Evanna?? Or both maybe…?

    • mirna

      They might mean not bonnie as the original hermione? Because it said not featuring all so thats how I read it.

      • NatalieFisher

        That’s definitely not what they meant. They meant the original cast members for THIS show. The soundtrack may not have all the ppl who were there live onstage at Leakycon.

        • mirna

          Ohhh makes sense. Thanks!

      • Sophie

        I hope so, coz I need Darren singing these songs! :P

    • NatalieFisher

      I don’t think they’ll have Evanna. They MAY not have Darren and I think that depends on whether the soundtrack is put up for free or for sale. His voice is under contract – they can’t actually SELL recordings of him because of his Sony/Fox label. He also may not have had time to record his parts – I didn’t know they’d release a studio recording, I would have been happy with the live tracks. There’s also the fact that there were a lot of cast members who probably couldn’t be a part of the official recording, chorus members etc. So I am not sure if they mean that lead members on songs will be replaced (like Darren) or that bit parts will be replaced.

      There are a couple of numbers which I really, really hope we get a Darren recording of, though – and it could be possible to release them for free, because they’re songs that can’t be sold for HP copyright reasons (you may have noticed that when they divide their soundtracks and release some tracks free, some for sale, it’s because certain copyright phrases are mentioned in the songs.) The song Darren is singing in this trailer really probably can’t be sold, so I hope they recorded a studio version of him.

      • Sophie

        That part of him singing in the trailer kinda sounded recorded, but I can’t tell. Trying to figure out if it is his voice doing harmonies in “A Very Potter Senior Year”… I think the could sell Joey’s solo, and Clark’s song coz there is no mention of HP related things…

      • http://twitter.com/Tygridia Tygridia

        Thanks, Natalie. I completely forgot Darren has a contract with Sony…
        Anyway, I don’t think he’ll be in the album, wasn’t he in Chicago for only 36 hours or something like that? Seems he literaly wouldn’t have had time to do it.

    • oblyviate

      i think it may only have the starkids from chicago, maybe new york or LA too depending on whether it was Mark/Clark/Liam recording it…

  • Fis face

    This is more than I expected actually!!! I’m super dupa excited!!!!!!

  • Eliza


  • http://hypable.com Selina

    As one of the people lucky enough to see this at LeakyCon, I am SO GLAD that it’s being released online for everyone to see! This is an AMAZING show, all the unfinished costumes and line flubbing included! I’d actually say that this is a part of its charm.

    • Emily

      Exactly! I think that is what they are worried about most, the messups made it even better! :D

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=646947665 Megan Slife

      The tie, best part of the entire show.

      • kas

        Absolutely. The tie was the best part of the show. Although if I remember correctly, Darren was the only one on stage at that point so I think that it would be impossible to cut that bit.

  • Kavitha

    I heard the news earlier and I’m still screaming internally. I’M SO EXCITED.

  • http://twitter.com/potterfan92 Raina

    I can’t wait for this!! So grateful that they work so hard to get this out there for us!!

  • SarcasticLuna

    a;ldfja;dfja;ljfeuiojhfalsdhg aopfj klad;hg;ahdf;dfajdghe;ifja;fj FINALLY

  • Tiffani

    I hope we are able to see the full five hours of it. Even if they don’t want to post all five hours, maybe they could give us a download of it. Either way I’m super excited. This is totally awesome

    • Meg

      Oh man, I hope not! I saw it at LeakyCon and had to walk out after the first act because I couldn’t handle sitting there for so long (5 hours, 2 acts. You do the math for how long we had to have been sitting there). The show was awesome, but could definitely do with some tender loving edits to the show’s length.

      • Stagegirl12

        You were also lucky enough to be there. Those who did not have that chance would like to see it all! Unfortunately, I think it is highly unlikely that they would release it unedited.

        • Delena

          I saw the five hour version at LeakyCon too and although it did require sitting there for a long time—I enjoyed all five hours (even though I was a bit bummed I missed other programming). I hope they do put it all in there!

      • OrganicHobbits

        No way, I really hope they post all 5 hours because 1) Those of us who couldn’t be there would *really* love to see the whole thing and 2) Online you don’t have to watch it in 5 straight hours, you can simply take breaks. So yes, I really wish they’d post all 5 unedited hours.

      • Zara Richter Criss


  • Andrew

    Do we have to pay for the script? :( BUT STILL SUPER PUMPED!!!!!!

    • oblyviate

      they tweeted that the script will be free! yar!

  • Emily

    Wait until everyone sees Chris Allen! :DD

  • Matthew Goldenberg

    Finally! I was lucky enough to see it at LeakyCon and I’ve just been waiting to joke around about *spoiler*!

  • Sisi


  • http://xyue-mayx.deviantart.com/ Dreamer

    I’m actually so excited! I’d hoped they would just post all the footage, mistakes and all, online because that would make it feel genuine and like I was in the moment, watching the show (because SOMEONE couldn’t go to LeakyCon)

  • Frumpy but Super Smart

    Words cannot describe how happy I am right now.

  • http://twitter.com/STARKIDwheeler The Oddest Things…

    Words cannot express my anticipation. Oh my god soooooooooooo excited someone pinch me.

  • Alexis

    This day just got infinitely better. Also, Brian Holden (in the title photo) as Hagrid? Yes, please.

  • Alyson

    Are you going to have to pay for the script and album?

    • http://twitter.com/Tygridia Tygridia

      Nope. They tweeted that the script will be free.
      And as usual, they can only sell songs that don’t have copy-right issues (they don’t wanna, they don’t wanna be suuued…), which is to say Get Back To Hogwarts (new version) should be free and so will the one about Lockhart…

  • Rose

    studying for mock exams just went out the window with this announcement!

  • frezb

    The world will not end next week because the power of Starkid fans would postpone it long enough to enable us to watch this. AM I RIGHT?

  • Saskia17

    Oh my gosh this is such great news! I’m so excited to finally get to see it (and even reading the script will be awesome) and I really hope they put as much of it as possible online so those of us who were unable to make it to LeakyCon can still enjoy all those little moments. Even though we still have to wait a little while for the video at least we know it’s on its way :)

  • claystripe6514

    Oh my wizard God… This StarKid joy is going to carry me through the day. I- I think I’m tearing up a bit…

  • http://about.me/dshana Shana Debusschere

    Yes! Finally! I can’t wait! I love that they’re releasing the script and album first!

  • RumbleroarLuna

    I was so confused by Joe’s hair and I thought Voldy had just somehow grown it out or something (magically, like Harry :) or maybe he exchanged his for Harry’s (but I just thought of those two on the spot) BUT THAT MAKES MORE SENSE

    • RumbleroarLuna

      ALSO I just looked at some of the GIFs on Tumblr (the video was too fast to catch anything) and Joe was wearing the same type of blazer the Warblers do, just differenty colors. And that reminded me of Sebastian.

  • http://twitter.com/maria_jennie_12 Maria

    As one of the few people who got to see the show live, i actually think they should edit some of the scenes out due to the content. however, i think they SHOULD leave in a few slip ups, which add to the whole StarKid charm

  • http://twitter.com/mjhaners Mariene Semilla

    so EXCITED!

  • Hagrid’s Coat

    I kind of want to wait until I’ve seen the video of the show to read the script. I understand that this isn’t a well-rehearsed production, but it’s still a performance from a cast of talented comedic actors, and I don’t want to ruin any of the jokes by reading them first. I’m really excited for January, though!

    • NatalieFisher

      I’d actually really advise this, yeah.

  • http://www.facebook.com/catherine.biggs Catherine Biggs

    I’m so excited that this is finally happening! Now maybe all the rumours that it isn’t ever going to be released will stop.

  • http://www.facebook.com/kuhll96 Kaleigh Uhll

    I’m really excited they decided to follow through with putting AVPSY on youtube! Seeing it live was the most magical experience and it wouldn’t feel right if the rest of the fandom didn’t get to see it aswell. And even if THEY think it turned out terrible, I’m sure the fandom will be happy with whatever they give us :D

  • Simone


  • HermioneJeanGranger

    Oh my Rowling I can’t wait!

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