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We now know what Darren Criss was hinting at when he said earlier this week someone from his past would appear on an upcoming episode of Glee.

That person is Joey Richter, otherwise known as Ron Weasley in A Very Potter Musical.

Hypable had heard murmurs over the past week and had independently confirmed the news but kept it quiet on purpose. But now a new promo for Glee 4×11 “Sadie Hawkins” depicts Richter, and the secret is out.

Also in the episode is Tessa Netting – a friend to StarKid and the Harry Potter fandom. She was one of the original ballet girls, Susan Parks, in Broadway’s Billy Elliot.

You can seeboth of them in this photo (Tessa in the left circle, Joey in the right). They’re being observed by Glee character Kurt (Chris Colfer), who in the episode is being woo’d by a new Glee-esque club while he’s in search of a niche at NYADA:

Joey Richter and Tessa Netting of StarKid on Glee

Watch the commercial below (Richter and Netting’s appearance are blink-and-you’ll-miss-it):

“There’s somebody who’s going to show up in an episode, that if people know where I come from [...] Someone’s gonna show up. It’s really great,” said Criss at Chris Colfer’s Struck By Lightning premiere last weekend. We had speculated that it was someone in StarKid and are happy to see Criss pointed us in the right direction after all. At this time, the roles of Richter and Netting do not appear to be recurring on Glee but that may change.

Glee 4×11 “Sadie Hawkins” airs Thursday, January 24 on Fox at 9 PM ET/PT.

  • kburford

    yay!! <3 joey richter

  • http://twitter.com/Dillon_Mays Dillon Mays

    Nope. They need Lauren. In an actual arc.

    • Marie

      Lauren would’ve been awesome, but I think Joey is awesome too. I think he’ll do great with however much or little he’s given.

    • http://www.facebook.com/vaiola.navarraujo Vaiola Candida Navarraujo

      If they bring Lauren in, she needs to be Malfoy and then her and Darren can have a wand battle.. And NO ONE will understand except for us StarKids lol.

      • http://twitter.com/Dillon_Mays Dillon Mays

        As much fun as that would be, I want her to be an original character. Every musical she’s been in, it’s been as a different character, except for the same character she plays in AVPM/S/SY. Plus with an original character, she’ll make more of an impact.

  • Akex

    YAY STARKID REUNIÓN!!!!!!!!!! :D

  • Akex

    Also Tessa is Really pretty

  • Kia

    huzzah, can’t wait to see joey on the show! It would be great if there were also the other starkids on glee! I already can picture a sassy Lauren as a cheerleader or maybe Charlene as an elder and super cool cousin of Tina or Mike!

    • RumbleroarLuna

      yes please to both. but lauren has to be a nice cheerleader. not Tanya. or maybe Tanya…

  • Lotte

    10 secs seen of the NYADA glee club and I am already entertained and in love!

  • BroLeo

    Delighted, he is one of my favourite Starkid and i don’t know her

  • http://twitter.com/5thMarauder 5thMarauder ϟ

    Words can not describe how excited I am about this

  • http://twitter.com/BeccaPhoenix16 Liam I exist


  • http://twitter.com/Merina2 Merina

    Tessa looks beeeeeaaauuutiful!

  • Claudette

    I’m calling BS. This is OLD NEWS. You guys really got scooped on this one. No one sits on stories like that, especially Hypable.

    • http://www.facebook.com/sarah.bramble.7 Sarah Bramble

      Darren mentioned it earlier this week its not old news

      • Claudette

        Darren mentioned something generic on the red carpet. PopWrapped broke the story. Say what you want about them, but their Glee scoops are accurate 100% of the time.

        • NatalieFisher

          we don’t post stories that we know for a fact are illegally sourced, which is why we held off on this, because that story was an unauthorised leak, not an exclusive as they claimed, and we confirmed that with starkid’s representation.

          • disqus_rLACjCBGTz

            OH! Illegal, as in no permission sought? Illegal Definition: Contrary to or forbidden by law, esp. criminal law. It certainly wasn’t illegal. Unauthroized by the Starkid team? Maybe. That doesn’t make it illegal, and that most definitely doesn’t negate the fact that it’s entertainment news. I was merely mentioning that Hypable got scooped big time on a story that should have been given to Hypable freely, considering your “ethical” relationship with Starkid and your direct communication with their representation. That’s all.

          • http://www.hypable.com/ Andrew Sims

            Trust me, we wish it was given to us freely as well! But sometimes this is how entertainment journalism works. Shows sometimes don’t want to reveal casting until particular times because there are contracts and deals involved with other publications and whatnot.

          • http://www.facebook.com/zachary.zderko Zachary Zderko

            I don’t mean to be rude, but nothing that was leaked was illegally done. It’s lame to see people always claiming popwrapped is “illegal, illegal,” when it isn’t at all. I don’t know any long lasting news organization that waits for “permission” to release a story. It sucks to get scooped, but exaggerating and creating unnecessary drama is crazy.

          • HermioneCriss

            The thing is though, Popwrapped has had a lot of issues with LeakyNews, so I (along with many others) do not consider them a trusted source. When I read the story earlier this week, I began watching Hypable closely, because I trust Natalie and the whole Hypable team, and knew that they would confirm the news before posting it.

          • Guest

            I posted this on another of your replies. PopWrapped found the story through various sources. That is not illegal, that is a reporter’s job. You all have went into this rant about ethics and legality to try and smear PopWrapped for having the scoop. It is a bit ridiculous, don’t you think? Obviously this wasn’t from Tessa or Joey, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t other sources to learn things from. Just because “Starkid’s Representation” (Pat) doesn’t like it, doesn’t mean it is illegal. Sorry.

          • http://www.hypable.com/ Andrew Sims

            I agree it wasn’t “illegal” and we’re not smearing PopWrapped. He does what he wants, it’s his Tumblr.

    • Pixy

      TBH hypable’s ethical standards is much higher than most fan sites so….

      • disqus_rLACjCBGTz

        Define “ethical?” Reporting the news isn’t unethical. It’s called reporting the news. No one needs permission to report the news. That’s why they call it news.

        • CliveRogan

          It’s a news reporters job to establish proof of whether something is or isn’t news. Reporting hearsay isn’t news which is where a lot of fan site news sources, and indeed many real news sources fall down.

        • NatalieFisher

          i won’t post stories that we know for a fact are illegally/unethically sourced, which is why we held off on this, because that story was an unauthorised leak, not an exclusive as they claimed, and we confirmed that with starkid’s representation.

          • tanhrc

            I know who you are referring to and it was neither illegally or unethically sourced. There are things called sources and when you have multiple sources it makes for confirmed news. Don’t spout this nonsense about ethics because another site scooped everyone. Starkid’s representation is a single person who wanted other people to have this story, hence her crusade to make it seem like it was “illegally” done. Take two seconds to think how outlandish that sounds, “illegally” spreading news.

        • http://www.hypable.com/ Andrew Sims

          You obviously have no idea how journalism works if you think “no one needs permission to report the news.” If we want to stay in the good graces of sources, contacts, friends, etc, sometimes we hold off on sharing information.

          • tanhrc

            When you find out news from other sources, then you stay in the good graces of your friends, contacts, etc. The news site that DID scoop this certainly didn’t find out from Tessa and Joey as they couldn’t talk. Obviously they have other sources and you all are spouting this ethics nonsense to try and downgrade the fact that everyone ese lost the scoop. It is ridiculous. This was confirmed days ago by someone else. It happens.

          • http://www.hypable.com/ Andrew Sims

            Something you said in this comment is factually incorrect and further proves the ignorance going on here.

            It certainly does happen and we’re not afraid to admit that, but in this case people just don’t know the real situation.

        • http://twitter.com/Tygridia Tygridia

          The fact that they don’t publish stuff until it’s 100% verified is why we come here when we see something somewhere else. If they didn’t have high ethical standards about journalism (I’m a journalist myself, BTW) we probably be here in the first place.

          • Kaley

            It’s just bad sense to publish something that’s not 100% verified. There is always, always a worry of libel. When Joey Richter finally confirmed the news, he’d said they gilded off worried they’d get fired for saying anything. And if they got fired because the news was leaked, Joey and Tessa COULD have sued those publications because it had resulted in the loss of their jobs. It’s good sense, therefore, to wait until its confirmed, because no one wants a lawsuit on their hands. I agree with the staff on this one!

          • Kaley

            Held off confirming * not gilded.

    • Marie

      I would rather have hypable around than not, sooooo…yeah. They’ve been doing this for a while, and unless you’re a reporter or lawyer, they probably know what is and is not a good idea to post at specific times.

  • CoffRox16

    Is seriously screamed when I saw the headline because I was so excited!!!!

  • GoodFinder

    I’m just afraid that Joey’s only an extra.

  • Matthew Goldenberg

    But-but…Joe Moses wants to be on TV…

    • RumbleroarLuna

      And he wants to be best friends forever with Rachel, Blaine, and Kurt! (But now he knows three people on Glee and he knew them BEFORE they were on Glee, so… You know just all te StarKids should be on glee)

  • MeganJ

    So excited! I’m glad I didn’t have class or else my students would have thought something was wrong with me when I screamed with joy.

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

    Nice lampshading Sue..

    Also, if at least ONE AVPM reference makes it into Glee, no matter how insignificant.. I will faint.

    • Stella Love

      there have been quite a few really, they were just subtle. I’m not sure if they were intentional, but they only started after darren criss had been on for quite a while. It was only things like “totally awesome” and such.

      • Marie

        I remember when I watched his first episode and he told Kurt he’s not alone. Very generic statement, but I still squealed.

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

          I remember that moment as well! Well played Darren..

    • http://www.facebook.com/alicia.topolnycky Alicia Topolnycky

      There was one in this Sadie Hawkins episode!!! Blaine was talking to Tina and he said ‘where have you been all my life?’ and that’s from the Redvines scene in AVPS with Joey. Tina’s response really should have been ‘in a cupboard under some stairs…’ :D

    • http://www.facebook.com/vaiola.navarraujo Vaiola Candida Navarraujo

      There was also the time where he was showing Kurt the song for his bf at the time and said “cool! Cos it’s for my boyfriend!”

  • Marie

    I’m stoked. I hope he’s actually relevant. :-)

    Although I’m slightly disappointed that he’s not going to be acting with Darren much.

  • noisyhearts

    OH GOOD.

  • http://twitter.com/jackiewhitus Jackie Whitus

    This so amazing and exciting. I’m not a watcher of Glee, but I need to become one.

  • http://twitter.com/madge_witt Madge Witt

    They’re making it so hard for me to quit this show…

  • Hagrid’s Coat

    i didn’t blink and i still missed it. however, i’m hopeful that joey will be seen more this season, since kurt is most likely going to join this group. he may not have lines, but we might see him sing/dance.

  • Sadie

    Joey Richter confirmed this on Twitter just a few hours ago through his official page. I can’t wait!

  • RumbleroarLuna

    When I saw this the other day and it wasn’t confirmed I was so excited except that I only sawit on one site so I thought it was fake. But I love them both and Tessa said she got to fangirl with Chris and now I can’t wait for it to be back.

  • SarcasticLuna


  • GoodFinder

    I hope he plays a really different character than we’ve seen him as before. He seems to get typecast as sort of the goofy, sweet boy next door. I want to see a sarcastic jackass or a smooth-talking womanizer.

  • Jyllian Lu

    I hope they show us behind the scenes of Joey and Darren!

  • GleekyPotterGames

    Tessa confirmed this on her YouTube account http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CLc2xox4G0E

  • Haley

    Just when Im about to stop watching glee for their newest scandal ( Glee steals some guys song off of youtube without giving him credit)
    and then they announce Joey Richter is going to be on it! Now I HAVE to watch it <3
    but im still angry at glee :p

  • Elizabeth


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