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Following an agonizing seven month wait, fans of Team StarKid can now watch the third and final installment of A Very Potter Musical: A Very Potter Senior Year.

A Very Potter Senior Year was released for online viewing Friday evening. The show had a one-off performance, which was initially billed as simply a staged reading – live on stage at the LeakyCon Harry Potter fan convention in August 2012.

Watch AVPSY below!

Hypable Exclusive: Interviews with the StarKid cast

In light of tonight’s release, we’ve been speaking with various members of Team StarKid to get their thoughts on the A Very Potter Musical trilogy coming to a close. Read our extensive feature now!

AVPSY: A History

A Very Potter Senior Year features a book by Nick Lang, Matt Lang and Brian Holden, with new songs by Clark Baxtresser, Pierce Siebers, A.J. Holmes and additional songs by Darren Criss. The show stars Darren Criss as Harry, Joey Richter as Ron, and Meredith Stepien as Hermione, as well as featuring performances by Joe Walker, Dylan Saunders, Lauren Lopez, Jaime Lyn Beatty, Joe Moses, Brian Holden, Richard Campbell, Brant Cox, Devin Lytle, Nick Lang, A.J. Holmes, Tyler Brunsman, Jim Povolo, Jeff Blim, Brian Rosenthal, Britney Coleman, Elona Finlay, Chris Allen, Denise Donovan, Sango Tajima, Arielle Goldman, Alle-Faye Monka, Nicholas Strauss-Matathia, Nico Ager, Corey Dorris and Lily Marks – nearly every person who has ever been cast in any of StarKid’s previous six productions – as well as a cameo from official Harry Potter actress Evanna Lynch.

A Very Potter Senior Year is the third and final show in StarKid’s Potter parody series, the first of which, A Very Potter Musical, shot the group to viral fame in the summer of 2009. A second Very Potter show was produced a year later. Following the sequel release, there were questions surrounding a potential third musical. There were a variety of reasons why another production wouldn’t be able to work, including Team StarKid’s development from a university-funded student extracurricular group to a living, breathing, money-making company. There were also issues like the move to creating more original material, and the difficulty of amassing the same central cast, particularly their Harry, Darren Criss, who scored a guest-starring role on Glee a few months after A Very Potter Sequel came out and is now a regular cast member of the prime-time show.

Criss, usually a reluctant Tweeter, has been chatting with many followers in the countdown to the release tonight, and had this message for his fans:


Despite years of denials and roadblocks, the show was pulled off and will now live online forever. Given the time constraints, the show is not a fully rehearsed production, but for those expecting the cast to be sitting around a table with glasses of water reading out the script, what Team StarKid have managed to produce for their fans is pretty incredible.

A Very Potter Senior Year is the first StarKid production to have an official sponsor, Audible.com, for its YouTube release, and also the first to feature a few interspersed sneak peeks of their new upcoming projects, including a new parody musical and an original graphic novel!

Hit the comments to let us know what you think of A Very Potter Senior Year! Did AVPSY live up to your expectations?

Photo credit: LeakyCon/Cheri Root

  • http://www.facebook.com/chiry23 Ryan Nolan

    OH MY GOD IT’S FINALLY HERE!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/nicole.soor Nicole Soor

    15 minutes in and already loving it! :D Best Thing Ever!

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

    Can’t wait to relive this again :)

  • Weasleyisourking

    Where is the new one?! All I am seeing is the one done at Leaky Con!!! HELP PLEASE!

    • NatalieFisher

      ….. what do you mean exactly? This is the one done at LeakyCon. That was the only time AVPSY was performed, ever.

      • Weasleyisourking

        Yep, I got it. I was under the impression that this was a difference performance, my bad. I’m currently watching it and loving it!

        Do they have plans of ever doing it like they did the old ones? jw

        • NatalieFisher

          Nope. It would be pretty much impossible because of Darren.

  • ravenclaw1991

    I tried watching the first one, I couldn’t get past the second or third scene. Not saying its bad or anything, but its just not my kind of thing I guess. I love Harry Potter but I don’t like musicals. I figured I’d like a Harry Potter musical but I guess not.

  • Jackie

    I thought it was amazing. I was balling through much of the second act, but I wouldn’t have had it any other way.

    • Guest

      *bawling… unless you’re referring to being rolled in a ball, lol

  • Marie

    Amazing. Magical. Slow beginning, but damn, I miss Darren with Starkid. I love their shows more than words can say. And one death…oh man, it got to me, as silly as it sounds.

  • Draco Malfoy

    OH MY GOD I AM IN [metaphorical] TEARS AND I HAVEN’T EVEN STARTED WATCHING IT. HOW AM I GOING TO COPE WITH THIS ENDING?

  • http://twitter.com/IRMastropaolo Isabella Mastropaolo

    I LOVED it! Such a perfect ending. I haven’t laughed so hard in a long time. And the commercials?!? Joe Walker and the kitten… enough said! I cried pretty hard through much of the second act as well. I am now emotionally drained.

  • Kavitha

    I just finished watching it and wowwww. I was crying and then Brian’s words for audible made me crack up oh my god. It was awesome though, probably my favorite….actually, for sure my favorite. :’D

  • April

    This was amazing! I held myself together pretty well until the resurrection stone, then I was crying the rest of the musical. It was beautifully done and tied everything together. So sad this is the end :(
    Also, Darren with his tie = best thing ever

    • Allison L.

      Darren has the best ‘trying not to laugh face”! way to cute!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=607519910 Catherine Lai

    So much awesome! :D

  • Brittany

    I thought AVPSY was very well done. Lots of throwbacks for Starkid fans, but still enough of a story to keep you interested with just the right amount of ridiculousness that we have come to know, love, and expect from Starkid productions.

    It was the perfect way for them to say goodbye to Hogwarts.

  • http://twitter.com/notenoughpuff Sarah

    I have cried so much with this because these people have been so inspirational to me and have been some of the most influential people in this chapter of my life. They are a symbol of the strength of friendship and the durability of love. They all mean so much to me and no matter that they do with the rest of their lives I will support them every step of the way because they are all fantastic people who have helped me more than they could ever possibly know.

  • Heather

    It was epic … and totally awesome!

  • EuanLauder

    It is cool and it’s totally awesome

  • goldensnidget92

    This exceeded EVERY expectation!! Oh my gosh, I am buzzing right now. It was the perfect mix of poignant nostalgia and absolute hilarity, and I couldn’t have wished for anything better :)

  • Risdanya

    Watching this really was like reliving the end of the Harry Potter series. It really struck me as I went into watching act two that, this was it. Not even going to lie, I cried like a little girl at the end. I don’t think the fans could have possibly asked for anything better.

  • claystripe6514

    Absolutely fantastic. Better than I could have ever hoped for.

  • Vanj203

    Can I have Joe Walker’s kitten?

  • Vanj203

    And what a get for them to have Evanna Lynch in the show!

  • Winkyxx

    Just out of curiosity, what happened to the original Hermione?

    • BGfan

      she began working on some volunter camp thing- and there were scheduling conflicts so she couldn’t make it.

      (it makes me sad- bonnie gruessen was Such an amazing hermione)

    • NatalieFisher

      It was not a scheduling conflict. Bonnie, the original Hermione, has chosen not to participate in StarKid since leaving college.

      • Winkyxx

        thanks!

  • Samma

    It was soooo good! I’m absolutely floored. Incredible job. Still crying.

  • Michele

    Amazing is putting it mildly. This was such a great show and was so beyond my wildest expectations for what this show would be. It’s just…totally awesome. I laughed, I cried, I laughed some more and than I started ugly crying. This was perfection. Thank you Starkid.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Rachel-Whelen/514317641 Rachel Whelen

    I just finished watching it and now I’m a total mess.

  • Winkyxx

    THE FEELS!! <3

  • Laura Jones

    It was perfect. And when Darren get kinda choked up on the last line </3

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