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

Quiz: What is your pet’s Ilvermorny house?

Why should you be the only one who gets a second wizarding house?

1:00 pm EDT, July 29, 2016

Will your pet be sorted into the same Ilvermorny house as you, or will you have to disown them for joining your rival?

Step aside Hogwarts, there’s a new wizarding school in town (or rather, across the sea)! With a new school comes new houses, and a new sorting test. You might’ve gone through an identity crisis after taking the test for yourself, but you’re not the only one who needs sorting. That furry, scaly, or feathery friend needs to know where they belong too, and we’re here to do just that! Last time we helped you find out what Hogwarts house your pet would be sorted into, so now we’ll help you figure out what Ilvermorny house they belong in.

It’s typical for pets to have similar personalities to their owners, so maybe your pet will end up in the same house as you. But to those who have house rivalries, brace yourselves: It’s also possible your pet will end up in a different house than you, maybe even your rival house! Will you be saying ‘bye bye birdie,’ or do you thrive in competition? That probably depends on your Hogwarts and Ilvermorny house.

Whether you have a dog, cat, rabbit, bird, or reptile, all pets are welcome at Hypable’s Ilvermorny sorting ceremony! Take the quiz below and let us know where your pet’s loyalties lie, and be sure to take it for each of your pets (unless they’re a squib. Is there an American name for squib?). Don’t want any of them to feel left out!


Now that you know your pet’s Ilvermorny house, maybe you’ll want to decorate their bed with their house crest (shoutout to the Hufflepuffs)! Or maybe you’ll forbid them from entering your room if they’re in a different house (shoutout to the Slytherins)!

Did your pet get the same Ilvermorny house as you?

Forget seeing Luke Cage and Daisy Johnson in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. According to Jeph Loeb, it’s simply too hard to plan.

Although the Marvel movies and TV series ostensibly exist in the same universe, and although Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. does its best to include Avengers references whenever possible, TV show characters are unlikely to ever show up in the movies.

This despite Chloe Bennet’s continued efforts to remind people that she is, in fact, Marvel’s first on-screen female Asian superhero, and the awesome crossover possibilities the Marvel Netflix series have opened up.

Marvel fans have long been aware of the difficulties of bringing TV characters into the movie ‘verse, but at the 2016 TCAs, Jeph Loeb provided a few more reasons for why it’s practically impossible to coordinate.

“Part of the challenge of doing this sort of thing is that the movies are planned out years in advance of what it is that we are doing,” Loeb says, as quoted by SlashFilm. “Television moves at an incredible speed. The other part of the problem is that when you stop and think about it, if I’m shooting a television series and that’s going to go on over a six-month or eight-month period, how am I going to get Mike [Colter] to be able to go be in a movie? I need Mike to be in a television show.”

In terms of planning out the character arcs, this makes a lot of sense. A Marvel movie might be mapped out years in advance of production, for not to mention release, which means any character scheduled to appear would need to have their stories planned for many seasons in advance. The continuity would certainly be hard to keep track of.

Of course they could still throw in cameos, which fans would probably really appreciate — and crossovers from movies-TV are much more doable, as evidenced by Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders), Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) and Lady Sif (Jaimie Alexander)’s multiple appearances on AoS.

But Marvel is wary of doing that too much, too, because “we never want to be known as an Easter egg farm. It has to work within the story. We never want to do Luke Cage gets into a cab as Foggy Nelson and Matt Murdock are getting out of the cab,” Loeb says, referencing The Man From U.N.C.L.E..

However, don’t lose hope yet. “Anything is possible,” says Loeb. “As I often get reported by you folks for saying #ItsAllConnected, our feeling is that the connection isn’t just whether or not somebody is walking into a movie or walking out of a television show. It’s connected in the way that the shows come from the same place, that they are real, that they are grounded.”

Would you like to see Marvel TV and movie characters cross over more?

If Emily Blunt and Lin-Manuel Miranda weren’t enough to get you excited about Mary Poppins Returns, maybe Meryl Streep’s name on the roster will do the trick.

Mary Poppins Returns is not a remake of the original 1964 classic but rather a sequel to the Julie Andrews-led musical. As such, it stands to reason that we’ll be getting some new characters this time around. One of those characters will be Miranda’s Jack, who will be a street lamplighter.

And, according to Variety, another one of those new characters will also be portrayed by none other than Meryl Streep, who will be taking on the role of Mary Poppins’ cousin, Topsy. And, yes, the legendary actress will be taking on a singing role for the film.

This will also reunite Streep with her Into the Woods co-star Blunt, as well as Director Rob Marshall and Producer Marc Platt. Streep played the Witch in Into the Woods, while Blunt portrayed the Baker’s Wife opposite James Corden.

Disney’s official synopsis for Mary Poppins Returns reads:

Blunt has been cast as Mary Poppins and Miranda will play a new character, a street lamplighter named Jack. Drawing from the wealth of material in P.L. Travers’ seven additional novels, the story will take place in Depression-era London (when the books were originally written) and follows a now-grown Jane and Michael Banks, who, along with Michael’s three children, are visited by the enigmatic Mary Poppins following a personal loss. Through her unique magical skills, and with the aid of her friend Jack, she helps the family rediscover the joy and wonder missing in their lives.

Mary Poppins Returns and will hit theaters December 25, 2018.

Are you on board with ‘Mary Poppins Returns’ now that Meryl Streep has joined the cast?