This is one of those posts where I have much to say yet have no idea where to begin. The minute I say what it’s about, those of you who know us will just get it. That’s the power of Starkid. See? You just felt it didn’t you?
Last Saturday Ashley and I were finally able to watch A Very Potter Senior Year together. We’ve watched all their past shows together and this one was no exception. To be honest, watching it feels like a blur. I more so remember checking to see Ashley’s reactions and crying from Act 2 Part 5 till the end. Crazy? You decide.
I’m overwhelmed at the creative genius of Nick and Matt Lang and Brian Holden for the writing, and the killer tunes of Clark Baxtresser, Pierce Siebers, and AJ Holmes. Sure they had a rich source material in the HP books but seriously, look at what they did with them! They gave us stakes, a dancing Tom Jr., hilarity, and above all, they brought our hearts. It’s their best show to date. Starkid took all the best parts of Harry Potter and this time, applied it to themselves. And all of us.
AVPSY was like a reunion you got to experience from your computer. It was a bittersweet moment because, although I was over the moon ecstatic to see these memorable characters reprised on my screen, I also knew this was the end of an era. But like the song says, Everything has an End and the Potter parodies are no exception. (Also, can we just take a moment to absorb the elegance of that song? Much like gum, it was perfection.)
Some of my favourite parts of the show were all the shout outs to the previous parody musicals. Like Lucius’ dancing, a Spiderman reference, and my personal favourite, Quirrell and Voldemort back-to-back together again. As it should be. The show allowed us to reminisce while taking us on a brand new adventure through iconic moments like the resurrection stone (who else sobbed?) and sending young Albus Potter off to school. This is the heart I’m talking about. And they brought it in abundance.
AVPSY also gave us new moments like Dumbledore’s goodbye, Snape’s final words to Harry, and Voldemort’s last monologue telling us all that it’ll be okay. It was all we wanted and then some. And let’s give a round of applause to AJ for his delivery of the mouse monologue because no one could have given it validity like the triple threat wonder-man himself.
But what got me about this musical isn’t even really about the show itself but rather how it reminded me why I love Starkid so much. It’s not because Darren came back (although that’s definitely a contributing factor) or because it was a new musical, or to do with Harry Potter. It’s because it was all of them.
Starkid, at its core, is a group of friends putting on shows together. That’s how they started and that’s what they continue to do. The only difference is they’ve just gotten better. But the radest part is that they work their hardest to include all of us. They make you feel a part of it. Towards the end, when Darren says goodbye to “Hogwarts”, he breaks for a moment. As he says, “it’s been totally awesome”, it feels like he’s talking to us. The people who have watched all the musicals, bought the merch, waited in line for hours to see the Space/Apocalyptour… AVPSY was a gift. It commemorates a mutual love for a fandom that’s impacted us all in one way or another. Because those Starkids, they’re just like us. They love the same stuff and, they really do, just get it.
So thank you Starkid, those on stage and behind the scenes. And even though it’s the end of an era, we’ll be okay. And you know what? Okay is wonderful.
Stick around for Ashley’s AVPSY post on Thursday. It’s a double Starkid week y’all. Hurray!
Have a supermegafoxyawesomehot week.
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