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Video Sunday: All Off-Topic Edition

Well . . . not entirely off-topic.  Don’t know how I missed this adaptation of the Harry Potter books into A Very Potter Musical, but I did.  It’s been around for a couple of years, and apparently the fellow playing Harry is now on GLEE (or so I’ve been told).  I ended up watching way too much of the musical in parts on YouTube in my spare time.  Basically the show is a sort of conglomeration of all the books into something relatively goofy.  The Malfoy, Crabbe, and Cedric actors are particularly strong.  The rest is touch and go but I liked the opening number, so here you are.  Thanks to Roxanne Feldman for the link.

Otherwise,  I didn’t locate an adequate supply of videos this week.  So why not burn off some of the fun ones I’ve collected over time in a short and sweet little post?  Yay!  It’s off-topic video day!  The happiest day of the year.

First up, a Weird Al video.  He’s just written a children’s book but that’s just a flimsy excuse to include this video.  It’s a series of palindromes, some original, done as Bob Dylan.  Al might want to consider doing a children’s palindrome book next at this rate.  Can’t let folks like Jon Agee hog all the fun, after all.

Thanks to Nine Kinds of Pie for the link (and for the record, I adored Phil’s recent Rebecca Black post on camp).

Next up, the most basic version of Star Wars on record.  Watching Simon Pegg do an Anthony Daniels imitation is lovely in and of itself.

Select the “Click to View” if you would like to watch it.  Thanks to Jonathan Auxier for the link.

Finally, we’re all a little tired of flash mobs at this point, so when my mom called this the best flash mob ever, I was intrigued.  Can’t say that she’s wrong.  I just wish the editor didn’t cut away quite so much.

Thanks to mom for the link.

About Elizabeth Bird

Elizabeth Bird is currently the Collection Development Manager of the Evanston Public Library system and a former Materials Specialist for New York Public Library. She has served on Newbery, written for Horn Book, and has done other lovely little things that she'd love to tell you about but that she's sure you'd find more interesting to hear of in person. Her opinions are her own and do not reflect those of EPL, SLJ, or any of the other acronyms you might be able to name. Follow her on Twitter: @fuseeight.


  1. For more fun with palindromes there’s always Mom and Dad are Palindromes by Mark Shulman with illos by Adam McCauley (Chronicle Books). My guy loved it when he was little.

  2. Well, as someone infuriated by cameramen who focus on Riverdance faces just as something is about to happen to the entire line, you have my sympathy. On the other hand, there is a continuous-take video of the Beirut flash mob shot from the balcony; watch it and have some balsamic vinegar at hand to make eating your words more palatable.

  3. Thanks for the shout-out! Also, I’d say that this is in fact mostly on-topic — thematically, at least. Yankovic’s “Bob” recalls Agee’s books of palindromes (as you point out). Rebecca Black actually *is* a Young Adult (she’s 13). Star Wars is perpetual youth culture (with literary & quasi-literary tie ins). And the connection between the Harry Potter musical & Glee (Darren Criss) actually offers a nice thematic link to the flash-mob dance in Beirut.

  4. Love the dancing video! that is what the airport should always be like.

  5. Oh, my, yes — thank you, Rams. That is the best flash mob ever, and I will never tire of them. World peace through dancing is my credo.

  6. Okay, now I’m quite surprised that you didn’t know about the Potter musical. At our house we’ve been very excited that we knew Darren Criss first – well, first with the rest of the world following the Potter musical.

    • Elizabeth Bird says:

      I know. I’m totally out of the loop sometimes. I must have conflated it with Harry and the Potters in my mind at some point. That’s the only thing I can figure.