"Giant Cultural Phenomenon Harry Potter, meet Giant Cultural Phenomenon YouTube. A Harry Potter search on YouTube yields some gems, and a lot of other stuff.
You’ll find some of the obvious culprits: “Brokeback” mashups, “American Idol” spoofs, artful parodies by the English comedy duo French & Saunders (for British “Comic Relief,” no less – which, btw, is still going strong), the inevitable (but funny) “Lazy Sunday”-esque rap and, of course, lots and lots of trailers.But Potter is big enough to inspire crazier – and, in some cases, stunningly funny – items (even for those of us who’ve never been sucked in by the Potter Gravitational Pull). Leading the way is Potter Puppet Pals, a creation that combine elements of “South Park,” Punch and Judy and Gumby-esque silliness.
The P.P.P. vids have huge numbers on YouTube (fueled in part by an appearance on Daily Reel), solid appeal for grown-ups with a somewhat offbeat sense of humor and a strong tween fan base....
The world we live in: Live-action recreations of Web-video puppet performances based on … a book!
Neil Cicierega is the man behind the Potter Puppet madness. After he does his last parody, will he cry in his kitchen like Harry Potter’s original creation reportedly did?"