Since the release of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone in 1997, the series has become a massive force in all things entertainment. So much so that even fictional characters can't ignore its existence.
#HarryPotter's influence on pop culture is undeniable, and its inclusion in movies and TV shows is evidence of that fact. From the beet-farming paper salesman Dwight Schrute to the Gallifreyan Time Lord we all know as The Doctor, the fictional characters in Harry Potter have been consumed and beloved by countless other fictional characters.
Fantastic Beats And Where To Find Them will launch a whole new era of the Potterverse thise month, which makes this the perfect time to take a look back at 15 of the best Harry Potter references and Easter eggs in movies and TV shows.
1. The Office — Dwight Schrute
One of the most avid Harry Potter fans in a television show is Dwight Schrute from The Office. In one episode he can be seen reading Goblet of Fire aloud to Jim, Pam and Mose. And during the episode "Beach Games," he names his team Gryffindor. Much to Dwight's chagrin, Jim chooses the team name Voldemort.
Michael Scott also seems fairly well-versed in Potterverse terminology. When "Prison Mike" makes a visit to Dunder-Mifflin he claims that the worst thing about prison is the Dementors. If only he could master that pesky Patronus charm.
2. 30 Rock — Liz Lemon
It should come as no surprise that the totally adorkable Liz Lemon is a huge Harry Potter fan. Not only did she dress up as the Boy Who Lived for one of Kenneth's parties, but she even got locked up in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter jail.
3. Yes Man — Norman
This scene from Jim Carrey's Yes Man warmed the hearts of Potterheads far and wide. Which of us hasn't attended a marathon screening in full costume and mouthed along with every line? And if you think you're only staying through Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, you're sadly mistaken.
4. Doctor Who — The Doctor
Fans of Doctor Who will remember the episode "The Shakespeare Code" in which the Doctor and Martha face off against the witch-like Carrionites. The Doctor reveals that both of his hearts broke while reading Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, which wouldn't be released until three months after the episode aired.
Getting to read the Harry Potter books before they're released is just one of the many benefits of being able to travel through time and space.
5. Will & Grace — Karen Walker
Reading Harry Potter might not seem like a very Karen thing to do, but in an episode of Will & Grace she revealed that she had recently gotten into the series. She admits that her alliances lay with Gryffindor, but she can't turn down the bad boys of Slytherin.
6. Supernatural — Sam, Dean And Charlie
In one of the many sweet moments of Supernatural, Sam and Dean uses a Harry Potter reference to boost Charlie's confidence. Heck, if Hermione can destroy a Horcrux, she can do anything. I frequently think back to this pep talk whenever I need a hit of inspiration.
7. House — Lawrence Kutner
In House, the lovable Lawrence Kutner references the Sorting Hat when discussing a patient with a Slytherin's mind but a Gryffindor's persona. If you're able to actively choose to be a good person — even if you're natural inclination says otherwise — it's pretty much the same as actually being a good person.
8. Parks and Recreation — Leslie Knope
Leslie Knope is a Harry Potter fan in the truest sense. Not only did she boldly proclaim her preference to Potter over Twilight in the episode "Time Capsule," but she also inflicts the magic of the series on her best friend — whether she likes it or not. Just admit it, Ann, you love Harry Potter too. You've seen all eight movies!
9. Charlie's Angels — Dylan
Apparently, Drew Barrymore is a Harry Potter super-fan. So much so that she was almost granted a cameo role in The Sorcerer's Stone. Unfortunately her role was cut, but she was able to convince Charlie's Angel's director McG to let her dress up as Harry in the movie's intro sequence.
10. Get Him To The Greek — Aaron Green
Alright, this one isn't quite a reference, but it's hard to talk about Harry Potter mentions in movies without including this hilarious scene from Get Him to the Greek. Seeing Tom Felton get picked on for playing Draco Malfoy never gets old.
11. Orange is the New Black — Taystee And Poussey
These two avid bookworms ran the Litchfield Penitentiary library. Even though they list off a number of favorite books and authors, Taystee and Poussey are always quick to throw in a great Harry Potter analogy.
12. Good Luck Charlie — Bob And PJ
This Disney Channel show added a clear reference to Harry Potter's childhood at the Dursley's. Although pregnant Amy isn't too keen on her baby's crib being under the stairs, Bob and PJ use Harry's many accomplishments as justification.
13. Big Bang Theory — Sheldon And Leonard
In a show that centers around almost exclusively geeky references, Harry Potter gets few mentions. But when Leonard finally starts reading the series, Sheldon breaks the cardinal rule of Harry Potter by spoiling the ending of Deathly Hallows. It's hard to blame him, but I hold that to the same standard as using an Unforgivable Curse.
14. The Devil Wears Prada — Miranda Priestly
Who could forget this scene in The Devil Wears Prada? Okay, it's unclear whether Miranda Priestly is a Potterhead herself, but she's willing to go to extreme lengths to make sure her darling twins are caught up on the series. Lucky girls!
15. The Simpsons — Lisa Simpson
Just like most things in pop culture, The Simpsons did it! In The Simpsons' annual "Treehouse of Horror XII," the Springwart's School of Magicry bears a striking resemblance to Hogwarts. In the episode Lisa takes on a role similar to Hermione, but in the end it was Bart who saved her from the evil Montymort.
With the release of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them quickly approaching, I like to imagine that these fictional Harry Potter fans are also brushing up on the series before delving back into J.K. Rowling's magical world.
This list is in no way exhaustive, so now I'd love to hear from you guys! What are some of your favorite Harry Potter references or Easter eggs in movies and TV shows? Let me know in the comments section!
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them will reach theaters on November 18.
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