The Very Potter series, a musical parody trilogy put on by StarKid Productions at the University of Michigan, is one of the best creations in all of fandom history. Despite being a completely ridiculous comedy that bore no official connection to JK Rowling's canon works, there appears to be a surprising amount of overlap between the musicals and the newly released script of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child explores Harry's relationship with his son Albus, two decades after the defeat of Voldemort. The trilogy of parody musicals mash together various characters and plot points from all seven books and spin them into three new stories that somehow still feel true to the original.
Here are all the unlikely similarities the two share:
Putting Potter On-Stage
Before The Cursed Child was a concept, before the Harry Potter films were complete, StarKid Productions took Hogwarts to the stage. Part of the musicals' charm is the low-budget take on things like trains, dragons, and magic.
There have been rave reports about the creative stagecraft from those who have seen The Cursed Child and it is undoubtably a unique and impressive installation to the Harry Potter universe.
Time Travel Conspiracy That Involves Bringing Voldemort Back to Power
A Very Potter Sequel begins with Lucius Malfoy and other Death Eaters remarking about how there's nowhere for the story to go after the resolution of Deathly Hallows.
The musical and The Cursed Child make the same decision on how to handle this: re-introduce the Time Turner and hatch a plot to bring Voldemort back to power. In A Very Potter Sequel, the Death Eaters travel back to Harry's first year to kill him before he can grow up and thwart Voldemort. In The Cursed Child, Voldemort's secret love child first travels back to the Triwizard Tournament and then to the night of the Potter family murder to stop Voldemort from giving Harry the power to destroy him.
Confirmation that Voldemort and Bella Actually Got It On
Speaking of love child, The Cursed Child confirms that Voldemort and Bellatrix had a relationship that went beyond dark lord/devoted follower. The original series makes it pretty clear that Bellatrix was obsessed with Voldemort, but that Voldemort was incapable of love. The Cursed Child leads us to believe that while he may have been incapable of love, he was capable of at least fathering a child by his most loyal lieutenant. While it comes as a surprise, it doesn't seem out of character for Voldemort to want to produce an heir.
A sexual relationship between Voldemort and Bellatrix (whom he calls "Trixie") is explicitly alluded to in A Very Potter Musical as well.
Redemption for Draco
Before The Cursed Child featured the Potter-Weasleys finding common ground with Draco and teaming up, the Very Potter series offered it's own unique take on the character. The Draco Malfoy of the musicals is a total wuss, desperate for his father's approval, and secretly in love with Hermione. He's also played (brilliantly) by a woman, Lauren Lopez. He is interested in doing good, often sidetracked by his laziness or lust for power, but always ends up on the right side of things in the end. The musicals had him teaming up with and even saving the heroes on occasion, long before they all make amends in The Cursed Child.
Questions of Malfoy Paternity
A major issue in The Cursed Child is the persistent rumor that Draco's son, Scorpius, was actually fathered by Voldemort via a time travel scheme. It's proved false and it's a wonder that such a convoluted rumor gained so much traction in the first place. In A Very Potter Sequel, Lucius reveals a secret that is only slightly more ridiculous— that Dobby is Draco's real father.
It's truly remarkable that both productions call Malfoy paternity into question, painting both Lucius and Draco as cuckolds of Dobby and Voldemort, respectively.
Noma Dumezweni's casting as Hermione Granger caused quite a stir, though she had the full support of JK Rowling and reportedly does a fantastic job at playing the character. Years earlier though, StarKid had an Asian Lavender Brown, a black Bellatrix, a white Cho Chang, and a black Yaxley. Darren Criss, who plays Harry himself, is half-Filipino. Characters were easily played by actors of a different race than the traditional interpretation.
Trolley Witch Twist
Very Potter really did it all, even down to the surprise attack from the witch who passes out snacks on the Hogwarts Express. In The Cursed Child, she's revealed to be a monster tasked with keeping children on the train, while in the Very Potter musicals, she's a Death Eater in disguise.
If you haven't read Harry Potter and The Cursed Child yet, the script is available in stores now, and if you haven't had the pleasure of the Very Potter musicals, they're all up on YouTube.