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The HOGWARTS: Which House Are You? Video is a Hysterical Harry Potter Spoof

— July 6, 2011 — Pop Culture
This hilarious “HOGWARTS: Which House Are You?” video from The Second City Network is a hysterical send-up of J.K Rowling’s most mediocre fictional house: the humdrum Hufflepuff.

For many fans of the Harry Potter series, there is a running joke that Rowling seems to have run out of great and noble qualities by the time she got around to distinguishing the relatively uninspiring Hufflepuff. As a result, this clever and brilliantly written video makes the most of subject matter that is ripe for the mocking. Whereas the representatives of the other houses in “HOGWARTS: Which House Are You?” proudly recite their defining characteristics, the hopelessly vapid Hufflepuff character (played brilliantly by the Second City Touring Company’s Alice Moran) stares ahead blankly, struggles to construct proper sentences or jokes and admits to the daunting difficulty of tasks such as opening jars.

Not surprisingly, the “HOGWARTS: Which House Are You?” spoof just gets funnier each time you watch it. For fans of the immensely popular franchise this is one video creation that is sure to be a smashing hit.

Implications - Spoofs of pop culture franchises like this often go viral via social media and sites like YouTube. Further compounding the influence of videos like this is the fact that they take familiar and popular subject matter and reinterpret it in a cleverly humorous way. As a result, videos such as this are a great example of how brands and companies can reach a broad online audience by creatively reinterpreting pop culture archetypes.