Typically stars of big franchises confess that they try not to read about themselves on the Internet, so we were a little surprised last week when "Harry Potter" leading man Daniel Radcliffe confessed to MTV that he was a big fan of the YouTube sensation "Potter Puppet Pals: The Mysterious Ticking Noise."
In fact, he and the rest of the cast of "Harry Potter" love it so much that they've been talking about spoofing the video for charity.
"Mysterious Ticking Noise" has gained over 82 million views on YouTube over the past three years, so it's no real surprise that the cast has seen the video. Still, "Potter Puppet Pals" creator Neil Cicierega said he was shocked when someone sent him the MTV interview clip where Radcliffe said he wanted to spoof the video.
"It's been on YouTube since 2007 and it's been popular for a pretty long time, but up until now, no body actually affiliated with the series has ever acknowledged it in any way, so this was actually the first time anything like that has ever happened," the 23-year-old told us on the phone when we contacted him recently. "It was sort of a triumphant moment in a weird way."
Cicierega said he watched the MTV video on repeat several times, rewinding to the point where Radcliffe gave "Potter Puppet Pals" a shout-out. When he showed his girlfriend, who he is living with in an apartment in Boston, she could only respond by gasping and hugging him.
A fan of the "Harry Potter" books since they were released in the United States in the late 1990s, Cicierega and his sister Emmy made the first "Potter Puppet Pals" video back in 2003. Originally they were animated, but then they decided it would be funnier to make the videos live action. Even though there have been 13 different videos released, "The Mysterious Ticking Noise" is by far the most popular, and most well recognized.
Radcliffe and the rest of the "Harry Potter" cast certainly wouldn't be the first to spoof the video, but Cicierega expects they would probably put the most effort into it. He said that most of the remakes have been done by kids who stand behind couches and pretend to be puppets.
"I've been dreaming about what it would be like to actually see those guys attempting to remake it," he said. "If all these professional actors wanted to attempt something on that level, I think it would be all the more funny. If they wanted to try something a little more well shot, a little more well choreographed, that might be more up to their speed."
One of the parts of the video he isn't sure how they'll adapt is when the puppet Dumbledore mysteriously loses all of his clothes, and continues singing his name naked. Cicierega said Michael Gambon, who plays Dumbledore in the films, shouldn't feel that he has to adapt that moment directly.
"He can wear whatever he wants. If he wants to put on more clothes at that point, that's fine. In the video, it's kind of unexplained. I'm surprised how few people mention it," Cicierega said.