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Interspersed throughout the show, which is styled in the form of British pantomime, are pop-culture references and mentions of the latest "Potter" craze. Over the course of Potted Potter, audiences have seen the character of Dumbledore sing "I Am What I Am" from La Cage aux Folles, when Rowling revealed that the Hogwarts headmaster was gay; the character of Harry exclaim that he wanted to be "naked and run with horses," when Radcliffe appeared in the West End and Broadway productions of Equus; and the team admit that they had "99 Problems, But the Snitch Ain't One," in reference to the popular rap song by Jay-Z.
Although the "Potter" series and movie adaptations have come to an end, the die-hard "Harry" fans live on. "There's a group called 'The Group That Must Not Be Named' based in New York," said Turner. "Someone [from the group] wrote a blog [online that] said, 'We make the jokes the fans would make.' It's almost like they approve of what we're doing."
Following their stint in New York, Clarkson and Turner — who still find themselves reading about Harry's adventures at Hogwarts (Clarkson's favorite book is "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix"; Turner's is "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire") — bring their "Potter Experience" to fans across the States. One seat, they said, is always left open for the "Potter" creator, herself — Ms. Rowling.
"If she ever came to see the show," beamed Clarkson, "I think I'd just stand there with a big smile on my face, trying to get her to sign my books."
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