With the Wizarding World of Harry Potter opening at Universal Orlando (what, you haven't heard?) we have the boy wizard on the brain around here.
Couple that with the recent news that Potter film star Daniel Radcliffe is heading to Broadway next spring to star in a revival of the musical How to Succeed In Business Without Really Trying and we suddenly found ourselves pondering a Harry Potter musical.
So without further ado, here's our fantasy all-star cast for the completely and totally made-up Harry Potter and the Imaginary Musical in Our Mind. (Can you tell we are stressing this is for fun and avoid those Internet rumors?)
Now that we know Daniel Radcliffe is down with musicals, he of course, would play Harry. As for his friends, well, Broadway-darling-turned-Glee-star Lea Michele has a lot of buzz. Is she too glamorous for Hermione? A wig could fix that. We considered still-baby-faced Neil Patrick Harris for Ron, but he's probably too old. And with How I Met Your Mother, a bit too smug. Make him Percy instead, and cast Ron with Jonathan Groff, who also has been showing up on Glee.
For the faculty, legendary Mandy Patinkin looks like he's working on a Dumbledore beard already. Plus, his singing voice can sound frail or powerful, just like Dumbledore's guises. For McGonagall, of course no one plays no-nonsense with a heart of gold better than the indomitable Angela Lansbury.
For Hagrid, we like Nathan Lane's larger-than-life personality and his way with accents. Of course, Nathan's not that tall, so that may prove problematic without some very special shoes.
(Bonus: Nathan could bring along fellow Addams Family star Bebe Neuwirth -- doesn't she scream Bellatrix Lestrange?)
Alan Cumming's creepy yet engaging turn as the emcee in Cabaret puts us in mind of greasy Severus Snape, and for the wide-eyed, crazy-haired, otherworldly Professor Trelawney: How about Carol Channing?
As for the baddies: High School Musical's Lucas Grabeel reminds us of Draco, but it might just be the bleached hair. Lucas would certainly have to erase Ryan's dopey grin. Maybe one of the angsty kids from Spring Awakening would be better.
Cute on the outside, razor sharp on the inside: We fancy Bernadette Peters as Delores Umbridge.
As for He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named, we lean toward Michael Crawford. Big stage presence and as the Phantom of the Opera, he's used to working in the shadows.
Finally, just because you can't go wrong with Hugh Jackman: Wouldn't he make a charismatic Sirius? We know he can play Wolverine; a shaggy dog should be right up his alley.