Denver Post: “Goooaaaal!” “The Wolves” scores at Boulder Ensemble Theatre Company

By Lisa KennedySpecial to The Denver Post

A play about a teen girl soccer team called “The Wolves” could signal yet another “mean girls” outing. Or perhaps have you leaning in for a too obvious riff on wolf-pack cohesion: Which one is the alpha? Who’s the beta? Is that one the poor omega?

To be sure, the young women depicted in the Boulder Ensemble Theatre Company’s stealthily affecting production of Sarah DeLappe’s debut (a Pulitzer finalist) are hardly gentle. They’re competitors. They’re jocks who make needling jokes and off-color remarks on the way to (typically) winning matches. They’re also young adults, grappling with friendship and envy, teamwork and competition, each gnawing on her place in the order of things.

The playwright has told interviewers that some of her inspiration for the play’s tight focus on a team came from the camaraderie she’s witnessed in war flicks, a fave genre. From the start, the dialogue comes at the audience in barrage of chatter. And so, as the pitch black box of the Carsen Theater gives way to a field of green AstroTurf, noisy, warm-up conversations swing wildly from the fate of one of the last living leaders of Khmer Rouge’s genocide to preferences in feminine hygiene products and back again.

“We don’t do genocides until senior year,” says one player.  “It’s like a mass grave in that trash can,” another remarks as she and some teammates run off stage toward an indoor playing field we never see. (She’s not talking about Cambodia.) If you think that’s just the lose language of teens, think again. For the playwright, their observations are a chastising example of the way the tragic rubs up against the trivial in so many of our day-to-day conversations.

DeLappe introduces her players by number, not name. For instance, 00 (Hannelore Rolfing) is the goalie with the nervous stomach; No. 7 (Erika Mori) is the cocky striker; the friend she’s constantly yammering at, that’s No. 14 (Catalina Garayoa); No. 8 (Tara Kelso) is willfully naive; and No. 11 (Rebekah Goldberg) is increasingly status conscious.

The actors distinguish their characters quickly. You may not recall their numbers but you will their personalities.  Meek and too often concussed, well that’s No. 2 (Hannah Haller); No. 13 (Máire Higgins) is a wisecracking stoner; No. 25 (Lois Shih) is the captain who tries to keep them goal-focused.

None of these descriptions should, however, be taken as archetypes. DeLappe delves deeper,  revealing their differences (and similarities) through their overlapping banter, in how they roll their eyes or laugh, how they argue or apologize.

Shih (front) - Rolfing, Goldberg, Kelso, Haller, Mori, Garayoa, Parkin

Shih (front) - Rolfing, Goldberg, Kelso, Haller, Mori, Garayoa, Parkin

When new girl No. 46 (Kate Parkin) arrives, she throws off the pack. Not just because she’s home- schooled and “needs a shower,” as one Wolf quips. No, the joke’s on them: She’s got skill. While there’s no “I” in team, as the cliché goes, there is one in scholarship. One afternoon, a recruiter with a clipboard sidles up to the coach — whom we never see but gather is not well regarded by the girls — and tweaks the tensions.

One of the many achievements of director Rebecca Remaly and her winning ensemble is that none of the actors — all presumably in their 20s — comes across as pretending to be younger. They’ve got the teen thing down.

The actual script comes with an epigram, courtesy of Gertrude Stein: “We are always the same age inside.” This is likely why coming-of-age tales speak to those of us who aged out of high school decades ago. DeLappe taps into familiar if conflicting feelings: the need to be part of something, the desire to be singular, the feeling of being an outcast, etc.

She also creates a vibrant squad of characters who feel very specific to this  — their —  moment. Extra credit comes for doing  this without over-referencing social media. Sure, the players mention Skype and Facebook (a classmate is dubbed an “Insta-Whore” for her shameless selfies) but it feels natural to the characters’ daily flow without it being their raison d’etre.

As “The Wolves” closes in on its conclusion,  the play is punctuated by deft lulls and telling silences. When an adult (Anne Penner) arrives — impressive for being unexpected  — the team’s yaps, yelps and occasional growls give way to a rending, a necessary howl.

Onstage Colorado: 'The Wolves’ lays bare the lives of girls on the cusp of womanhood

by Alex Miller, Onstage Colorado (Read the original.)

On its surface, “The Wolves” is a play about a girls’ soccer team. Known only by their team numbers, the show opens on the eight young women on the team doing their pre-game stretches while bantering and arguing about everything from feminine hygiene products to the latest school gossip.

But the match they’re about to play will never be seen; we’ll only hear after the blackout whether they won or lost. And then the arguing and banter resumes. These girls, high school juniors who’ve known one another a long time, like their soccer but mostly, it seems, the game serves as a buffer zone in the midst of their (to them) complicated lives in “middle America.”

A high school soccer club is the backdrop for a searing portrait of nine young women

Enter the black-box theater at Boulder’s Dairy Center to see this production by the Boulder Ensemble Theatre Company and there’s only a patch of artificial turf for a set. Director Rebecca Remaly uses blackouts to great effect, covering the entrances and exits with total darkness and blaring pop music. And then — Boom! — the girls are there again. Maybe a week has passed, or an hour, but they appear with the same jarring effect to resume their stretching and bickering.

There’s not much of a plot.

There’s no discernible protagonist.

There are no parents (save the final scene), men or teachers.

We never see them play.

The Wolves are a pretty good team, but they’re not champions. There’s no do-or-die game or inspirational leader.  In fact, the unseen coach who oversees the team is an oft-hungover loser, an object of ridicule for the girls.

What’s going on here?

“The Wolves,” it turns out, has more in common with “The Breakfast Club” than “Remember the Titans.” Call it a slice of life or a collection of character studies, but these girls could just as easily have been in a band, a dance class or on a prom committee. The team is just the device that brings them together — a disparate group of recognizable types who quickly establish themselves: nerd, hippy, joker, worry wart, bad girl, bossy-pants.

It’s pretty good stuff; a powerful piece of theater with an outstanding cast of young women who so convincingly inhabit their roles that we can scarce imagine them out of uniform. When the ninth girl (Kate Parkin as No. 46) joins the team, it sets in motion a ripple effect that disrupts the established order of the team and challenges the team’s top player (Erika Mori as No. 7) for her spot as striker.

But as the mundane topics of team politics, school, boyfriends, parents and coaches continue to drive the pre- and post-game conversations, the lack of any big plot turn points to something ominous around the corner. Until then, it’s actually kind of fun. For about three-quarters of the 90-minute show — presented without intermission — there are enough laughs to almost call “The Wolves” a comedy.

Máire Higgins (No. 13) is a joy as deliverer of one-liners, delivered in the actress’s deadpan husky voice. Poor No. 2 (Hannah Haller) has a helicopter mom whose concern over concussions has her arriving at each game with increasingly protective headgear. And as the ill-tempered No. 7, Mori provides quite a few laughs as she battles team captain (Lois Shih) and mixes it up with frenemy, No. 14 (Catalina Garayoa).

And then, tragedy.

I won’t give it away, but playwright Sarah DeLappe didn’t pick from more timely choices like a school shooting, suicide or drug overdose. The tragedy here isn’t to make a point about any of these current topics but, rather, to throw the lives of The Wolves into stark relief: All that crap they were bitching about, arguing and stressing over suddenly seems so very petty in the face of their new reality.

Life’s like that sometimes. Well, most of the time. On the cusp of adulthood, the young women in this play learn a lesson that, for many, doesn’t come until later. The sobering reality of loss is, indeed, something today’s high-schoolers seem fated to deal with at a greater rate than generations past. By choosing to put the aftermath in the final scene, DeLappe forces us to mull over what preceded it and how it all fit together. Like so many tragedies, there’s often no explanation. For those who might leave this show shaking their heads wondering what it was “about,” that’s exactly the point.

I’m not entirely sure how “The Wolves” came to be a Pulitzer finalist given its loose structure, but the dialogue throughout contains a great deal of authority and verisimilitude — and this cast nails it. Comprised mostly of Colorado actresses not much older than the characters they portray, they all bear watching. I look forward to seeing this talented bunch in many more productions around the state.

“The Wolves” runs through Nov. 18.

Westword: Boulder Ensemble Theatre Scores With The Wolves

via WESTWORD - JULIET WITTMAN | OCTOBER 30, 2018 | 5:57AM

In this regional premiere of Sarah DeLappe’s The Wolves, a Pulitzer finalist staged by the Boulder Ensemble Theatre Company, we meet nine teenage girls, all soccer players, and watch them before and between games. Seated in a semi-circle, a few of them discuss the genocide in Cambodia: Some are studying the situation in school, since this is 2014 and one of the perpetrators, Nuon Chea, has just been convicted by the Khmer Rouge Tribunal. Their thoughts are fragmentary, unfocused, yet occasionally unexpectedly insightful; meanwhile, two of their teammates are talking about menstruation, one mocking the other because she still wears pads.

For a while, it’s hard to remember which character is which in this roughly ninety-minute piece. While defining characteristics pop up at intervals, they’re not often demonstrated or elaborated upon. Sometimes these details are tantalizing: Why does number 46 live in a yurt — or a yogurt, as another girl calls it? And if she’s been to Cambodia, as she states, does that mean she has some specific knowledge of the country’s blood-soaked history? She seems to be poor. She’s new to the team, inexperienced at the game and takes three buses to get to practice. Another girl says she’s stinky. It turns out that her eccentric mother is a travel writer. What can we piece together out of these fragments?

DeLappe is getting at something profound, however, because the killing fields of Cambodia are not the only atrocity mentioned. Another girl, a perfectly regular American kid, has Armenia in her background. The subject of children from Central America penned into cages at the United States border comes up. Abu Ghraib gets a mention, and someone has been assigned a paper on Rwanda; the players wonder whether they should take their liberties in this country for granted. These topics are filtered through the girls’ colossal ignorance, but also lit by their genuine curiosity, the innocent, offbeat questions they pose. What is guilt? What if Nuon Chea honestly thought what he was doing was necessary to save his country? Besides, why sentence him to life in prison now that he’s in his nineties?

Most of the conversation is far more down to earth, however. There are injuries and puzzling parents; the current coach, whom the players dislike; speculation about who’s going to play what position, as well as squabbles, serious and fleeting. When tragedy eventually occurs, it’s ordinary and has nothing to do with the great currents roiling the world, but it pierces far more deeply for these teenagers.

There’s no straightforward narrative to The Wolves, and only a kind of elliptical climax. The play feels like a slice of life, but the rhythms are enthralling and sophisticated, and I can’t remember when I’ve seen the lives of young girls portrayed with such realism, understanding and sympathy — sympathy for their inane frivolity and fits of meanness as well as their bursts of generosity and understanding. And soccer is a crucial part of the drama. The girls stretch, pass the ball, practice footwork, rush off stage and into the action. The rhythms of the sport underlie the rhythms of their speech and interactions.

Rebecca Remaly’s direction is brilliant, subtle and flawless; she has found actors athletic enough for the roles, and their work is beautifully integrated to create a strong ensemble. The Wolves may withhold information, avoid the obvious, come at important topics sideways, yet it’s profoundly satisfying. You’re never bored while you watch, and the experience creeps up on you afterward, when you realize you were privileged to enter a world that seemed quite ordinary and then see it quietly illuminated.

The Wolves, presented by the Boulder Ensemble Theatre Company through November 18, Dairy Arts Center, 2590 Walnut Street, Boulder, 303-444-7328,betc.org.

Live at the Mar Vista Art Walk

Kate performed west of the 405 as a musical guest for the Philosopher Stone Poets at their annual poetry nights.

She also sang at the Mar Vista Art Walk with the poets outside of Vintage on Venice, and again, at the afterparty for all of the artists and late night wanderers of the westside.

Kate Parkin - ‘Siren Song’ - Gravlax LA

Kate Parkin - ‘Siren Song’ - Gravlax LA

Kate Parkin - ‘The Way’ - Gravlax LA

Kate Parkin - ‘The Way’ - Gravlax LA

Kate Parkin - ‘Hollywood’ - Gravlax LA

Kate Parkin - ‘Hollywood’ - Gravlax LA

Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media: Snapchat Launch

Kate has enjoyed snapchatting for the Institute at their events around Los Angeles, including the Global Symposium on Gender in Media at Google Venice.

Kate Parkin and Geena Davis at the GDIGM Holiday Fundraiser

Kate Parkin and Geena Davis at the GDIGM Holiday Fundraiser

Christy Lee Hughes (Entertainment Outreach Advisor) and Kate Parkin at ‘Fox: Women in Sports’

Women in Animation Event: Arclight off Sunset Blvd.

Women in Animation Event: Arclight off Sunset Blvd.

SweetyHigh: This Is What Happens When Pokémon Go and Harry Potter Collide:

Brittney Gibson

There have been rumors flying left and right that two of our current fave phenomenons–Pokémon Go and Harry Pottermight join forces in a new HP-themed virtual reality game.

Although Niantic, the creators of the wildly popular Pokémon Go, have neither officially confirmed or denied the making of this game, we can still hope.

Just in case dreams don't become reality, YouTuber Kate Parkin has combined the two wonderful franchises in another supremely creative way: with a magical, musical parody.

Get ready to cast 'em all with this mash-up:

This was Kate's first time directing a full-length video and collaborating with several talented actors and actresses. We have to point out that Kate also wrote the genius lyrics for this parody theme song.

Kate tells Sweety High that it would be "a dream come true" if we could all walk around in the real world while casting spells in an alternate wizarding universe. We couldn't agree more. 

Now cross your fingers and hope Potter-Go comes to life! In the meantime, just keep reading Harry Potter and the Cursed Child and playing Pokémon Go. 😏

HelloGiggles: The "Harry Potter"/Pokémon Go mashup you've always wanted is finally here

RACHEL PAIGEAugust 02, 2016 4:21 pm

We’re kinda obsessed with Pokémon Go at the moment. We’ve been obsessed with Harry Potter for the last two decades. Last week, we learned that Harry Potter Go could actually be a thing, and we need it like, yesterday. It’s coming, just not soon enough.

So while we wait for the most magical augmented reality game to ever grace our phones, might as well go ahead and start combining Pokémon and Harry Potter together, yeah? YouTube user weasleysweaters — who has already given us some pretty magical HP tunes — has a brand new video out that combines these two things, and it is prefect perfect. What if instead of trying to catch them all, we were trying to…cast them all?

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You know, like spells. GOTTA CAST ALL THEM SPELLS! It’ll sound so much cooler if you yell it IRL.

This Harry Potter-GO mashup is written to the tune of the OGPokémon theme song (you know, this one), the lyrics are spot on for the Wizarding World:

🎶🎶Every Horcrux along the way / with courage we play the game  / I’ll be dueling every day / I will not fear his name🎶🎶

Fair warning, 90% chance this will be stuck in your head for the rest of the day.

Featuring a cast of Harry, Voldemort, Hagrid, as many Time-Turners as there were in Cursed Child, and Ash, say hello to your new favorite Harry Potter mashup.

Guest on 'High on Film' - Harry Potter Films

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

199: Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban (2004)

November 21, 2016

With 'Fantastic Beasts' in theaters, we bring out our time-turners to go back and watch HARRY POTTER AND THE PRISONER OF AZKABAN with the incredible KATE PARKIN! We discuss the changes Alfonso Cuaron brought to the franchise, Chris doesn't care for the 'Goblet of Fire' haircuts, and Kate makes a proposition to Warner Bros on today's show!

Watch all of Kate's HP videos on You-Tube on her WeasleySweaters page and follow her on Snapchat @TotallyKato and @IfSheCanSeeIt for her work with the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media!

Three Turns Should Do It

Kate as ‘Petrified Hermione Granger’ at YouTubeSpace LA

Kate as ‘Petrified Hermione Granger’ at YouTubeSpace LA

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

184: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002)

August 8, 2016

Fly a car to Hogwarts, we're watching HARRY POTTER AND THE CHAMBER OF SECRETS with the talented KATE PARKIN for this week's show! We help Kate with her recent identity crisis, discuss the dangers of Quidditch, and Chris confronts his fears on today's show!

Go watch Kate's video for 'Harry Potter Go!' on You-Tube and subscribe to WeasleysSweaters! And give her a follow on instagram @KatherineParkin!

Now in Parseltongue!

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CNet: Taylor Swift meets 'Harry Potter' in mashup you didn't know you needed

A new fan-made song about "Harry Potter" is making the rounds, and this one brings the wizard into "Blank Space" by mashing up Potter stories with Taylor Swift melodies.

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YouTube filmmaker weasleysweaters, aka actor and singer-songwriter of "Harry Potter" tunes Kate Parkin, is out with another one of her catchy "Harry Potter" songs, and this one's a Taylor Swift mashup that's perfect for all you muggles out there who just want to "Shake It Off."

The song, posted Saturday, is set to several of Taylor Swift's popular songs, like "Shake It Off," "Bad Blood" and "Blank Space," but is filled with custom lyrics from the "Harry Potter" universe. It's sung from the perspective of Hermione Granger, and starts with the line "On the train I took a seat, I said your lightning bolt's on fleek." It only gets better from there.

One of the best bits is when Draco Malfoy appears onscreen to the tune of "Bad Blood" and is properly owned by Hermoine and company with lines like "Draco bought his way in and he's whiny, his hair gel is crusted."

It all comes together to create a pretty great video that you can't help but tap your feet along with. You can watch the video in its entirety below, but be warned. Once you listen you probably won't be able to get it out of your head for the rest of the day.

Seventeen: This Taylor Swift/Harry Potter Mashup is Absolutely Brilliant

"Your lightning bolt's on fleek" is the lyric of the century.

BY HANNAH ORENSTEIN

AUG 3, 2015


What do you get when you combine Taylor Swift and Harry Potter? Oh, only the most nerdtastic, wonderful three minutes of your life. 

Actress Kate Parkin created a medley of Taylor Swift songs with ingenious lyrical changes to reflect the Wizarding World. The video is on point. She alternates singing as Harry, Hermione, Ron, Draco, and Luna, puts on a flawless British accent, and chants spells straight from the book. 

She's clever. "Welcome to New York" becomes "Welcome to Hogwarts" and "Bad Blood" becomes "Mudblood." She also coins the phrase, "Your lightning bolt's on fleek," which you should definitely use next time you encounter a Harry Potter lookalike on Halloween. 

This isn't Kate's first foray into HP fandom. Her YouTube channel, weasleysweaters, features everything from an HP dubsmash dubsmash to a tribute to the unique sporting event she calls the "Wizolympics." HP nerds, Kate's your girl. 

The next time we see a Taylor/Harry mashup, though, it better be a collaboration between Taylor Swift and Harry Styles, because that would be EPIC. 

Bustle: This Taylor Swift And 'Harry Potter' Mashup Is Officially More Important Than Whatever You're Doing, My Fellow Muggles — VIDEO

By EMMA LORD

There are only two things I love in this world, and they are Taylor Swift and Harry Potter (sorry, family). But now there is a third thing that I love more than either of them: this mashup of Taylor Swift and Harry Potter created by bona fide genius and all around spectacular human Kate Parkin. She has masterfully rewritten pretty much all of Swift's 1989, donned Hogwarts outfits, and harmonized with herself as all of your faves. If I had an Amortentia potion in front of me, it would smell like this YouTube video. And grilled cheese.

Parkin, an L.A. based actor and singer, is known for her covers of pop songs and various Harry Potter parodies, which are all a gift to magic kind. This video in particular features Ron (who looks hilariously drunk the whole time), Harry (whose sweater game is on point), Draco, Voldemort, Luna Lovegood, and — not to be missed — Hermione, who basically narrates the whole thing like a BAMF and reminds us who was really in charge of keeping sh*t from hitting the fan at Hogwarts.

Because you are already wondering, YES, she did replaced "Bad Blood" with "mudblood," and the entire internet is kicking itself for not thinking of it first. (Just kidding. The entire internet is so grateful this happened that we have forgotten that we even have human flaws anymore.)


NOT ENOUGH? No problemo, because Parkin has miles of Harry Potter parodies to go around, including:

Do You Want To Build A Horcrux?


I'm seriously concerned that Kate Parkin and I were separated at birth? (Except that she took all the talent and YouTube prowess and I'm just sitting here fangirling at it?)

Sorry, Katy, this is the only version in my Muggle heart now.

I love that when you start looking for Harry Potter parodies the internet just basically becomes a blackhole deeper than a Dementor's kiss. But, like, in a good way.

#Bless your nerdy, talented heart, Kate Parkin. This is everything I never knew I needed in my life.

Cosmopolitan: Watch This Taylor Swift x Harry Potter Mashup Vid That's Beyond Brilliant

If you’re a fan of Taylor Swift and Harry Potterand we know there are millions of you out there (me included)—then this video is perfect for your fangirling heart. This mashup parody video, created by YouTuber Kate Parkin aka weaseleysweaters, fuses some of Taylor’s songs from her1989 album with Harry Potter references like “Welcome To Hogwarts.” LOL!

In the video, Kate even dresses up as Taylor dressed up as Harry, Ron, and Hermione—and yeah, even Malfoy.

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Daily Dot: Harry Potter lyrics somehow make Taylor Swift tunes even better

The only thing that could make Taylor Swift’s 1989 better is the infusion of Harry Potter. Luckily, YouTuber Kate Parkin has us covered.

The actress and musician shared a Taylor Swift and Harry Potter mashup that has her playing Ron, Harry, Hermione, Luna, and Draco as they work their way through Swift’s biggest hits. 

“Bad Blood” becomes “Mudblood,” while “Welcome to New York” transforms into “Welcome to Hogwarts.” This isn’t Parkin’s first Potter parody by far. She’s also done a Frozen cover called “Do You Wanna Build a Horcrux,” as well as tackled other pop stars like Bruno MarsKaty Perry, and Lady Gaga.

No word yet if either Swift or J.K. Rowling has seen the tribute, but it’s only a matter of time.

YayOmg! - This Taylor Swift Harry Potter Mashup is Delightfully Magical!

What happens when you take Taylor Swift, and add in a little (more) magic? You get this insanely wonderful Taylor Swift Harry Potter Mashup song! This is literally the greatest thing we’ve ever seen, and yes, we are okay with admitting we watched it about 100 times in a row. It gets better every time!


“On the train, I took a seat, I said ‘Your lightning bolt’s on fleek.” Yup, definitely gonna be singing this for the rest of our lives, and you will too! Check it out!

This delightful mashup was created by Kate Parkin, a girl who is likely about to become part of Tay’s girl-squad for making this video. It’s everything you could ever dream of and more, taking songs from Taylor’s 1989 album and adding in Harry Potter inspired lyrics! This isn’t Kate’s first attempt at Harry Potter inspired pop songs. She also made “Do You Want to Build a Horcrux?”, based on Frozen’s “Do You Want to Build a Snowman?”“Gryffindor”, based on Katy Perry’s “Roar”, and more!

The girl is a Harry Potter pop song prodigy, and someone NEEDS to help her put out an entire album of these magical tunes!

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Elle: This Taylor Swift-Harry Potter Mash-up Is My Dream

By SALLY HOMES

In terms of things I love, Taylor Swift and Harry Potter fall high on my list. Like, really high. Like at the top. So imagine my EXTREME excitement when this Taylor Swift-Harry Potter mash-up came to my attention. YouTuber Kate Parkin took some songs from Swift's 1989album and Harry Potterized them, changing the lyrics to be Potterific—think "Nice to meet you, Slytherin" and "Got a long list of horcruxes, you'll find them like a game. But I'm just a Mudblood, Harry, I don't fear his name" to the tune of "Blank Space." Amazing. It's just like magic.

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LA Times: This Taylor Swift-Harry Potter mashup has the Internet exploding from joy

By MICHAEL SCHAUB

AUG 04, 2015 | 9:39 AM

A mashup of Taylor Swift songs and the world of Harry Potter.

A mashup of Taylor Swift songs and the world of Harry Potter.

If there was ever a video designed to make the Internet explode from joy, this is it.

Los Angeles actress and self-described "Harry Potter superfan" Kate Parkin posted a video on YouTube featuring a medley of Taylor Swift songs reworked with Hogwarts-related lyrics and sung from the point of view of J.K. Rowling characters Hermione Granger, Ron Weasley, Draco Malfoy, Luna Lovegood and, of course, the boy wizard himself.

"On the train I took a seat," the song starts off, "I said, 'Your lightning bolt's on fleek.'" And it gets even nerdier from there.

Parkin's song features the melodies of Swift's hits "Shake It Off," "Welcome to New York" ("Welcome to Hogwarts"), "Bad Blood" ("Mudblood") and "Blank Space." She makes her affection for her favorite character (her YouTube name is weasleysweaters) and Harry's creator clear in the song: "Weasley's the king, Rowling is our queen."

The Internet has reacted predictably: with unalloyed glee. The video has been viewed over 100,000 times, with commenters barely able to control their happiness. A YouTube user with the Potter-related screen name LoonyLovely Luna wrote, "This. Was. AMAZING!!!!! Great job! I'm crying, now.... Imma go share it all over Facebook now...." Another commenter agreed, writing, "so bloody good; you're one talented witch."

Emma Lord, an editor at Bustle who describes herself as a "Hufflepuff, cupcake addict, and songwriter," was also slightly enthusiastic, writing, "There are only two things I love in this world, and they are Taylor Swift and Harry Potter (sorry, family). But now there is a third thing that I love more than either of them."

As Lord notes, this isn't the first time Parkin has come up with a Hogwarts-related parody song. She reworked "Do You Want to Build a Snowman?" from the Disney film "Frozen" as "Do You Wanna Build a Horcrux?" and Katy Perry's "Roar" as "Gryffindor."

Parkin, elated at the video's success, thanked her fans in a YouTube comment: "I am at a complete loss for words. SIRIUSLY who slipped Felix Felicis into my coffee this morning?"

Billboard - Taylor Swift & Harry Potter Make a Perfect Mash-Up: Watch

"Bad Blood," meet Mudblood.

That's thanks to enterprising YouTuber Kate Parkin, who took several of Taylor Swift's 1989 songs and changed the lyrics into a delightful mash-up touting the values of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Is there anything Harry Potter can't be worked into? Not if the Internet has anything to say about it.

Parkin's tunes are sung from the perspective of various characters in the Potter-verse, which means she's donning Luna's crazy wig and glasses and singing about Draco Malfoy's various feuds.

Welcome to Hogwarts, it's been waiting for you.