The year 2007 was a big one for Harry Potter fans. That summer would see the release of the final book in J.K. Rowling’s epic, magical fantasy series. Before that day came though, the fandom received a different, unexpected release that would capture their hearts and singing voices: The Potter Puppet Pals posted their video “The Mysterious Ticking Noise.”
It might be hard to believe, but it’s been an incredible 10 years since that video was first posted on YouTube. It was shared on March 23, 2007, and was only two minutes and six seconds long. Yet, it quickly became a classic and is remembered by Harry Potter fans fondly. I remember watching it with my friends repeatedly back in the day. It was hilarious to see these puppet versions of the characters singing basically just their names. Somehow, they managed to capture the essence of each character in how they sang their names, and the tune quickly and easily became stuck in your head.
You really can’t help but smile and laugh when you see it, as well as think back fondly to that time in Harry Potter history. The song was so popular that, as BuzzFeed pointed out in 2017, fans started singing the Severus Snape part when actor Alan Rickman was being interviewed at the premiere of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 in 2011.
In 2017, in honor of the 10th anniversary, Potter Puppet Pals actually shared an updated version of the video in 4K. The end references the original video and even has the puppets comment on it. While the HD version looks a lot clearer, it’s just not the same as the classic, old, grainier version.
The Potter Puppet Pals released many other videos and they are still active, even going to Harry Potter events. However, their greatest contribution to the fandom just might be this short video showing our favorite characters singing their song, all day long at Hogwarts.