Voldemort‘s faithful followers in the Harry Potter series might be known as Death Eaters, but they’d be living for the Dark Lord’s latest antics: a sickening routine to Ariana Grande‘s “Dangerous Woman.”
OK, so it might not exactly be Voldemort himself, and it doesn’t look to be a case of Polyjuice Potion (also, we don’t even know how that would work since Voldy is bald and everything). The person disguised as She Who Shall Not Be Named is nightlife entertainer and drag performer Florida Man, who splits time between San Francisco and Miami.
Florida often mashes up references in bizarre and absurd ways, so the character of Lady Voldemort doing burlesque was perfect for a gig at San Fran fixture Oasis. The number was part of drag legend Heklina’s weekly party “Mother” and Saturday (October 6) was the first ever Ariana tribute.
“A few months ago I produced a Harry Potter tribute show called She Who Must Not Be Named and did my first number as Lady Voldemort. It was so fun and so absurd that I knew I wanted to bring the character back in wilder situations,” Florida Man tells Teen Vogue. “So when the Ariana night popped up everything just clicked. It had to be ‘Dangerous Woman’ and it had to be a burlesque number.”
Seeing Voldemort lip sync and dance to Ari’s sensual banger is one thing, but the number is so chockfull of tricks that even Fred and George Weasley would be impressed. Were you surprised when Ron’s pet Scabbers was exposed to actually be Peter Pettigrew? Well you’ll gag at every reveal that had Florida’s applause cheering for more. Florida’s roommate Mary Vice is a drag queen burlesque performer who coached her through some moves to “sell Lady Voldemort as sexy.” Also enlisted to help was fellow friend and performer Tito, who plays “Hairy Otter.”
A clip of Florida Man’s performance has gone viral overnight, racking up more than 20,000 likes and 8,000 retweets on the social media network Muggles know as Twitter.
“Part of what I’m doing with Lady Voldemort is reimagining a universe where the canon of Harry Potter is queerer and weirder, and I think that speaks to a lot of queer people and Harry Potter fans alike,” Florida says. “It’s also just ridiculous.”
And while Nagini may have been missing from the hypnotizing number, Florida/Voldemort had something else up their sleeve: none other than a magic wand. After casting a couple of flashy curses, Hairy appears on stage to take down the Dark Lord. An explosion of magic happens just like when Harry and Voldemort’s spells collide in Deathly Hallows, but you’ll have to watch the entire video to see who survives.
You can watch the entire thing below and catch more of Lady Voldemort at some of Florida’s upcoming performances. Florida’s even thinking of doing a one-woman show, a reimagining of the events from the Harry Potter books from Lady Voldemort’s perspective. So we’ll see if that magic eventually happens.
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