For better or for worse, any discussion of Daniel Radcliffe’s guest-hosting stint this weekend on “Saturday Night Live” has to begin with Harry Potter.
Radcliffe addressed the topic right away in his monologue as he realized there was no way the writers and cast of “SNL” would let him escape his Harry Potter past. However, he was able to put a comic kibosh on three “Harry Potter” spoofs right at the outset.
So what did the show do to parody the role for which Radcliffe, 22, will likely be best-known for his entire life? They wrote a sketch called “Harry Potter Epilogue,” set at the Hogwarts School in the year 2020.
In the sketch, a group of new students is taking an orientation tour and who do they bump into? It’s Harry Potter himself, who just can’t seem to leave the past behind.
For some reason, “SNL” had another sketch depicting life years in the future — in this case, 100 years, in a sketch called “2112.” This one had nothing to do with Harry Potter, though Radcliffe played the teen-aged son in a “typical” family from 2012 in a play depicting what life was like in that year a century ago. Get it? Well, you will, if you watch the clip, which we highly recommend.
Returning now to the present day, we liked this timely bit tied to Sunday night’s “Golden Globes” on NBC and the anticipation surrounding Ricky Gervais’ hosting stint. In the sketch — inspired by the promos NBC has been running for the Globes telecast — Jason Sudeikis plays fresh-mouthed Ricky as he hosts a slew of events and awards shows, from the Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards to the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.