By Eliza Berman
October 28, 2014

Throughout its seven installments, the Harry Potter series gets into some pretty heavy stuff: good and evil, love and friendship, life and death. Sesame Street’s parody of the boy wizard keeps things pretty light, though, taking a more educational approach for its pint-sized viewers.

In “Furry Potter and the Goblet of Cookies,” Cookie Monster plays Furry: bespectacled, be-scarved and on a mission for cookies. In order to get to the Goblet of Cookies, Furry must listen very carefully to the directions of Professor Crumblemore, sorting cookies into different jars based on shape and color. Only by following directions can Furry surmount the obstacles between him and the object of his confectionary love.

While Furry Potter doesn’t feature any of the spooks Potter fans enjoyed in the books and movies, it does offer one frightful scare: Fans who were pre-teens at the release of the first book in 1997 are now old enough to have kids watching Sesame Street. And that’s not magic. That’s just the relentless passage of time.

Write to Eliza Berman at eliza.berman@time.com.

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