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Daniel Radcliffe appears on 'Simpsons' Treehouse of Horror (VIDEO)

By Justin Bank

The annual Halloween episode of "The Simpsons" has become a fall tradition as familiar as the Charlie Brown holiday specials, only with new plot twists and endings and a pool of thousands of characters to rotate in (particularly longtime regulars Kang and his sister Kodos).

This year, for the the 21st edition of the "Treehouse of Horror," the show's writers took a stab at capturing as much teen angst as possible by combining the power of Harry Potter with the allure of Twilight. Daniel Radcliffe made a guest voice appearance playing an animated vampire. The show went into pop-culture overdrive by veering across a satirical maze that included "Sesame Street's" Count von Count sucking the life force out of Big Bird.

Radcliffe's voiceover is only the latest in a string of Harry Potter references on the show, including a reference in 2001's "Treehouse of Horror" episode, a J.K. Rowling-voiced appearance and the Albus Dumbledore doppelganger Greystash. Thanks to Hulu, you can catch all the magic during your lunch break:

For continued "Simpsons"-based goofing off/scholarship, you'll have to plink around the SimpsonsWiki on your own, but I will note that any consternation about a Halloween-themed show airing a week after the holiday is a bit misplaced -- the show usually airs in November.

It's worth the wait. My early guess for next year's edition? Robert Pattinson playing a nerdy wizarding hero. I can only hope that his promo trailer will be just as referentially engaging:

By Justin Bank  | November 8, 2010; 1:21 PM ET
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