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Wizards Rock!

In the blazing intensity of the Harry Potter phenomenon burning up to fever-pitch just before tomorrow’s launch of the the series’ 7th and final book, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, let us here, at Theory Of Nothing, take a look at the Harry-Potter-inspired wizard-rock bands that have flared up all over the world.

The 183 wizard-rock bands mostly comprising of children and teenagers, with an even mix of male and female wizard-rockers, are a growing global cohort spanning not just America but reaching even as far as Russia, Norway and Australia. The wizard-rock bands of this tight-knit, do-it-yourself community rooted in Harry Potter fandom, use MySpace for publicity, produce and release their own music, as well as book concerts at libraries.

One of the most famous wizard-rock band is the Hungarian Horntails, based in Brooklyn, America. Band leader, 8-year-old Darius Wilkins leads bandmates Rayn Feeney, 9, and his younger brother, Holden, 5. The seasoned performer does sound checks with his signature rousing yells: “We’re the Hungarian Horntails! Are you ready to burn this place down into a fiery wreck?” and “We’re the Hungarian Horntails, and we’re going to blow this place up with fire and rock!” The Horntails are named after characters from The Goblet of Fire, and some of their most popular songs are, “Kill the Basilisk” and “Which Witch Is Which?” Their first album is called, “Burn Voldemort’s Butt.”

However, Hungarian Horntails is not the first wizard-rock band inspired by JK Rowling’s Harry Potter. That honour goes to Harry and the Potters. The Potters, aka Paul and Joe DeGeorge, aged 28 and 20, are two brothers from Norwood, America. Their first show, in 2002, was an impromptu performance in their parents’ backyard, where they dressed up as Harry Year Four and Harry Year Seven and sang songs like, “Platform 9 and 3/4ths” and “I Am a Wizard” to a smattering of pals. Since that day, the DeGeorges have run with the idea, playing libraries, house parties and rock clubs across the country. This year, they will average 130 rock shows, mostly over Joe’s college breaks.

Besides Hungarian Horntails and Harry and The Potters, other well-known bands include Parselmouths (who write funny songs from the point of view of snotty girls in the Slytherin house), Draco and the Malfoys, and The Whomping Willows. Other noteworthy wizard-rock bands names are Tom Riddle and Friends, expecto patrAWESOME! (a pun on the “Expecto Patronum” incantation), and The Hermione Crookshanks Experience.

To check out the wizard-rock bands, their shows, and wizard-rock-themed festivals where muggles can rock out, log on to The Wizrocklopedia and WizardRock.org.

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Friday, 20 July 2007 Posted by | Literature, Music, News, Pop Culture | 1 Comment