Wizard Wrock Rocks
Let Wizard Wrock Cast a Spell over Your Party
If you're not a hard-core Potterphile, you may never have heard of Wizard Wrock. But the ten year old sub-culture has spawned over 700 bands, with names like "Harry and the Potters", songs like "Prefects are Hot" (The Moaning Myrtles) and lyrics like "You may have freed our house elf, and brought doubt to our family name/ but your parents still got toasted by a big, green, glowing flame" ("My Dad is Rich" by Draco and the Malfoys). Wizard Wrock is the perfect music for a Harry Potter themed Halloween party.
Where Did Wizard Wrock Come from?
J. K. Rowling's magical books transformed the muggle (real) world in many ways.
When the first of the Harry Potter books came out, suddenly kids who had never been readers were hooked.
When two guys from Middlebury College started to play Quidditch, a new sport (Quidditch for muggles) was born. Nerds all over the country found themselves out on the playing field, still looking like nerds running around with broomsticks between their legs, but mingling with jocks and even competing in the Quidditch World Cup.
And now, dear reader, we give you wizard wrok, with songs and lyrics based upon the Potter books, musicians who take on the persona of Harry Potter characters, and a sub-culture that might be characterized as "punk rock for geeks."
Listen to Some Wizard Wrock - Prefects are Hot By the Moaning Myrtles
What is Wizard Wrock?
Wizard Wrock is a musical genre whose musicians adopt persona from the Harry Potter books, and whose lyrics focus on characters and events from the series.
Interestingly there is not much music in the Harry Potter books themselves. The Weird Sisters appear in the series a few times - at Christmas ball and a wedding - but Hogwarts students appear to be much more sports fans than rock fans. Perhaps this is because JKR herself is not much of a music fan, or perhaps it is because the books are written from Harry's perspective, and boys are, after all, traditionally more inclined to be sports fans.
However, Wizard Wrock groups themselves do tend to strongly project a main theme of the Potter books - a spirit of optimism and the empowerment of non-experts. Just as Harry's lack of experience as a first year Hogwarts student does not prevent him from confronting Voldemort and just as (in the same spirit) muggle Quidditch players are not put off from playing Quidditch by the fact that they can't really fly, Wizard Wrock groups are not deterred from becoming rock stars by the fact that they may not be the world's most professional musicians. (The fandom tends to be heavy on Potterphiles and light on music critics, in any case.)
Paul DeGeorge of Harry and the Potters, speaking about the group's apeal to its fans
"They know we're not the best singers and keyboard players, but we're okay. And they think, well, I could do that, too. I think that's really encouraging to people"
Harry and the Potters
Harry and the Potters were the first Wizard Wrock band, and are widely credited with having originated the genre. As such, they are also the most famous. The group was started in 2002 by brothers Joe and Paul DeGeorge, who both perform as Harry Potter, under the quirky premise that Harry has used a time-turner to go back in time and start a band with his younger self.
So far they have have released three studio albums, seven EPs, and one compilation album.
I Am a Wizard - Harry & the Potters
Draco and the Malfoys
Draco and the Malfoys were a wizard rock band started in 2004 by half-brothers Brian Ross and Bradley Mehlenbacher. The group began as a parody of Harry and the Potters, so in keeping with that, both brothers performed under the persona of Draco Malfoy. The band broke up in 2011, but their catchy tongue-in-cheek tunes, which focus on events at Hogwarts from Draco's perspective, are still popular.
My Dad Is Rich - Draco and the Malfoys
Dark Music for Halloween - by Draco and the Malfoys
Party Like You're Evil!
Mother, Stop Being Ridiculous
They Say I'm a Bad Boy
The Power of Love
Shooting Fish in a Barrel
We're Freakin' Awesome
Potions Yesterday - Draco and the Malfoys
Other Well Known Wizard Wrock Groups
The most famous music groups for the genre include
- Harry and the Potters
- Draco and the Malfoys
- Wingardium Leviosa
- the Whomping Willows
- Gred and Forge
- The Moaning Myrtles
- The Parselmouths
- Ministry of Magic
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