Wizard rock is rock music that evolved after the famous Harry Potter movies starting in 2002. The genre is known for bands performing humorous songs about the mega famous Harry Potter movie series. Wizard rock (also known as Wrock) was conceived and cultivated in Massachusetts by a group named Harry and the Potters; the silly band caught on and now is emulated worldwide. Wizard rock embraces a self-directed ethic; most bands self-produce their music and use social network channels for distribution.
The most famous music groups for the genre include Draco and the Malfoys, Harry and the Potters, Wingardium Leviosa, The Remus Lupins, the Whomping Willows, Justin Finch-Fletchley and the Sugar Quills, Gred and Forge, Tonks and the Aurors, Swish and Flick, Ministry of Magic, The Moaning Myrtles, The Parselmouths, and Kingsley and the Shacklebolts. However, Harry and the Potters is by far the most famous of all bands in the genre.
Wrock songs many times take the paradigm of a chosen character from the Harry Potter series. In contrast to other genres where references have a much wider subject matter, wrock music bands’ inspiration is solely hailed from Harry Potter stories.
Harry and the Potters
Harry and the Potters
Harry and the Potters are an American rock band known for spawning the genre of wizard rock. Founded in Norwood, Massachusetts in 2002, the group is primarily composed of Joe and Paul DeGeorge, who both perform under the persona of the title character from the Harry Potter book series. Harry and the Potters are known for their elaborate live performances and have developed a cult following within the Harry Potter fandom.
Since 2002, Harry and the Potters have released three studio albums, seven extended plays, and one compilation album. The duo founded the independent record label Eskimo Laboratories, and starred in the documentary films We Are Wizards and Wizard Rockumentary. They also co-founded charity organization The Harry Potter Alliance and formed the Wizard Rock EP of the Month Club, an extended play syndicate.
The origins were quite accidental. In Cambridge, MA, Paul DeGeorge (born June 10, 1979) was developing vaccines for a biotech firm as a chemical engineer. Paul had recently graduated from Tufts University. Outside the lab, Paul was a musician whose indie band — The Secrets — had toured in the northeast from 2001 to 2002. To promote his band, Paul co-founded a small indie label called Eskimo Laboratories. One of the other bands in Eskimo’s stable of talent included a juvenile act called Ed in the Refridgerators [sic], which was fronted by Paul’s 14-year-old brother Joe. Joe DeGeorge (born July 4, 1987) was a student at Norwood High School. He and his school friend Andrew MacLeay (a.k.a. Shaggy) had been playing in rock bands together since they were 11 and 12 years old. A couple of years earlier after reading the Harry Potter books, Paul formulated the premise for Harry and the Potters where the principle Harry Potter characters would be the musicians: Harry as the front man, Ron on guitar, Hermione on bass, and Hagrid on drums. Then a crisis of sorts struck the brothers on June 22, 2002. During a barbecue at the DeGeorge family’s Norwood Massachusetts home, Joe had advertised a concert with Ed and the Refridgerators and several other indie bands. The venue was the backyard shed. Perhaps the venue was too modest but while an audience had arrived, the bands did not. To rescue a nearly lost opportunity, while waiting hopefully for a band to show, Harry and the Potters came into existence over the next hour when the two brothers wrote seven Potter-themed songs. They performed that first concert as Harry and the Potters for six people who remained of their audience. Of those seven backyard songs, six were to make it onto the band’s first album in 2003.
Harry and the Potters and Voldemort Can’t Stop the Rock! (2003–2004)
After recruiting drummer Ernie Kim, the band recorded their eponymous debut album over a weekend in the DeGeorge family living room. Released in June 2003 under the Eskimo Laboratories record label, the album contains six of the seven songs composed the day of their first concert and another twelve written spontaneously and immediately thereafter recorded. In “the summer of” 2003, Harry and the Potters set out on an American tour, performing at libraries. The fifth Harry Potter book – Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix – came out that summer and on June 21, 2003, the highly anticipated day of release, the band played five sets in a span of 24 hours. The library gigs drew crowds of mostly children and their parents. The brothers played a show at the library in Dorchester, Massachusetts that August where they noticed the children in the audience singing along. Joe said, “Paul forgot the words to one of the songs. [The kids] were like, ‘You sang it wrong!'” Paul said, “They’d be like, ‘Hey, why’d you skip that song?’ because they knew the exact sequence of the album.” The DeGeorge brothers quickly developed an on-stage persona of dressing in the fashion of wizard-school Hogwarts: white shirts under gray crew-neck sweaters, red-and-yellow striped ties, wire-rim glasses. In a show of quirky egalitarianism, both brothers play the role of Harry Potter and dress almost identically; Paul is older and to conform to the character’s persona, he is Harry of Year 7; while Joe is the Harry of Year 4.
During May and June 2004, the band worked on their next album, Voldemort Can’t Stop the Rock! in the DeGeorge family shed. Following the release, the band toured heavily. The two brothers drove 13,000 miles across the U.S and into Canada in their “Potter Mobile,” a silver 1998 Ford Windstar minivan with a black lightning bolt emblazoned on its hood. In live concerts, Paul and Joe used pre-recorded backing tracks for much of the tour, but during the second half, Joe called on his childhood friend and former bandmate Andrew MacLeay to join the band temporarily as drummer. During the Voldemort Can’t Stop the Rock! tour, Paul and Joe DeGeorge received a letter from Warner Brothers that stated that the brothers were breaking copyright laws. Although Paul sent a letter to Warner Brothers in an attempt to smooth things over, Marc Brandon, the company representative, asked to speak to Paul personally. The two later settled upon a Gentlemen’s agreement that, in essence, would allow Harry and the Potters to continue to sell music online and tour, but all other merchandise could only be sold at live shows.
Harry and the Potters and the Power of Love (2005–2006)
The following winter, the band began their first overseas tour. In February 2005, they toured the United Kingdom – playing London, Manchester, Milton Keynes, Chester, and Liverpool – and then followed it by playing some gigs in the Netherlands to coincide with the release of the Dutch translation of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince which took place in November 2005. In the Netherlands, they played one of their earliest songs “Platform Nine and 3/4″ in Dutch. In late 2005, Harry and the Potters enjoyed more tongue-in-cheek critical success from respectable quarters. The web-based music ‘zine Pitchfork Media even hailed Harry and the Potters as having one of the best five live shows in 2005, quipping that “The Decemberists wish they could lit-rock like this.” In the fall of 2005, Joe entered Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts. While Harry and the Potters play infrequently at rock clubs and other venues — a Yule Ball at the Middle East Downstairs in Cambridge, MA in December 2005 attracted an audience of 600 with 200 turned away at the door.
The previous year was the watershed when a joke between two colorblind, Massachusetts-born brothers had developed into something they had never imagined. The band continued its odd success and toured early in the year with a New Wave “sock puppet rock band” called Uncle Monsterface who opened for in March 2006. During the summer, they embarked on their 3rd cross-country summer tour (“Summer Reading and Rocking Tour 2006″), this time accompanied by fellow wizard rock band Draco and the Malfoys. Brad Mehlenbacher from Draco and the Malfoys handled drumming duties for the Potters for the entirety of their summer tour. While in the earlier albums the band’s musical style was goofy inept pop-punk, Scarred for Life became musically darker reflecting the penultimate book Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. Scarred for Life‘s scenario takes as its central conceit a Harry Potter who has started a hardcore rock band. Paul and Joe departed from their proud DIY home recording and sought a studio for Scarred for Life and their untitled split EP with the Zambonis. Paul and Joe DeGeorge feel that the songs on the Scarred for Life EP are among their “most badass songs.” In the same year, they returned to home recording with the Harry and the Potters and the Power of Love but with a bigger sound and with the assistance recording veteran Kevin Micka. Paul and Joe DeGeorge feel that the songs on the Scarred for Life EP are among their “most badass songs.”
Other releases and films (2007–2009)
By 2007, Harry and the Potters and their unexpected fan based indie music genre of wizard rock have grown into an international phenomenon. Recently, the band has engaged in charity side-projects and activism within the Harry Potter community. In January 2007, Harry and the Potters created the “Wizard Rock EP of the Month Club,” through which they released an EP featuring music from different wizard rock bands every month. Reflecting wizard rock’s literacy focus, the club raises funds for First Book, a non-profit organization that gives children the ability to read and own their first new books. In 2007, the Club raised over $13,000 for the organization. May 2007 was also the beginning of their large 70-show summer-library tour across the US and Canada called simply “Summer Tour 2007.” Like their initial year in 2003, the summer of 2007 would see the release of another Harry Potter book. Harry and the Potters scheduled the mid-point of the tour to arrive back in their home state and celebrate the July 21 midnight release of the seventh book, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows at Harvard Yard. The festivities became an excuse for a meet-up of a number of wizard rock bands including The Hungarian Horntails and their nemesis Draco and the Malfoys which all played to a large crowd of Harry Potter fans in the Cambridge, Massachusetts college venue. Harry and the Potters resumed their tour which finally wound-up in late August. In Vancouver on July 7, 2007, hundreds of people crowded outside the Vancouver Public Library to see Harry and the Potters. ABC News reported that the band usually charge $5 to $10 for tickets to their shows, though some performances are free. Harry and the Potters said 600 people turned out for a recent show, July 10, 2007, in Portland, Oregon.
In 2008, the band were unsure as to whether they would work on a new studio album. In February 2008, Harry and the Potters launched a website called Unlimited Enthusiasm. The website led users through a series of images and eventually to a forum, which contained much speculation concerning the nature of Unlimited Enthusiasm. Unlimited Enthusiasm ended up being the name of their Summer 2008 tour alongside bands Uncle Monsterface and Math The Band. Harry and the Potters undertook a summer tour, Unlimited Enthusiasm, with Math the Band, Uncle Monsterface, and Jason Anderson. One of the stops in that tour was Nerdapalooza. This fall they released a short punk rock EP, In the Cupboard as part of the Wizard Rock EP of the Month Club. A full-length feature film project documenting Harry and the Potters and the wizard rock movement, Wizard Rockumentary: A Movie About Rocking and Rowling, was released in 2008.
The band released a two-disc compilation album, Priori Incantatem, a collection of previously unreleased songs, compilations appearances, songs from their out-of-print EPs, remixes, and demos on May 22, 2009. The band played its 500th show in June 2009 at Norwood Elementary School (MA) the founding members’ hometown. The group continued the Wizard Rock EP of the Month Club in 2009, and as a member of the club, they released The Yule Ball EP, which featured a CD and a DVD of their performance at the Fourth Annual Yule Ball.
Further releases (2010–present)
In April 2010, the group announced a series of shows in the Midwestern United States, Scandinavia, and Ireland for July and August. In April 2010, Paul DeGeorge revealed that Harry and the Potters is contemplating making a fourth studio album. He explained, “But maybe there’s something like that [a Deathly Hallows-related full length] in the future. It’s hard to say right now.” On November 16, 2010, Harry and the Potters released a remix album entitled Remixes via Bandcamp, using the sites ability to ask potential buyers to name their own price. The EP features various fan-submitted remixes. On December 8, 2010, the band released a digital-only Christmas album entitled A Wizardly Christmas of Wizardry. The album contains new songs and older songs that have appeared on various Christmas compilations.
In Summer 2011, Harry and the Potters embarked on another summer tour entitled, Ride The Lightning. The tour was to the biggest since 2007, playing dates all throughout the United States. The first show was held May 25 in Portland, ME and the last show was July 31 at the Knitting Factory in New York. Drummer Jacob Nathan played with the group throughout the tour. Jacob is a member of the band 926 Main Street Apt. 2 that he formed with Joe DeGeorge and Emily Barnett while attending college at Clark University. Prior to touring, Harry and the Potters revealed masters for a new live album titled Live at the New York Public Library through their official Facebook page. The album was physically released as a vinyl album and sold throughout the tour.
Harry and the Potters (2003)
Voldemort Can’t Stop the Rock (2004)
Harry and the Potters and the Power of Love (2006)
The Enchanted Ceiling (2007)
Priori Incatatem (2009)
Draco and the Malfoys
Draco and the Malfoys
Draco and the Malfoys were a wizard rock band founded in Woonsocket, Rhode Island in 2004. The group is composed of half-brothers Brian Ross and Bradley Mehlenbacher, who both perform under the persona of Draco Malfoy from the Harry Potter book series. Since the band’s formation in 2004, they have released two full-length studio albums, one extended play release, and have collaborated on four compilation albums.
Early career (2004-2005)
Ross and Mehlenbacher originally conceived Draco and the Malfoys as a parody of Harry and the Potters, who were performing at a local house party. In late 2004, Matt Maggiacomo invited the Harry and the Potters to play at an all-Harry Potter show at his Rhode Island home. That night, Maggiacomo made his debut as The Whomping Willows, and his friends, Mehlenbacher and his brother, Brian Ross, played for the first time as Draco and the Malfoys.
ABC News reports that Brian Ross and Bradley Mehlenbacher’s:
…love for the Harry Potter book series is no less than that of the DeGeorge brothers, but Brian and Bradley seem to better recognize the absurdity of the bands, even mocking the idea that Paul and Joe represent two differently aged versions of the popular wizard.
“We look like nothing like Draco Malfoy, and are clearly too old to be going to Hogwarts,” said Brian, 32, of he and his brother Bradley, soon to be 27. “So we say that we’re Draco from years 19 and 15 at Hogwarts.”
Harry Potter fandom and fan conventions (2006-2007)
Ross said in the ABC news story that the mock rivalry between Draco and the Malfoys and the Harry and the Potters is all for show. In fact, the Potters and the Malfoys toured together for a month in the summer of 2007 and often collaborate on albums.
It’s a catchy concept, two bands portraying the most beloved and hated characters in the Harry Potter series, both celebrating their passion for the fictional wizard world with catchy tunes and kid-friendly rock concerts.”
Neither Draco and the Malfoys nor their nemesis Harry and the Potters think of the burgeoning wizard rock community as a joke, or “even as some bastard-dork cousin of indie-rock.” The Boston Phoenix reports that:
Both groups – Draco and the Malfoys and Harry and the Potters – take their efforts quite seriously, especially at this juncture. Amidst the fervor leading up to the release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, wizard rockers seem to be drawing bigger and better crowds, at every show.
For Draco and the Malfoys, the band is an escape from the humdrum pressures of hipster irony — like the Potters, they’re prone to rocking out in libraries. In this venture, says Ross, he and his band are just a pipeline for Pottermania. “With this, we’re all fans of something much larger,” he says. “Everyone shows up to have a good time, never to be a snob about the music, ever, ever, ever.”
The Boston Phoenix wondered – in spite of fully booked calendars – how long will wizard rock last once there are no new stories to riff on as their musical identity is contingent on the lasting success and popularity of a book series.
Ross sound[ed] almost tearful, in fact, when he professes his faith that the Potter phenomenon will outlast Deathly Hallows. He and his brother have both been in bands where, “if you go four hours away from your hometown, nobody comes to see you.” When the wiz kid is involved, they have a built-in fan base wherever they go. “Our experience with wizard rock has been the best musical experience of our lives,” says Ross. “We don’t really have any interest in stopping at all.”
Recent events and breakup (2008-2011)
Draco and the Malfoys, Tom Riddle and Friends, Whomping Willows, and the Moaning Myrtles played at Wrockstock 2008 at a YMCA summer camp lodge in the Ozark foothills. They released their third studio album, It’s A Slytherin World and a compilation album, Anthology of Slytherin Folk Music, in 2009. They have released plans to create a series of extended plays, the first being Draco and the Malfoys Celebrate… Piracy!. In December 2011, Draco and the Malfoys played their last show at the Yule Ball. On December 19, 2011, they posted this message on their Facebook page:
“Thank you for making our final two shows this weekend completely amazing. It’s been an unbelievably gratifying 6+ years. We’ve been playing music together our whole lives, and always dreamt of touring and playing together. Thank you all for making our dreams come true. You’ve given us more awesome times than we ever could have imagined. Here’s to all of our futures. Cheers! ♥ Brian & Bradley.“
Draco and the Malfoys – January 1, 2006
Party Like You’re Evil – 2007
Ministry of Magic
Ministry of Magic
Ministry of Magic, or MoM, as they have been coined, is a collaboration of Luke Conard, Jason Munday, and Aaron Nordyke, three musicians from a wide-range of artistic backgrounds who find a common ground in the world of Harry Potter. Two more recent additions to the band are Mark Jennings and Ryan Seiler.
Combining a passion for J.K. Rowling and the wonders of the digitial age, Ministry of Magic presses the genre of wizard rock into a newer, less visited world: wizardtronic. The music of MoM is a tapestry of orchestra, pop, rock, dance, and hip-hop carefully woven to create a full sensory experience for the type of fan attracted to wizard rock: imaginative, discerning, and filled with an appetite for something more than just the middle of the road.
They were signed to Indytronic Records until that label’s dissolution. As of 2010, they have released five albums — four LPs and an EP. The Triwizard Lp (2007), Goodbye Privet Drive (2008), Acoustiatius (EP, 2008), and Onward and Upward (2009) were released under Indytronic Records, and their latest offering, Magic is Might (2010), was released independently. In addition, members Mark Jennings and Jason Munday, along with Jeremy Jennings, worked on a side project under the name “Muggle Relations.” Their lone EP to date is titled “I Must Not Tell Lies” (2009).
They have collaborated with a few wizard rock artists such as The Remus Lupins, Kristina Horner from The Parselmouths, and The Moaning Myrtles. MoM was also featured on Jingle Spells and Jingle Spells 2, two charity compilation albums to raise money for Book Aid International.
The Triwizard Lp
Magic is Might
Goodbye Privet Drive
Onward and Upward
Songs from Gringott’s Vault
The Whomping Willows
The Whomping Willows
Way back in 2004, Matt Maggiacomo ran a series of house party shows in his apartment in Woonsocket, Rhode Island. Although the shows were primarily a showcase for Matt and his friends who made music, a few local and regional indie rock bands made regular appearances. One such band was Boston-based Soltero, who happened to be friendly with a band called Harry and the Potters. He suggested to Matt that the Potters might be a good band to consider for a house party show, and Matt followed through with an invite.
Harry and the Potters made enough of an impression that Matt and his friends Brian and Bradley decided that an all-wizard house party show needed to happen. The only problem: Harry and the Potters were the only active wizard rock band in existence at the time. Brian and Bradley hatched a plan to spoof the Potters with songs from the perspective of Harry Potter’s literary foil: Draco Malfoy. Over the next few months, Draco and the Malfoys took shape and Matt realized how much fun Brian and Bradley were having with it. Matt decided to join the fun with his own wizard rock band: The Whomping Willow (singular).
However, Matt failed to write any songs in time for the show, so he came up with a ridiculous concept: The Whomping Willow as music critic/interpretive dancer. Matt’s first-ever performance as The Whomping Willow featured a scathing critique of Harry and the Potters, followed by a declaration that “Carry On My Wayward Son” by Kansas represents the pinnacle of rock music’s potential. Matt took it one step further by playing “Wayward Son” on a boombox and swaying back and forth for the duration of the song. This performance was initially met with scattered laughter, followed by five or six minutes of uncomfortable silence.
Several months later, Paul from Harry and the Potters informed Brian, Bradley, and Matt that he was putting together a holiday compilation called Magical Christmas of Magic. Matt had a difficult decision to make: should he expand on the initial concept and turn The Whomping Willow into a real band? He waffled for a couple of weeks until finally the deadline was imminent. Matt decided to go for it, and he wrote a “Bright Eyes” style-parody called “Seasonal Depression,” decided that The Whomping Willows (plural) would be the official band name, and sent the track to Paul at the last possible minute.
The track was amusing enough that Paul invited The Whomping Willows to perform it at the first annual Yule Ball in Boston. Matt was extremely nervous about this show, because 1) He wasn’t accustomed to performing in front of more than 25 people, and the first annual Yule Ball attracted a crowd of about 500, and 2) He really wasn’t sure how he felt about wizard rock at the time, as he’d been writing music from his own perspective for about a decade and was fairly anti-gimmick (oddly enough, Matt started his songwriting career writing silly novelty songs about fictional characters that he invented, but something about being an English major made him all serious and he eventually developed the mindset that novelty music was less than legitimate and not worthy of his attention — he feels embarrassed about this nowadays, but at least he got it out of his system and avoided modeling his adulthood after John Cusack’s character in High Fidelity, which was his general trajectory in his mid-20s).
Anyway, a very nervous Matt played his first wizard rock show in front of 500 Harry and the Potters fans, and the response was exactly what he’d expected: polite and mostly tolerant. As he was walking back to the merch area (where he was selling homemade buttons), he felt something land on his shoulder. He briefly considered that he’d been struck with a rotten vegetable, but it turned out that a couple of fans had made a homemade Whomping Willows T-shirt based on “Your Flying Car,” a song Matt had recently posted on Myspace. After over a decade of writing and performing music with almost no response beyond his friends and family, Matt was amazed that a fan would ever do something so nice for a band. His perspective changed within an instant, and a few weeks later the first full-length Whomping Willows album was released.
Seven years later, Matt has played 650 shows as The Whomping Willows and has sold nearly 10,000 albums.
Source: The Whomping Willows website
Welcome to the House of Awesome
Wizard Party Forever
Lauren Fairweather has been singing for her whole life. It’s only recently that she’s been able to turn her creativity into a full-time career. After graduating from college in May 2010, Lauren finally had the opportunity to dedicate herself 100% to her musical pursuits. Lauren’s songs feature catchy melodies over acoustic guitar and ukulele and cover everything from Harry Potter to Firefly to real-life experiences.
In addition, Lauren has been a prominent YouTuber since co-founding FiveAwesomeGirls in January 2008. Her personal channel, devilishlypure, recently surpassed 20,000 subscribers and has amassed over 2,500,000 total upload views since February 2006.
Lauren is also a member of The Moaning Myrtles, a wizard rock band that writes and performs music from the perspective of the character of the same name from the Harry Potter series, and Armoured Bearcub, a collaborative project she started with her husband, Matt Maggiacomo.
Most recently, Lauren started a home business called Fairweather Friends. She designs, sews, and sells a variety of adorably quirky, handmade plush toys on Etsy. She blogs about the experience on FairweatherFriendsBlog.com.
The Prince’s Tale
I’m Saying Nothing
William Henry “Hank” Green II (born May 5, 1980) is an American entrepreneur, musician, and vlogger. He is best known for his YouTube channel, Vlogbrothers where he regularly uploads videos along with his brother, John Green. He is also the creator of the online environmental technology blog EcoGeek, and the developer of Subbable. He is involved with several other channels on YouTube, including Crash Course, SciShow, The Lizzie Bennet Diaries, The Brain Scoop, and Sexplanations.
Green was born in Birmingham, Alabama, and his family soon moved to Orlando, Florida, where he was raised. He graduated from Winter Park High School in 1998 and then earned a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from Eckerd College and a master’s degree in environmental studies from the University of Montana. He currently resides in Missoula, Montana, with his wife Katherine Green, their cat Cameo, and their dog Lemon.
From January 1 to December 31, 2007, Green and his brother John ran a video blog project titled Brotherhood 2.0. The original project ran daily for the entire year, with the premise that the brothers would cease all text-based (“textual”) communication for the year and instead converse by daily video blogs, made available to the public via their YouTube channel Vlogbrothers and on their website. If, for some reason, the video is over 4 minutes or late, then punishments would be set out for the offender. The initial idea for the project was John’s when, during an instant messaging conversation between the two, he pointed out they had not gone past the realms of communication via phone conversations, emails, and instant messaging for nearly a year.
Recurring themes included “Nerdfighters,” adding the phrase “in your pants” to the end of book titles, “Song Wednesdays”, “Question Tuesdays” (these normally did not take place on a Tuesday, which led to video titles such as “Question Tuesday on Friday”), punishments for breaking the rules, clips of Hank “humping” various items, the DFTBA acronym (“Don’t Forget To Be Awesome”), and featuring intercourse between giraffes as the thumbnail for videos.
By December 31, 2007, the brothers had decided to continue vlogging even though the project had ended.
In 2008, John and Hank met up with their fans, known as “Nerdfighters.” The first gathering was a last minute decision, but despite the short three-day notice, nearly a hundred people attended. In August, John and Hank were invited to the Google office in Chicago to talk about the project. That same day, they filled the Harold Washington Library with some four hundred young adults. Following John’s tour to promote his third novel, Paper Towns, the brothers went on a national tour in November. With events in 17 different cities, they met thousands of Nerdfighters at local libraries and community centers. During this tour, Hank released his first album of Nerdfighter-themed songs, titled So Jokes.
The Green brothers have been interviewed on PotterCast and have been recurring keynote speakers at the Harry Potter fan convention LeakyCon.
The Brotherhood 2.0 project succeeded in its original mission. The two brothers have come to communicate more thoroughly with each other, and have a larger influence in each other’s lives than before the project was initiated. The brothers talked on the phone once or twice a year before Brotherhood 2.0, but, according to Hank’s wife Katherine, they now “talk almost every day.”
John and Hank continued to post vlogs every Tuesday and Friday on their channel. As of September 14, 2012, they have posted 1,000 videos. With over a million subscribers, they are the 149th most subscribed directors on the website. Their videos have been watched over 300 million times.
In 2012, John and Hank also began new projects, YouTube web-shows named Crash Course and SciShow (both of which began late January). CrashCourse is an educational series, with weekly episodes consisting of John teaching World History, U.S. History, and Literature, and Hank teaching Biology, Chemistry, and Ecology. SciShow features Hank updating viewers on scientific knowledge and news.
During the Brotherhood 2.0 project, Green accepted a challenge to perform an original song biweekly (known as “Song Wednesdays”) and he has continued, though less frequently, to write, record, and perform songs ever since. Green’s music is lyrically driven with a focus on wit. Songs include “I’m Gonna Kill You,” “Baby, I Sold Your Dog on eBay,” and “What Would Captain Picard Do?”. Green’s first successful song was “Accio Deathly Hallows,” which was featured on YouTube’s front page preceding the release of the final Harry Potter book and has been viewed over one and a half million times. The front-page feature gave the Vlogbrothers’ YouTube channel its first significant boost in traffic.
Green’s first studio album, So Jokes, was released whilst he was on tour with his brother John, promoting the book Paper Towns. The album reached number 22 on the Billboard top 25 revenue generating albums online. He has since released three other albums- I’m So Bad at This: Live! (2009), This Machine Pwns n00bs (2009), and most recently Ellen Hardcastle (2011), named for the winner of a charity raffle in 2010.
On September 6, 2013, Green announced that he would be working on a new album in “November and October” of the same year via the Vlogbrothers channel. On November 15, he confirmed, again via YouTube, that he was in the recording studio.
I’m So Bad at This: Live! (2009)
This Machine Pwns noobs (2009)
Ellen Hardcastle (2011)
The Universe is Weird (2012)
Born and raised in the land of swimming pools and movie stars, Alex knew from a very young age that he wanted to pursue acting. He appeared in his first play at age 6 and kept one in foot in the theater door all the way through high school. During this time, he also became interested in music and started a band. Though CH Lost broke up when he graduated high school, Carpenter still continued to write music and occasionally play acoustic shows.
After high school, he attended UCLA, where he pursued an English major. During his time at UCLA, he starred in a series of short films and took part in a number of plays. The culmination of his work was his first feature, Beauty in Chaos. As it turned out, Carpenter was tapped to retool the screenplay for the film, as well as star as its central character. Beauty in Chaos was sent off to festivals across the world, as Carpenter finished his degree at UCLA.
With a jumping off point like that, there are surely great things in this young actor’s future.
The Remus Lupins
The Remus Lupins is a wizard rock band, inspired by the Harry Potter book series by J.K. Rowling. The band’s name is a take-off of Remus Lupin, a werewolf, who was Defense Against the Dark Arts Professor at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry during the 1993–1994 school year.
The Remus Lupins
The Rest is Silence
Spells from a Broken Wand
Nevermind the Furthermore
Freedom in Panem
Tardis Key EP
Tonks and the Aurors
Tonks and the Aurors
Tonks and the Aurors was founded in August 2007 and originally based out of Ann Arbor, Michigan. Fronted by Steph Anderson, the band quickly gained popularity among wizard rock fans after Matt Maggiacomo of the Whomping Willows dubbed Steph “The Bruce Springsteen of Wizard Rock.” Since those early days, Tonks and the Aurors has been extremely prolific in their musical releases and has gained the attention from news sources such as TIME Magazine, The Detroit Free Press, and Paste Magazine, along with many local periodicals and blogs.
Whether playing as a solo acoustic act or full band, Tonks and the Aurors brings thoughtful lyrics, vocal intensity, and joy to every performance. They’ve played at libraries, galleries, houses, and schools without missing a beat.
When not working on wizard rock, Steph Anderson works as an Arts Administrator, teaches guitar, and works for Apple Computers, out of Cincinnati, Ohio where she recently relocated.
Albums released to date:
- The Pink Album (2007)
- The Hogsmeade Diaries (2008)
- Tonks for the Memories [EP] (2009)
- We are Magic (November 2009)
The Pink Album (2007)
The Hogsmeade Diaries (2008)
Tonks for the Memories [EP] (2009)
We are Magic (November 2009)
The Blibbering Humdingers
The Blibbering Humdingers
The Blibbering Humdingers is a wizard rock band from Cary, NC who mostly peforms songs about Harry Potter and the wizarding world created by J.K. Rowling. They’re also into all kinds of other nerd stuff like Dungeons and Dragons, Doctor Who, medieval history, steampunk, Star Wars, Lego, Ren Faires, SCA, etc.
They play in a wide range of musical styles from old-timey, to ’50s do-wop, to ’80s new-wave, to straight rock. Most of their songs have a comedic bent, poking fun at characters or situations in the HP books and movies, or turning seemingly innocent situations into lewd ones.
Scott and Kirsten got their start doing wizard rock in 2007. Whilst searching the web for Potter-filks, they discovered Draco and the Malfoys online and shortly thereafter attended a Harry and the Potters show at a local library. After the Deathly Hallows book release that summer, they decided to try their hand at writing some of their own songs. With the online release of “Voldemort Made Me Crap My Pants,” the Blibbering Humdingers were born.
Since then, they’ve played dozens of shows around central NC with the Moaning Myrtles, the Butterbeer Experience, The Whomping Willows, Gred and Forge, Hawthorn and Holly, Tonks and the Aurors, Bella and le Strangers, and many other touring wizard rock acts. They’ve performed at various HP and sci-fi/fantasy conventions including Portus, ConCarolinas, LeakyCon, Infinitus, RavenCon, Dragon Con 2013, Wrockstock, the 2011 Quidditch World Cup, Wrock Wreggies, the NYC Wizard Rock Festival, and others. Their songs have been featured on a variety of charity compliations including Sirisuly Smiling, Jingle Spells 3, and Wizards and Muggles Unite for Social Justice vol 3.
Their friends Jackie and Jessie have been known to join the line-up occasionally adding drum, banjo, and electirc violin to live sets. And they’ve been known to borrow musicians from other wrock bands and collaborate with many other performers.
They regularly host wizard rock shows in central North Carolina, often in their home in Cary, and are heavily involved in the local fandom scene.
Wizard Rock Made Me Crap My Pants (Explicit)
Free Awkward Hugs
Romilda Vane and the Chocolate Cauldrons
Romilda Vane and the Chocolate Cauldrons
Romilda Vane and the Chocolate Cauldrons is one of the oldest and longest running bands from this side of the Atlantic. Primarily piano based, her music tends to be more ballady and soulful. Romilda, a.k.a. Amy, is a classically trained soprano who has a beautiful voice which undoubtedly influences her style. Unlike many other bands who take their name from an individual character, she does not focus on any single person or theme, but rather composes songs about all aspects of Harry Potter universe.
Even before Amy had played her first show, she was heavily into wrock and had started a podcast with fellow fan, Jamie Walker, about wizard rock titled WZRD: Your Wizard Rock Station. The first episode was released in March 2006 and featured Alex Carpenter of The Remus Lupins. Although Amy has recently taken a step back from the show, WZRD currently has 46 episodes available for download and will hopefully carry on in the hands of its co-host, Jamie.
Romilda Vane’s first live performance was at Potter Rocks in October 2007. This performance also marked her debut as a live pianist as she played in front of people for the first time. Despite her nerves, Amy’s Gryffindor colors shone through as she performed, and performed well. Shortly after Potter Rocks, she released her first album, Hogwarts, a Mystery. This album, which is still available for download on iTunes, features some classic Romilda Vane songs that have stood the test of time and are still played regularly at live performances.
2008 proved to be a very busy year for Amy. To begin with, Romilda Vane and the Chocolate Cauldrons became the first European wizard rock act to tour in the US as Amy joined Grace of Snidget on an East Coast tour. At various shows along the way, the pair were joined by The Moaning Myrtles, Fred and George: The Band, Draco and the Malfoys, The Butterbeer Experience, Mary and the GrandPres, DJ Luna Lovegood, Justin Finch-Fletchley and the Sugar Quills, and The Whomping Willows. The tour was a week long and consisted of five shows.
On her return from the US in July 2008, Amy played at Accio Wrock in Oxford, along with Riddle™, Luna Wants a Long Bottom, Shrieking Shack Disco Gang, The Azkaban Escapees, and Siriusly Hazza P. This stint back in Europe was short-lived, however, because in August of 08 Amy headed to a Harry Potter conference in Chicago called Terminus where she was asked to play at the associated wizard rock show, Wrock Chicago. Whilst there, Amy was interviewed by MTV. Directly after Terminus and Wrock Chicago, Amy went on yet another five-concert tour, taking in West Virginia, Virginia, Carolina, and New York. It was known as the “Gryffintour.”
The end of a great year for Romilda Vane and the Chocolate Cauldrons came as she performed at the 2008 UK Yule Ball, which was held at the Kensington Library in London. This event attracted many attendees from across Europe, several of whom were attending their first wizard rock show. It was at this show that Romilda launched her Limited Edition EP.
If any acknowledgement for Amy’s hard work and busy schedule during 2008 (which also consisted of a song that she had contributed to an all female compilation album called Witches Wrock) were needed, it surely came in the form of her two nominations for the 2009 Wizard Rock People’s Choice Awards, in the categories of Best Gryffindor Band and Best International Band.
In 2009, Romilda and Amy both had a much quieter year, playing shows mostly in the UK. However, Amy was to be seen on stage in the US again at yet another HP conference – LeakyCon in Boston. Although RVatCC never performed there, Amy took to the stage twice to help out fellow wrockers Swish and Flick from the US and our very own Riddle™. Later that year, RVatCC was asked to contribute a Christmas song for The Leaky Cauldron’s charity compilation CD, Jingle Spells 3. Her specially written song was titled “Sonorus!” It is an absolutely beautiful song about the importance of friendship at Christmas time, and it shows off Amy’s wonderful vocal talents in a way that is sure to impress anyone that hears it. In fact, “Sonorus!” was so good that it was nominated for a 2010 WRPCA in the category of Best Holiday Song.
Understandably pleased at having been asked to contribute to Jingle Spells 3, Amy was to end the year on yet another high. In December of that year, Amy attended the in first ever Snow Ball in Edinburgh, which turned out to be the most successful wizard rock show ever held in the UK. Not only did she put on a wonderful performance as Romilda Vane and the Chocolate Cauldrons, but she also had the role of Musical Director for the show. Her work in 2009 earnt Romilda the 2010 WRPCA award for Best International Band.
So what’s in store for Romilda in 2010? In addition to the rumblings that a new album is on the way, she has already played one show in the UK and organized another one that will take place this June in Cork, Ireland. This show, which is simply titled “Wizard Rock,” will feature Siriusly Hazza P from the UK and Harry and the Potters from the US! It has been organized as part of Cork’s Midsummer Festival and promises to be a tremendous show which will bring the power of wrock to a whole new audience.
As our favorite Irish wrocker would say:
“Wizard Rock. We can bring people together. We can encourage people to learn, to read, to discover music, to discover magic. We can have fun. We don’t have to conform. Look at our music: NO TWO BANDS ARE THE SAME. We’ve been given a gift.”
Hogwarts, a Mystery – Album 2007
E.P. – Limited Edition EP 2008
Siriusly Hazza P
Siriusly Hazza P
Formed in 2007, Siriusly Hazza P are one of the UK’s most long standing wizard rock bands. We are known for jolly songs about the boy wizard’s world with a distinctly jazzy, 1940s feel, as well as our energy and enthusiasm on stage.
Drawing musical inspiration from Muggle acts such as The Puppini Sisters, Glenn Miller, and The Andrews Sisters – we’re all about harmonies and horns! Laura plays piano, and Cathrin plays bass in the band – as well as both of us providing vocals.
We like to bring a bit of vintage sparkle and glamour to our live performances through our appearance – we wouldn’t dare be caught throwing out one of our dance routines without a slick of lipstick and a pretty dress!
We have played at venues across the UK and Europe, entertaining wizards and witches of all nationalities!
Source: Siriusly Hazza P website
NEW – Siriusly Hazza P And Their Magical Menagerie
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Siriusly Hazza P – Catfights and Cauldrons!
1. Trouble At Hogwarts
2. Don’t Mind You’re A Werewolf
3. Turn Around
4. Witchface (Acoustic Version)
5. Madam Pudifoot’s (I Love Tea)
6. For Regulus (Dance Remix)
Siriusly Hazza P – Charming!
1. Malfoy Is A Jerk
2. The Locket
3. In Too Deep
4. The Rise and Fall Of Love Potion
6. Human Heart, Hairy Snout
7. Why’d I Do It?
8. We Are Honeydukes!
9. Let The Parchment Roll
10. The Ballad Of John Simons
12. For Regulus
Justin Finch-Fletchley and the Sugar Quills
Justin Finch-Fletchley and the Sugar Quills
A native of Providence, RI and a veteran of the live performance music scene, singer/songwriter Justin Finch-Fletchley decided in 2006 to focus his music on the phenomenal Harry Potter books. Both solo and with his band The Sugar Quills, Justin has self-released three full-length albums, two live albums, and one greatest hits EP of music written from the perspective of a classmate who witnessed most of the events experienced by Harry, Ron, and Hermione. Justin Finch-Fletchley combines wit and insight with unbridled passion and energy to bring eager wizard rock fans their dose of catchy sing-along acoustic rock music.
“Christmas at the Leaky With You”
“Help Me Hagrid”
The Lost Diadems
The Lost Diadems
The Lost Diadems is a wizard rock band from near Liverpool, England, consisting of two nerdy girls.
Ellie or Ellatrix is a Slytherin who plays the guitar and sings. Liv, a.k.a. TheBoyWhoLIVed, is a Gryffindor who also plays the guitar and sings.
Their music is quite folky, with the occasional rap slipping in.
Swish and Flick
Swish and Flick
Swish and Flick is the side project of Cookie Galore (the fabulous synth pop trio who has been making music for over ten years together). They are inspired by the Harry Potter books, films, and fandom, including other wizard rock bands.
Their mission is threefold:
1. To inspire everybody to shake their booty.
2. To make people laugh, preferably with us rather than at us.
3. To encourage others to embrace the Harry Potter universe, thus making OUR universe a better place with love, unity, peace, and tolerance.
SWISH, a.k.a. Astoria Greengrass, was the master mind of this project. She creates 100% of the lyrics and 90% of the music. She graduated from Hogwarts in 1999 as a Slytherin. When Swish wrocks out, she is the embodiment of herself at age 16, in her 6th year at school (sort of like the memory of Tom Riddle from his diary). That was the year when Hogwarts was under the regime of a Slytherin headmaster who turned a blind eye to all her naughtiness. Swish raps about her extracurricular activities at Hogwarts such as snogging Draco Malfoy, sneaking out at night to have torrid affairs with Death Eaters, drinking Firewhiskey, getting into fights, and engaging in general debauchery.
FLICK, a.k.a Un-named Slytherin in the Background, was the ingenious producer of this project who helped Swish record the music. He is also the kick-ass guitarist of the group.
In the House of Slytherin
With Love and Poison
Black Haired Girl
Hawthorn and Holly
Hawthorn and Holly
We’re a pop punk wizard wrock band from North Carolina! Started in 2007 when Christie finished reading Deathly Hallows. She started looking online and found wizard rock! She then enlisted the help of her husband Eddie and her best friends, Tracy and Leah. Hawthorn and Holly are the wands of Draco Malfoy and Harry Potter in the book, but in this band stands for the joining of light and dark to create music that appeals to the Slytherin in us all, but also shows that nothing is greater than the power of friendship!
- Eddie(Gryffindor): Guitar
- Christie (Slytherin): Vocals
- Leah (Ravenclaw): Vocals/Zills
- Tracy (Hufflepuff): Bass/Percussion/Crazy Dance moves!
Currently based in Chicago, Diagon Alley is a wizard rock band with strong punk rock influences and a controlled wrecklesness. We enjoy broadening our musical horizons and encompasing different styles and flavors into our music (like a giant tasty potion of audible goodness). So if you’re interested in what you hear, stick around, you might just hear something familiar, and yet completely different…
Pop Songs for Muggles
Seen and Unforeseen
Seen and Unforeseen
20-year-old Eva is the talented artist who started Seen and Unforeseen. Yet she wrote her first wrock songs back in 2009 for the band Ginny and Luna, which she started with her best friend Audrey (to whom she wrote the song “Audrey, My Home”). In 2010, Eva decided to try doing wizard rock on her own and after being featured in Jingle Spells 4, the success she met with had her going on with Seen and Unforeseen. This is how she came out with her first album this summer and joined the Expecto Patronum Tour along with The Whomping Willows and Lauren Fairweather!
How did you discover wizard rock?
I got into wizard rock a little bit later than most people did. I’d always loved Harry Potter, but since I didn’t know anything about the fandom, I didn’t have a proper outlet. When I met my best friend, Audrey, she quickly turned me onto the wizard rock scene by giving me a mix-CD of The Remus Lupins, The Moaning Myrtles, and The Parselmouths. I was immediately hooked and interested in writing my own music.
Why did you start a wrock band?
When I heard the songs on the mix-CD, not only was I taken by the cleverness of the songs, but I also realized that the bands were singing about something that I was incredibly passionate about… Harry Potter. I’d been writing music at this point for about four years… Mostly about boys and my teenage feelings… So once I sat down and actually tried to write my own wizard rock, it felt so natural and comfortable that I just never stopped. This was about 3-4 years ago.
What was your beginning like?
I first started writing my wizard rock songs while I was seventeen years old. My parents didn’t really understand, but continued to support my interest in making music. I originally wrote music for my “band” with Audrey, who has consistently been my biggest fan, but decided to go for a more singer-songwriter sound after a couple of months. My first Seen and Unforeseen song was “My Parents are Muggles” and it wasn’t supposed to be heard by anyone. After I wrote my first Jingle Spells song, people became more and more curious about my other music. I released a free downloadable version of “My Parents are Muggles” shortly after. After the song was downloaded over 1,000 times, I decided to continue writing and performing as Seen and Unforeseen.
My first show was in Ypsilanti, Michigan at their “Duality Ball.” I wrote four songs, including “Hoot” and “Dobby” so that I could perform them in front of this audience. I played this show with Lauren Fairweather and The Whomping Willows, who were both two of my greatest influences, and they ended up asking me to tour with them a year later.
What are your influences?
My biggest musical influences are Jesca Hoop, They Might be Giants, Joni Mitchell, The Beatles, Ani DiFranco, and Holly Bernt. I am also heavily influenced by that Mr. Harry Potter, if you couldn’t already tell!
What are your plans for your band in the future?
I recently put out a ten-song album and went on tour, but I am definitely sure that I’m not done. I have some plans to work with the Harry Potter Alliance and I’m writing some new songs with some other wrock bands within the next year.
Tell us about your experience as a wrocker: what is your best wrock memory? What do you like most in being a wrocker?
What I love most about being a wizard rocker is that I get to express myself to people who understand me. Not only have I found a great community who loves what I love, but I’ve also found people within the community who genuinely appreciate what I do as an artist/musician. My favorite memory, so far, is performing “Hermione the Horcrux Hunter” (a song that I wrote with Gred and Forge) at LeakyCon 2011… In front of at least 2,000 screaming fans. That was the first time that I had ever felt weightless and fearless outside of reading the Harry Potter books. My other favorite thing about being a wizard rocker is that I get to play at shows and meet a lot of really awesome young people who love to dance and celebrate who they are.
When did you discover Harry Potter?
I discovered Harry Potter when I was in the 4th grade. My brother is five years older than I am, so while he was reading the books, I was intrigued by the cover artwork. Once the first movie came out, I fell in love with the series and knew that I had to give the books a try. I read all of the books that I could get my hands on and started writing fan fictions about my own characters going to Hogwarts. I stuck with Harry until the end, which is when my friendship with the fandom began.
What is your favorite scene and character from Harry Potter?
My favorite characters are Luna Lovegood and Hermione Granger. They are both so smart and self-assured. I constantly use them as my role models in my day-to-day life. My favorite moment from the books is when Neville wins the house cup at the end of Book 1 for standing up to his friends. I cry every single time that I read it.
Apart from Harry Potter, what are your favorite shows, books, and movies?
I absolutely love reading comics. I’m currently very much into X-Men and the Walking Dead graphic novels. I watch many shows, including Mad Men, Sherlock, How I Met Your Mother, and The Walking Dead. My favorite books are Be Here Now by Ram Dass and anything by Alice Hoffman. My all-time favorite movie is Singing in the Rain.
What house are you in?
This is a touchy subject for me… I, along with all of my friends, believe that I am a Gryffindor… But the Sorting Hat has recently sorted me into Hufflepuff on Pottermore… So I am a… Gryffinpuff?
Source: Seen and Unforeseen website
“Voldemort’s Secret Santa”
Band in a Horcrux
Band in a Horcrux
What happens when two Hufflepuffs start a band? Magic! This jazzy, upbeat, alternative band puts a new spin on the wizard rock genre. Band In A Horcrux, solely comprised of Amanda Sprecher and Robert Scalici, have created a genre of their own. Scalici’s style combination of jazz, country, folk, and blues adds a classy, romantic, catchy twist to the music of the wizarding world. Sprecher’s refreshing, clear vocals mesh beautifully with Scalici’s smooth, seemingly effortless guitar playing. Band In A Horcrux will take you away from the Muggle world and have you singing along to their magical hits!
Band in a Horcrux has performed at wizard rock shows such as Avada Kedavrock 2014 and Sidewalk Cafe. Be sure to check out the Facebook page for lead singer Amanda right here.
“P-P-P-Petrified” – Band In A Horcrux
“Slytherin Love” – Band In A Horcrux
The World is Full of Magic