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New York City Wrocks!

Posted by: sue
July 11, 2009, 11:00 AM

With New York City the site of the recent US premiere of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, the local press has also focused on the flourishing fan community in the big apple. As in so many cities around the world, NYC has a very large fan group called The Group Who Shall Not Be Named. This dedicated and very energetic group, which often travels to many Harry Potter events everywhere, gets a mention in Time Out New York, noting their popular Quidditch matches. “We never realized how aggressively people would play,” says organizer Jonathon Rosenthal, a 30-year-old computer consultant who lives on the Upper West Side. “They take the game very seriously!” The next match is set for July 19 at 3pm. Costumed members will also be meeting at the AMC Loews Lincoln Square IMAX theater (1998 Broadway between 67th and 68th Sts) for the midnight screening of Half-Blood Prince on Tuesday 14.

Also the Daily Post now has a new feature on Wizard rock bands, with the article saying "some 600 Potter-themed bands are performing around the country with names like Harry and the Potters, the Whomping Willow and Draco and the Malfoys.Bands like Nagini with Alastor, Swish and Flick- and Celestial Warmbottom play New York City about once a month, in bars and public libraries. Their styles range from guitar-folksy to punk rock, pop rock and rap, performed mostly to teenage girls.

The article also contains a brief interviews with two bands you might know.

"People are using Harry Potter as an artistic channel to find themselves creatively," says Myles Kane, a 30-year-old film editor who performs in New York nightclubs as his alter-ego, MC Kreacher (the name comes from Harry's miserably put-upon house elf).Kane wears a gold rope necklace and rubber monster gloves when he's belting out beats like "House Elf 4 Life" and "Voices in My Head."

"The genre started about seven years ago, when two brothers from the Boston 'burbs -- Joe and Paul DeGeorge, now 22 and 30, respectively -- formed a band called Harry and the Potters...Over the years, they've become a bit of a phenomenon -- a kind of Beatles to the Potter faithful."There's something about this that appeals to really dedicated Harry Potter fans," says Paul DeGeorge. "These books have had an impact on their lives, and many have grown up with these books."You could say that Wizard rock is a real-life manifestation of these books . . . It's a chance to go out and be with like-minded people and reveal in the joy of Harry Potter in a different way."

Finally be sure to check out a list from Stacy of Swish and Flick of recommended songs from a few Wizard bands as seen in Time Out New York. Included are songs from Ministry of Magic, Draco and the Malfoys, the Whomping Willows, Harry and the Potters and S &W 's own very cool "Sly in Slytherin"

Thanks Jenni!

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16258 Points

I wish there was something like that near me. BUt I guess there arent enough people that like Harry Potter where I live because everyone at school laughs at me because I Iike Harry Potter.

Posted by Gryffindor1991 {ROAR!!!} on July 11, 2009, 01:48 PM report to moderator
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398 Points

I am so happy that those who organize the groups and the bands that tour are being recognized.

Posted by sidnandragin on July 11, 2009, 02:27 PM report to moderator
7239 Points

Fantastic, but I’m still too far South! waaahhhhh

Posted by Confederate Lady [CL, Rawwrrrr] on July 11, 2009, 02:27 PM report to moderator
75566 Points

These people look like fun – fun.

Posted by Girlraven1 on July 11, 2009, 05:43 PM report to moderator
38 Points

oh snap, i just realized i got tickets for the midnight showing at lincoln square.
im excited =]

Posted by Fishpotpi on July 11, 2009, 07:17 PM report to moderator
30 Points

Squeeeee! Thanks for posting Sue! Our group is amazing! <3

Posted by JaxM on July 11, 2009, 07:50 PM report to moderator
2062 Points

YaY Wrock! And I love the NYC groups name- The Group Who Must Not Be Named… LOL!!! :)

Posted by Alice Weasley{Weasley's Queen} [ROAR!] on July 11, 2009, 11:29 PM report to moderator
281 Points

I would love to see one of the bands some day.

Posted by Phylis {ROAR} on July 11, 2009, 11:37 PM report to moderator
58 Points

Wish I lived in NYC

Posted by Colleen_Ginevera on July 12, 2009, 12:06 AM report to moderator
1455 Points

Can’t wait for Tuesday night!

Posted by OrlandoDaddy [WBM] on July 12, 2009, 12:21 AM report to moderator
265 Points

I had no idea there were 600 bands! WOW!

Posted by KayWeasley on July 12, 2009, 04:21 AM report to moderator
106 Points

O_O 600?!? I didn’t know wrock had that many bands.

Posted by FosDoNuT on July 12, 2009, 07:51 AM report to moderator
425 Points

This is awesome, TGTSNBN is the best Harry Potter meetup group ever :)

Posted by Sam H. on July 12, 2009, 10:26 AM report to moderator
3371 Points

Yeah, I agree with dcsbelle:P

Posted by Lady of the Lake on July 12, 2009, 03:49 PM report to moderator
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