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Time Magazine Features Harry and the Potters

Wizard Rock
Posted by: sue
July 09, 2009, 07:59 PM

Our favorite boys from Boston are featured in the new issue of Time magazine, with a new article on Harry and the Potters. In a piece called "The Boy who Rocked," the article notes that Wizard rock "music about Harry Potter for people who think Harry Potter is awesome," and tells again the story of Paul and Joe Degeorge, the rise and popularity of the Wizard rock community, and the still flourishing Harry Potter fandom. Also mentioned are our own recent LeakyCon 2009 and the efforts of the Harry Potter Alliance and the recent "What would Dumbledore Do" campaign.  Quotage:



The DeGeorges didn't realize it, but they had just invented a new kind of music. It's now known as wizard rock, or sometimes just "wrock." Wizard rock is pretty much what it sounds like: rock 'n' roll inspired by and set in the universe of Harry Potter. Seven years after that fateful barbecue, there are dozens of wizard-rock bands: the Remus Lupins, Tonks and the Aurors, the Whomping Willows, the Moaning Myrtles, DJ Luna Lovegood, Oliver Boyd and the Remembralls. Evil characters can rock too: Draco and the Malfoys and the Parselmouths are mainstays of the scene. Wizard rockers dress like Hogwarts students. They play at conventions and clubs and wizard-rock festivals. There is a Wizard Rock EP of the Month Club.

Wizard rock is just one aspect of a subtle transformation that's taking place in the world of Harry Potter fandom. Two years after the last book was released, it's still going strong, and it's showing signs of taking on a life of its own as a cultural movement in its own right. Potter fan fiction continues to flow onto the Net, extending the Potterverse out toward the horizon in all directions, with the blessing of J.K. Rowling. There are two Harry Potter conventions this year, LeakyCon in Boston in May and Azkatraz in San Francisco in July (following the release of the sixth movie, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, on July 15). Paul serves on the board of directors of the Harry Potter Alliance (HPA), an activist group founded to promote the ideals and values of the Harry Potter books in the real world. Under the motto "What Would Dumbledore Do?" the HPA works to draw attention to social problems like the conflict in Darfur.

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19 Comments

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wow! 1st comment? sweet! so glad HatP’s are getting the credit they deserve! go HPA!!!

Posted by NyssaM [FTC!!!!] on July 09, 2009, 08:05 PM report to moderator
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8736 Points

WOOP! Go HatP! And HPA!

Posted by Rumbleroarϟ{WBM!}ǝıʞɔnp! on July 09, 2009, 08:15 PM report to moderator
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YAYAYAY HatP’s! And total YAY to the HPA as well!
everyone in the fandom is beyond awesome!

Posted by LovelyLooney on July 09, 2009, 08:16 PM report to moderator
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Dozens of wrock bands? How about hundreds?

Still awesome, though. :D

Posted by Fuchsia [ROAR!] on July 09, 2009, 08:18 PM report to moderator
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Great article! :) I’ve seen so many failed attempts to comprehend what wizard rock is about, but I quite liked this description of the phenomenon:

“Some important things for the nonfan to understand about wizard rock: The songs can be funny, but wizard rock is not a joke. It’s not a stunt. It’s not for little kids, or not just for them. It is exactly as advertised: music about Harry Potter for people who think Harry Potter is awesome.”

I’m so proud of these guys and all they have accomplished, through their music and through the HPA. Go Wizard Rock!

Posted by StineS on July 09, 2009, 08:19 PM report to moderator
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4603 Points

that’s nice

Posted by placebowiz on July 09, 2009, 08:45 PM report to moderator
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Guess I’ll be purchasing an issue. Yeah HatP, and all WROCKERS!! And least we forget HPA.

Posted by potterversefan on July 09, 2009, 08:48 PM report to moderator
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awesome!! …she said while opening her package from the Wizard Rock EP of the Month Club :)

Posted by Phlegm dela Coeur on July 09, 2009, 08:50 PM report to moderator
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Good, they are getting awareness to the Muggles. That will only make our movement grow. ^^

Posted by Bellamount on July 09, 2009, 08:51 PM report to moderator
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237 Points

I love how they say dozens. It’s just a little bit of an understatement… I’ll go out and buy this issue anyway. The best part is how it mentions What Would Dumbledore Do! That’s awesome! Especially since I’m listening to the podcast now!

Posted by lunalovegood97 on July 09, 2009, 09:19 PM report to moderator
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cool, i should become one of their fans.

Posted by Gryffindor1991 {ROAR!!!} on July 09, 2009, 10:05 PM report to moderator
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Awesome! Finally a good quality article about wrock that isn’t condescending or inaccurate. Go HatP!

Posted by badger666 on July 10, 2009, 12:11 AM report to moderator
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4608 Points

Nice to see some grand scale exposure for these guys. They sure deserve it.

Posted by Boy With A Lightning Scar on July 10, 2009, 02:58 AM report to moderator
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159 Points

Good for them! Glad that the fandom is still going strong.

Posted by PigmyPuffPie on July 10, 2009, 03:23 AM report to moderator
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AWESUM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! yay!!!! even LeakyCon is mentioned :D:D

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