MTV Switches into Wizard Rock Overdrive

Jun 06, 2007

Posted by: Melissa Anelli


MTV Overdrive has put out a three-part Wizard Rock special, featuring interviews and performance clips from some of the most popular Harry Potter Wizard Rock bands, including Harry and the Potters, The Remus Lupins, Draco and the Malfoys, The Whomping Willows, The Parselmouths, and The Moaning Myrtles. You can see this coverage here; it includes:

A featurette featuring interviews and performance clips
The full live performance of Harry and the Potters’ “The Weapon” from The Knitting Factory in NYC on June 1
A music video to the Switchblade Kittens’ “Ode to Harry Potter,” one of the oldest wizard rock songs on record

There’s also an article here. Quotage:

“With the Ministry of Magic denying Voldemort’s return, denying a great danger to the community, you can see the parallels,” said Harry and the Potters’ guitarist/vocalist Paul DeGeorge. “Our songs, like the books, are really about the real world, so that people can find meaning to it outside of the fact that it’s about Harry Potter.”

Maybe that’s why there are so many love songs for Ginny Weasley — you don’t have to read “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” to understand the theme of young lovers stymied by forces beyond their control. As Alex Carpenter of the Remus Lupins puts it, “Have you ever met Layla? I don’t think so, but you can still enjoy Eric Clapton.”

If you’d like to catch this on TV, it will be airing at the following times:

Thurs 6/7- 5:50am, 6:50am, 7:50am, 8:50am, 9:50am

Thurs 6/7- 4:30am, 5:30am, 6:30am, 7:30am, 8:30 am

Wed 6/6 8:45pm, 9:45pm,
Thurs 6/7- 12:45am, 1:45am, 2:45am, 3:45am, 4:45am, 5:45am, 6:45am, 8:45am, 9:45am, 10:45am, 11:45am, 12:45pm, 1:45pm, 2:45pm, 3:45pm, 4:45pm, 5:45pm, 6:45pm

You can catch many of these bands on their summer tours, information about which can be found on their MySpaces (linked above). Also PotterCast, our Harry Potter podcast, will be touring alongside Harry and the Potters later this month (including three joint shows); more details at!

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