Wizards Bring Down the House at Terminus

Aug 18, 2008

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As many readers know, Terminus 2008, the Harry Potter conference, recently took place in Chicago, Illinois last week. MTV now has new video of this as well as a new piece about Harry Potter wizard rock and “Twilight” rock bands now
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, featuring a host of interviews with some of the Wizarding rock bands who played at the Wrock Chicago event. Interviews include clips from The Remus Lupins, Harry and the Potters, Draco and the Malfoys, The Moaning Myrtles, and more. In the video, which you can see via this link, there is also some great footage and music from these bands along with The Whomping Willows, The Mudbloods, Mark (aka Voldemort from the Ministry of Magic), the Parselmouths and others spreading the musical word of Potter and raising the roof in Chicago (or in this case, almost causing it to fall on the people in the room below) Enjoy!

UPDATEThe video is now available in our video galleries, via this link.





52 Responses to Wizards Bring Down the House at Terminus

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Unfortunately, I can’t see the video because of copyright not allowing them to show it in the UK. Bah. Here’s to hoping someone YouTubes it?

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Wizard rock is so cool.

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That show was awesome! We almost brought down the chandelier underneath us!

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LOL Twilight Rock? Omg. So, no Vampire rock? haha.

Wizard Rock = FTW!

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Ahh, Terminus sounds like it was great. I wish I could’ve gone!

But that article, MTV is really starting to anger me with all of this Harry Potter vs. Twilight rubbish. It’s just stirring more unnecessary conflict between the two fandoms, and frankly, I used to be a Twilight fan but this entire thing has really turned me off to the fandom. I really could care less about it anymore. But I find it hilarious that Twilight is starting their own “Twi-rock” genre. Didn’t see that coming, but it’s not entirely surprising.

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Twi-rock? *snorts. That’s ridiculous. No offense to Twilight fans – but that’s just wrong. Go Wizard Rock! WOO!

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The Vampire didn’t bite me. But hey, if Twi-Rock works for their fans like Wizard Rock does for us, more power to them! Maybe it will encourage someone to pick up another book or write some poetry or set something to music. Imagine, encouraging creativity.

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okay the midnight release party for breaking dawn was one thing but if i hear anything about an “Edward and the Cullens” band, then i will be pissed!

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I respect the Twilight community. There is no big fude, there may be indivuduals who don’t like it but honestly it’s not some big fude. WE DON’T HATE YOU TWILIGHTERS!!!! Honestly I think twilight is nothing compared to HP but they can do their Twi-rock or whatever, doesn’t but me.

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Yes, apparently we broke a chandelier in the room below us at some point…..

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Just checking the comments on the MTV article and I feel sorry for the new MTV generation.

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Twi-rock? Are you f**ing shtting me? I respect the Twilight fanbase, but they will NEVER be like Harry Potter, and trying to copy it with this ‘twi-rock’ crap is just offensive.

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Rosianna – I just had a look at the video – you didn’t miss anything.

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Leave it to Ministry of Magic to suggest someone start the Edward and the Cullens Twi-band! Hm, wonder if Sims would be interested?

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The video interview was great, but the article suck. Way to put the fandoms against each other. Like we need that. The weapon we have is love. Please, don’t fall in the trap. I can’t even read the comments at MTV.com. Ridiculous. Someone called Alex Carpenter a racist! LOL. My goodness. Why does MTV did this and not make it only about Wrock?

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When a question was posed about Twi-rock during a wizard-rock panel at the Harry Potter Terminus convention earlier this month, the audience booed. And when Alex Carpenter from the wizard-rock band the Remus Lupins responded to the Twi-rock question with “Do they sound like Hannah Montana?” the audience cheered. ” ‘Twilight’ is sort of like the ‘Hannah Montana’ of literature,” Carpenter explained to MTV News. “If you’re outside the 14-to-16-year-old age range, you might listen to it, and it might get stuck in your head, but it’s not good literature. It’s not really enriching your life the way ‘Harry Potter’ might.”

I hate the waring between the fandoms that is so highly encouraged by MTV and the media, but I completely agree with Alex. He said the same thing in Pittsburgh two weeks ago, and I agreed. I really hate how the war between the fandoms is being fueled so much, when it isn’t needed at all.

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I just read some of the comments on the MTV article, and I can’t help but laugh at how Alex has made himself DESPISED by Twilight fans. I think it’s hilarious. “Alex Carpenter is a racist!” LOL.

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Sounds like it was pretty cool. One thing y’all have to remember, though: “Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery”!!!! All will be well.

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I respect both fandoms, but Twilight will never be as big or as popular as Harry Potter. However, it is starting to look like the Twilighters are just becoming big copycats. Alex said it all, THANK YOU ALEX!

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ok so im a fan of both. and ive got to say that i am so tired of the way the HP fandom attacks the Twilight fandom. and im tired of the way MTV encourages it. we are not trying to copy you. and believe me when i say that none of us believe that these books will every be anything close to a rival for HP. im actually pretty turned off from the HP fandom here right now. so seriously guys. back off.

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i see me. DX boo. that was such an amazing day. they didnt even capture the half of it.

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My God Alex Carpenter just made my day. That man is brilliant, and, as can be expected, he’s totally right. Twilight is the Hannah Montana of Fandoms.

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Meredith, I agree. Just remember this is a HP site. If you go to a Twilight one, the attacks would be reversed and directed towards HP with a few peacemakers in the bunch.

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Exactly Joan. Just look at some of those pathetic comments on MTV.com. Some pointed their dislike for HP… makes me wonder if they even read the books. Seems to me that many of them are too hormonal driven to read a challenging plotline.

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I’M DACING IN THE FRONT BUT I CAN’T SEE IT CAUSE I LIVE IN CANADA!!!

i wanna see me being famous :(

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oh and about the twi rock thing, guys The Owl Post started a twirock back ages ago, please don’t be bashing it cause it’s pretty much made up of wizardrockers who surprisingly like more than one book series. let MTV have their highschool drama fun, do we really need to pretend that they have any idea about what they’re talking about? i mean these are the people that made “the list”.

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Alex Carpenter is a racsist? Hahahah I had no idea obsessed Twilight fans had created their own race!

But honestly, why does MTV keep promoting this stupid fight? Why couldn’t the article just be about wizard rock, not “twi-rock”?

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Thanks for all the Support guys! I didnt meant that Twilight Rock Bands shouldnt play or anything – the more bands that exist the better. I think that Twilight maybe is more of a pop-fad than some other book series, is all. Theres nothing wrong with being a pop song – it just shouldnt be confused with a classic masterpiece is all.

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One of my goals in life is to go to a Harry Potter Wrock convention. That looks like so much fun. Not alot of people here are as in love with Harry Potter as I am, so it would be nice to be around people where I can just geek out and look really really cool :p That really does look like so much fun. I hope one day I’ll be in the states at the right time and place to experience this.

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i hate MTV for so many reasons

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Whatever happened to just being happy people were getting out there and reading, being creative, etc.? I’m personally not a fan of Twilight, but it’s also not my place to judge others for their choices. I, and a lot of people I know, am just disgusted with the way the two fandoms are going at each other in possibly the stupidest battle known to man. As a friend of mine pointed out, you can’t go around spouting the phrase “Fight Evil. Read Books.” if you only really mean a certain book in particular. It rather loses it’s meaning.

Also, I feel I should point out that most of the wizard rock bands in my area became Twi-rock bands for the book release – House of Black, Fred Lives, The Bezoar Project, Witherwings, etc. Just because you participate in one fandom doesn’t mean you can’t participate in another.

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Also, destruction of property is also never cool. I sincerely hope that Narrate conferences didn’t get stuck footing that bill or even losing a hefty security deposit. They’re awesome enough to throw events for us in the first place; it would suck to do something like that to them and be proud of it.

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The Hannah Montanna of literature haha, that was brilliant! Just quit comparing Twilight and Harry Potter, other than “popular” I see no similarity

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Please, can we just stop with all the negativity towards Twilight fans? I’m a huge fan of both!!! Sure, Twilight isn’t as big as Harry Potter, but it has only been out for three years- and if Twilighters want to have bands, why can’t they? Are are we suddenly going to say, “Oh, no! We grabbed onto the concept of bands for books first?” They’re both books- very, very different, yes- but in a way, they kind of re-inforce the power of reading. The fact that so many people have captured the Twilight bug is just showing us that there is more than just the Harry Potter books out there to read. I think what Alex Carpenter said was pretty bad, though- why stomp over another book? And there are plenty of Twilight MOMS, as well- it isn’t just for teens.

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There were two main reasons I went to Terminus. Wizard Rock and Pottercast! It was really cool to see the footage. All of the bands are amazing, I cannot wait to go to another Wizard rock show!

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There’s no need to overreact. The whole music about books thing wasn’t exactly started by Harry and the Potters. Even Led Zeplin wrote a couple of songs about Lord of the Rings (See: Ramble On).

If this vampire rock takes off (I refuse to call it twirock; sounds like a word Cindy Brady would mangle) I might start my own Gonzo Rock: y’know rock inspired by the work of Hunter Thompson but I think Tom Waits may have already unintentionally covered that base.

Also I wish all the misanthropic Potterheads and Lightheads (?) could kiss and make up. Admit it, both series are fun even though we prefer HP. People just need to stop comparing the value of the books and realize it’s different for everybody.

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I am a fan of both as well so whats the big deal if fans of the Twilight book want to start their own bands like Wizard Rock. Obviously Twilight won’t be as big a fandom as Harry Potter since HP appeals to a wider audience, but let them have their fun. It’s a way for fans of something else to express themselves. I’m sure there were other people before Wizard Rock that had bands about other fandoms. I kinda hate when people make me feel stupid for liking something like Twilight. Yes, it’s not as good as HP, blah blah blah, but I like it and so do a lot of other people. The first year Twilight has a panel at Comic Con it was in the biggest room where they hold panels for Lost and Heroes so obviously people love it. I was there on Thursday and I saw so many people with Twilight shirts and bite marks on them and whatever. HP and Twilight can’t be compared as literature since it’s two different things. Just let people have there fun. No need to hate. If you don’t like it fine but don’t hate on people that do like it.

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I just read that mtv article you linked. While the Hanna Montana comment was pretty funny, it betrays the big head on the Remus Lupins guy. Does he really think Harry Potter should be the only book series to inspire bad college-dorm folk-music? I think fans of any book series should be able to make bad college-dorm folk-music about their books. And why is it always that bad college-dorm folk-music anyway? Why don’t Jim Cramer’s (Mad Money) fans write thrasher metal songs about his books? Why can’t Ann Rice fans write bad German dance club music about her books? And I’d really like to see the Paulo Cohelo fanboys make some bad new age music about the Alchemist and Lawrence Fishburne.

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Not bothering to read the MTV article, but I think it’d be awesome if Kristina from The Parselmouths started a Twilight band. :) I know she’s a fan.

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Not bothering to read the article, but I think it’d be awesome if Kirstina from The Parselmouths started a Twilight band. :) I know she’s a fan.

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While some people think what Alex said was harsh, I completely agree. Yes, I’ve read all 4 Twilight books, and I even somewhat enjoyed the first three. The difference is that while I was reading them, there are points when I would actually grimace and think ‘This is not good’ or ‘That could’ve been done better.’ However, the books are addicting, and they are so popular because girls fall in love with the personality-less but perfect Edward. I don’t see how anyone who has actually read the Twilight saga could compare them literarily to books like Harry Potter which have so much more substance and depth. He wasn’t bashing Twilight fans/rockers for reading or wanting to write music about books. He was just making a statement about Twilight, and although just an opinion, I think he was 100% correct.

But… I still think that people shouldn’t be making a competition between fandoms. To each his own – people deserve to read/like whatever they want. And I’m not bashing Stephenie Meyer! I love ‘The Host.’ :)

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Can someone PLEASE do something to that video so we can watch it here in the UK?!

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The point is, Led Zepplin did not create a genre. Wizard Rock is a genre. What Harry and the Potters did is far beyond just writing songs as part of their act. Every band writes songs about movies and books and things they can take inspiration from. Wizard Rock is different. Hundreds of bands, all dedicated ENTIRELY to making music about the series and fandom. That’s something way different. And it was Harry Potter and only Harry Potter that was big enough to inspire this. Twilight is just trailing in the shadow in this regard.

As for Alex Carptenter, I applaud him. I don’t think Twilight has any lasting appeal. It’s a pop fad thing, and it will die out again, and then the Twirockers wont have anyone to rock out too. Boo hoo, I guess they’ll just have to go back to writing music about everyone’s favourite Wizard so that they have a fanbase again. And so much the better.

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This feud between HP and Twilight is ridiculous and stupid! What on earth is wrong with Twilight fans starting bands about those books? How does that hurt HP? And so what if it’s copying wizard rock? Wizard rock bands were not the first people ever to write songs about books anyway so it’s not really copying. I think that article made some of the bands interviewed sound like bitter bullying meanies. So what if Twilight isn’t as good or deep as HP? That doesn’t automatically make it terrible. Most books aren’t as good as HP but we still read non-HP books, don’t we? I mean there are plenty of other good books in the world you know. Why does everything have to be a competition? And why compare HP and Twilight anyway? I don’t get it. They are not even the same genre of book. Twilight is a romance. Yes it has some fantasy elements, but really it’s pretty much a romance. Besides its popularity, its teenage protagonists dealing with love and the fact that it has werewolves in it Twilight really doesn’t have much in common with HP. They are very different types of books. Anyway, I have no problem with Twi-rock at all or any other music based on any other books. Why try to put restrictions on anyone’s creativity? That’s just intolerant and mean. So I say go Twi-rock or vampire rock or whatever you want to call it! In fact if anyone else has read Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles series (in my opinion a much better vampire series than Twilight) they would know that technically vampire rock was invented by Anne Rice long before HP even existed because in that series the vampire Lestat joins a rock band and sings songs about being a vampire which became real songs when they made a movie of the third book in the series “Queen of the Damned” so some of the songs on the soundtrack to that movie are vampire rock (the movie is bad but the soundtrack is good). So leave the vampires alone!

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Asking the two fanbases to play nice is like trying to get Slytherin and Gryffindor to play nicely. They both have their own great qualities, but they have nothing in common. And the constant comparisons (Twi-rock is the Anti-Wrock) just make things worse.

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Geez people! I know many of you do not like Twilight all that much, and I can totally understand not liking the idea of Twi-rock. I myself am a huge Harry Potter fan and also a huge Twilighter. This fude is pointless. They are both great series! I am not too pleased about the twilight- hanna montana comparison. Twilight is a different type of book than Harry Potter. They run at different levels so it’s not really fair to compare them. And besides: if you think Twilight is copying Harry Potter, that just means Twilighters like the Harry Potter Fandom’s ideas! That’s a good thing. It is a compliment. I think a Edward and the Cullens band would be a bit too much copying though. We can come up with a better name than that! Both series are all about love: just represented differently. What would Dumbledore say if he saw all of this hateful stuff?

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UGHHH!!!! I live in Chicago and I didn’t even know it was going on! I AM SO DUMB!!!!

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You know I am so sick of this fued to be quite honest. Twilight is another story that some of us actually like, along with Harry Potter, no one should be comparing either of the series. They are different stories, written by different authors, who have different writing styles. Get over yourselves HP fandom (whom I used to love but quickly finding to be a bunch of childish brats…those who are continuing to bash Twilighters that is) you aren’t the only series out there anymore and that should be ok. JKR got so many young readers loving to read books and now her stories are done for the time being so others are expanding to other literature out there. Is Twilight the best literature out there? Maybe not but it obviously has continued to make an impact on another generation.

Now off to post the SAME thing on Twilight boards that are bashing you all!

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Thanks for posting the video, Leaky!

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P.S. Please take a big breath, everyone! I don’t think there is an existing feud between the fandoms, but news story websites and MTV are trying to stir one up and make trouble where there is none because it makes a good story. At the end of the day, the media would prefer to report on conflict between people rather than a whole lot of love because that’s what they do to sell papers, Daily Prophet, anyone?

Harry Potter parallels aside, I don’t think it’s worth getting heated in reaction to this article as I know it’s not an accurate reflection of what people think and the title takes what is actually being said out of context!

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i have no problem with people not liking twilight or Harry Potter, i don’t even mind if people (as individuals, entitled to their own opinion!)diss the other series whatever….i just get ticked off when the media goes on anti- harry potter rampage one week, and then the next completely gives only negative comments about twilight. the articles hardly seem to be written by people deemed worthy to be called reporters, or journalists or whatever….

got carried away there, my apologies.terminus sounded insanely wicked would’ve loved to be there but i’m stuck in the damn sunshine state ….

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Harry Potter fans love Wrock because its a way to express their love of the fandom and to have a blast with their friends and make more memories encircling Harry Potter. If Twilight fans want to do the same who are Harry Potter fans to say they can’t? Sure we started Wrock but that doesn’t mean we have to be the only ones out there who have it. We can always say we started it, but isn’t it better that we can say we encouraged others as well.

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