MTV Talks WizardRockumentary


Sep 22, 2008

Posted by SueTLC

MTV has a new article online highlighting “The Wizard Rockumentary: A Movie About Rocking and Rowling.” The creation of Harry Potter fans and twin sisters Megan and Mallory Schuyler, the article notes the documentary is the result of two years of work by the sisters who “have been shooting, editing and promoting their 90-minute film, which explores how bands inspired by Harry Potter became an indie-rock movement, even a subculture. “It’s one thing to go into a documentary with an agenda or trying to push a certain story,” Megan Schuyler said. “But we didn’t even know what the story was going to be. Literally, we shot up through the release of ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows’ not knowing what the ending would be.”

The article reflects the journey contained in the documentary, started at a time when the Wizarding rock community only had “about 30 bands that based their songs on singing from the perspective of characters from the Harry Potter series.” That musical community has of course, flourished and grown greatly over the years, and “as the sisters watched, cameras in hand, 30 bands grew to 300 in the space of one year, then nearly doubled over the course of the next. Inspired by Harry and the Potters, the bands started recording albums. Playing shows. Touring. And Grace ” who had never performed before ” was at Terminus in Chicago in August, dancing her heart out onstage and selling CDs and T-shirts offstage. The sisters knew they were on to something.

“By the time we finished, there were 500 bands,” Mallory Schuyler said. “They’d been on MTV. Multiple bands were going on national tours. There were hundreds of CDs released. They’d raised thousands of dollars for charities. I mean, it was just incredible. We couldn’t have captured a better story.”

You can hear more from Megan and Mallory on our latest episode of PotterCast, where they joined us at our live show at Terminus, the recent Harry Potter convention held in Chicago last month.

Update: In a related second piece, the MTV Movie blog has a piece now on “How to Tell You’re at a Wizard Rock Show.” Among the telling hints might be things such as: “When a band called the Whomping Willows introduces a song by saying, “This next one is about things that crash into me..’ or “When, instead of throwing panties, girls yell out to the resident hearthrob, “Alex, you’re my Patronus!,” or “When the show’s MC yells out, “Are you ready to party like you’re evil?”

7 Responses to MTV Talks WizardRockumentary

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Love the Wrockumentary!

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That’s great news! We here in NYC held our 1st all day Wrock Festival, and it was a great success! These bands, such as Swish and Flickk, Draco and the Malfoys, Oliver Boyd, The Remus Lupins, Celestial Warmbottom, to just name a few, are so talented, it was great seeing all the fans have a great time and be in our happy Harry Potter bubble!.

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yay! we got recognised by MTV! big step for us guys!

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It’s nice to see wizard rock’s relationship with MTV becoming significantly less awkward. At first, they didn’t know what to do with us. Should they be serious or point and laugh? The first few reports tended towards the “point and laugh” side of things. But the article was well-reasoned, and bore no signs of shoddy research.

Also, the “How to Tell You’re at a Wizard Rock Show” list is another step in the right direction – it’s all about real events and songs and bands, not random made up vaguely magical sounding bands. It sounds like the people writing these articles are now fans of Harry Potter at least!

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as long as they don’t try to rank the bands again…I’m cool

the best thing about this? that the “rocking and rowling” pun forces correct pronunciation! ...yeah I’m a geek :-D

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The coolest thing ever!!!!

it’s such a big deal working with MTV… should be proud

hope to keep growing, and try to rule the world muahahaha ((just kidding))

kisses to everybody ((muaks))

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