New York City Wrocks!


Jul 11, 2009

Posted by SueTLC

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!

35 Responses to New York City Wrocks!

Avatar ImagegaylebathanHP says: jealous.. :( I wanna gooo!!Avatar ImagegaylebathanHP says: first.. haha LOL!Avatar ImageHPNAIV says: Lol. I'm like the name " MC Kreacher " .Avatar Imagemariapotter says: Thanks for this! I'm a new NY transplant and am so glad I have a group to join!! Avatar ImageLargeBlondDeathEater says: 600 bands?! NO WAY! Avatar ImageiLoveDolores says: i think its great that they focus on the fans over there, just as much as the movie. over here in australia, you just dont see much of us fans, we get no recognition.... thats why we need pottercast to come see us :D :D :D Avatar Imagebudgie says: Sounds like a lot of fun.Avatar ImageWON_TWO says: Cool...Avatar Imagesiriusismyhero says: That's great that wrock is getting some notice.Avatar ImageHermionethesecond says: i love living in New York!Avatar ImagePhlegm De La Coeur says: that is awesome!! i heart NYCAvatar ImageMugglejeff says: sounds like it would rock.Avatar Imagejennilind says: Thanks for posting!!! Everyone in NYC should consider joining this group - it is the most amazing group of people - hope to see you soon! :DAvatar ImageRaveKatie says: Wish i could goAvatar Imagedcsbelle says: LOL! A fair amount of the "teenage girls" are in their 20's, 30's 40's 50's, 60's and are, in fact, guys!Avatar Imagegryffindor1991 says: Sounds awesome. No where near me though. :(Avatar Imagegryffindor1991 says: 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.Avatar ImageMidnightSun321 says: coolAvatar Imagesidnandragin says: I am so happy that those who organize the groups and the bands that tour are being recognized. Avatar Imagecallicott3 says: Fantastic, but I'm still too far South! *waaahhhhh*Avatar Imagegirlatty1 says: These people look like fun - fun.Avatar ImageFishpotpi says: oh snap, i just realized i got tickets for the midnight showing at lincoln square. im excited =]Avatar ImageJaxM says: Squeeeee! Thanks for posting Sue! Our group is amazing! <3Avatar ImageAlice Weasley says: YaY Wrock! And I love the NYC groups name- The Group Who Must Not Be Named... LOL!!! :)Avatar ImagePhylis says: I would love to see one of the bands some day. Avatar Imagecolly10113 says: Wish I lived in NYC... Avatar Imagejim32809 says: Can't wait for Tuesday night!Avatar ImageKayWeasley says: I had no idea there were 600 bands! WOW!Avatar ImageFosDoNuT says: O_O 600?!? I didn't know wrock had that many bands.Avatar Imagepenguin1124 says: This is awesome, TGTSNBN is the best Harry Potter meetup group ever :)Avatar ImageLady of the Lake says: Yeah, I agree with dcsbelle:PAvatar ImageNarcissaABlack says: Actually the group is called: The Group That Shall Not Be Named. And they are the most awesome people I know. TGTSNBN rocks as does Swish and Flick, and Celestial Warmbottom!Avatar Imagehermyone08 says: sounds like so much fun! :)Avatar ImageKC Nox says: 600!! thats incredible! Avatar ImageLis Lovegood says: I joined the group a little over a month ago after seeing them at a bunch of wrock shows I was at. I'm soooo glad I did! I have never had some much Potter in my life! I'd have to quit my job to get to all the events! Because of this group, I'm a member the NYDA (HP Alliance chapter). I'm having fun, making friends, making a difference, and I finally have an outlet for my love of HP!

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