Time Magazine Features Harry and the Potters


Jul 09, 2009

Posted by SueTLC

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.

21 Responses to Time Magazine Features Harry and the Potters

Avatar ImageNyssaM says: wow! 1st comment? sweet! so glad HatP's are getting the credit they deserve! go HPA!!!Avatar ImageFloridianFlounder95 says: WOOP! Go HatP! And HPA!Avatar ImageLovelyLooney says: YAYAYAY HatP's! And total YAY to the HPA as well! everyone in the fandom is beyond awesome!Avatar Imagefuchsiarascal says: Dozens of wrock bands? How about hundreds? Still awesome, though. :DAvatar ImageStineS says: 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!Avatar ImagewrockfangirlSQUEE says: Love itAvatar ImageWON_TWO says: Amazing...Avatar Imageplacebowiz says: that's niceAvatar Imagepotterversefan says: Guess I'll be purchasing an issue. Yeah HatP, and all WROCKERS!! And least we forget HPA.Avatar ImagePhlegm De La Coeur says: awesome!! ...she said while opening her package from the Wizard Rock EP of the Month Club :)Avatar ImageBellamont says: Good, they are getting awareness to the Muggles. That will only make our movement grow. ^^Avatar Imagelunalovegood97 says: 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!Avatar Imagegryffindor1991 says: cool, i should become one of their fans.Avatar Imagebadger666 says: Awesome! Finally a good quality article about wrock that isn't condescending or inaccurate. Go HatP!Avatar ImageBoyWithALightningScar says: Nice to see some grand scale exposure for these guys. They sure deserve it.Avatar ImagePigmyPuffPie says: Good for them! Glad that the fandom is still going strong.Avatar ImageMidnightSun321 says: AWESUM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! yay!!!! even LeakyCon is mentioned :D:DAvatar ImageKayWeasley says: Who would have thought Wizard Rock would be mentioned in Time Magazine! Bananas!Avatar ImageKC Nox says: that is amazing! congrats to those guys!Avatar Imagehermyone08 says: very cool, i'm glad that they're getting acknowledged! :)Avatar Imagehumbert0 says: These are awesome xD

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