The Decatur Library auditorium will be host to five touring wizard rock bands on Monday, July 19th. The free concert starts at 5:30pm and is appropriate for ages 13 and up. Click here for the event listing in the library’s online calendar.
What is wizard rock? Wizard rock, or “wrock,” is music based on or inspired by the Harry Potter books, and there’s more of it than you might think. Wizrocklopedia, a site devoted to all things related to wizard rock, lists hundreds of Potter-themed bands. Nearly every character (as well as many inanimate objects) in the Harry Potter universe has a band named in their honor, and many bands sing their songs from the perspective of their chosen character.
Wizard rock bands demonstrate their passion for reading through their songs, and they inspire others to think about books in new and exciting ways.
We love what wizard rock has done to promote reading and literacy, and we’re proud to host the ROFLCOPTOUR, featuring 5 of the wrockingest bands in the movement:
Kristina Horner and Luke Conard met each other through their respective wizard rock bands three years ago. After a while, they decided to take one step outside the Harry Potter genre and expanded their music repertoire to include a myriad of other nerdy topics. They have released two full length albums and a handful of successful music videos on YouTube.
The Whomping Willows is the solo project of singer/songwriter Matt Maggiacomo. Combining an offbeat sense of humor with light political commentary and catchy melodies, Matt has written five full-length albums and two EPs (loosely) from the perspective of the violent tree at Hogwarts.
Lauren Fairweather and Nina Jankowicz, also known as The Moaning Myrtles, have been having the time of their afterlives writing and performing music from everyone’s favorite whiny bathroom ghost’s perspective since 2005. They are known for their piano-heavy songs with catchy harmonies, but the Myrtles occasionally take the form of a solo guitarist.
Justin Finch-Fletchley performs music from the perspective of a classmate who witnessed most of the events Harry, Ron, and Hermione experienced. Justin combines wit and insight along with an unbridled amount of passion and energy to bring eager wizard rock fans their dose of catchy sing-along acoustic rock music.
Kristina Horner and Eia Waltzer are The Parselmouths, a wizard rock band that take the Hogwarts
experience from the perspective of spoiled, popular rich girls. Their girlband has been writing and performing folky, upbeat, slightly ‘evil’ songs since 2004 and have played shows in a plethora of venues all over the country.
For more about the history and creation of Harry Potter fandom, check out Melissa Anelli’s Harry, A History: The True Story of a Boy Wizard, His Fans, and Life Inside the Harry Potter Phenomenon. You’ll find a few of the touring bands mentioned in the “Rocking at Hogwarts” chapter!