Summer reading is keeping things hoppin’ here in Libraryland, but I’m trying to catch up.
Harry and the Potters by Harry and the Potters This is the time of year when I start feeling nostalgic for Harry Potter – waiting in line for the new book, then discussing it with all my friends. Why not celebrate Harry’s birthday (July 31) and relive the magic with some wizard rock? Harry and the Potters is one of the first wizard rock bands to make it big. The two performers, brothers Paul and Joe DeGeorge, recorded their first album in their garage with not much but a whole lot of enthusiasm. Intonation and timing were sometimes a bit off, but I couldn’t help smiling as I listened to lyrics like, “You can’t take my best friend’s sister and get away with it,” or “Why’d you have to kill my parents, Lord Voldemort, I mean You-Know-Who?” The songs in this album are taken directly from the plot of the first two books and sung from Harry’s point of view. Although my library only has the first album, the band is still going strong, with several more albums and active tours – their [edited to add link] web page says they’re now touring Amsterdam and Ireland.
For more Harry Potter-inspired music, try The Hogsemeade Diaries by Tonks and the Aurors, a more singer-songwriter-style take on wizard rock. Go more in depth into Harry Potter with The Sorcerer’s Companionby Kronzek and Kronzek. Feel the love with Kids’ Letters to Harry Potter from Around the World compiled by Adler, or knit yourself some Gryffindor gear from the patterns in Charmed Knits by Hansel.