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Wizard rock (sometimes shortened as Wrock) is a genre of rock music that developed between 2002 and 2004 in the United States. Wizard rock bands are characterized by their performances and humorous novelty songs about the Harry Potter universe.[1][2] Wizard rock initially started in Massachusetts with Harry and the Potters, though it has grown internationally.[3][4]



Leading bands in this genre include Harry and the Potters and Draco and the Malfoys.[5] Although most listeners of the genre are fans of Harry Potter, some bands have attracted listeners outside of the books' fanbase.[6] Wizard rock songs are often written from the point of view of a particular character in the books, usually the character who features in the band's name. In contrast to mainstream bands that have some songs incorporating literary references among a wider repertoire of music (notably Led Zeppelin to The Lord of the Rings),[7] wizard rock bands take their inspiration entirely from the Harry Potter universe.[8] When performing live, wizard rock bands often cosplay, or dress as, characters from the novels.[8] Some bands perform at fan conventions.[9]


The Parselmouths, a wizard rock band consisting of Brittany Vahlberg and Kristina Horner, perform during Wrockstock in 2007, displaying the Harry Potter themed costumes common within the genre.[10]

The earliest Harry Potter-themed song is conventionally traced to 2000 when the Los Angeles-based pop-punk band Switchblade Kittens released an "Ode to Harry" from the perspective of Ginny Weasley.[11][12] Harry and the Potters originated the Harry Potter-themed band which became the genesis of a fandom-centered genre of music called wizard rock.[11][13] As Harry and the Potters increased in popularity, other wizard rock bands started to emerge. Brian Ross and Bradley Mehlenbacher originally conceived Draco and the Malfoys as a parody of Harry and the Potters, who were performing at a local house party. In April 2005, Matt Maggiacomo invited Harry and the Potters to play at an all-Harry Potter show at his Rhode Island home. That night, Maggiacomo made his debut as The Whomping Willows, and his friends, Mehlenbacher and his brother, Brian Ross, played for the first time as Draco and the Malfoys.[14][3][15]

There are also festivals focused on the genre such as Wrockstock, which was first held in 2007 in the United States.[10][16]

Notable groupsEdit

Notable wizard rock bands include: Draco and the Malfoys,[15] Harry and the Potters,[13] MC Kreacher,[17] Ministry of Magic,[18] The Moaning Myrtles,[19] The Mudbloods,[18] The Parselmouths,[20] Tonks and the Aurors,[21] and the Whomping Willows.[15][21]

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  1. ^ Brady, Shaun (2006-11-28). "Yule Ball rolls into Philly". The Philadelphia Daily News.
  2. ^ Humphries, Rachel (2007-07-13). "Harry Potter 'Wrockers' Conjure Musical Magic". ABC News. Retrieved 2007-07-31.
  3. ^ a b Loftus, Meghan (2007-07-20). "Wizard Rock". The Post-Standard. Archived from the original on 2007-10-07. Retrieved 2007-07-31.
  4. ^ Davies, Shaun (2007-07-20). "The unexpected wizards of rock and roll". MSN. Archived from the original on 2012-05-25. Retrieved 2007-07-31.
  5. ^ Grossman, Lev (July 20, 2009). "The Boy Who Rocked". Time magazine. Retrieved 2009-07-16.
  6. ^ Rose, Lacey (2005-07-13). "Wizard Rock". Forbes. Retrieved 2007-01-26.
  7. ^ Gleason, Janelle (2007-01-04). "Four reasons you should raid your parents' music collection". Fort Wayne News Sentinel. Archived from the original on 2007-03-30. Retrieved 2007-01-26.
  8. ^ a b Sweeney, Emily (2004-09-16). "Sibling musicians bring out the 'punk' in Harry Potter". The Boston Globe. Retrieved 2007-01-26.
  9. ^ Traister, Rebecca (2007-06-01). "Potterpalooza". Retrieved 2007-08-09.
  10. ^ a b "Wrockstock Festival Dates Announced". WIRED, 8/11/2009.
  11. ^ a b Zumbrun, Joshua; Sonya Geis (2007-07-08). "Wizard Rock Has Fans in Hogwarts Heaven With an Assist From MySpace, Bands Ride Harry Potter Mania Into the Spotlight" (newspaper). The Washington Post. Retrieved 2007-08-06.
  12. ^ Thomas (2018), page 28-30.
  13. ^ a b Thomas (2018), pages 30-35.
  14. ^ Harry Potter 'Wrockers' Conjure Musical Magic
  15. ^ a b c Thomas (2018), pages 35-40.
  16. ^ Thomas (2018), pages 81-84.
  17. ^ Thomas (2018), pages 140-41, 181-82.
  18. ^ a b Thomas (2018), page 40.
  19. ^ Thomas (2018), pages 41-42.
  20. ^ Thomas (2018), pages 35-37.
  21. ^ a b Thomas (2018), page 218.


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