Friday, March 07, 2008

Wizard Rock

The Harry Potter books have had a bit influence on British culture, but one of the most bizzare and unexpected outcomes has been the development of the musical genre Wizard Rock. Dozens of band draw inspiration from the series (and the series alone, they only sing about the Harry Potter world) and perform in bookshops, libraries and all sorts of fan conventions.

I haven't heard much of the genre, but of what I have heard, the music isn't bad. Shame about the lyrics: "We've got to save Ginny Weasley from the basilisk, we’ve got to save the school from the unseen horror" (Save Ginny Weasley by Harry and the Potters). The band names are equally lame - others include Draco and the Malfoys, Remus and the Lupins, and The Moaning Myrtles.

Having said that, it's harmless stuff, though I think any music with only one inspirational source is incredibly limited, but if people enjoy it then fair enough. But today I saw the results of the Wizard Rock People’s Choice Awards. Awards included 'Best band fronted by a magical creature' (awarded to the Whomping Willows, even though plants don't count as creatures in Rowling's writing), 'Best evil wizard rock band (Draco and the Malfoys, even though Draco isn't evil in the end), 'Best music produced from beyond the grave' (The Moaning Myrtles) and 'Best holiday song' (Christmas with the Weasley's by The Remus Lupins). Is it just me, or are they trying to give every single Wizrock band in existence an award?

The biggest sham though is the Lifetime Achievement Award, which went to the Whomping Willows, who have been in existence for all of two and a half years. Lifetime Achievement?! What a joke.

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