There comes a time in every young nerd’s life when a necessary question must be addressed: How far down the dorky rabbit hole am I going to descend? Past reading the books, past cosplay, past slash fiction, in the dark depths of fandom lies a genre of music dubbed wizard rock (“wrock”), which is basically Harry Potter-themed music. If nerds were Hunger Game contestants, the people who listen to wizard rock would be the Careers, and I would be at least Foxface for than analogy.
The biggest issue with wrock is that anyone can write and perform it, so a lot of wizard rock is so terrible that it verges on unlistenable. Don’t worry, though; this is a playlist of good wrock songs, compiled by me, (mostly) Madi, and Carolyn!
Yer Listening to Wizard Rock, Harry [on 8tracks]
A Pensieve Full of Unrequited Love – The Mudbloods
The Bravest Man I Ever Knew – Ministry of Magic
This Isn’t Hogwarts – Hank Green
Prefects Are Hot – The Moaning Myrtles
Room of Requirement – The Remus Lupins
Red Hair – The Weasel King
Draco and Harry – The Whomping Willows
Hufflepuffs Make Better Lovers – Hoss Jaeger (This one is relevant to your queer interests.)
Open At The Close – Oliver Boyd And The Remembralls
My Dad is Rich – Draco and the Malfoys
I Am A Wizard – Harry and the Potters
The Boy Who Lived – Oliver Boyd And The Remembralls
Burn Your Prefect Badge – The Remus Lupins
Save Ginny Weasley – Harry and the Potters
Expecto Patronum – Remus and the Lupins
I Believe In Nargles – The Whomping Willows
Do The Hippogriff – The Weird Sisters
Mysterious Ticking Noise – Potter Puppet Pals
Goin’ Back To Hogwarts – A Very Potter Musical
Add your favorite wizard-y tracks in the comments below! I would also like to post this song for your consideration, because I know it doesn’t count, but I really want it to.
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My heart is giggling to see this, and especially at the fabulous inclusion of Hank Green.
I feel all awesome now for already knowing most of these songs. “)
And I thought Autostraddle couldn’t get any better.
Intern Grace wins all the awards!
Only wish this playlist could also contain Granger Danger, which is my favourite AVPM song. :P
agreed! lauren lopez wrocks tht song!
Lauren Lopez, the hottest Draco Malfoy EVER! Granger Danger is a great song.
TRUFAX: My first concert was Harry and The Potters.
lol I think mine was too. It was in a library (so hxc)
Where’s the Whomping Willows? Harry and Draco sitting in a tree S-N-O-G-G-I-N-G is a classic, same goes for “Your Flying Car”. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZDbJGYO8wZE
my b, I’m used to its long name.
Yeah!!! Go nerds!!
Just a point though, ‘Do the Hippogriff’ is not wrock’ – strictly speaking, it’s movie canon, wheras wrock is entirely fanmade. Still, this song is amazing…
I got really excited when I saw Hank Green’s name on here. :D I will always have a special place in my heart for Accio Deathly Hallows (the first wrock song he wrote: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CvvFiZyEyTA) But I definitely listen to This Isn’t Hogwarts more because it is RELEVANT TO MY 9 TO 5 OFFICE LIFE.
SAME, but I also really love the annotated version.
Lauren Fairweater wrote an entire album about chapter “The Prince’s Tale” from Deathly Hallows. It’s an entire album devoted to Snape. http://youtu.be/pxp_0rQsCW8 it’s great!
Needs more Ministry of Magic, especially Lovegood!
I’m so thrilled/horrified by this playlist. Clearly I am not enough of a nerd. This may be the beginning of a sweet decent (ascent?) to totally nerd-dom.
I saw Harry and the Potters once. versus Draco and the Malfoys. It was amazing.
Oh man I love this so. The Remus Lupins are my favorite. I’d also recommend “Lumos Flies” by All Caps and “Avada Kedavra” by Skittle Sama. The Hermione Crookshanks Experience is pretty good as well. NOT THAT I KNOW ABOUT THESE THINGS.
x2. The Remus Lupins was my gateway drug/band.
Alex Carpenter brings all the girls to the yard. No matter their sexual orientation
For real real.
End of an Era – Oliver Boyd and The Remembralls
We were singing it in the theatre down in Orlando before the last movie started.
Tears may or may not have been shed.
I LOVE YOU ALL SO MUCH!
My brother and I have been obsessed with Wizard Rock for years. I’ve seen Harry and the Potters so many times and my brother writes reviews on Wizard Rock websites and is personal friends with a lot of those bands. IT’S THE BEST EVER.
No joke, Harry and the Potters was one of the funnest concerts I’ve been to.
ALSO: “Accio Love” by the Ministry of Magic. (it’s adorable)
Seconded for ‘Accio Love’!
So glad you put Under Your Spell at the end. Best link surprise ever.
This makes me so happy, and I love that you included Hank Green. DFTBA
I know what my dog is being for halloween.
and everyday until then.
autostraddling nerdfighters? my worlds collide!
We’re on the inside ;)
Yay! DFTBA Nerdfighter-Straddlers!
wow, this was actually my childhood in a playlist. and alex carpenter was my first celebrity crush.
now i have epic nostalgia, ahah. :D
Best. Playlist. Ever.
Is it good or bad that I know and regularly listen to all of these? House Of Awesome by The Whomping Willows is a personal favorite, as well as Granger Danger. Lauren Lopez helped me realize I was gay…
house of awesooome, yes :D
awww cute little harry in that picture, too cute. man i used to be in love with draco & the malfoys, i’d put on “my dad is rich” and furiously wash dishes to it, it’s so good to be reminded of it so i can do that again.
I AM EXCITE. This playlist is amazeballs, I just wish it included “Harry Freakin’ Potter” from AVPS.
My Wrock is mostly AVPM and AVPS now. It’s not the other bands’ fault, they’re just so good! And funny! And Draco is a girl!
i have a lot of feelings about this! here’s some of my personal faves:
ascendio (MoM cover) – luke conard
for all the hufflepuffs – the remus lupins
i heart weasleys, accio love, sonorus love, catalyst for love – ministry of magic
hermione’s song (you & me) – oliver boyd and the remembralls
lumos flies – all caps
kiss me (hermione’s lament) – the brothers black
Our GSA is having harry potter week this coming week. This is amazing and timely, and I love you.
This is bad. really really bad on all possible levels and awesome on just as many levels. but really just bad, really bad.
I went with my middle school girlfriend to a Harry and the Potters show at a library and we made out and it was totally awesome.
I’ve never commented before, but felt the need to speak up this time: where is Swish and Flick?????
THIS IS WHAT I AM LISTENING TO TODAY. I LOVE YOU, INTERN GRACE.
My Dad Is Rich is one of the best things ever. But I am a huge Harry and the Potters fan, in all of their dorky bad goodness, and nothing compares to “I Am Harry Potter” for the nerdiest, worst sung early goodies of wizard rock. :D
I was feeling depressed today. This is just exactly what I needed. How do you guys always know? <3
this post is my favorite post. I have to add “Don’t Leave” by Ministry of Magic (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qMsjWSLZL7U) because it gives me all of the feelings. And seriously, if you haven’t watched A Very Potter Musical yet, you should rectify that immediately.
Potter Rock Anthem. Enough said.
“Snape vs. Snape” by the Ministry of Magic ft. The Parselmouths. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E6RwIdea_1E I cry. And then I get up and dance. and then I cry some more.
fun fact: my ex knew all of the actual wrock band people, it was weird listening her to talk about people I’d only ever seen online and be like “oh yeah I went to their wedding.” o__O
I’ve been such a fan of Wrock ever since I heard ‘Snape vs Snape’, ‘My Dad Is Rich’ and ‘Potions Yesterday’.
Did I just die and go to geek-heaven?