Ten songs I heard performed at the Wizard Rock show I went to last night:
- The Whomping Willow - Wizard Rock Heartthrob
- Snidget - Lullaby for My Luna Love
- Justin Finch-Fletchley - Umbridge is Dumbridge
- Justin Finch-Fletchley - (I Don't Want) Steak and Kidney Pie (I Want Pizza Pie)
- Justin Finch-Fletchley - Potions Dancing Hexing Romancing
- Snidget - Always Remember
- The Whomping Willow - I Believe in Nargles
- Justin Finch-Fletchley - Hairy Heart
- The Whomping Willow - Draco and Harry Secretly Want to Make Out
- The Whomping Willow - Hogwarts is Boring without You
So last night I went to my first Wizard Rock show, featuring Justin Finch-Fletchley, the Whomping Willow, and Snidget, hosted by the Monona Public Library. This is probably self-evident given the band and song names listed above, but just in case, Wizard Rock is a category of music where all the songs are about or inspired by Harry Potter. Many of the performers operate under the premise that they are who they are named for. The Whomping Willow claims to be the actual ("actual") Whomping Willow, its consciousness transplanted (hee!) into the body of one Matt Maggiacomo or Providence, Rhode Island, so as to better express himself creatively. Likewise, Justin Finch-Fletchley performs as Justin Finch-Fletchley. That said, the pretense is thin; while some of their songs are written and performed from the perspective of the characters they claim to be, like "Steak and Kidney Pie" and "Wizard Rock Heartthrob," others, like "Hairy Heart" and "Draco and Harry Secretly Want to Make Out" are merely inspired by the Harry Potter, as were all the songs by Snidget. There are a surprisingly large number of musicians who regularly tour the country performing Wizard Rock shows, most of which are held at libraries or schools.
I probably had a good fifteen years on anyone one else there who was neither a parent nor a librarian, but I wasn't the only adult fan. One of the adults had come from Milwaukee to see the show, which struck me as a little ridiculous, but, you know, Harry Potter fandom. Besides, I did my own somewhat foolish thing to get to the show—I took my bike with me to the office yesterday, then rode it to the library after work. Which distance-wise was no problem, but there were a few not insignificant inclines to deal with along the way, and by the time I got there my legs were weak and rubbery, so I chose not to get up and jump around during the show, as many of the kids did. They were really getting into it, dancing and singing and screaming and generally just enjoying the hell out of it. And I had fun too, just more sedately.