Posted by: Tom Triumph | August 28, 2010

Harry and the Potters

Is music a type of poetry? If not, then this post has no reason being here.

Harry and the Potters is a band created by two brothers on a whim before the idea just took off. They dress like Harry at different ages (both are getting a bit old, but their fans don’t seem to care) and put on a great, enthusiastic show. All of their songs are about the Harry Potter universe, with titles like “Save Ginny Weasley” and my favorite “Voldemort Can’t Stop the Rock”. Touring libraries and holding all-ages shows at other venues, they have played hundreds of sites over several years and are everything you would want from an Harry Potter band. With seven albums under their belt, they are currently touring Scandanavia (what have you done this week?!). They have also inspired a whole slate of spin-off bands (i.e., Draco and the Malfoys or the Whomping Willows).

Check out their website We Are Harry and the Potters to get in on the fun. Check out the video clips from the Yule Ball.

I use Harry’s first book to teach the kids about English culture, and western culture in general, as well as symbolism and literary techniques and even word origins (those spells are tricky). Hello! Uncle Vernon makes drills. Drill, a synonym for boring, as in boring a hole. Boring, also as in dull. He’s dull and hates anything odd or exciting. See??? Symbolism! I use Harry and the Potters to show them how one can take a book and move from passive reader to active fan. We then write songs, plays and create artwork that is grounded in Potter but becomes more.

Here are the lyrics for “Voldemort Can’t Stop the Rock”. It is neither poetry (no 180 number attached) nor great writing (the music is its strength). Still, check it out.

Voldemort Can’t Stop The Rock
Harry and the Potters

Voldemort can’t stop the rock
Voldemort can’t stop the rock

We all know that there is nothing we like more
Than watching the wizards rock it out like this

Voldemort can’t stop the rock
Voldemort can’t stop the rock

And we won’t let the dark lord ruin our party
Just like Tipper Gore tried with the PMRC

Voldemort can’t stop the rock
Voldemort can’t stop the rock
Voldemort can’t stop the rock
Voldemort can’t stop the rock
Voldemort can’t stop the rock
Voldemort can’t stop the rock
Voldemort can’t stop the rock
Voldemort can’t stop the rock

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