Wizard rock, or Wrock, is a genre of rock music based on the Harry Potter universe that developed between 2002 and 2004 in the United States. Wizard rock songs are often written from the point of view of a particular character in the books, usually the character who is featured in the band’s name.
The earliest Harry Potter-themed song was recorded in 2000 when the Los Angeles-based pop-punk band Switchblade Kittens released an “Ode to Harry” from the perspective of Ginny Weasley. However, the whole Wrock genre officially started in Massachusetts with the band Harry and the Potters. Since then it has grown internationally. Harry and the Potters became famous among the teenage fanbase of the bestseller because of their humorous songs about the wizard series.
They were joined by Draco and the Malfoys in 2004, when Harry and the Potters were invited by Matt Maggiacomo, who later became The Whomping Willows, to a house show in Matt’s apartment.
The Whomping Willows
The band’s name is a reference to the Whomping Willow, the giant tree that stands on the grounds of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, and attempts to kill anything that touches it.
The Moaning Myrtles
Created in 2005, the band performed on behalf of Moaning Myrtle, the ghost who was killed by Salazar Slytherin’s Basilisk and now haunts the first-floor girls’ lavatory.
The Remus Lupins
The band’s name is a take-off of Remus Lupin, a werewolf, who was Defence Against the Dark Arts Professor at Hogwarts.
The Ministry of Magic
The band’s name is taken from the Ministry of Magic itself, the government system of the Wizarding world in Great Britain and is also sometimes shortened to MoM.
On the night of 20 July 2007, the night before Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows book was released, a bunch of Wrock bands gave a free concert at Harvard Square (or Hogwarts Square as they renamed it), celebrating the release of the final book in the series.
There was also a yearly festival focused on the genre called Wrockstock, which was first held in 2007 in the United States. Organized by Abby Hupp, it was the first large Wizard Rock gathering of its kind that was not part of a general Harry Potter fan conference. The events were broadcast live over the internet for those unable to attend in person. Its final festival was in 2013.
As for now, the Wrock is… well… dead.
But it seems like now the void in the Wrock fans’ hearts could be filled with something that some may call a Wizard Rap movement!
Straight Outta Hogwarts