Wednesday, August 24, 2011

My Secret Obsession for the Last Few Months

If you're familiar with wizard rock, you know that there are a ton of songs that deal with "canon" events in the book: Songs written from the point of view of characters in the Harry Potter books that deal with actual events in the books. There are plenty non-canon songs as well, where musicians take characters, settings and events and spin them off into something of their own making. But starting probably last year... the year before? I'm losing track of when exactly it would be. A little while ago, anyway, I got it into my head that it would be really cool to try to make a playlist of all the canon-based wizard rock songs in chronological order to tell the entire story of the 7-book series.

It took months of tinkering. I did a test run of my playlist on the ten-hour drive down to LeakyCon, and it took the entire trip. (In fact, as I neared Orlando I was only halfway through book 7 so I purposefully got in the slow lane so I could finish before I arrived!)

I didn't want to post about this before because back when I'd originally had the idea I had told my friend Hope that I would send her a copy once I came up with it. I just mailed it to her a few days ago, and she called me this morning when it arrived, so now I feel free to share with you my Hogwarts Wrock Mix.

There are some obvious limitations. Despite having 328 songs by 65 different wizard rock artists, that's only the tip of the iceberg. It's only the bands that I've been exposed to in my time in the fandom. There are plenty of fitting songs from awesome artists that I'm sure I left out. I also struggled with making them actual "mixes" that don't just feature one band too heavily (Harry and the Potters, for example, could have dominated many of the CDs, especially Book 6, but I purposefully substituted songs from other artists for some of their better known ones to try to mix it up a bit.) and to not have twelve different songs about the same thing (for example, Luna Lovegood is awesome but she would have required her own CD if I was going to include every song written about her).

Anyway, enough talk. All that was to say that if you're reading my track lists below and think, "Whoa! She left something super obvious out!" please comment and let me know. I always love to hear about new wrock artists or songs I may have missed somehow.

Okay, first things first: I made this Hogwarts case... which is pretty flimsy actually because it's really thin cardboard. But whatever. It won't withstand the test of time, but at least it looks cool for now:

And here are the CDs:


1- Vernon Dursley - Harry and the Potteres
2- Knickerbocker Glory - Hawthorn and Holly
3- Under the Stairs - Mopey Merope
4- I'm A Wizard - Harry and the Potters
5- Hey! Mr Ollivander - Riddletm
6- Platform 9 3/4 - Harry and the Potters
7- My Dad Is Rich - Draco and the Malfoys
8- Welcome to Hogwarts - Tonks and the Aurors
9- Intro - Hawthorn and Holly
10- The Enchanted Ceiling - Harry and the Potters
11- The Sorting Hat - Riddletm
12- Fang (Keeps Peeing In My Lake) - The Giant Squidstravaganza
13- Quidditch - Salsa Commodity
14- Wizard Chess - Harry and the Potters
15- Erised - Snidget
16- Hagrid Is My Name - Lily and James
17- Norbert Will Eat You! - The Mudbloods
18- Problem Solving Skillz - Harry and the Potters
19- Fluffy - Harry and the Potters
20- Riddle of the Potions - The Cruciatus Curse
21- There's A Face on the Back of My Head - The Blibbering Humdingers
22- The Stone - Harry and the Potters


1- Dobby, Bang Your Head - The Blibbering Humdingers
2- Leaving in a Blue Ford Anglia - Muggle Mike
3- Rubber Ducks - Riddletm
4- The Weasleys - The Remus Lupins
5- Your Family Is Poor - Draco and the Malfoys
6- Your Flying Car - The Whomping Willows
7- Back to School - Harry and the Potters
8- Cornish Pixies - The Blibbering Humdingers
9- A Mandrake's Lament - The Butterbeer Experience
10- Lonely Myrtle - The Moaning Myrtles
11- Potions Yesterday - Draco and the Malfoys
12- Matchbox - Justin Finch Fletchley and the Sugar Quills
13- The Art of Parseltongue - Hawthorn and Holly
14- Ode to Harry - Switchblade Kittens
15- Don't Throw That Book At Me - The Moaning Myrtles
16- Follow the Spiders - Harry and the Potters
17- And Then I Died - The Moaning Myrtles
18- Save Ginny Weasley - Harry and the Potters
19- Dobby - Draco and the Malfoys


1- Knightbus - Shrieking Shack Disco Gang
2- 2 Weeks to Myself - Harry and the Potters
3- Glorious Day - Diagon Alley
4- Trevor the Toad - Roonil Wazlib
5- The Foil (Malfoy) - Harry and the Potters
6- Ode to Broom - The Mudbloods
7- The Firebolt - Harry and the Potters
8- Mischief Managed - Oliver Boyd and the Remembralls
9- Honeydukes - Justin Finch Fletchley and the Sugar Quills
10- Fizzing Whizbees Baby - Hawthorn and Holly
11- Disembodied Head - Draco and the Malfoys
12- Expecto Patronum - Remus and the Lupins
13- I Don't Need Divination - Riddletm
14- Oliver Wood - Witherwings
15- Hippogriffs Deserve to Die - Draco and the Malfoys
16- Teenage Werewolf - The Remus Lupins
17- Peter Pettigrew (That Rat) - Catchlove
18- Young Sirius Black's Flying Motorbike - The Remus Lupins
19- Concerning the Dementors on the Shore of the Black Lake - The Mudbloods
20- Time Turner - Ministry of Magic
21- Expecto Patronum - The Remus Lupins
22- The Godfather - Harry and the Potters
23- Freedom Is Only A Hippogriff Away - The Mudbloods


1- Krum! - Justin Finch Fletchley and the Sugar Quills
2- Dark Mark in the Sky - The Blibbering Humdingers
3- (I, I, I Wanna Go To) Durmstrang - Draco and the Malfoys
4- Veela Serenada - Ministry of Magic
5- The Fourth Triwizard Champion - Harry and the Potters
6- I Wanna Be Harry Potter - Lily and James
7- Potter Stinks! - Draco and the Malfoys
8- The Wrath of Hermione - Harry and the Potters
9- Prefects Are Hot - The Moaning Myrtles
10- The Day the Skrewt Blast-ended Me - The Magizoologists
11- The Making of a Puking Pastille - Gred and Forge
12- Spew - Harry and the Potters
13- Goyle's Pants - Draco and the Malfoys
14- Cho Chang - The Mudbloods
15- On Behalf of Neville - The Whomping Willows
16- The Patil Twins - Witherwings
17- Lumos Flies - ALL CAPS
18- High Profile - Bella and Le Strangers
19- It's Dragons! It's Mermaids! It's a Maze! - The Mudbloods
20- The Villainous Tale of Flesh Blood and Bone - Hawthorn and Holly
21- Give it Up - Oliver Boyd and the Remembralls*
22- Cornelius Fudge is an Ass - Harry and the Potters
23- Remember Cedric Diggory - The Remus Lupins
24- These Days Are Dark - Harry and the Potters

* Not canon... but I couldn't resist!


Disc One

1- The Year Harry Went Emo - Peeved
2- Really, Harry? - Gred and Forge
3- Aurors for the Win - Tonks and the Aurors
4- Grimmauld Place - Kingsley and the Shacklebolts
5- U Down W/ootp? - Dumbledore
6- Don't Touch That! - MC Kreacher
7- Black Family Anthem - The Parselmouths
8- The Ministry of Magic - Ministry of Magic
9- Luna - Peeved
10- I Believe in Nargles - The Whomping Willows
11- Stick it to Dolores- Harry and the Potters
12- Umbridge is Dumbridge - Justin Finch Fletchley and the Sugar Quills
13- I Must Not Tell Lies - Muggle Relations
14- Dumbledore's Army - Harry and the Potters
15- It Came Upon a Midnight Clear - Oliver Boyd and the Remembralls
16- Bubble Gum Wrappers - The House of Black
17- The Longbottom Legacy - Ministry of Magic

Disc Two

1- Occlumency Lessons - The Misuse of Muggle Artifacts Office
2- Breakout - Bella and Le Strangers
3- The Human Hosepipe - Harry and the Potters
4- Save the Quibbler - Gred and Forge
5- Marietta's a Sneak - Hawthorn and Holly
6- Worst Memory - Lauren Fairweather
7- Umbridge - Gred and Forge
8- O.W.L.'s - The Nifflers
9- Headed to the Ministry- Catchlove
10- On Thestral, We Ride - The Hermione Crookshanks Experience
11- Dreams- The Butterbeer Experience
12- You're So Vain - Mary Hansen
13- Crucio! - Bella and Le Strangers
14- Dumbledore's Army - The Misuse of Muggle Artifacts Office
15- The Godfather II - Harry and the Potters
16- The Weapon - Harry and the Potters


Disc One

1- Just a Boy (That Hates Summer) - The Mudbloods
2- Narcissa Unleashed - Nagini
3- Mother, Stop Being Ridiculous - Draco and the Malfoys
4- The Burrow - The Misuse of Muggle Artifacts Office (feat. Riddletm)
5- I Heart Weasleys - Ministry of Magic
6- Knockturn Alley - Draco and the Malfoys
7- Wizard Weezes' Radio Hour - The Mudbloods
8- We're the Best - Gred and Forge
9- Slug Club - Harry and the Potters
10- In Which I Kick Harry Potter in the Face - Draco and the Malfoys
11- In Which Tonks Loses Her Cool - Tonks and the Aurors
12- This Book Is So Awesome - Harry and the Potters
13- Merope's Letter - Nagini
14- Merope's Song - The Butterbeer Experience
15- The Tale of Tom Riddle - Witherwings
16- Quidditch Witch - Swish and Flick
17- Ginny Is A Punk Rocker - The Whomping Willows
18- Hogwarts Tonsil Hockey - Harry and the Potters
19- Wish You'd Be My Witch - The Mudbloods
20- Hermione's Birds and Boys - Harry and the Potters
21- The Ballad of Mr Percy Weasley - Peeved
22- (Not Gonna Put On) The Monkey Suit - Harry and the Potters
23- Romilda - The Blibbering Humdingers

Disc Two

1- Werewolf Love - Tonks and the Aurors
2- Lupin's Tale (Where Are We Going) - Oliver Boyd and the Remembralls
3- Felix Felicis - Harry and the Potters
4- Eulogy for an Acromantula - The Mudbloods
5- A Tear for Aragog - Order of Merlin
6- Has Anybody Seen My Goyle? - The Blibbering Humdingers
7- In Which Draco Malfoy Cries Like a Baby - Harry and the Potters
8- Emo Guy - The Moaning Myrtles
9- Sectumsempra! - Split Seven Ways
10- Save Ginny Weasley from Dean Thomas - Harry and the Potters
11- Worth Fighting For - The Butterbeer Experience
12- The Cave - Harry and the Potters
13- Zombies - The Mudbloods
14- Book 6 Made Me Cry - Danny Dementor
15- I Couldn't Kill Albus Dumbledore - Draco and the Malfoys
16- Lightning Struck Tower - Riddletm
17- The Lightning Struck Tower - Ministry of Magic
18- Hunt You Down - Oliver Boyd and the Remembralls
19- Oh Dumbledore - The Parselmouths
20- Snape Vs. Snape - Ministry of Magic*
21- Dumbledore - Harry and the Potters
22- Signed R.A.B. - Eyes Like Mine
23- Phoenix Song - Harry and the Potters

*Not exactly canon, but it captures so well what everyone was wondering about Snape at the end of this book.


Disc One

1- I. - Draco and the Malfoys
2- Dudley - Seven Potters
3- Seven Potters - The Remus Lupins
4- Expelliarmus - Justin Finch Fletchley and the Sugar Quills
5- My Precious - MC Kreacher
6- Lupin - Riddletm
7- Imperious Regrets - The Mudbloods
8- The Eye on the Door - Witherwings
9- The Hallows - Oliver Boyd and the Remembralls
10- Goodbye Privet Drive - Ministry of Magic
11- Hunting Horcruxes - Shrieking Shack Disco Gang
12- Hermione the Horcrux Hunter - Gred and Forge (feat. Seen and Unforeseen)
13- Potterwatch - The Basilisk in Your Pasta
14- Don't Leave - Ministry of Magic
15- The Cold, Wild Yonder - Oliver Boyd and the Remembralls
16- The Last Enemy Defeated Is Death - Ministry of Magic
17- Gave a Snitch to Me - The Blibbering Humdingres
18- Horcruxes - Harry and the Potters
19- Luna's Paintings - The Parselmouths
20- The Peverell Story - The Butterbeer Experience

Disc Two

1- Queen of Mean - The Buttermellows
2- Dobby's Last Word - Lily and James
3- Dobby - Seen and Unforeseen
4- This Town - Ministry of Magic
5- Headed to Hogwarts - Catchlove
6- The Battle of Hogwarts - Kingsley and the Shacklebolts
7- Battle Song for a House Elf - Romilda Vane and the Chocolate Cauldrons
8- Ron, Stop - Alohomora
9- Accio Love - Ministry of Magic
10- The Diadem - The Butterbeer Experience (from 'The Final Battle' musical)
11- VI. - Draco and the Malfoys
12- The End - The Remus Lupins
13- Maybe - Lauren Fairweather
14- A Pensieve Full of Unrequited Love - The Mudbloods
15- All in Good Time - The Whomping Willows

Disc Three

1- On My Way - The Blibbering Humdingers (covering Snidget)
2- Chapter 34 (folk version) - The Butterbeer Experience
3- Death (Adolescent Mix) - Danny Dementor
4- Harry Potter Is Dead - Ministry of Magic
5- Kill the Snake - Seven Potters
6- Neville Neville - Gred and Forge
7- VIII. - Draco and the Malfoys
8- Always Remember - Snidget
9- Fred's Dead - Gred and Forge
10- Coming Home - Tonks and the Aurors
11- A Phoenix Lament - Ministry of Magic
12- Waiting On the Other Side - The Blibbering Humdingers
13- As the Sun Rises and the Smoke Clears (instrumental) - Hawthorn and Holly
14- Friends and Brothers, Kids and Lovers (reprise) - The Mudbloods
15- The Bravest Man I Ever Knew - Ministry of Magic

Phew! So, that's it. Books 1-7 in as good a chronological order as I could get them (there are definitely arguable parts, especially in Book 7). In addition to these, I also added a few more mixes:

MISCELLANEOUS (songs I couldn't fit on other mixes but wanted to include)

1- Pottercast PSA #8 (Cupboard) - Harry and the Potters
2- Accio Hagrid - Harry and the Potters
3- Hermione - The Moaning Myrtles
4- Volde-Who? - Ginny and the Heartbreakers
5- Oh, Child of Mine- Hawthorn and Holly
6- The Patronus Song - Lily and James
7- Sybill Trelawney - Catchlove
8- Voldemort Made Me Crap My Pants - The Blibbering Humdingers
9- Flesh, Blood and Bone - Harry and the Potters
10- Black Family Tree - Hawthorn and Holly
11- Firework (Wizard Style) - I Speak Tree
12- Mean Mr Filch / Lavendar Brown / She Died In An Upstairs Bathroom - Gred and Forge
13- Ice Cream Man - Harry and the Potters
14- We Are Magic - Tonks and the Aurors
15- Ginny Gets Around '11 - Gred and Forge
16- Looking for Trouble - The Remus Lupins
17- Pottercast PSA #12 (Horcruxes) - Harry and the Potters
18- Illuminate the Night - The Vashta Nerada
19- Evanesco Dobby - Ministry of Magic
20 - Mad-Eye Moody - Tonks and the Aurors
21- APWBD - The Remus Lupins
22- Snape Seeker - Lily and James
23 - Song for the Death Eaters - Harry and the Potters

BOOK EIGHT (a sampling of non-canon wizard rock songs)

1- Love Song for Sirius Black - The Blibbering Humdingers
2- Brotherly Love - Gred and Forge
3- Lovely Lily - The Remus Lupins
4- Malfoy - Witherwings
5- Cedric - The Moaning Myrtles
6- Expelliarmus Kid - Peeved
7- An Entering Hogwarts First Year Expresses His Concerns - The Mudbloods
8- Get Out of My Bathroom - Gred and Forge
9- Werewolves > Zombies
10- Love Me Luna - Swish and Flick
11- Rodolphus - Bella and Le Strangers
12- Bleepout Song - Fred Lives
13- Pretty Girl - Peeved
14- The Ballad of Neville and Luna - The Remus Lupins
15- Charlie Weasley - Tonks and the Aurors
16- Draco and Harry - The Whomping Willows
17- Timeturner - Hawthorn and Holly
18- Lily's Worst Memory - The Blibbering Humdingers
19- Teddy & Victoire - The Remus Lupins
20- Wizard Party Forever!!! - The Whomping Willows


1- Party Like You're Evil - Draco and the Malfoys
2- My Father Has a Tattoo (Dark Mark) - The Blibbering Humdingers
3- I Don't Want My Dad to Go to Azkaban - Hawthorn and Holly (feat. Swish and Flick)
4- The Death Eater Tango - The Butterbeer Experience
5- Voldemort Fangirl - The Parselmouths
6- Demented Love - Lily and James
7- Bella - Snidget
8- Pain - Bella and Le Strangers
9- Crabbencrantz and Goylestern - Nagini
10- Draco Malfoy - Swish and Flick
11- Voldemort is Awesome - Draco and the Malfoys
12- Only Power Remains - Ministry of Magic
13- Dark Mark Calling - The Blibbering Humdingers
14- The Only Evil Boy at Hogwarts - Bella and Le Strangers
15- Voldemort: a Love Song - The Mudbloods
16- A Thing for Malfoy - Hawthorn and Holly
17- March of the Death Eaters- The Misuse of Muggle Artifacts Office
18- Parstheltongue - The Blibbering Humdingers
19- Dementor Love - Nagini
20- I Wanna Be A Death Eater- Slytherin Soundtrack
21- My Obsession - The Parselmouths
22- Slytherin Weekend - Swish and Flick (feat. Prof. Snape)
23- 99 Death Eaters - Draco and the Malfoys


1- House Song - Ministry of Magic
2- Our Hufflepuff Happy Song - The Half-Kneazles
3- Don't Mess With the S - Lily and James
4- Gryffindor Rocks - Harry and the Potters
5- La La Luna - Hawthorn and Holly
6- No Shame in Hufflepuff - The Blibbering Humdingers
7- Slytherin Pride - Draco and the Malfoys
8- Gryffindor Rally Cry - Ministry of Magic
9- Real Ravenclaws - Slytherin Soundtrack
10- For All the Hufflepuffs - The Remus Lupins
11- S-l-y In Slytherin - Swish and Flick
12- Go Go Gryffindors! - The Misuse of Muggle Artifacts Office (feat. Oliver Boyd and the Remembralls)
13- It's Good to be a Ravenclaw - Lily and James
14- Everything Happens to Hufflepuff - Snidget
15- We're Slytherins! - Draco and the Malfoys
16- What's In Store (for a Gryffindor) - Lily and James
17- Ravenclaw Seeker - The Remus Lupins
18- Power 'Puff Boys - The Half-Kneazles
19- Not Half Bad - The Parselmouths
20- Hufflepuff Pride - Lily and James
21- It's a Slytherin World! - Draco and the Malfoys

* Two things: (1) House of Awesome Theme Song would totally have been on here but I ran out of room and had to put it on the next mix, and (2) There are very few songs about Ravenclaws. Come on, wizard rockers. Get on that! (Pottermore may have sorted me as Gryffindor, but I was a self-sorted Ravenclaw for ten years so I really want them to represent!)


1- Leaky Cauldron - Diagon Alley
2- We're the Students at Hogwarts - Catchlove
3- House of Awesome Theme Song - The Whomping Willows
4- Accio Deathly Hallows - Hank Green
5- Post Potter Depression - Lauren Fairweather
6- Pottercast PSA #3 (Dumbledore) - Harry and the Potters
7- Like It's Quidditch - The Station
8- Dear Laura Mallory or (Harry Potter is) Satan in Disguise - Peeved
9- Wizard Rock Heart Throb - The Whomping Willows
10- Transparent - The Moaning Myrtles
11- Wrock Rocks - The Butterbeer Experience
12- My Friends Are Wizards - Hawthorn and Holly
13- This Is Never Going to End - The Parselmouths
14- The Harry Potter Alliance Rap - Andrew Slack
15- I Want Harry Potter Back - Lily and James
16- Book Eight - Hank Green
17- I'm Going to Hogwarts - Lauren Fairweather
18- I Wanna Be a Wizard - Danny Dementor (feat. Notorious NEV)
19- Fall in Love Tonight - The Whomping Willows
20- For Jo - Riddletm
21- It's Real For Us - Lauren Fairweather
22- When the Lights Go Out - The Whomping Willows
23- End of An Era - Oliver Boyd and the Remembralls
24- Open at the Close - The Honeyduke's Cellar Gang

Okay, so there you have it. I would love, love, LOVE suggestions for songs to add or rearrange.

One other quick note: I don't advocate stealing music from artists, and hope people won't be offended by the fact that I sent these mixes to my friend. First of all, she probably has many of them already. Second of all, I have invested a lot of money over the years buying merch and music from wizard rockers because I love the whole scene and the idea of writing music about books you love from the point of view of characters in them. I think the people in this fandom are incredible - creative, talented, kind - and would never EVER want to rip them off. But this is something I wanted to share, and the best way to do that was to send a physical copy instead of just a list. So yes... apologies if you're a wizard rocker and have read this post and feel cheated somehow. I buy your music! I come to your shows! Don't hate me, please! (Ducks head to avoid Jellylegs Jinx).

Peace. Love. Wizard Rock!

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