Make us your home page

Artist of the day: The Potterwatch Project




If you're buzzing like a golden snitch about the release Wednesday of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, then you're no doubt familiar with the concept of wizard rock, or "wrock," a sub-sub-sub-genre of music that deals almost entirely with the Harry Potter world. There are hundreds of wizard rock bands out there, the most famous of which is probably Harry and the Potters from Massachusetts.

The Potterwatch Project's songs are twee, folksy ditties about Scabbers, nargles and riding the train to Hogwarts. The young Clearwater group -- singer Abby Carlen, 21, ukulele and keyboard player Emily MacAgy, 19, guitarist Rachel MacAgy, 21,  and guitarist-bassist Zack Wilson, 19 -- say they're all Gryffindors. The slogan on the band's MySpace page? "Accio music!"

"For a long time, we weren't aware that there was such a huge wizard rock community, until a little less than a year ago when I discovered several other bands via YouTube," Emily said. "Rachel and I quickly got into the wrock community and started making all of our friends listen to it as well."

The band doesn't have a long musical history -- they formed at a wedding reception in January -- but Rachel has a music composition degree from USF, and Emily studied music composition at St. Petersburg College. All four members contribute to the Potter-centric lyrics. "Dementors got you down? / Have some chocolate / Blocker took the bones from your arm? / Have some chocolate" they sing on Life Accoding to Remus Lupin. (Other song titles include Horcruxes and Albus Severus.)

Emily and Rachel also host a wizard rock show on Ustream called the Wizarding Radio Hour, and the band hopes to attend a wizard rock conference this October called Wrockstock.

Click here to listen to the Potterwatch Project's song Sunshine and Daisies.

-- Jay Cridlin, tbt*

[Last modified: Monday, July 13, 2009 7:00am]


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours