Harry and the Potters talk wizard rock, LeakyCon and the end of Harry Potter

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Nearly a decade after conceiving his band, Paul DeGeorge, 32, and his brother Joe, 24, see Harry Potter as more than a fictional character.

He's the namesake and inspiration of Harry and the Potters, a band that pays the rent and is part of a new genre of music with outfits like Draco and the Malfoys and the Whomping Willows. It's a band that has taken two brothers from Norwood, Mass., to bookstores and libraries around the world.

"I was in the middle of college on summer vacation and just read the series," said Paul. "I think it was the fourth book (Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire) that inspired me because that's where you see Harry standing up to these different authority figures like the minister of magic, just refusing to compromise on his own beliefs."

Harry and the Potters perform at 4 p.m. Tuesday in the meeting room of the Clearwater Main Library, 100 N Osceola Ave. Free. (727) 562-4970. Then they'll perform at 8 p.m. at Transitions Art Gallery, 4215 E Columbus Drive, Tampa. $8. (813) 382-3477.

Click here for C. Ryan Barber's full interview with Harry and the Potters.

[Last modified: Friday, July 8, 2011 11:57am]

    

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