Get ready to wrock.
Or at least get the Harry Potter fans in your home ready to rock to the music of bands that sing about all things Harry Potter. Three Triangle libraries will host wizard rock (also spelled wrock) in the next couple of weeks. The bands base their names and many of their songs on characters and storylines in the series and are generally a lot of fun to watch.
I saw Harry and the Potters, the band that started it all, a few years ago. You'll find lots of people (kids, teens, moms and dads) dressed up like Harry Potter characters during the show and overhear plenty of conversation and debate about the books and movies. If you like the books and indie rock, you're probably going to like this.
"For the most part, the concerts are just really upbeat and fun," says Katy Henderson, a youth services librarian at Cameron Village Library in Raleigh.
So mark your calendars for:
- The Remus Lupins and Skyway Flyer starting at 6:30 p.m. July 13 at Cameron Village Library in Raleigh. The concert should last about 90 minutes to two hours in the parking lot outside the library.
- The Whomping Willows, Justin Finch-Fletchley, The Moaning Myrtles and the Parselmouths (for their first North Carolina show) at 5:30 p.m. July 20 at Eva Perry Regional Library in Apex.
- The Whomping Willows, ALL CAPS, The Moaning Myrtles, Justin Finch-Fletchley and the Parselmouths (for presumably their second North Carolina show) July 21 at the Chapel Hill Public Library. The concert is from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the library's meeting room downstairs.
The Triangle's libraries have become a pretty regular stop on the wizard rock circuit. Eva Perry has held regular summer wizard rock shows. This is the second time for Cameron Village, Henderson told me. About 250 people came to show last year.
These days, the younger siblings of the series' original fans are reading the books.
"The books are just super popular," she said. And the movie "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I" is set for release in November.
"There's a whole new audience for it," Henderson said.
And that's good news for all these wizard rockers.