An English translation of the French article (on Suite101.fr) about the wrock phenomenon.
Original article is here. This unofficial, non-direct translation is made by Wrock-traducteur, and edited by WrockWay.
Published August 3rd 2010, by Patrick Gomes
Wrock, the new Harry Potter phenomenon
The Harry Potter phenomenon has conquered the hearts of millions of fans all over the world. Thanks to wizard rock, it is now invading the musical world too.
Paul and Joe DeGeorge created the band Harry and the Potters during summer 2002. They gave their first performance on their backyard, and because of the success it got, they decided to keep on writing lyrics and music about the young wizard. They released their first, self-titled album in April 2003. They started touring after the release of their second album Voldemort Can't Stop the Rock!, during summer 2004, and easily managed to bring wizard rock in the limelight. The band often performs at libraries in order to promote the book series.
One supreme location
It isn’t very difficult to guess where to find the origins of this movement. Wizard rock, shortened to wrock, has become surprisingly successful in the USA. The themes of the songs revolve around JK Rowling’s work. Though wrock is very popular in the USA it isn't as popular in the rest of the world, except in Great Britain where the phenomenon is growing slowly. In France, the emergence of bands such as The Basilisk in your Pasta, and Celestina Moldubec Wardbeck are introducing this music.
In the cauldron
Directly inspired by The Weird Sisters (a band that you find in the Harry Potter books and that you can see during the Yule Ball scene in the Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire movie), the movement grew significantly in 2006, with the emergence of many new bands. The lyrics of the songs are simple, even though the movement has grown since 2006. The songs give you the impression that you are actually listening to the heroes of the books performing on stage. For example, the band Draco and the Malfoys proudly sings My Dad Is Rich, a song which is highly ironic. A Magical Christmas of Magic was the first compilation album featuring many different wrock bands. It was released in 2005.
The wizards invade the net
For the opening of the Harry Potter Theme Park on June 18th, a conference took place in Orlando, where the visitors could attend Merlin’s Cup, a Quidditch tournament, as well as see the parody movie Harvey Putter and the Ridiculous Premise, and The Final Battle, a musical about the last 200 pages of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. The greatest wrock bands also played at the festival, which took place from 15th to 18th July 2010.
Most wrock-lovers are familiar with the young student of Hogwarts. But thanks to its influence, wrock constantly attracts new fans from those of the emo rock movement, who had nothing to do with the Harry Potter world before. It seems that wizard rockers successfully used their magical powers to enchant a great number of rock lovers.
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