An English translation of the Swedish article (in ÖstersundsPosten, Aug 5th 2010) about Harry and the Potters' show in Östersund
Original article is here. This unofficial, non-direct translation is made by WrockWay.
Published Aug 5th 2010, by Petter Arbman
[Caption: Wizard rock band Harry and the Potters from USA
attracted an audience of about 40 people at Gamla Tingshuset in Östersund last night.]
A magical night payed tribute to Hogwarts at Tingshuset
They thought that wizard rock wouldn't have any significant impact in Östersund. But Merlin's beard, just over 40 people are at Gamla Tingshuset, most of them teenage girls in t-shirts saying "I Believe in nargles" and "The Whomping Willows".
A group of five people, who are in the scene, are very dedicated and sing along to every song from each band, jumping happily as if they had taken Felix Felicis.
The first band on stage is The Swedish Shotsnouts, a band that has both English and Swedish songs. They're reminiscent of young Sex Pistols, though they're about 200 times child-friendlier.
Solitary Snape from Stockholm is a rap singer who sings over funky guitar riffs, reminiscent of Red Hot Chili Peppers.
Tonight's featured band, Harry & the Potters, from the USA, begin their show in the middle of the floor with xylophone and guitar.
They have a phenomenal connection with the audience, and they're asking help the whole time, whether it's about werewolf defamation or how to say "Hagrid's beard" in Swedish. The atmosphere is so warm and joyful, something that I've seen only in a few concerts. Around them is a ring of nothing but smiles.
They turn on a slightly aggressive face when the real rock concert kicks off, but even then everybody sings along.
The fantasy of Hogwarts hasn't left the young dreamers. Or myself, for that matter.
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