“I thought it would be cool if Harry started his own scrappy punk rock band,” explains Paul DeGeorge, co-founder of the series-inspired fan band Harry and the Potters. Since its inception 20 years ago, J.K. Rowling’s billion-dollar Harry Potter series has spawned feature films, snacks, board games, housewares, jewelry and its own Universal Studios theme park. In the early 2000s, the books even inspired their own musical genre, known as “wizard rock” — and of all the acts in this extraordinarily niche scene, the most prominent was Harry and the Potters. Founded in 2002, the Potters specialize in lo-fi indie rock, sung from the perspective of the protagonist, played by both DeGeorge and his brother Joe. Musically, they take cues from the nerdy meanderings of They Might Be Giants and Magnetic Fields, adding on silly lyrics sourced from the books’ plot lines. Together with comedian Andrew Slack, the duo eventually founded their own nonprofit organization, called the Harry Potter Alliance, which has aided various causes, including global literacy drives and fundraisers to provide health care to Haitians in the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake. “It’s incredible,” said J.K. Rowling of the group in 2007. “It’s humbling, and it’s uplifting to see people going out… Read full this story
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