Literature, Music, and Costumes

Previously we posted about Flight of the Conchords and the zany costumes they come up with for their music videos. But they’re not the only band that dresses up for fun!

I don’t know how many of you are familiar with wizard rock. It’s a genre that promotes literacy and fighting evil by rocking out to Harry Potter-based music. There’s much more to wizard rock that I can really cover in a pithy sentence, but what I’m really here to talk about, of course, is the costuming. Part of what makes it so awesome is that everyone can dress up. The bands dress as characters from the books, the fans dress up as witches and wizards, and even the instruments get costumes!

Music, Harry Potter, and costumes—all in one! It’s too good to be true!

Brothers Joe and Paul DeGeorge wear Harry Potter costumes for their band, Harry and the Potters. The two of them created their band, and wizard rock, in 2002.

Costumes on top of costumes! The Harrys don Santa hats for a Yule Ball performance.

Brian Ross and Bradley Mehlenbacher dress as Draco Malfoy for their band Draco and the Malfoys.

Jace of Catchlove wears a Ravenclaw uniform.

Joe plays a saxophone painted red and gold to become The Sax of Gryffindor.

Paul plays a guitar decked out as a broomstick.

Alex Carpenter of The Remus Lupins encounters a fan dressed as Lord Voldemort at a wrock show.

There are some pretty amazing costumes out there for this genre—I heard that Matt Maggiacomo of The Whomping Willows wore a tree costume once at a performance, but unfortunately I wasn’t able to find any photos of it!

Check out the Moaning Myrtles in their schoolgirl uniforms in this video!

There are literally hundreds of wizard rock bands—it’s become somewhat of a grassroots indie movement–and getting to dress up as witches and wizards is only part of the fun.

So which wizard rock band has the best costumes? I think Harry and the Potters win for their dressed up instruments, but why don’t you browse around Youtube videos of wrock concerts and decide for yourself?

More info on wizard rock, for those who desire it, can be found at

Images for this post are borrowed from the Wizrocklopedia galleries.

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