Hello, everyone. My name is M., and I’m a Potterhead. (In my mind, three-fifths of the interwebs respond, “Hi, M.”) Judging by the fact that the tumbles actually broke a few days ago because of all the fan hysteria over the final movie’s premier, I know I am not alone in this, my umpteenth obsession. After the release of the last book, I put down the HP fanish crazy and alternately picked up the Star Trek and Sherlock obsessions as the ST: Reboot movie and new BBC series came on the scene, respectively. However, in a fit of nostalgia, I’ve been dipping my toes back into the Potterverse, hoping to absorb some of the joyous excitement during what has been for me a draining week.
Back in the day (during the 2 year lead up to Deathly Hallows), I practically lived, ate, breathed, and dreamed of Harry Potter to the exclusion of all else. I read HP fanfiction like it was going the way of the dodo. I listened to all of the Potter podcasts (my favorite was Snapecast). I talked about the books all the time, since I was working in a lab with a bunch of other twenty-somethings who felt similarly about the series. And best of all, I listened to Wizard Rock every freakin’ chance I could get. I’m sure anyone reading this is familiar with wizard rock, but if you’re not, it’s exactly what it sounds like – people writing and performing music about the Potterverse. Official history says that Harry & The Potters started it all, and things blew up from there. There’s actually a spiffy documentary about HP fandom on Netflix, We Are Wizards,which features wizard rock artists, so do go check it out.
I was first introduced to wrock via Draco & The Malfoys when their song, “My Dad Is Rich, and You’re Dad Is Dead” was featured on a segment of an HP podcast to which I was listening. I was immediately hooked. Honestly, look at that title! They are so wonderfully chock full of sarcasm, silliness, slightly wrong humor and very real musical talent that I couldn’t resist. I bought their first self-titled album via download that same day. Like a truly obsessive fan, I then went on to sample some of every wrock band I could find. Luckily for me, this was during the heyday of myspace, and everyone had their songs up for previewing. I came away with many bands that I genuinely liked, but there are only a few that I still listen to for their own sake, and not simply because I want something about the Potterverse – Draco & The Malfoys, The Remus Lupins, The Moaning Myrtles, and The Sectumsempras.
So, the track that suits today is “Loosen Your Tie” by The Remus Lupins off of their first album, Spells from a Broken Wand. This might just be the best wrock song for getting jazzed about things relating to fandom, or just about life in general. For all the crazy, crappy things that happen in the books, I’ve always imagined that for the kids who weren’t always facing a dark wizard trying to kill them, living in the magical world would be as kick ass as this song makes it feel. And for those of us who are really into the HP fandom, this song encapsulates the very tangible excitement of approaching the end of over a decade of Harry Potter in print and on screen. So, without further ado, the song.
And as an introduction to myself as Potterhead, here are my answers to a questionnaire I found on the tumbles:
Your house: Ravenclaw
Your favorite character(s): In order of lurve – Snape, Lupin, McGonagal
Your favorite character of the trio: Hermione!
Least favorite character: Harry (Yep, I just said that. Though from a character portrayal and development perspective, not a likeability as a person perspective. The least likeable would be Umbridge all the way.)
Favorite Book: Prisoner of Azkaban (Lots of Snape and lots of Lupin)
Favorite pairing: Snape/Lupin, but McGonagal/Hooch, Harry/Draco, and Snape/Hermione are pretty enjoyable as well.
How I was introduced to the series: I saw the movies first. The city where I grew up wasn’t known for its high literacy rate and actually had NO bookstores, so I never heard about the books until the first movie came out when I was in college. I then read the first four books the summer between my first and second college years and waited not so patiently as each of the remaining three were released.
Unpopular opinion about the books: I really don’t like Dumbledore, and I never did throughout the books. He always seemed more than a bit manipulative and self-important to me. His persistent maneuvering of both Harry and Snape into increasingly compromising positions for which they were not properly prepared and about which they weren’t given the full details often left me feeling that he might have had just as much of an issue with power as some of the villians in the stories. [Hides behind anonymity of internets. Don't hate me!]