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HARRY POTTER: We Are Wizards

By Jackie Burrell
Friday, July 10th, 2009 at 6:08 am in Movies.

We Are Wizards documentary art
OK, so more than 500 showings of “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” have already sold out nationwide, and Fandango reports tickets are flying out the door – well, out the online door, anyway. Not surprising. But if you’re looking for ways to pass the time till 12:01 a.m. Wednesday, when the first frames of the latest Hogwarts flick flicker onto the screen, here’s an excellent one. Remember our wizard wrock discussion yesterday? It’s the musical genre that began as a passing mention in Rowling’s books — and a cameo by members of Radiohead and Pulp as a wizard band in the fourth movie.

But to really see the wizard wrock phenomenon in action, check out “We Are Wizards,” a documentary that debuted at SXSW last summer. At the time director Josh Koury began filming in 2006, there were 79 wizard wrock bands out there, including the Hungarian Horntails, two brothers, ages 5 and 8, who play punk Potter. Now there are 592. Catch a glimpse of the littlest musicians at the 0:59 mark on the film’s trailer. Or get comfy and watch the whole thing for free on Hulu.

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