Some Ultimate Songs for the Ultimate Scenes

This is going to be the first incarnation of some of the fun, non-specific-band-related things I plan on doing throughout the coming year. Sometimes this will be a playlist based on a topic, centered around a character, or a general theme. It could honestly be anything, so look forward to further fun things like this!

There are some scenes in the Harry Potter series that are, let’s be honest, more important and poignant than others. I’ve taken some time to mentally re-cap the books in my mind, listing these moments and what I consider to be the Wizard Rock songs that best emulate them. I feel like I have represented a wide range of Wizard Rock in this list, so have fun with this!

Feel free to share with me the song choices you would make for the scenes from the books that are listed below! What other scenes can you think of with songs to go with them?

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19 November 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Fun Stuff. 10 comments.

Oliver Boyd and the Remembralls

Band: Oliver Boyd and the Remembralls
Website: Myspace

Christian Caldeira, who is Oliver Boyd and the Remembralls, is a very intriguing member of the Wizard Rock Community. In a conversation I had with him at Wrockstock, he informed me that his initial discovery of Wizard Rock wasn’t as exciting for him as it was for me (I recall shock, amazement, joy, and jumping about in my own personal discovery story). He soon came to realize what the Community was and what it meant and proceeded to write music at that point.

Though I’m sure there are plenty of Wizard Rockers and Wizard Rock fans alike who first came upon Wizard Rock in a similar fashion – so what is it about Christian that makes this so interesting to me? Four words: ‘End of an Era’.

There is a style within Wizard Rock known as meta-wizard rock or meta-wrock. Essentially, the content of meta-wrock songs is no longer directly about Harry Potter and his cohorts specifically, but about the effect the characters, the stories, and the music have had on us as people in the real world. There are any number of meta-wrock songs out there now, but when Christian wrote ‘End of an Era’, it wasn’t as big of a craze… yet.

This song was written in anticipation of the release of the final Harry Potter book. For well over a year, it felt like all fans of the books and the music were taking this song, listening to it time and again, and sharing it with every other HP fan of their acquaintance. Unless that was just me… because boy was I in that camp! I knew that the final book release would cause some of the people I had been talking to about the books and discussing Wizard Rock with to suddenly drop off the face of my Earth. They would still exist, but no longer would they be in the chats, forums, and around Myspace on band pages.

I can’t begin to count the number of times I have been moved to tears by listening to any of the versions of this song out there. I have heard the original version, the acoustic version, the Marked As His Equal version, the Roonil Wazlib version, the acoustic instrumental version, and now the rocked out version that Christian prepared for and performed at Wrockstock ’09.

At this point, it has become one of the first songs I turn to when I am feeling the Harry Potter nostalgia, the Wizard Rock longing, and the direct need to spend time with the many amazing people around the world that I have met through this fandom.

‘So I will miss the train ride in / And the pranks pulled by the Twins / Though it’s nowhere I have been / I’ll keep on smiling from the times I had with them’

16 November 2009. Tags: , , . Band of the Day. 6 comments.