- Harry and the Potters (album)
Name = Harry and the Potters
Type = studio
Harry and the Potters
Released = June 2003
Recorded = DeGeorge Family Living Room April — May 2003
Wizard rock, Indie rock
Length = 38:27
Label = Eskimo Laboratories
Producer = Harry and the Potters
Harry and the Potters
This album = "Harry and the Potters"
Next album = "
Voldemort Can't Stop the Rock!"
"Harry and the Potters" is the
eponymousdebut album from wizard rock and indie rockband, Harry and the Potters. It was released in June 2003 by independent record label, Eskimo Laboratories. The album was inspired by the first four novels in the " Harry Potter" book series.
The album's song "Save Ginny Weasley" remains the band's biggest hit. The album received no chart success and no music videos were recorded for it.
"Harry and the Potters" was recorded and produced by Harry and the Potters in 2003 under the Eskimo Laboratories
record label, at the DeGeorge Family Living Room in Massachusetts.cite news |first=Emily |last=Sweeney |authorlink= |author= |coauthors= |title=Sibling musicians bring out the 'punk' in Harry Potter |url=http://www.boston.com/news/local/articles/2004/09/16/sibling_musicians_bring_out_the_punk_in_harry_potter/ |format= |work= |publisher= The Boston Globe|id= |pages= |page= |date=2004-09-16|accessdate=2008-07-06|language= |quote= ] Vocalist Paul DeGeorgesays, "We were pretty much writing songs and then recording them on the spot".cite web |url=http://wizrocklopedia.com/index.php/exclusive-interviews/harry-and-the-potters-dish/ |title=Harry and the Potters DISH! |accessdate=2008-07-06 |work= |publisher=Wizrocklopedia |date= ] This statement emphasizes the band's do-it-yourself amateurishness as an essential aspect of the album.cite news |first=Brzozowski |last=Aleksandra |authorlink= |author= |coauthors= |title=Bowling with Bands: Harry and the Potters |url=http://www.streethawkmagazine.com/wpf/?p=36 |format= |work= |publisher=Street Hawk Magazine |id= |pages= |page= |date=2007-07-18|accessdate=2008-07-06|language= |quote= ]
In recording "Harry and the Potters", the band aimed to release the album shortly before the fifth book in the Harry Potter series, "
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix" was released.cite news |first=Ben |last=Rosen |authorlink= |author= |coauthors= |title=Wailing Wizards: Boston brothers' musical repertoire inspired by Harry Potter |url=http://media.www.dailynorthwestern.com/media/storage/paper853/news/2004/07/08/Scene/Wailing.Wizards-1915196.shtml |format= |work= |publisher= The Daily Northwestern|id= |pages= |page= |date=2004-08-07|accessdate=2008-07-06|language= |quote= ] According to Paul, "We were in a rush to get that stuff done before the 5th book release" and this instinct supports claims it took only two weekends to record the album.cite news |first=Christina |last=Couch |authorlink= |author= |coauthors= |title=Harry and the Potters rock by the book |url=http://www.csmonitor.com/2005/1118/p15s01-almp.html |format= |work= |publisher= The Christian Science Monitor|id= |pages= |page= |date=2005-11-18|accessdate=2008-07-06|language= |quote= ] He went on to say "it’s kind of cool because it serves as a document and really captures the moment".
In order to publicise the release, Harry and the Potters decided to undertake a summer tour performing at libraries through the publicity from the highly anticipated release of "
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix". On 21 June 2003 the band played five sets in a span of 24 hours.
All music and lyrics were written by Joe DeGeorge, Paul DeGeorge and Ernie Kim.
# "I am a Wizard" – 2:34
# "Platform 9 and ¾" – 1:04
# "The Dark Lord Lament" – 2:02
# "Fluffy" – 0:17
# "Wizard Chess" – 1:26
# "Problem Solving Skillz" – 1:43
# "Back to School" – 1:22
# "The Foil (Malfoy)" – 1:35
# "Follow the Spiders" – 1:34
# "Save Ginny Weasley" – 3:02
# "2 Weeks to Myself" – 3:10
# "Gryffindor Rocks" – 1:36
# "The Firebolt" – 1:26
# "My Teacher is a Werewolf" – 0:36
# "The Godfather" – 2:37
# "The Fourth Triwizard Champion" – 2:14
# "The Yule Ball" – 2:25
# "These Days are Dark" – 5:27
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