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Wizard Rock
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Basic Information
Stylistic origins Alternative rock, punk rock, indie rock and the Harry Potter series
Cultural origins Early 2000s (decade), United States
Typical instruments Guitar, bass, drums, keyboard, vocals

Wizard rock (sometimes shortened as Wrock) is a genre of rock music that developed between 2002 and 2004 in the United States. Wizard rock bands are characterized by their performances and humorous songs about the Harry Potter universe. Wizard rock initially started in Massachusetts with Harry and the Potters, though it has grown internationally. Wizard rock embraces a do it yourself ethic, with many bands self-producing their recordings and distributing them through online social networking channels.

CharacteristicsEdit

Leading bands in this genre include Harry and the Potters and Draco and the Malfoys. Although most listeners of the genre are fans of Harry Potter, some bands have attracted listeners outside of the books' fanbase. Wizard rock songs are often written from the point of view of a particular character in the books, usually the character who features in the band's name. In contrast to mainstream bands that have some songs incorporating literary references among a wider repertoire of music (notably Led Zeppelin to The Lord of the Rings), wizard rock bands take their inspiration entirely from the Harry Potter universe. When performing live, wizard rock bands often cosplay, or dress as, characters from the novels.[8] Some bands have performed at fan conventions. Other conventions dedicated exclusively to wrock have been formed, the most notable being wrockstock.

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