As you may or may not know, this is Harry Potter month. Movie 5 and Book 7 both come out (one being last week, one being this week).

It’s all quite exciting, as I am a huge Harry Potter fan.

As such, when I heard the Seattle Public Library was hosting a self-proclaimed “Potterpalooza” I knew that I must attend.

Now, to be completely honest and open in this review, the term “Potterpalooza” is slightly misleading as it consisted of one band. Playing in a library.

The band in question is the veritable “Harry and the Potters” a “wizard rock” band dedicated to capturing the Potter stories in song. Here is a picture.


You’ll note the books in the background.

How was the concert? Exactly as good as one would expect a Harry Potter concert to be. This is a good way to answer the question as if you hate Harry Potter, you’d expect this concert to suck, and you’d have what you would have thought about the concert. If you like Harry Potter, you’d imagine it to be somewhat entertaining yet extremely peculiar, and to the same result.

I fall into that last bucket there – I found it quite amusing. I was surprised the line to get in wrapped around the library and they packed quite the audience. Especially so considering they’re actually not very good at being a band (even if you like Harry Potter, you’d admit they lack a certain luster).

They’re clearly clearing up off the hype of Harry Potter month (aka JULY)… the merch line was long consistently throughout the concert. I picked up a CD and a shirt proclaiming the need to “Save Ginny” – the shirt pretty much being the coolest thing ever.


I’d wear it to the book release, but I have a costume.

Oh yes, oh yes I do.