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This is a very special episode—the very FIRST in which we mix wizard and muggle music! With this episode, we have created a musical companion to various moments throughout Harry’s life. Inspired by this post.

Season 6 - Episode 12 - Soundtrack to Harry’s Life

"Hedwig’s Theme" from Harry Potter & the Sorcerer’s Stone
"Ascendio" by Ministry of Magic
"Platform 9 and 3/4" by Harry and the Potters
"Why Won’t You Shake My Hand?" by Draco and the Malfoys
"Good Life" by OneRepublic
"My Life Would Suck Without You" by Kelly Clarkson
"Happy Christmas Day" by Oliver Boyd & the Remembralls
"Calls Me Home" by Shannon LaBrie
"Marauders" by Danny Dementor
"He Lives In You" from The Lion King
"Island, IS" by Volcano Choir
"NIghttiming" by Coconut Records
"Only Power Remains" by Ministry of Magic
"The Call" by Regina Spektor
"We Take Care of Our Own" by Bruce Springsteen
"We Are The DA" by Oliver Boyd & the Decemberists
"The Funeral" by Band of Horses
"Going the Distance" by Lucas Grabeel
"Kryptonite" by 3 Doors Down
"Palmitos Park" by El Guincho
"Inferi Arise" by Narcissa Black
"Hear You Me" by Jimmy Eat World
"Furr" by Blitzen Trapper
"This is Why We Fight" by the Decemberists
"Eyes on Fire" by Blue Foundation
"I’m Alive" from Next to Normal
"We Are The Champions" by Queen

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This week we get real academic with our discussion of how magic works within the universe of Harry Potter. 

Season 6 - Episode 6 - The Limits of Magic

"Music is Magic" by the Remus Lupins
"All My Magic" by Creevey Crisis
"It’s Magic" by Draco and the Malfoys
"History of Magic" by Gred and Forge
"Magical Fall" by the Hermione Crookshanks Experience
"Imperiused When I Left You" by Into the Pensieve
"The Ministry of Magic" by Ministry of Magic
"You Don’t Know Jack (About Magic)" by Oliver Boyd & the Remembralls
"Beyond the Veil" by the Remus Lupins
"Magical Me" by the Quaffle Kids
"Thoughts on the Ministry of Magic" by the Whomping Willows
"Broomsticks and Apparitions" by Fawkes
"The Art of Parseltongue" by Hawthorne and Holly
"Trio in Trouble" by Oliver Boyd & the Remembralls
"The Lonely Wild" by the Weasel King
"Where Do We Go from Here?" by Catchlove
"The Cold, Wild Yonder" by Oliver Boyd & the Remembralls
"And Winter Never Ends" by the Hermione Crookshanks Experience
"My Patronus" by Tonks and the Aurors
"Legilimency Victim" by the Sectumsempras
"In the Pensieve" by the 8th Horcrux
"Out of Ideas" by Draco and the Malfoys

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This week is all about Pottermore. We play a random collection of tunes that relate to several new tidbits we learn about the Potterverse through Pottermore—about wandlore, the Hufflepuff house common room, J.K. Rowling’s original list of characters, Quirrell, McGonagall, and more!

PS: Our apologies for the crappy audio quality. Everything’s been a bit fuzzy since lightning struck the radio tower a few weeks ago. 

Season 5 - Episode 13 - Pottermore

"Quick Quotes Quill" by Tom Riddle & Friends
"Owl Post Strike" by the Owl Post & the Mudbloods 
"If You Wanna Rock at Quidditch" by the 8th Horcrux  
"Meet Me on Diagon Alley" by Ministry of Magic 
"Hedwig’s Jam" by the Weasel King
"If This Wand Could Talk" by Catchlove
"Grab My Wand, I Dare You" by Oliver Boyd & the Remembralls
"Trains, Doubts and Dreams" by the Hermione Crookshanks Experience
"Train to Nowhere" by Oliver Boyd & the Remembralls
"The Sorting Hat" by Talons & Tea Leaves
"SLY in Slytherin" by Swish & Flick
"Just a Hufflepuff" by Oliver Boyd & the Remembralls
"We are Ravenclaws" by DJ Accio
"Go Go Gryffindor by the Misuse of Muggle Artifacts
"The Duel" by Draco and the Malfoys
"Potions Yesterday" by Draco and the Malfoys
"Petunia by RiddleTM
"My Baby" by Ministry of Magic
"Butterfly Kisses for Minerva" by Tom Riddle
"Different as can be" by Joe Walker and Brian Rosenthal (AVPM)
"Battle of Hogwarts" by Ministry of Magic 

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This week, TWH considers religion in two ways:

In the first hour, we talk about the role that religion plays in the series—from the Bible quotes on Ariana and Kendra Dumbledore’s and James and Lily Potter’s graves, to the Jesus figure that Harry comes to represent when he is willing to sacrifice himself on behalf of his friends.

In the second hour, we discuss how the Harry Potter fandom functions as a religion, which features guest speaker Luis Alba-Sanchez!! Luis has looked closely at this idea, and he explores the function of the books as a “sacred text,” the devotion of fans as seen in Dear Mr. Potter and more.

Season 5 - Episode 11 - Religion in Harry Potter // Harry Potter as Religion

"Dumbledore" by Harry and the Potters
"Dumbi vs. Voldi" by Fresh Dumbledore
"Dumbledore’s Song" by Oliver Boyd and the Remembralls
"The Last Enemy Defeated is Death" by Ministry of Magic
"Sacrifice" by Stephanie and the Quaffles
"Harry Potter is Dead" by Ministry of Magic
"I Couldn’t Kill Albus Dumbledore" by Draco and the Malfoys
"The Weapon" by Harry and the Potters
"Snape vs. Snape" by Ministry of Magic
"Open at the Close" by Oliver Boyd and the Remembralls 
"On the Other Side" by Ministry of Magic
"Like It’s Quidditch" by the Station
"I Want Harry Potter Back" by Lily & James
"It’s Real for Us" by Lauren Fairweather
"We’re the Potter Fandom" by the 8th Horcrux
"For Jo" by RiddleTM
"Post-Potter Depression" by Lauren Fairweather 

Tune in next-next week! (Podcast to follow, of course.)

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On tap this week is ancient magic, that is, magic of a most powerful sort! We discuss (and ultimately, ask a lot of unanswerable questions about) the kinds of magic that are either extremely old, extremely powerful, performed without wands or all of the above. We touch on ancient beasts like dragons and basilisks, as well as enchantments such as blood sacrifice, life debts, Dumbledore’s protections over Harry while he lives at the Dursley’s and more! It’s a really diverse bunch of music, so enjoy. Unfortunately we ran out of time at the end and couldn’t fully discuss Unbreakable Vows, Hallows or Horcruxes, so maybe we’ll have to save those for another time.

Season 5 - Episode 5 - Ancient Magic~*~*~*

"History of Magic" by Gred and Forge
"It’s Dragons! It’s Mermaids! It’s a Maze!!!" by the Mudbloods
"Dragons and Beasts" by Ginny and the Heartbreakers
"The Art of Parseltongue" by Hawthorn & Holly
"Basilisssssk" by Alas Earwax!
"Fawkes’ Lament" by Talons & Tea Leaves
"Phoenix Tears" by Harry and the Potters
"Follow the Red Sparks" by the Weasel King
"Keeping Secrets from Me" by Harry and the Potters
"Petunia" by Obliviate!
"Petunia" by RiddleTM
"Petunia in September (1981)" by the First Task is Dragons
"Lily and You" by 2 Animagi and a Werewolf
"Lily" by Ministry of Magic
"It Burns" by Halfblood Princess
"Open at the Close" by Oliver Boyd & the Remembralls
"Sacrifice" by Stephanie and the Quaffles
"The Weapon" by Harry and the Potters
"Peter Pettigrew (That Rat)" by Catchlove
"Ballad of Wormtail" by Tom Riddle and Friends
"Unbreakable Vow" by the Purebloods
"The Hallows" by Oliver Boyd & the Remembralls
"So This is It (Taking Off This Locket)" by the Hermione Crookshanks Experience 
"Seven Shadows" by Ministry of Magic 

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The episode in which we discover Drapple. Draco + Apple. Talk about true love! For our Valentine’s show we chose our favorite wizard rock love songs. So, yeah, guys, that means a lot of Ministry of Magic. A lot of Harry/Ginny. A lot of Ron/Hermione. 

Season 5 - Episode 4 - LOVE

"The Weapon" by Harry and the Potters
"Love (Intro)" by the Weasel King
"Portkey to your Heart" by Into the Pensieve
"Catalyst for Love" by Ministry of Magic
"Secret Kisses" by 142 Staircases
"I’ve Just Seen a Witch" by Madame Pince and the Librarians
"Caught in your Devil’s Snare" by Into the Pensieve
"The Valentine’s Song" by Ginny and the Weasleys
"Meet Me on Diagon Alley" by MOM
"Oh Ginny" by Oliver Boyd & the Remembralls
"Love, Ginny" by Obliviate! 
"Ginny Gets Around" by Gred and Forge
"Save Ginny Weasley from Dean Thomas" by Harry and the Potters
"Orchideous Symphony" by Ministry of Magic
"Won Won" by Ode to Lav Lav
"Smoochey Smoochey Pukey Pukey" by Harry and the Potters
"Hermione’s Birds & Boys" by Harry and the Potters
"Broken Hearted" by the Hermione Crookshanks Experience
"Hermione’s Song (You & Me)" by Oliver Boyd and the Rememberalls
"Whatever You Like" by DJ Ronald B
"Accio Love" by Ministry of Magic 
"Sonorous Love" by Ministry of Magic
"Bill’s Hot Girlfriend" by Gred and Forge
"No Matter How Far (I’ll Still Love You)" by Talons & Tea Leaves
"Great, I’m in Love with a Flower" by Padfoot & Prongs
"Lily" by Ministry of Magic
"A Pensieve Full of Unrequited Love" by the Mudbloods
"Werewolf Love" by Tonks and the Aurors
"For Those Who Are Desperate, For Those Who Are Lost, For Those Who Have Acne" by Bella’s Love
"I Believe in Nargles" by the Whomping Willows
"Lovegood" by Ministry of Magic

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Wow—a lot of characters in HP die. This week on TWH, we discuss the important role that death plays in the Potterverse. For a while we discuss this article about who “deserved” to die and who didn’t, we tangent about LOTR and Twilight, and—shockingly!—we acknowledge one passing that we’ve been denying for years.

In retrospect, we should have talked about thestrals. The concept of “seeing death” is fascinating. Ah well, there’s always next time!

Season 4 - Episode 12 - And then I died

"The Avada Kedavara song" by the 8th Horcrux
"And Then I Died" by the Moaning Myrtles
"The Dark Lord Lament" by Harry and the Potters
"Bring my Body Back" by the Cedric Diggorys
"Remember Cedric Diggory" by the Cedric Diggorys
"Bridge to the Other Side" by Oliver Boyd & the Rememberalls
"The Godfather" by Harry and the Potters
"Ode to Sirius Black" by the 8th Horcrux
"Aragog Tonight" by Bella’s Love
"APWBD" by the Remus Lupins
"Dumbledore" by Harry and the Potters
"Legacy of the Fallen Wizard" by Catchlove
"Through and Through" by the Weasel King
"Fawkes’ Lament" by Talons and Tea Leaves
"Falling Sidecar" by Ministry of Magic
"Here Lies Dobby" by Fred Lives
"Evanesco Dobby" by Ministry of Magic
"Fred’s Dead" by Gred and Forge
"Werewolf Love" by Tonks and the Aurors
"More than Just a Werewolf" by RiddleTM
"Bravest Man I Ever Knew" by Ministry of Magic

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 Happy Christmas everyone!

 We now present our semi-annual holiday show! hooray!  so get your Weasley sweaters on and pop open a  butterbeer, because The Witching Hour is about to get  COZY.

So make sure you tune in to catch (a possible shortened version of) the holiday show! and as always, we hope you have yourselves a Harry little Christmas (or Hanukkah or Kwanzaa or Solstice or whatever other excellent holiday you celebrate).


Also, a few announcements: As our closest followers may notice, this posting is out of order. Sara’s way behind on the podcasts (as usual) so we’re gifting you all this episode as it is, after all, Christmas.

After that, there will be some big changes coming to TWH! We’re switching podcast hosts, and we’ll soon be moving our blog to tumblr. Look for that, and the rest of the episodes from season 4 in the next few weeks.

Season 4 - Episode 14 - And a Partridge in the Whomping Willow Tree

"The Cold Wild Yonder" by Oliver Boyd & the Remembralls
"Xmas Rules, Voldemort Drools" by Harry & the Potters
"Christmas at Hogwarts" by Hungry Hungry Hippogriffs
"My Wish List" by MC Kreacher
"Help Me Hagrid" by Justin Finch-Fletchley & the Sugar Quills
"Have Yourself a Harry Little Christmas" by Gred & Forge
"Drop the Needle, it’s Christmas" by Dumbledore
"Yuletide Anthem" by Kwikspell
"Seasonal Depression" by the Whomping WIllows
"A Ministry-Approved Christmas" by Peeved
"So Much Love" by Snidget
"I Need Some Mistletoe" by Neville Longbottom
"The Twelve Days of Wizard Christmas" by Gred & Forge
"The Sweater Song" by the Hermione Crookshanks Experience
"Happy Christmas Day" by Oliver Boyd & the Remembralls
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Dear listeners,

Finally!! Our special one-hour episode with Harry and the Potters is now available here, and on iTunes!

Season 4 - Episode 8 - Harry and the Potters take over TWH

Backstory: The guys came to Whitman and performed on Saturday, Oct. 29. After the show, we snuck up to the KWCW station and did a special show from midnight to 1 am. They picked the tracks, told some jokes about Walla Walla, took some calls, and generally had a blast.

In fact, they had such fun that we should offer our apologies for the poor audio quality at points—the guys were just super excited and making the levels crazy. I did a bit of editing, but c’est la vie. ENJOY!

Here’s a sample of the guys’ selections:

  • Hot Chocolate
  • Fugazi
  • Weezer
  • Clarence Clemens & the Red Bank Rockers

And Jacob: We’re still wondering. Did Bobby ever get his prize?

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This is so terribly belated, I knoooooow! Sorry, dear listeners! (My computer crashed. Sympathy plz?) But finally, we present to you our special episode devoted to Dear Mr. Potter, the book that collected fan letters written to the characters who changed their lives—Harry, Ginny, Hermione, Ron, Luna and the others. In the episode we read a few of the letters, talk about role that HP and the fan culture has played in our own lives, and play some sweet meta-wrock (that is, wizard rock about wizard rock and wizard culture!) Speaking of which….

Season 4 - Episode 7 - Dear Mr. Potter

"The Leaky Con Theme Song" by the House of Black & Swish and Flick
"Potter Addict" by the House of Black
"Wizard Rock Heart Throb" by the Whomping Willows
"I’m Bringin’ Sneakoscopes" by the Sneakoscopes
"Wizard Rock Twist" by the Remus Lupins
"This is Never Going to End" by the Parselmouths
"Post Potter Depression" by Lauren Fairweather
"Rock with a W" by Buckbeak’s Flight
"Big Magic Wreggae Party" by Mimbulus Mimbletonia
"For Jo" by RiddleTM
"Open Letter to the Entire Wizarding Community" by the Whomping Willows
"Wrock Fan Girl" by the House of Black
"My Parents are Muggles" by Seen and Unforeseen
"Like It’s Quidditch" by the Station
"Book 6 Made Me Cry" by Danny Dementor
"Bring Back Richard Harris" by Harry Potter and the Magic of Music
"Needlessly Complicated" by the Butterbeer Experience
"House Song" by Ministry of Magic

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Another week, another podcast. And this week Sara and Claire cover all the angsty-est topics that ever were whined about.

Season 4 - Episode 6 - Angst of a Phoenix

"Angsty Wizard Summer" by Bella’s Love

"Emo Guy" by the Moaning Myrtles
"Keeping Secrets From Me" by Harry and the Potters
"End of an Era" by Oliver Boyd & the Rememberalls
"Teenage Werewolf" by the Remus Lupins
"Seasonal Depression" by the Whomping Willows
"These Dreams are Dark" by Harry and the Potters
"Helena’s Story" by the Butterbeer Experience
"I Couldn’t Kill Albus Dumbledore" by Draco and the Malfoys
"The Year Harry Went Emo" by Peeved
"Bridge to the Other Side" by Oliver Boyd & the Rememberalls
"Old Enough to Die" by Ministry of Magic
"Don’t Throw that Book" by the Moaning Myrtles
"I Miss You" by the Purebloods
"For Those Who Are Desperate, For Those Who Are Lost, For Those Who Have Acne" by Bella’s Love
"Ode to Lav-Lav" by Roonil Wazlib
"Lavender’s Lament" by the Bezoar Project
"Fawkes’ Lament" by Talons & Tea Leaves
"The Dark Lord Lament" by Harry and the Potters
"Dean Don’t Push Me" by Ginny and the Weasleys
"Occlumency Lessons" by the Misuse of Muggle Artifacts Office
"The Blood of a Prince" by Harry and the Potters
"Lily (The Sweetest Torture)" by Narcissa Black
"The Godfather" by Harry and the Potters
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This past Saturday, Harry and the Potters contributed to the #OccupyBoston protests, part of the larger #OccupyWallStreet movement, in their own magical way. Drawing parallels to the Potterverse, they declared an #OccupyGringotts movement, as described on their tumblr.

In this spirit, TWH joined in this week with an entire episode dedicated to a discussion of the wizard economy, Gringotts, social movements, government, media and the larger “-isms” addressed by JKR.

We spun tracks primarily from the first and second volumes of Wizards and Muggles Rock for Social Justice and Rocking Against Voldemedia, which both supported the Harry Potter Alliance, the #1 Harry Potter social justice activist group, which we’ve talked about on several occasions.

But on to the podcast…

Season 4 - Episode 5 - #occupygringotts

"Money for Christmas" by the Gringotts Goblin Choir
"Voldemort Controls the Media" by Roonil Wazlib
"My Dad is Rich" by Draco and the Malfoys
"Your Family is Poor" by Draco and the Malfoys
"What up, Hogwarts?" by Big Whompy
"It’s Quite Alright" by Catchlove
"Friends" by the Cedric Diggorys
"Werewolf Rights Now" by the Remus Lupins
"United We Fight" DJ Luna Lovegood
"Fang (Keeps Peeing in my Lake)" by the Giant Squidstravaganza
"Save the Quibbler" by Gred and Forge
"Eff the Ministry" by Justin Finch-Fletchley
"Goyle’s Pants" by Draco and the Malfoys
"The Rebel Call" by the Whomping Willows
"Part-Werewolf for Hire" by Gred and Forge
"Woe is Me" by Oliver Boyd and the Remembralls
"Maybe Kreacher Will Bring Me a Sandwich" by Harry and the Potters
"Here’s the Scoop" by DJ Luna Lovegood
"(Never) Do What You’re Told" by the Remus Lupins
"Owl Post Strike" by the Owl Post and the Mudbloods
"Don’t Believe It" by Harry and the Potters
"Quick Quotes Quill" by Tom Riddle & Friends
"Potterwatch Episode 294" by the Sneakoscopes
"Howl at the Moon" by the Moaning Myrtles
"Sniffle My Niffle" by the Nifflers
"I’m in Love with the World" by the Pizookies
"A Werewolf, A Willow" by the Remus Lupins
"Potterwatch" by Catchlove
"Jerry the Goblin" by Tom Riddle & Friends

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As many of our dear listeners know, we had the wonderful opportunity to chat with Paul and Joe DeGeorge of Harry and the Potters this past June before their Ride The Lightening performance in Portland. All summer we dragged the excitement out as we talked and talked and talked about what amazing guys they are. But seriously. Genuine and absolutely hilarious, the duo had some great things to say. For this week’s show, we combined the interview with some of beloved, but lesser played, Harry and the Potters tracks and talked a bit about the origins of the Witching Hour. Really, our existence is all thanks to these two, the accidental founders of the wizard rock genre.

You’d think it really doesn’t get any better… until it does! After a bit of Witching Hour magic, Whitman Events Board and our radio station, KWCW 90.5 FM Walla Walla, have secured a SPECIAL WHITMAN SHOW this coming Halloween weekend of Harry and the Potters! Hurrah! More details to come, dear (local) listeners.

So, without further ado, a REAL, actual, not deleted proper podcast!

Season 4 - Episode 4 - Wizard rock origins: Harry and the Potters

(all songs by HATP unless otherwise noted.)

"Harry Potter"
"I Am A Wizard"
"Wizard Chess"
"Song for the Death Eaters"
"Voldemort Can’t Stop the Rock"
"This Book is So Awesome" by Ministry of Magic
"Taking You 2 Skool" by Dumbledore
"Haircut"
"The Enchanted Ceiling"
"Stick it to Dolores"
"We Are Wizards" by MC Kreacher
"Maybe Kreacher Will Bring Me A Sandwich"
"Never Going to the Bathroom Again"
"The Blood of a Prince"
"Accio Hagrid"
"The Missing Arm of Victor Krum"
"Save Ginny Weasley"
"Save Ginny Weasley from Dean Thomas"
"Dumbledore’s Army" (live)
"The Fourth Triwizard Champion"
"These Days are Dark"

(Both photos by Ben Hovland.)