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August 20, 2008

Daniel Radcliffe has our movie!!!

Thanks to the wrocking Willene Wadkins of Las Vegas, whom we met at the Clark County Library screening last week, The Wizard Rockumentary is now in the hands of Harry Potter star Dan Radcliffe. As quoted by MTV:

At his New York Times TimesTalk event on Tuesday (August 19), the actor was asked if he were planning to attend a local wizard-rock fest while he's in New York for the limited-engagement Broadway run of "Equus." "I've heard of wizard rock — Harry and the Potters, right? — but I haven't actually heard it yet."

The audience member — from Harry Potter meet-up club the Group That Shall Not Be Named — then handed Radcliffe a DVD of Megan and Mallory Schuyler's "The Wizard Rockumentary" film.

"That's awesome," he laughed. "Thank you very much. I've just been made aware of it."

The Harry Potter Alliance
July 12, 2008

Wizard Rockumentary

At Portus in Dallas this summer, we had the awesome opportunity of hanging out with the fantastic Andrew Slack of the Harry Potter Alliance. If you haven't checked out this amazing organization, endorsed by J. K. Rowling herself, you really should. Andrew had this to say about the film:

"At Portus I just saw a screening of The Wizard Rockumentary: a Movie about Rocking and Rowling. The film is genius. It’s brilliant. It’s moving. And it so beautifully captures one of the most unique and exciting movements in the history of literature and independent music. Please see this movie if you can. It makes you so proud to be a Harry Potter fan and part of this incredible and growing movement that is Wizard Rock!"

Seattle Post-Intellegencer
June 26, 2008


This is indeed the nerdiest rock documentary on record. With more than 500 bands playing nothing but songs based on the "Harry Potter" books, twin-sister directors Mallory and Megan Schuyler have plenty to work with, from genre-jumping Harry and the Potters to villainous punk rockers Draco and the Malfoys. They also tackle peripheral subjects such as the emergence of MySpace.com as an instant communication phenomenon that makes grass-roots movements such as this possible. There are a few musicians here who are embarrassingly serious about their prospects for rock stardom, but most share a sense of humor about their obsession. We glimpse them in various small gatherings, as well as the Lumos convention in Las Vegas, where they must pass muster with legions of fully costumed fans from around the world. Of local interest is the release party for the series' final book, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows," at the University Book Store, featuring Seattle duo The Parselmouths. At the end of the film, wizard rock heartthrob Alex announces that he has done this for long enough and wants to grow up. But he can't; it's too much fun. (Bill White)


At the Grand Illusion through Thursday. 92 minutes. Unrated. Filmmakers will be present at the first Friday night screening as well as the Saturday afternoon screenings. Three Washington bands -- Hogwarts Trainwreck, Colin and the Creeveys, and The Fizzing Whizbees -- will perform.

The Seattle Times
June 27, 2008

"The Wizard Rockumentary": turning magic wands into drumsticks

By Moira Macdonald, Seattle Times movie critic

"The Grand Illusion this week presents a documentary that sounds tailor-made for Harry Potter fans. "The Wizard Rockumentary: A Movie About Rocking and Rowling," directed by 22-year-old Spokane filmmakers Mallory and Megan Schuyler, explores the world of wizard rock: bands whose music celebrates the Harry Potter universe. [...]"

Read the whole article here.

April 18, 2008

Wizard Rockumentary Review: HogPro Reporter Arabella Figg At Spokane World Premiere

It was wonderful meeting Deborah (aka Arabella Figg) from HogPro at our Daylight Premiere! Who knew we had a Hogwarts Professor right here in Spokane?!

"[...] I encourage everyone to see this delightful and moving documentary. It, like many other efforts, is a first in the foundation of Harry Potter scholarship.

One musician said the growth of wizard rock wouldn’t have happened without the Internet (which could be said of most of HP fandom interaction/output). And fans were too young when the series emerged and most current wiz rockers are moving into adult life in which their interests will likely change. My husband Richard rightly said the Schuyler’s documentary “is a snapshot of our culture. It couldn’t have been made ten years before or ten years into the future, only before the huge anticipation of the release of Deathly Hallows. The Schuylers have done an important work in capturing this moment forever.”

The Schuylers’ documentary is critical because it chronicles an aspect of Potter fandom currently under the radar for most people. I believe it a “Sirius mistake” for those absorbed with the deeper aspects of HP to dismiss wizard rock; it’s a relevant, artistic component of the HP experience and an effective, fun way for young people to express their passion for the books. It entices those unfamiliar with Harry Potter and leads HP readers to further explore the ideas contained within.

And the Schuylers have captured it all beautifully."

Read the whole review here.

Photos by Richard Chan

April 15, 2008

the wizard rockumentary: a movie about rocking and rowling

Our first review, by a journalism student at Whitworth College here in Spokane who attended our World Premiere. If you're curious to find out more about what our movie is about, this well-written and entertaining review should answer some of your questions.

"[...] It’s a lot more interesting than a movie about Harry Potter bands has any right to be. [...]"

Read the review here.

Spokane 7
April 11, 2008

Documenting Harry's Spell
The effect that Harry Potter has on the real world – now that's magic.

"It seems it takes the highest echelon of spellcraft to get young people excited to read anything that's not in the form of a text message. But the most hardcore fans of the Harry Potter series are way past excited. They've conjured up their own subculture, especially in regard to the wizard rock movement – the still growing class of indie rock based around the lives of wizards, muggles, and Mudbloods. It's a world of fandom whose origins have been encapsulated in the locally made "Wizard Rockumentary" produced and directed by twin sister filmmakers Megan and Mallory Schuyler.[...]"

Read the whole article here.

Fantasy Is Love
April 10, 2008

Wizard Rockumentary Premiere!

Interview by Faith McKay

"We recently had the opprotunity to catch up with Mallory Schuyler, one of the twin sisters behind the Wizard Rockumentary on the day before their big premiere in their hometown of Spokane, WA. When we last talked to them, the sisters were still in full blown editing phase, and now the film is premiering at various events around the country.

How have people been reacting since announcing your upcoming premiere?

Mallory Schuyler
We've received a lot of support and have enjoyed sharing in the excitement with our friends, both here at home and online. Since the wizard rock community is spread all across the world, choosing a location for the premiere was difficult because no matter where we chose to host it, so many of the people involved wouldn't be able to attend. In the end, we knew that we had to have the premiere here in our hometown, that that would mean the most, and we've been overwhelmed with how much local support we have received."

Read the whole interview here.

March 24, 2008

Wrocking and Rowling Wrockumentary!

I'm not sure this really qualifies as being "in the news" but we were really flattered at the write up by one of our favorite interviewees, John Granger (awesome last name, yes?). Though he is rather infallible about all things Potter, he is incorrect in assuming that his interview did not make the final cut. Sorry John!

"[...] I met the twin towers who made this “wrockumentary” in Las Vegas at Lumos 2006. I was autographing books in a small booth with the Rev. Francis Bridger and they asked me if I would answer some questions about the meaning of the music in Harry Potter for their documentary. Sure; why not?

The whole thing took maybe twenty minutes and certainly didn’t make the final cut. But it was one of the more surreal moments of my Harry Potter/Walter Mitty existence. Oxbridge Don and Clergyman seated to my right, drop-dead tall and beautiful women dressed for the climate in Nevada in July kneeling on my left, and the one with a microphone discussing with me at length and depth what Albus Dumbledore meant in his remarks at Harry’s Sorting Feast. Y’know, about the magic of music, all in light of what we know about Ms. Rowling’s idea of magic and the use of music in her stories…. [...]"

Read the whole post here.

Much Music
August 13, 2007

The NewMusic: Check This - Wizard Rock
Episode 13-034

While in Toronto, wizard rock bands and fans got some coverage from Canada's Much Music station (like MTV in the USA). They did a fantastic job highlighting the HP music movement and many of its players, and were nice enough to interview us about the documentary too!

Watch the segment online here.

The Spokesman Review
July 20, 2007

'Wizard Rock' Casts Spell On Filmmakers


The Schuylers stumbled upon the online community of musicians, with book-inspired band names like Draco and the Malfoys, The Whomping Willows and The Hermione Crookshanks Experience, and saw an opportunity to document a creative subculture.

"I just went kind of crazy and went on a downloading binge, trying to get as much of this music as I could," Mallory Schuyler said.

The pair sketched out a mission statement, pooled their savings and started shooting the documentary in their spare time.

"Before we could even think about it we had our first flight booked and a Web site up," Mallory Schuyler said.

The sisters hit concerts in New Jersey, Virginia, New York and Nevada. In the process, they saw something of themselves: young people developing creative work using digital tools and building alternative distribution networks.

"It's been a privilege to see how the community has progressed," Megan Schuyler said.


You must be a subscriber to view it on the newspaper's site, but you can read the article on the writer's site here.

The Washington Post
July 8, 2007

"Wizard Rock Has Fans in Hogwarts Heaven - With an Assist From MySpace, Bands Ride Harry Potter Mania Into the Spotlight"

This is a fantastic article on Wizard Rock by the awesome Joshua Zumbrun and Sonya Geis. They were nice enough to include an interview with us near the end, and sum up with a beautiful definition of Wizard Rock.

"Twin sisters Megan and Mallory Schuyler saw Harry and the Potters perform in Olympia, Wash., in 2004. The Potters were performing in a garage (the Olympia library wasn't immediately on board with wizard rock).

'It's nuts. You can't leave their shows without being on a total Harry Potter high,' Megan says.

Hooked on the idea, and with some film background (Megan works for a video production company), the Schuylers decided to create " The Wizard Rockumentary," a feature-length look at the world of wizard rock, now in post-production. The sisters interviewed bands and went to performances and fan conventions across the country.

They are planning to shop the film to festivals in 2008. As such, the Schuylers are the closest thing the world of wizard rock has to experts. (See also http://www.wizrocklopedia.com, a fan site run by Lizz Clements, 25, of
Derry, N.H., who organizes a team of 14 regular contributors and reviewers for the site.)

'We all want to think that we're fighting for the greater good,' says Mallory. 'There's a lot of qualities in Harry Potter that we all aspire to. He's a hero with flaws, that makes him more believable. He's out there trying to do his best, and that's all anybody can do.'

'And who wouldn't want to go to Hogwarts?' she adds.


Talk to enough wizard rockers, listen to their lyrics, and it becomes clear there's something more in all this than just virtue and inspiration: Wizard rock is an escape into a different world -- maybe not Hogwarts, but a world of non-judgmental fun where grown-ups dress as wizards, evil is vanquished by song, and reading is cool."

Read the whole article here.

June 6 - 7, 2007

MTV has covered Wizard Rock! They've included interviews from Harry and the Potters, Draco and the Malfoys, The Parselmouths, The Whomping Willows, The Remus Lupins, and Catch Love, and additional footage of Switchblade Kittens (provided by yours truly). And guess what? They mentioned the Wizard Rockumentary, too! They've informed us of the showtimes, so be sure to tune in!

Thurs 6/7- 5:50am, 6:50am, 7:50am, 8:50am, 9:50am


Thurs 6/7- 4:30am, 5:30am, 6:30am, 7:30am, 8:30 am


Wed 6/6  8:45pm, 9:45pm,
Thurs 6/7- 12:45am, 1:45am, 2:45am, 3:45am, 4:45am, 5:45am, 6:45am,  8:45am, 9:45am, 10:45am, 11:45am, 12:45pm, 1:45pm, 2:45pm, 3:45pm, 4:45pm, 5:45pm, 6:45pm

You can also view it on their website, along with some Harry and the Potters live performance footage and the "Ode to Harry" music video we made for Switchblade Kittens! Thanks, MTV, for exposing Wizard Rock to Muggle eyes!

Muggles and Magic
Third Edition

We were surprised and honored to discover that we've been included in the third edition of Muggles and Magic: An Unofficial Guide to J. K. Rowling and the Harry Potter Phenomenon by George Beahm. That's right, we're in a BOOK! In fact, we have our own chapter and a listing in the table of contents! As a result, many of the bands that we interviewed are listed, and wizard rock has been included as a notable extension of the fandom.

Check out our excerpt below:



Thanks George! To find out more about his explorations of the wizarding community, check out his website http://www.georgebeahm.com/. Muggles and Magic can be purchased wherever books are sold.

Gambit Weekly
May 29, 2007

Here's a great article about the bands at Phoenix Rising and the Wizard Rock movement in general, along with a quick mention of the rockumentary.

"There is currently a documentary film, Wizard Rockumentary, in production. From their tour schedules, it looks like the bands play mostly at Potter events and at libraries, although the hipster Brooklyn venue Pete's Candy Store is hosting a wizard rock showcase in June."

Read the whole article here.

Movie Magic
April 2007

Wizard Rock gets recognized in Movie Magic magazine! Along with several bands, the Wizard Rockumentary is mentioned as well as our friends at wizrocklopedia.com and the
Orlando Harry Potter Club.

Check out the scan we borrowed from wizrocklopedia. Thanks Liz!

TreToday News
April 6, 2007

"Harry Potter và những người hâm mộ trung thành "

Check it out! This Vietnamese newspaper lists Wizard Rock and the Rockumentary right along images from the fifth film and info on the release of the seventh book!

"Hiện trên thế giới có nhiều ban nhạc ăn theo các nhân vật trong loạt truyện và phim Harry Potter. Riêng tại Bắc Mỹ có khoảng 100 ban nhạc, và nhóm rock Harry and the Potters được xem là khởi nguyên của phong trào này. Trưởng nhóm Paul DeGeorge cho biết, anh nảy ra ý tưởng mới sau khi đọc một trong những cuốn của loạt truyện Harry Potter của tác giả J. K. Rowling vào năm 2002. Dùng cây đàn guitar, anh biến một vài tình tiết trong truyện thành ca khúc và biểu diễn tại sân sau nhà riêng ở Norwood, Massachusetts trước 6 khán giả. Sau đó là nhiều cuộc biểu diễn kiểu “du kích” nữa tại các thư viện. Trang web MySpace cũng giúp bạn có thêm nhiều khán giả, dẫn đến sự ra đời của 100 nhóm ăn theo Harry khác mà đáng chú ý là Draco and the Malfoys (tên hai đối thủ của Potter) và Ginny and the Heartbreakers. Megan and Mallory Schuyler, cặp chị em song sinh 21 tuổi thì làm bộ phim tài liệu có tên Wizard Rockumentary: A Movie about Rocking and Rowling trong đó ghi lại những buổi biểu diễn của các ban nhạc Potter trên khắp nước Mỹ. Phim sẽ phát hành trong tháng 7. Đầu tháng 3, những người hâm mộ Harry Potter trên khắp thế giới đổ về Toronto, Canada để dự đại hội Prophecy 2007, trong đó có cả những bài diễn thuyết, toạ đàm về hiện tượng Harry Potter qua lăng kính hàn lâm. Ban nhạc Harry and the Potters cũng biểu diễn giúp vui nhân dịp này."

Read the whole article here. If you can, please let us know what it says.

Globe and Mail
March 8, 2007

"Rock me, Harry Potter: Wizard bands cast a spell on fans of the J.K. Rowling book series "

We were called by Nadja Sayej, a reporter from the Canadian newspaper Globe and Mail, to comment on the DeGeorge's tour and the future of Wizard Rock.

"Megan and Mallory Schuyler, twin-sister documentary filmmakers and huge Potter fans, tagged along on several book rock tours to make Wizard Rockumentary: A Movie about Rocking and Rowling, which they hope to release at film festivals this fall. It explores the clumsy but energetic subculture of wizard rock bands revealing wide-eyed 12-year-olds saying, 'I wouldn't read if it weren't for Harry Potter,' teenagers swaggering around in self-made 'You looked better on MySpace,' T-shirts and adults decked out in Potter garb, giggling, 'It's just so much fun.' The film was shot last summer across the U.S. The Schuyler sisters aren't worried about the Potter craze coming to a halt any time soon, even though the seventh and final book in the series -- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows -- will be released this July.

'I think it's going to explode even more,' Megan Schuyler, 21, said from her editing suite in Spokane, Wash. 'The fans will have new material to work from and a finality that will give a freedom to continue the characters for themselves.'"

Read the whole article here.

Fantasy is Love
February, 2007

We recently did an interview for FantasyIsLove.com with the wonderful Faith McKay. Hers is a budding website that promises to be a great resource for all fantasy lovers.

"An Interview with The Schuyler Sisters of The Wizard Rockumentary"

Read the whole article here.

Tulsa World
January 19, 2007

An interesting article by Drew Weaver comparing Wizard Rock to other trends in music, like country and disco, conceding of course that WR has a more positive and lasting message.

"[...]In our modern generation, the Harry Potter series and movies are the most powerful movies and books in the media world.The question is whether a growing music style based on the books is just another fad or a serious music genre here to stay.[...] A full-length "wizard rockumentary" about the phenomenon is even in production.

  So what is the big deal about this fad?

  Though there are critics out there who would have you believe that author J.K. Rowling's writings are some kind of attack on morals and basic Christian teachings, wizard rock is a good means to show what the books are all about.[...]However, there is one other thing that sets wizard rock apart from other styles of music and other fads in the past. It is summed up in the motto of the wizard rock band, the Remus Lupins: 'Fight evil -- read books.' [...]"

Read the whole article here.

The Northeastern News
December 6, 2006

Grace from Snidget mentions us in her interview with The Northeastern News, a university paper in Boston. The article focuses on this year's Yule Ball and the Wizard Rock movement in general. Thanks Grace!

"[...]Grace Kendall, a freshman communications major at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., is not only an ardent fan of what she refers to as "the wizard rock revolution," but she also has her own wizard rock project - Snidget - which she started a year ago.[...] Her favorite part of being involved with the movement thus far was being interviewed for a feature-length documentary, Kendall said. The film, "Wizard Rockumentary: A Movie About Rocking and Rowling," is being filmed by sisters Megan and Mallory Schuyler to explore the culture of the genre.[...]"

Read the whole article here.

The Philadelphia Daily News
November 28, 2006

We're briefly mentioned in the Philadelphia Daily News article on the Yule Ball!

"[...]The WizardRock_Music page at MySpace.com now lists nearly 100 wizard rock bands, and a feature-length documentary - to be called, naturally, "Wizard Rockumentary" - is in the works.[...]"

Read the whole article here.

October 9, 2006

Filmmaking-focus.com stumbled upon our MySpace profile and asked for an interview. This is what happened.
"Think all the offbeat topics for documentaries have been taken? Megan and Mallory Schuyler, 21 year old twins, are currently producing a “rockumentary” based on a genre of music inspired by J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter novels.[...]"
Read the whole article here.

September 8, 2006

One of several library sites that have posted articles on Wizard Rock as of late. It is nice to see that these bands' goals to promote literacy are not going unnoticed.

"[...]Also of note is the Wizard Rockumentary, a group who is filming a documentary about Wizard Rock. According to the website “ The Wizard Rockumentary is a feature length documentary exploring Harry Potter fandom, the Wizard Rock community, and the goals of these musicians to promote literacy. “ Production is currently underway for this documentary but there is already a fair amount of interesting material to view on both their website and their Myspace page.

These bands have some great possibilities for young adult librarians. Many of them will play in a library making for a great program. Given the proclivity of most of these bands to promote literacy why not find one nearby and work with them on some sort of literacy program or project. A viewing of the Wizard Rockumentary, once it is released, would also make for a fun program for the teens in your library. There are countless ways to tap into this as a young adult librarian, but simply as fans of young adult literature and in the case of most of us, fans of Harry Potter it seems important just to be aware that these bands are out there and some are becoming quite popular.[...]"

Read the complete article here. Posted by Josh 9/8/06, 6:36am.

Thanks to Alex of The Remus Lupins for exposing them to the wonders of WR!

August 14, 2006

The LeakyMug podcast posted our newest video on their site along with a link to wizardrockumentary.com. Thanks guys, for your support of the project!
"Water Quidditch, BABY!
The lovely ladies over at Wizard Rockumentary put together an AWESOME recap video of the Water Quidditch game the Leaky Muggers played against the Quidditch Cup winners at Lumos last month.
        Brings back so many memories... *tear*
'Muggletnet and John and Heather! Mugglenet and John and Heather!...'
Posted by John Noe on August 14 - 02:23PM"

The London Observer
August 6, 2006

We were interviewed at Lumos by Carole Cadwalladr of The Observer, a British paper. We weren't sure we would make the cut and were surprised to find that we were mentioned twice at the very end of her article. We were even more surprised to find out how shiny we are (read on).

"[...] There's a game of water Quidditch going on in the swimming pool and I bump into Olivia and Abbi, my non-freaky friends from New Mexico, and Lisa and Maria, another set of sisters who are a GP and a TV producer from Sydney, and Megan and Mallory, two shiny-eyed, shiny-haired 21-year-old twins from Washington.

[...] Megan and Mallory, it turns out, are making a documentary about 'Wizard Rock', bands that base themselves on characters from Harry Potter. 'Isn't it so amazing that the books have inspired so much creativity?' they say.

And, well, actually, it is. It's all amazing. And seeing anybody, let alone 1,200 people enthused with joy about anything is really quite uplifting. And not just anything. Books! It makes my girlish, swotty heart swell with pride. The fact is that I agree with Gwen Tarbox. 'There's a great deal we can learn about our culture from studying this,' she told me. I think she's right, I'm just not sure exactly what, although I'm willing to place a bet on it having 'discourse' in the title. Or possibly 'trope'."

Read the rest of the article here (ADULT CONTENT! PLEASE DON'T READ IF UNDER 17 OR OTHERWISE INNOCENT. Author chose to focus on the more controversial aspects of fan fiction for the majority of the article).

Mugglenet ,
Leaky Cauldron
July 31, 2006

I don't know if you can consider this being in the news, but pictures of us interviewing administrators from these fan sites made it into both the Mugglenet and Leaky Cauldron galleries.