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Whitman Wire

Vol. CLIV, Issue 10
Whitman news since 1896

Whitman Wire

Whitman news since 1896

Whitman Wire

Anu Lingappa 15 (left) and Erin Walters 17. Photo by Tywen Kelly.

KWCW show of the week

Linnaea Weld October 30, 2014
The show has many fans, including unsuspected popularity among teenagers in Ohio.
Violence in Harry Potter Community Calls for Barrier between Fans, Stars

Violence in Harry Potter Community Calls for Barrier between Fans, Stars

Anuradha Lingappa April 17, 2014
Wizard rock is a genre of music generated by the fan culture surrounding the "Harry Potter" books. Since J.K. Rowling and the books themselves are so universally popular, many fans look closer to home to find new ways to channel their love for the series. Wizard rock songs are all about things that happen in the Harry Potter universe. As a genre, it has gone through many different incarnations, and its uniting theme is the content, not sound or quality. Though wizard rock fills a very specific niche, the fandom is big enough that it has a huge cult following and fan base of its own. There have also been spin-off bands playing music about "Doctor Who," "Lost" and the "Hunger Games." Only a handful of bands actually get known for their music, but famous wizard rockers have between several hundred thousand and over a million subscribers on YouTube and other forms of social media.
Infographic by Sara Rasmussen

End of an era: The life, death of Harry Potter fan culture

Sara Rasmussen March 13, 2012
Wizard rock enthusiast Sara Rasmussen writes on the end of Harry Potter fan culture's golden age.
Credit: Catie Bergman

Harry and the Potters bring magic to Whitman

Alex Hagen November 3, 2011
Famed “wizard rock" band Harry and the Potters took the stage of the Reid Campus Center on Saturday, Oct. 29, delivering an energetic, exciting concert experience.
DJ Claire Johnson 14, Paul DeGeorge (Harry Potter, Year 7), DJ Sara Rasmussen 12, Joe DeGeorge (Harry Potter, Year 4), DJ Mehera Nori 12 after their interview and a show at Backspace in downtown Portland on June 21, 2011.

KWCW Show of the Week

The Editors October 27, 2011
Witching Hour hosts Mehera Nori '12, Sara Rasmussen '12 and Claire Johnson '14 share the sounds of wizard rock, an all-encompassing musical genre in celebration of Harry Potter.
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