How do you know you're at a wizard rock show and not just any ol' Muggle concert?
- When members of the audience wear witch hats.
- When, instead of throwing panties, girls yell out to the resident hearthrob, "Alex, you're my Patronus!"
- When the Ramones' "Sheena Is A Punk Rocker" becomes "Ginny Is A Punk Rocker"...
- When drink napkins have brooms on them and read, "Don't drink and fly."
- When bands introduce a song by saying, "This is about the coolest gay wizard I've ever known..."
- When people in the crowd wear ties to signify whether they're Gryffindor, Ravenclaw, Hufflepuff, or Slytherin -- and the bands ask them questions like, "Are there any Slytherins in the house?" and warn them, "If there are any Hufflepuffs, we might kick you in the face."
- When Nena's "99 Luftballoons" becomes "99 Death Eaters" ...
- When a band called the Whomping Willows introduces a song by saying, "This next one is about things that crash into me..."
- When a band apologizes to a girl who was whacked in the face by their guitar by giving her a T-shirt that reads, "I survived a Draco and the Malfoys concert."
- When the show's MC yells out, "Are you ready to party like you're evil?"
If you were at Public Assembly in Brooklyn Sunday (September 21), where the first ever NYC-based Wizard Rock Festival was held, you would have noticed all of the above and more. And if you missed it, you can portkey to our last concert coverage here or find out about future concerts across the country here.
Have you been to a wizard rock show? have you ever dragged a Muggle friend to one? What did they think of it? How are you celebrating/commemorating Harry Potter's tenth anniversary this week?