Hogwarts is out for the summer so that means we're gearing up for a little tour! We'll be hitting the west coast and bringing along some special friends of ours: the Potter Puppet Pals!
Seriously! We are so psyched to be touring with these rad puppets! Maybe you've seen them on YouTube?
Harry and the Potters are a mashup of pop culture, punk rock, performance art, meta literary critique, and DIY ethics. Using the power of rock and roll as a weapon against evil, they answer the question: What would happen if Harry Potter quit the quidditch team, stole a time turner, and started a punk rock band with himself from an earlier point in the space-time continuum?
Since 2002 they have released 3 full length albums and played over 600 shows in libraries, rock clubs, art spaces, bookstores, basements, backyards and pizza places all over the world. Their hyper-enthusiastic live performance is highly regarded and Pitchfork placed the band in their Best Live Shows of 2005 list noting, "the greatest rock and roll tour of the year took place this past summer in public libraries across America."
They are hailed as the founders of the wizard rock genre - a DIY music movement of bands playing songs about the Harry Potter books. In 2005 they co-founded the Harry Potter Alliance, a non-profit organization that makes activism accessible for young people by using the Harry Potter books as an access point to discuss pressing issues of social justice. A 2008 documentary, We are Wizards, profiled the band as pioneers in the creative subculture spawned by the Harry Potter phenomena. In June 2012, the band celebrates their 10th anniversary.
Neil Cicierega's Potter Puppet Pals is a comedy series which parodies Harry Potter. It originated as a pair of Flash animations on Newgrounds in 2003, and later resurfaced in the form of a series of live action puppet shows released onto YouTube and PotterPuppetPals.com, starting in 2006 and continuing to the present. The central characters of the Harry Potter series are portrayed simply by puppets. The most successful Potter Puppet Pals video, the Mysterious Ticking Noise, currently has over 128,000,000 views (!!!) as of July 2012!