I would like to take this opportunity to apologize to anyone who has ever been subjected to one of my regrettably frequent drunken tirades about the final Harry Potter book. I didn't mean it when I said, "If Dumbledore was wrong and Snape is really evil, then no one should ever trust anyone and life isn't worth living, and I might as well just kill myself right now!" That was the whiskey talking. Mostly.
I do, though, take Harry Potter seriously (Fuck you haters, BTW. Get over yourselves.)—and so does the Boston-based "wizard rock" band Harry and the Potters. Brothers Joe and Paul DeGeorge (performing in costumed character as Harry, year four, and Harry, year seven, respectively) churn out infectious, literate pop songs about Quidditch, spells gone wrong, and what a prick Draco Malfoy is. Factor in their general charm and enthusiasm (they play at libraries!), and you've got one of the most likeable rock bands around: Last year's show at Acme was easily one of the highlights of the summer.
The band's most recent album, 2006's Harry and the Potters and the Power of Love, is a bouncy, earnest little album that pairs a lo-fi garage-pop sensibility with enough quippy lyrics to keep the grownups entertained. (My favorite track, unsurprisingly, is the insanely catchy "Felix Felicis": "Felix Felicis makes me feel invincible/All these ideas seem so reasonable once I've had something to drink.")
There's really no excuse for any Harry Potter fan to miss this show, particularly as it falls only a week and a half before the release of book seven. Bring a lighter, because when Harry and the Potters break into the anthemic "Dumbledore" ("Dumbledore, we fight for you tonight"), I guarantee you're going to want to hoist a flame. And even if you're not riding the Harry Potter nerdwagon, this is a show worth catching: Their subject matter allows Harry and the Potters to embrace sincerity and sentimentality in a way most bands can't or won't, and the result is sweet, hilarious, and just as much fun as rock 'n' roll should be.