Harry and the Potters, The Potters Puppet Pals
9081 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA, 90069
This event is all ages
Harry and the Potters
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 brothers Paul and Joe DeGeorge (Harry Potter Year 7 and 4 respectively) 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 boasting nearly 1000 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. This summer the band celebrates their 10th anniversary with a national tour.
The Potters Puppet Pals
The Potter Puppet Pals series is one of Neil Cicierega’s major projects, formerly just in Flash animation, but has now expanded to actual puppet shows and even music. The basic idea is, “What would happen if Harry Potter was acted out with puppets… by INSANE people?”
The first episode was a flash animation called “Bothering Snape”. It features Harry and Ron spontaneously decide to bother Snape, who gets annoyed and kills them with the Avada Kedavra curse.
The second episode was suppose to be the musical “Potter Puppet Pals Adventure”. Although Neil recored the audio the animation was cancelled, as he thought it would be too tedious to make.
“Trouble at Hogwarts” is a flash animation that replaced “Potter Puppet Pals Adventure” as the second episode. It features Voldemort invading Hogwarts and Harry, Ron and Hermione have to fight back.
After “Trouble at Hogwarts”, Neil moved on to real puppets.
“Potions Class” was the first episode to feature the real puppets, in which Snape tries to teach Harry, Ron and Hermione potions.
“Wizard Angst” followed in which Harry feels “cranky and pubescent” and doesn’t know why.
“The Mysterious Ticking Noise” in which everyone sings and dances to a mysterious ticking noise. This is Neil’s most viewed short film to date and also has won the YouTube 2008 Award in Comedy.
“Wizard Swears” features Harry, Ron and Hermione trying out “wizard swears” and results in Dumbledore telling them the “Elder Swear”.
“School is for Losers” features Snape deciding to punish Harry for missing Potions for 3 weeks.
“Awakening of the Incorruptible” is a joke episode. It involves Dumbledore making a quick appearance, before sinking back into the stage. The next real episode was released a few hours later.
In “The Vortex” Snape is stopped from explaining his dream to Dumbledore when Ron is trapped in an alternate dimension.
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