Top 5 Wizard Rock Music Videos

[Thank you for visiting The Wrock Snob and reading this article! I’d love for you to jump right into the reviewy goodness, but first there is some unfortunate business to take care of. It is not in my nature to tell you specifically what or what not to buy and who to support – I tell you what I thought about an album, and if my tastes seem to align with yours, you might want to heed my suggestions. However, I must take this time to personally exhort that you do not monetarily support the bands The Remus Lupins or Ministry of Magic. The full reasons are unsettling and possibly triggering, so please proceed with caution, but if you want the full details click here. Simply put, it has been revealed that certain member/s of both bands did destructive, upsetting, and highly problematic things. While I can see the value of reviewing art no matter what the artist did on a grand society-level scale, I cannot morally allow myself to condone the financial support of these monsters, nonetheless exhorting people to do so. Now it is entirely possible this copypasta’d retroactive warning was placed on a negative review, making this sidebar somewhat moot, but I still feel it necessary to make these matters clear. Again, for full details and rumination click here, otherwise, please enjoy the article.]

Music videos have been an important part of the music scene for quite awhile now. Originally just footage of a staged performance of the song used as a promotional material, music videos have become an art form in and of themselves. Unfortunately, this is not an art form that wizard rock bands have partaken in too often – though there are plenty of fanmade videos out there that do make up for this lack (and some of them aren’t even barely relevant clips from the movies shittily pasted together)! Still, it’s always nice to see the original artists’ intention for the songs if brought into the visual medium, and we really don’t have much of that in wizard rock.

Now, it’s completely understandable why – music videos take a lot of time and effort, and there are many bands that can barely afford decent recording equipment, much less video equipment. And really, anyone can take their iPhone, give it to their friend Steve, and have Steve record them playing through their song in a garage or a field (it’s always a garage or a field, for some reason) in a few different angles, chopping it up, and uploading the steaming mess to YouTube. The best music videos help tell the story of the lyrics, or reveal new insights into the song, or push the visual medium the same way the song pushes the auditory, and it is music videos in this vein that I wish to highlight.  Starting with…

5. “House Song” – Ministry of Magic

Now yes, I know I didn’t declare myself this biggest fan of this song before, and I believe I called the music video “the most gorram stupid cheesy wizard rock music video ever made”. And I firmly stand by that statement – but that doesn’t mean it’s a bad music video, or that I don’t like it, it’s just, well, really cheesy and dumb, which is precisely the point. One of the big sticking points for me with the song is that, by itself, all of these great guest vocalists were drowned in autotune, making them all sound exactly the flippin’ same, making one wonder why they bothered to get guest vocalists at all.

The music video alleviates this a hundred-fold, getting to see each person singing along, well except for that Hufflepuff guy, who I still don’t know who he is or why in the hell I’m supposed to care, but whatevs. As I mentioned before, it’s really cheesy – “Lords of Kobol is it cheesy”, is I believe the phrase I used previously, but it maintains a consistent tone throughout. Singers are put into little starburst popouts with bright flashing colours, there are freeze frames, goofy punching at the camera, and more. There are a few things that are just straight up problems, like how the exposure level on the whole beginning section is just way out of whack – those whites are WAY too bright: Luke looks like a floating head in a vast featureless expanse. It might have well been called “Luke Conard’s Adventures In Limbo”.

But such things don’t happen often, and there’s enough personality in here to make up for it – my particular favorites being VoldeMark’s telekinetic recording, and Aaron’s absolutely RIDICULOUS face at 2:10. I literally did not know human faces were capable of such contortions before viewing this video, and my fondest wish is to someday learn his secrets.

4. “Imperio (Under Control)” – Voldemort feat. The Sectumsempras

Swedish Wizard Metal supergroup Voldemort teams up with the similarly excellent but not as well-known band The Sectumsempras for a fun, well-shot music video that flew under a lot of fans’ radars here in the States, but did fairly well abroad, gaining five thousand more views than my Number 2 pick. The black and white lends to an old-school metal vibe, and they found some absolutely great locations to shoot – steel girders, abandoned houses, littered riversides, you name it (I especially like the cage door in the archway thing, it feels very Azkaban). Plus, there’s more than enough shots of people headbanging whilst playing instruments to make any fan of repetitive motion injuries happy!

Special mention should also be made of the song itself, since unlike most of the other ones on this list, it is likely to be unfamiliar to many of my readers. There’s some really great lyrics work here, taking an unusual but highly provocative look at the Imperio curse, and framing it less in the context of “gee guys this is a really bad spell you must nevah evah use it!” and more in a rather frank BDSM framework, exploring the seductive thrills of being completely under someone’s control. There’s a delightful implication that this spell is actually used often in Death Eater’s bedrooms, and the song in general explores some very unique territory, not often seen outside of darkfic posted on The Restricted Section (Rest In Peace, old buddy), which is only backed up by the visually interesting locations and camera angles.

3. “Covah Yr Junk” – Big Whompy

I was honestly surprised when I looked at the view counter for this video, because I remember the uploading of this song acting kind of like a bomb rippling throughout the fandom – the humour of the song, the quality of the video, and for some, the meta-implications of both, were all anyone in the fandom talked about for a couple weeks. Sure, I’m aware we’re a pretty insular community, I just thought this video had gotten a bit more exposure. I mean, it only barely has more views than A Born Again Christian Upon Reading The Da Vinci Code, and it doesn’t even feature the theologically bizarre image of two happy polar bears playing tiny stringed instruments while our Lord and Savior dies of a pulmonary embolism.

Animating a music video takes a lot of time and work, and DouJace is pretty much your go-to guy for that sort of thing, and the music video is filled with delightful cameos of adorably rendered wizard rockers. The issue of how to show a tree covering its junk, given that it would be hard to draw tiny booty shorts on every seedling, is resolved about as well as possible, though sometimes it ends up making the Whomping Willow just look like a black dude with a green fro.  There’s obviously a lot of love and care put into this video, and it’s also super fun for any long-time wrock fan to play “Where’s Waldo” with the various wrock cameos, so it easily nabs the number three spot.

2. “Seven Potters” – The Remus Lupins

This video has far and away the best art direction and the most unique and well-executed visual look on this list (as well as having the best song). The whole thing is very Charlie Chaplin-era vaudeville, down to the pitch-perfect makeup job on the three Order members on broomsticks. The epic flight of the Seven Potters is turned into a vaudeville show, with people running around in circles on the ground while Alex and co play off to the side. There’s scratches and dust on the “film”, and all sorts of other intentional “errors” that really help the overall look of things.

Not to say that the music video is perfect – John Noe’s character is kind of confusing – he’s a Death Eater, but he got kidnapped/killed by someone? Was he secretly working for the Order (this seemed somewhat implied by his body language)? The problem is that this doesn’t fit any known character in canon, and the whole scene seems like not much more than an excused to show his face and be all “Hey guys, John Noe is actually in this!” Also, sometimes the hamminess of the acting works, and sometimes it’s just a tad too strong.

Still, that moment at 3:31 when the Death Eaters break through the backdrop, and an all-out brawl between these larger, scarier Death Eaters than the type John Noe was, and the band is about as close to pure music video bliss as you’re going to get. Also, I have to make a special mention of the lighting work – whoever was gaffing for this project knew their fucking shit – I raise my C-47 to you, whomever you may be.

1. “Battle Cedric Diggory” – The Swedish Shortsnouts

Long-time readers should be familiar with this song, since it’s not the first time it’s nabbed the top spot in one of my lists. I’ve already explained why I love this song, and even touched on the music video before, but to reiterate further: the reason why I adore this music video so much is because there’s this undeniable sense of enthusiasm about the whole proceedings that I really appreciate. You can tell The Swedish Shortnouts really love wizard rock, and love what they’re doing, and it all shows in the final process. The special effects are really well done, of particular note is the short apparation chase sequence, and the bit where they use their wands and instruments to shoot bolts of fire is great. Also of particular note is the hilarious face they drew for Cedric on the wheel at the beginning.

There’s just all sorts of lovingly hand-crafted touches like throughout the whole video, all the way to the end where the guitar player throws his pick in a beautiful arc at the camera, and there’s a faint swooshing noise. Top notch stuff, well shot on a beautiful day in Sweden, and it’s just generally great, and I’d love to see more from them, though I have no idea if they are still an active band at all.

Though I do want to know if that swing ever got fixed.

Wrock Snob, out.

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5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Anna
    Jul 16, 2013 @ 14:21:46

    Hi there Wrocksnob! This is Anna in The Swedish Shortsnouts. (I’m the girl on the swing.)

    So glad you liked, and still like, the video. 🙂 And yes, we are still an active band! We had a show at a Swedish convention just this Friday, MultiCon 2013. If you want to see some of our more recent stuff, check the same youtube channel for the music video for Troll in the Dungeon.

    And yes, we fixed the swing. Or more like replaced the one that broke. It now resides in our neighbours garden, since they have toddlers and we’re adults.

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  2. ladysugarquill
    Jul 16, 2013 @ 14:50:35

    My personal favourite is MoM’s Escape from Azkaban. Its equal parts awesome and hiarious. It’s also the second wrock video I ever saw (the first being Roonil Wazlib’s Mollywobbles). There’s also a Hermione Crookshanks Experience video that’s lovely, but I can’t remember for which song…

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  3. Michael
    Jul 19, 2013 @ 00:25:08

    Hey did you get my submission? My geek rock band Scych also does Wizard rock and my singer is a huge Harry Potter fan! Here is part one. Let me know if you receive this. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EFYsNf-K7wI&feature=share&list=UU2h0D5CYHK-KJDeF9j1nkuA

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