The Happy Dementor

[This article was in the genre of saved posts that merely had a title and no words to speak of. Way to go, past me! Anyways, I really don’t have too much to say about this song, but I feel that if I started a thing, I will finish it in some way, and hey, it’s a good song and good songs deserve recognition.]

So, there was this under-appreciated charity comp called From Beneath These Ashes that was a double-disc with a fun conceit – one disk represented “Light”, and the other, “Dark” (and now that I think about it, I think most if not all of the other “Review A Single Song” articles I had written/started to write where from this album). There are some stand-out tracks on this album, and if you can still manage to track it down on the internet, or if you have it kicking around but never got around to listening to it, I would highly recommend it.

Anyways, this particular song, “The Happy Dementor” is one of the better songs in a sea of good to great songs. It’s by Hogwarts Trainwreck, a humorous wizard rock band in the vein of Alas Earwax! or The Blibbering Humdingers, but one that never really seemed to get as much recognition as those two, though not for lack of inventive, silly songs. Unfortunately, there isn’t too much for me to actually say about this song – it depicts the life of the world’s worst dementor, who cares for the prisoners, wears a polka dotted hood, enjoys picking flowers, and “hates confrontation / it makes him ill at ease”. When faced with a “dementor up and actually do your fucking job” ultimatum, this dementor decided that logical course of action is to purchase a banjo.

As you can tell, this is a rather amusing tale, told with a simple but engaging rhyme scheme in pleasing vocals over laid back instrumentation. Then at the end, the instrumentation gets a little more focused, and it ends with a very strong moral message – not quite as poignant or un-hammedly done as the likes of Wreck-It Ralph or what have you, but still very well done, ending a silly song on a moving, uplifting note.

And that’s honestly about all I can say about this song – it’s good. Go listen to it. Wrock Snob out.


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