Happy May! I hope you’re all happy, healthy, and ready to wrock out!
Hello magical friends and welcome to the third episode of WZRD Radio. I’m your hostwitch Bess and since we’re all still engaging in social isolation and the Floo network is down, I’m coming to you from the cupboard under the stairs.
We’re kicking off this month with Gred and Forge’s “Neville Neville,” so don’t touch that dial—or at least wash your hands afterward!
And now for this month’s Wandoscope:
It has been a heck of a spring so far, am I right, Apple wands? Luckily for you, May is coming up apple blossoms. You’ve adjusted relatively well to the ‘new normal’ and people are looking to you for guidance, whether you realize it or not. Your natural magnetism is helping you draw your loved ones close, even if they’re an ocean away. This is a good month for you to try something new, whether it’s a new hobby or rearranging your furniture. You might be inclined to overdo it and take on too many things at once just because everyone else seems to be effortlessly picking up baking, music, and line drawing, but don’t let your big goals overwhelm your good sense. You’ve always known how to pick your battles before this, and now no different. Focus on what you really want and you’ll be amazed at the strides you make.
Next up is “Luna” by The Weasel King.
This month in the Potterhead community there is no shortage of virtual events, especially if you like trivia.
On May 2nd, Black Girls Create is hosting virtual Harry Potter trivia commemorating the Battle of Hogwarts. Grab your friends and prepare to do battle. [Link]
On May 3rd, a six week class is beginning for kids to study Harry Potter. They’ll be covering things like literary devices and plot so if you need to keep your first years busy, this is a good place to start. [link]
May 3rd is also the date of the Duel of the Fetes, where Press Start Hong Kong is pitting Star Wars’ May 4th against Harry Potter’s May 2nd. It’s going to be a trivia and games showdown, so bring your best Potterhead pride! [link]
May 5th is the last day to sign up for Wrock the ReRead’s wrock swap! Sign up to send another fan a physical or digital music mix and get one in return! [link]
Harry Potter and the Sacred Text is in the middle of two courses right now, Growing up Harry Potter and Together in Quarantine. Growing Up Harry Potter has two more meetings, on May 3rd and 10th, during which families will discuss friendship and family, failure and forgiveness, all through the lens of Harry Potter. [link]
Together in Quarantine’s last two meetings are on the 5th and the 12th and are Zoom meetings to discuss Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, respectively. [link]
On May 7th, Valley Community Library in Peckville, Pennsylvania is hosting a virtual book club discussion of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. [link]
On May 5th and 26th, the Monash Muggles are hosting Harry Potter Zoomba, Zumba classes through Zoom. You can’t tell me that doesn’t sound fun. [link]
The Monash Muggles are also hosting “A Night at Hogwarts” on May 20th. There will be lessons on brewing potions and making wands—and maybe even flying, if we’re lucky. [link]
Escape the Forbidden Forest, a virtual escape room by an 11yo in Arizona.
Potter’s Escape, by Escape Room Herndon.
Hogwarts Digital Escape Room, by the Pennsylvanian librarian.
Links to all these events, plus a few virtual Harry Potter escape rooms I’ve found, are include in this episode’s transcript on the website, at WZRDRadioPod.WordPress.com. There are even more virtual events on the Potterhead Calendar page so don’t forget to check that out as well.
Next up is “Piece of Ginny” by Alohomora.
And with that, another episode of WZRD Radio comes to a close. But wait! I have an exciting announcement!
WZRD Radio now has a Patreon! For 2$ a month patrons get early access to every WZRD Radio episode and significant input on the show. Once we reach 15 patrons, I’ll be able to create a second episode every month, and patrons will get to pick the music, request shout outs, and suggest interviewees. And best of all, I’ve has partnered with the Yes All Witches grant, so every dollar that doesn’t go to WZRD Radio’s hosting will go to supporting new and underrepresented voices in wizard rock.
We’re only 6 patrons away from the goal, so I hope you’ll check it out at Patreon.com/WZRDRadioPod. Together we’ll bring more wrock into the world.
Whether or not you can support the WZRD Patreon, I hope you’ll check out the musicians you heard today through the links in the transcript. If you’ve discovered a new favorite song, consider downloading it to support the artist. It’s a particularly tough time to be a fandom musician right now and if it weren’t for them, we wouldn’t be here.
One listener guessed last month’s musical theme, so shout out to Susannah for absolutely nailing it. This month’s is a little more challenging, but I know you all can get it. Let me know once you’ve figured it out at Twitter, Tumblr, or WordPress at WZRDRadioPod. If you’re not on social media, you can email me at WZRDRadioPod@Gmail.com
Until next time friends, remember “Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.”