Hello magical friends and welcome to the seventh episode of WZRD Radio. I’m your hostwitch Bess and I don’t know about you, but I almost forgot that July is a pretty big month around these parts. This month we’re celebrating Harry and Neville’s 40th birthdays, so make sure you whip up a Molly Weasley-worthy cake, or at least raise a glass of butterbeer.
There’s a lot going on in our magical world and I can’t wait to dive into it with you, but first let’s play some music.
Starting with “Hagrid on the Lam” by Muggle Mike.
This month’s wandoscope is for those who carry aspen wands.
The renowned wandlore expert Garrik Ollivander says that aspens are “wands for revolutionaries.” And you, aspen, are revolutionary. But you’re also dangerously close to burning out. With nothing to do except fight for change, you’ve forgotten how important it is to take care of yourself. So when a thunderbird or yew—someone you look up to for their strength—confides in you that they’re struggling, take the opportunity to help them by revisiting your best self-care practices. Your fight isn’t going anywhere, so turn over your responsibilities to the people you’ve always relied on but never thought to put in charge and trust them to hold down the fort while you recharge. You’ll go into August with new energy and innovative ideas from your allies.
Next we have “Love Song for Sirius Black” by the Blibbering Humdingers.
Happy birthday, Neville and Harry! Everyone in the Potterhead and wizard worlds is celebrating you this month.
As always, keep an eye on LeakyCon’s Twitter feed, Geek Beat Radio’s everything, Ashley Hamel’s Facebook, and Tonks and the Auror’s Instagram for their regular wizard rock events.
All month the Warsaw Community Public Library is hosting a virtual escape room. Fred and George have trapped the Trio, can you help them get out of this mess? [link]
Germany’s Saarland University’s Event Management department is hosting Harry Potter CouchCon on July 4th. It’s a full convention with cosplay, a virtual escape room, and the ever-popular Harry Potter trivia. [link]
Shalom Australia is hosting a virtual event on July 5th with Arun Viswanath, the man who translated Harry Potter into Yiddish. [link]
July 15th is the last day to reserve your spot in Lauren Friedman’s Harry Potter Bootcamp, in which working out will earn you house points, and flagrant lollygagging will lose them. [link]
Anthsology got rescheduled to July 11th, so tune in to hear Ashley Hamel play her music—for real, no takedowns. [link]
July 27th through July 31st, the High Point Public Library Teen Garage is hosting a week of Harry Potter themed events. Classes include A History of Magic, Potions and Herbology, and an escape room, so make sure to register for what sounds like a pretty great week. [link]
If you’re in Holley, New York, your Community Library is hosting a Google Meet Harry Potter birthday party on the 31st, with craft kits that you can pick up in advance. [link]
Moishe House in Silicon Valley is hosting Harry Potter Shabbat via Zoom on July 31st. [link]
And finally, check out your local library! They’re all hosting so many Harry Potter birthday events this month that I couldn’t include them all.
All these events, and more, are on the Potterhead Calendar page of the WZRD Radio website, so feel free to check them out.
In new music releases, Totally Knuts, who puts the ‘whiz’ in wizard rock, wrote, produced, and released a new album in June. Kathy released a parody song, and Kathryn Hoss has a wizard rock song as part of her new EP.
All of these are available in links through the transcript at WZRDRadioPod.WordPress.com
And don’t forget! Submissions for the 2020 Wizard Rock Sampler have been extended through the 21st of this month, so get recording, folks! [link]
Submissions to the Yes All Witches grant are open through Harry’s birthday, July 31st. Now is the time to start writing that ode to Arnold the pygmy puff you’ve always wanted to pen. Join the wizard rock community; we want to hear your music. [link]
Next up we have another music break, starting with “Darling Boy” by Split Seven Ways.
And this is the end of the episode! I’m so glad we could spend this time together.
The transcript of this episode can be found at WZRDRadioPod.WordPress.com. It has links to all the songs you heard here so if you found a new favorite, consider buying it to support the artist. Without them, we wouldn’t be here.
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Until next time friends, remember: “There are all kinds of courage. It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends.”