Hello magical friends and welcome to WZRD Radio. I’m your hostwitch Bess and I hope your owls are bringing you only good news this year.
It’s time to get this show started, so let’s cue up the music!
First up is “Yellow” by DJ Luna Lovegood.
That was “Yellow” by DJ Luna Lovegood, “My Friends” by Sue and the Hufflepuffs [lyrics], and “A Way of Turning Up” by Kirstyn Hippe [lyrics].
This month’s wandoscope is for those who carry wands of chestnut. You are remarkably flexible, chestnut wand! It’s truly admirable how well you shift to accommodate any disruption. But this month you need to take a look around and make sure you’re taking up enough space for yourself. Perhaps you ought to say no to the next favor someone asks, or let go of that project you don’t actually enjoy working on. If you need help learning to say ‘no,’ ask an ebony. They never have a problem saying it.
Next up is “I Believe in Nargles” by Wingardium Leviosa.
That was Wingardium Leviosa with “I Believe in Nargles,” “Lovegood” by The Misuse of Muggle Artifacts Office, and “Driving Me Crazy” by the Hermione Crookshanks Experience.
And now for this month ins Harry Potter events.
Wizards in Space and Black Girls Create have joined forces to create the Black Girls Create Anthology, which will celebrate magic and community, launches this month! [link]
County Library—and probably your local library if you’re not in Dublin—is hosting a Harry Potter Night on February 4th with games and crafts, all virtual. [link]
Do you like comedy in your Potter works? How about donating to the Trans Youth Equality Foundation? Then check out the Taking Back Hogwarts series on Kandi Dishe’s twitch channel on the 6th, 20th, 27th, and beyond. [link]
On the 23rd, the Adamstown Area Library in Pennsylvania is running a virtual Hogwarts escape room. [link]
The Harry Potter Society of the University of Edinburgh is hosting something called “the Great Gringotts Heist” on the 26th. I don’t know what that means, so someone go attend and report back. [link]
Geekbeatradio’s Trapped in the House series continues on Feb 28, this month featuring Lena Gabrielle of The Butterbeer Experience. [link]
And if you want to get up close and personal (virtually) with some of your favorite wrockers, Ashley Hamel of Ashley Trix and the Wzrds [link], Totally Knuts [link], and Tonks and the Aurors [link] all have Patreon livestreams coming up this month.
January saw us kicking off the new year with a variety of new music.
Slytherin, the metal one, released a new album, “When the Darkness Comes” [link]
Ariel Factor Birdoff released “Guides Not Gatekeepers.” [link]
Totally Knuts gave us “Wizards Loving Wizards,” the much-anticipated sequel to their “Witches Loving Witches.” [link]
Ludo Bagman and the Trash released “Looking Through.” [link]
And the Wizrocklopedia Compilation Club, or Pedia Comp Club, launched in January. They’re currently announcing the bands involved with the first album and the line-up is very exciting, including bands like Pussycat Dolores and How Airplanes Fly. [link]
It’s time for our final music break, starting with “Loony” by Grace Kendall.
That was “Loony” by Grace Kendall [lyrics], “Luna” by Daniel Couper [lyrics], “Shooting Fish in A Barrel” by Draco and the Malfoys, and “Us Versus Them” by Tianna and the Cliffhangers [lyrics].
Links to all the songs and events you heard today are included in the transcript at WZRDRadioPod.WordPress.com. If you heard a song you like, go buy it from the artist and tell them how great they are. It pays to take a moment to support our wizard rockers because without them, we wouldn’t be here.
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Until next time, friends: “Music…A magic beyond all we do here!’
Intro and outro music are from Higher Up, by Shane Ivers.
Art is by graphic_co on fiverr.