Episode 57: Leaving in a Blue Ford Anglia

Hello magical friends, and welcome to episode 57 of WZRD Radio! I’m your hostwitch Bess, and today you get an extra song because I couldn’t decide between them. You lucky listener, you.

We’re kicking off this episode with everyone’s favorite goodie bag, Ludo Bagman and the Trash singing “Song Against Conventional Wizarding Transport.”


That was Ludo Bagman and the Trash with “Song Against Conventional Wizarding Transportation” [lyrics] , Obliviate! with “Portkey to You,” and Neville’s Diary and “Learn to Fly” [lyrics].

This month’s wandocope is for magical friends who carry wands of poplar.

Poplar wands choose wixen of ‘clear moral vision;’ people who are consistent and strong. Fun fact: there’s an old belief that says poplar wands never choose politicians.

This month you’ll have an interesting choice to make. It might be stressful, it might be fun, I can’t say. You may be feeling uncharacteristically uncertain, so it’s time to check in on what’s going on behind the scenes. What anxiety is keeping you off-kilter? If you need some help with your introspection, seek out someone like a thestral hair, someone who’s good at self-reflection and comfortable in their own skin. Tackle the underlying issue and you’ll be ready to charge ahead again, confident as ever.

Our next block of music begins with The Weasel King and “The Flying Motorbike.”


You just heard The Weasel King with “The Flying Motorbike” [lyrics], “Knight Bus” by Damaris Giha [lyrics], and “Apparation Test” by Essence of Dittany.

September is an exciting month for our fandom, magical friends! The kids are back at Hogwarts and adult wixen are free to party. Here are a few choices for you.

If you’re in Chicago between September 1 and 5, stop by ChiCon to hear Tonks and the Aurors AND Luna (not) Lovegood! [link]

If Atlanta, Georgia is more your style for September 1st through 5th, you can drop by DragonCon to see not only The Blibbering Humdingers but also Hawthorn and Holly, Tom Smith, and The Faithful Sidekicks! [link]

A horse riding school in Bouillon, Belgium is hosting a Harry Potter themed event on September 4th. Someone go check it out and take horse costume pictures for me. [link]

Moon Wizarding Festival is back in Moon Township, Pennsylvania on 10th, with magical performers Muggle Snuggle and Tonks and the Aurors. [link]

Leesburg, Va is hosting the intriguing “Diagon Alley Craft Fair” on the 10th and 11th at Fabbioli Cellars. [link]

Queen City Mischief and Magic is back in Staunton, Virginia! After two years off, they’re returning on September 24-25th. [link]

If you enjoyed the virtual pin event “Wondrous Wizard Weekend” last year, then you’ll love it this year, from September 30 through October 2nd! They’re bringing in Tonks and the Aurors and James and the Marauder’s Map for some magical performances. [link]

And in August…

Steph of Tonks and the Aurors was interviewed on LPLCast. [link]

If you missed PediaPalooza, it’s immortalized on YouTube for you. [link]

New wrocker Robert Schumacher released a whole host of music on YouTube. [link]

Dream Quaffle gave us both “Ravenclaws Don’t Have No Songs” AND “My Polyjuice Project.” [link]

MuggleNet released another delightful parody. [link]


Rubeus and the Hagrids reuploaded “Vulgar Displays of Hagrid” to all our delights. [link]

Get ready for some more music! Here’s Pottorhead and “The Hogwarts Express is Running Late.”


That was “The Hogwarts Express is Running Late” by Pottorhead [lyrics], “Durmstrang” by Potterwatch [lyrics], “Flight of the Thestral” by Thestral, and “Leaving in a Blue Ford Anglia” by Muggle Mike.

And that’s the end of our episode! I hope you had a nice time. I know I did.

Don’t forget! You can get your very own copy of all the songs you heard today by following the links in the transcript at WZRDRadioPod.com. It’s the easiest way to support your favorite wizard rockers and without them, we wouldn’t be here.

If you want discounts on WZRD merch, episodes a day early, and the ability to ask your favorite wrockers what their favorite candy is, you can join the WZRD Radio Patreon at Patreon.com/WZRDRadioPod. It’s two muggle dollars a month also supports the Yes All Witches grant in their quest to provide microgrants and mentorship to queer and BIPoC wizard rockers.

As always, you can get more WZRD/hostwitch content on all the social media platforms, including TwitterInstagramFacebook, and TikTok at WZRDRadioPod. You can also comment on the transcript or email me at WZRDRadioPod@gmail.com, if social media’s not your thing but you still want to say hi.

And don’t forget to get your guess in for this episode’s theme. There’s a free album available to the first correct guess.

Until next time, magical friends: The trouble is, humans do have a knack of choosing precisely those things that are worst for them.

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