Episode 61: Pick Up Your Wands

Hello magical friends, and welcome to episode 61 of WZRD Radio! I’m your hostwitch Bess and I hope you’re all ready for harvest festivals! They’re my favorite.

Before we get to the music, I’d like to share a project from some dear podcast friends:

Goblet of Wine lost a member of their community last year, and are running a fundraiser for Mermaids in their memory. I’m including a link in the transcript, and the show notes, and I hope you donate if you can. It’s so important, as part of the Harry Potter fandom, to be acutely aware of what damage giving any money to the franchise does, and to fight transphobia at every turn. [link]

While you’re checking out that link, here’s “Bubble Gum Wrappers” by The House of Black.


That was “Bubble Gum Wrappers” by The House of Black, The Faithful Sidekicks and “Team Neville FTW” [lyrics], and “Losing My Remembrall” by Philosopherock.

This month’s wandoscope is for magical friends who carry wands of red oak.

According to wand lore, you have unusually quick reactions, are adaptable, and have a style all your own. You’re someone everyone wants watching their back.

This month, however, those fast reaction times might get you into trouble. Quick reactions are good, but make sure you have all the information before flying off to do something about it. Do some verification and fact-gathering before jumping into a panic, okay? You’ll save yourself some embarrassment down the road, I promise.

This next block of music begins with Creevey Crisis and “True Gryffindor.”


That was “True Gryffindor” by Creevey Crisis, “The Hero” by Penelope Clearwater Revival [lyrics], and “Basically the Man, Part 2” by The Butterbeer Experience [lyrics].

Here’s what we’ve got brewing in the fandom for November:

If you love murder mysteries, there’s a Harry Potter Murder Mystery Party on November 2nd in Avon, Colorado! [link]

For anyone who wants to cook like Molly, there’s a ”Cook the Book: Harry Potter” event on the 3rd in Springfield, Illinois. [link]

Conjuration is coming to Atlanta, Georgia from November 4th – 6th with a whole host of magical performers, including Draco and the Malfoys, Hawthorn and Holly, and The Blibbering Humdingers. [link]

November 12th and 13th will see Ironton Wizardfest returning to Ironton, Ohio with wand dueling classes, a cosplay contest, and an adults-only wizard’s ball. [link]

If you’re around Middleton in the UK on November19th and 20th, check out the Wizard Themed Craft Weekend. Wizard dress encouraged. [link]

On November 22nd, the New York Order of the Phoenix is hosting “Harry Potter TED Talks,” where members sign up to either lecture or start a discussion on their favorite HP topics. [link]

The Blibbering Humdingers are guests of honor at ChessieCon this year! Go check them out in Hunt Valley, Maryland from the 25th through 27th. [link]

Hut on the Wrock 3 is looking for submissions! Send your wizardly pub song/sea shanty by November 15th to Totally Knuts at LawrenceKL14@gmail.com.

Pottorhead gave us a sneak peek at “Rubeus Was a Headbanger.” [link]

Mport released a Potter Puppet Pals remix! [link]

“Wow, I Wonder What It’d Be Like to Have a Difficult Life” by 97 My Second. [link]

Draco and the Malfoys “An Anthology of Slytherin Music, Vol 2” [link]

Daniel Kelly gave us “The Forbidden Forest.” [link]

Dots and Lines shared “Beware the Owlery.” [link]


Potterwatch released “The Headless Hunt” right on Halloween. [link]

Our final music break begins with Kwikspell singing “Gillyweed.”


That was “Gillyweed,” by Kwikspell [lyrics], Luna Wants a Longbottom and “Herbology,” “Kill the Snake” by Seven Potters, and Neville’s Diary with “Pick Up Your Wands.”

We’ve come to the end of another episode. Thank you so much for spending this time with me!

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: Happy Halloween!

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