Bonus Episode

WZRDship Bonus Episode

Hello magical friends, and welcome to this year’s birthday bonus of WZRD Radio! I’m your hostwitch Bess and I hope you’re all ready for this epic episode! TC from Pottership and I talk about our unpopular Harry Potter opinions. Personally, I had a blast and I hope you do too.

We’re going to dive right into it, after the music.

This is Totally Knuts and “In This Fairy Tale.”

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Episode 67: The Hinky Punks

Hello magical friends, especially Lan and John, WZRD’s newest patrons, whose support lets me do these interview episodes!

I’m your hostwitch Bess and today I got to have a lovely chat with someone who’s seen the whole spectrum of wizard rock—and apparently made a fair bit of it!

Today’s guest is Patrick of The Hinky Punks.

Before we dig into the history of the Hinky Punks, I’ve curated a lovely collection of music for you, beginning with “Harry Potter’s Got A Firebolt” By Emeric Switch.

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Episode 65: Lauren Fairweather

Hello magical friends, and welcome to episode 65 of WZRD Radio. I’m your hostwitch Bess and we’re kicking off this year with an extra special guest: Lauren Fairweather! They are such a joy; I’m so glad they agreed to talk with me.

I can’t wait to share our conversation with you. First, however, it’s music time.

This is The Weirdos Are Out with “I Said No.”

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Episode 64: It’s Real For Us

Hello magical friends, and welcome to the first WZRD Radio episode of 2023! I’m your hostwitch Bess and I’m hoping you all have an exciting, but fully manageable, year ahead of you.

I’d like to say a special shout-out to my magical friend Geoff for this episode’s playlist! It does mean they can’t guess today’s theme with everyone else, but I appreciate that sacrifice.

Now, to fortify us for this new year, here’s some music!

We’re kicking off with The Butterbeer Experience and “The Prince’s Tale.”

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Episode 63: Flaming Christmas Puddings

Hello magical friends, and welcome to the last episode of 2022! I’m your hostwitch Bess, and I’m getting excited for all the bright celebrations that come at the end of the year. Here’s hoping my city hires the Weasley Twins for the end-of-year fireworks, yeah?

It’s our third December together, magical friends, and you know what that means!

Here’s “A Very Severus Christmas” by Muggle Mike.

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Episode 49: Expecto Patronum

Hello magical friends, and welcome to Episode 49 of WZRD Radio! I’m your hostwitch Bess, and this is your semi-regular reminder that if you’re not comfortable being part of the Harry Potter fandom, that’s fine. You can step away. JKR is making any association with her incredibly toxic. Even your hostwitch is moving her Harry Potter décor out of the more public parts of her home.

If you’re part of this community for life, let me point you to the Gayly Prophet’s “Guide to Firing JKR while keeping Harry Potter,” WZRD’s own Pinkie Promise to boycott the franchise and support trans rights, and the Trans Wrock Comp that features some of our queer and trans wrockers and allies.

I know it’s uncomfortable to talk about this subject and examine our feelings on it, but I think that’s part of what keeps us different from JKR; that we keep doing the hard work and examining our impact on other people.

To help as we process how we’re feeling, here’s some music! First up is “Knight Bus” by Knight Bus.

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Episode 45: Walking the World

Hello magical friends, and don’t touch that dial! I’m your hostwitch Bess, and this is still WZRD Radio, just with a new theme song courtesy of How Airplanes Fly. What do you think?

Welcome to WZRD’s second birthday! We’ve got lots of celebrating to do, so grab your favorite magical beverage and let’s get started!

First up is “Out in the Cold” by the Leaky Sisters.

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Episode 29: Swish and Flick

Hello magical friends! Especially Leah, the newest member of the WZRD Radio patron, whose support lets me do these interview episodes.

Today I’m super excited to be talking with Stacy Santiago Pisani and John Pisani of Swish and Flick! The energy and Slytherin Pride they brought to wizard rock is legendary. If you’ve never heard of them before, you’re in for a real treat.

But first—the music. We’re kicking it off today with “Our Love is Magic” by Dandy Decadence.

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