Harry Potter hysteria culminates tonight at 12:01 AM with the official release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, the seventh and final book in the series. Nobody in the rock world will be as psyched as those folks who have formed bands named after Potter characters ... to play music inspired by Potter characters. Here's a guide to the world's foremost wizard-rock outfits (a bunch who make surprisingly few wand jokes):
Band Name: Harry and the Potters
Name Inspiration: No mystery here
Sample Lyric: "We've got to save Ginny Weasley from the basilisk / We've got to save the school again" - "Save Ginny Weasley"
Band Name: The Remus Lupins
Name Inspiration: Harry's third year Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher, and old pal of his father's who happens to be a werewolf
Sample Lyric: "Know you tried to make Hogwarts proud / So I'll keep them singing, singing out loud / Remember Cedric Diggory" - "Remember Cedric"
Band Name: The Moaning Myrtles
Name Inspiration: Moaning Myrtle, the girl ghost who lives in the second floor girls' bathroom at Hogwarts and died after the Chamber of Secrets was opened
Sample Lyric: "Bathrooms are great places for peep shows / Cedric Diggory's really hot without his clothes" - "Prefects are Hot"
Band Name: Draco and the Malfoys
Name Inspiration: Harry's arch nemesis at Hogwarts, Draco Malfoy
Sample Lyric: "Harry Potter, you know that I hate you / You always think you're better than me" - "The Power of Love"
Band Name: The Parselmouths
Name Inspiration: The select group of wizards who can speak the language of snakes
Sample Lyric: "Who's that girl who's always first to raise her hand? / Her name's Hermione and boy she makes me mad" - "What Kind of name is Hermoine?"
Band Name: The Whomping Willows
Name Inspiration: The gnarled tree on Hogwarts' grounds that threatens the life of those who come near it
Sample Lyric: "Now you're kicking it with house elves and you're every teacher's pet" - "I Found a Loophole"
Band Name: The Hermione Crookshanks Experience
Name Inspiration: A combination of the names of Harry's friend Hermione Granger and her orange cat, Crookshanks.
Sample Lyric: "Are you ready for the next D.A. meeting? Are you ready, are you prepared? / I've got my wand at the ready, my hand is steady" - "Ready and Prepared"