As the Harry Potter series draws close to an end, I thought I’d dedicate the top 10 songs that best describe the series. Here is an ode to the characters, story, school and theme of Harry Potter and his medium. See if you can remember all these tunes from years past. The most fitting songs were from the songwriting decades of the 70s and 80s.
1 Magic Man by Heart (1976), dedicated to Harry himself. He’s the magic man at the center of attention. Ann and Nancy Wilson sang this enchanted song a million years ago (when I was in grade school), and it’s perfect for Harry, the Magic Man of Hogwarts.
2 I Put a Spell on You by CCR (and Screamin Jay Hawkins), dedicated to Hermione Granger, the young spell-casting girl in the ensemble. She seems to be the only one learning all the spells.
3 Man in the Wilderness by Styx, for Rubeus Hagrid. He’s alone out in his cabin with spiders, griffins and creatures of all sizes. One of the coolest of the group, he seems more trustworthy than most. I imagine him alone in his cabin with a pint of ale, black lights, munchies and Led Zeppelin records (on vinyl).
4 Another Brick in the Wall by Pink Floyd, in a nod to the Hogwarts school of unusual fine arts.
We don’t need no education…. Even though, they clearly do.
5 Witchy Woman by the Eagles, dedicated to Professor McConagall; Nuff said.
6 Pinball Wizard – Elton John. A dazzling song I’d like to send out to Professor Dumbledore and his wizardry, which he balances with a madcap obsession over video games. They didn’t show the game part on screen; it’s all in the subtext.
7 We are Family – Sister Sledge (1979) for the Weasley Brothers and their whole spellbinding family. They’re an odd family, but all the Weasleys are perfect for the story.
8 People are Strange by the Doors, for the enigmatic and often weird Draco Malfoy
9 Magic by The Cars (1984) A tune meant for the whole cast, this synthesized 80s song from the Cars sums it all up:
Oh oh it’s magic , When I’m with you (Oh-o, it’s magic)
10 School’s Out by Alice Cooper, and Changes by David Bowie, as the all the actors are changing and growing older. They aren’t high school kids any more, but they play the part. This can only last so long, and I bet the director/producers are rushing to finish this franchise before the actors are 40 year old students. We can’t all be on “21 Jump Street” forever.
We could also dedicate Same Old Story by Ultravox, as many of the Harry Potter ingredients were taken from other books (LOTR, Circle of Light, Narnia, Elric and more). Despite the author’s nibbling at past works, and the feeling of d©j vu, the spirited actors made the movies delightful and fun to watch. I wonder if Daniel Radcliffe can continue to act beyond his childhood fame. Time will tell.
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