Harry and the Potters, a rock band based on the Harry Potter series, will make even the most modest muggle move when they perform Saturday at the Louisville Free Public Library in celebration of “Lumos,” its first full-length album in 13 years.
The band is made up of Joe and Paul DeGeorge, two brothers from Boston who perform music for all ages based on characters and events from the magical world of Harry Potter. The DeGeorges started the group in 2002 — the year before the book “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix” came out. They’ve since played more than 800 shows all over the world, although they’ve yet to play at Hogwarts or in Hogsmeade.
“We’ve visited Louisville many times,” Paul DeGeorge told Insider. “On our first couple tours we played some great shows with Carmichael’s.”
The band has played in Louisville at least seven times before, most recently at Modern Cult Records in 2015. They performed at the library back in 2011 and are eager to return.
“I know over the last few years the library has been throwing some raging Harry Potter parties during the summer, so we are very excited to get back this year and see how the local wizard scene has developed since our last visit,” said DeGeorge.
Harry and the Potters may be looking to have as much fun as Gryffindor did during its common room parties after a quidditch win.
The band has released three previous full-length albums and has appeared on more than 15 compilation albums geared toward the magic persuasion. The stop in Louisville will be one of 58 shows during its current tour, which continues throughout the summer in the United States and Canada, ending on Aug. 24 in Boston.
The band also does a lot of charity work, helping create the Harry Potter Alliance, which advocates for racial justice, gender equality, LGBTQ rights and more. All in all, the DeGeorges have raised over $100,000 for the alliance and other literature-based charities through annual Yule Balls — based off the annual Christmas-time Yule Ball celebration in the books — and the Wizard Rock EP Club, according to the band’s website.
Harry and the Potters perform Saturday, June 29, at the Main Library, 301 York St., at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m. Admission is free, so concertgoers won’t need to stop by Gringotts Wizarding Bank on the way there.