(Re)introducing Secret Passages & Hidden Corridors: A Wizard Rock Soundtrack

Those of you who were around when I first created this site in 2014 might recognise the title Secret Passages & Hidden Corridors. It’s a longtime project of mine — an attempt to create a definitive soundtrack for the Harry Potter books by using exclusively wizard rock songs. Although I took down the original Secret Passages page in 2015, when I moved and redesigned the site, the idea stayed at the back of my mind and in my personal notes. I kept adding to my notes, but since the decline of 8tracks, I had no idea where to put them. There was also another question — what to do when some parts of the story are overpopulated with songs? Picking my favourites would turn Secret Passages into not much more than a display of my wizard rock tastes.

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Concerning the Changes to 8tracks, Part 2

This is a follow-up post to one I wrote back in February, in which I discussed how you can no longer listen to mixes on 8tracks without streaming the tracks from YouTube, unless you are in the US or Canada. At the time, I hadn’t yet thought of a way to allow the mixes to be heard internationally (which would include me, except 8tracks allows you to listen to your own mixes). But then I had an inspiration, and honestly I feel silly for not hitting on it before.

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8tracks Mix – The Prince’s Tale

  1. Split Seven Ways — It’s Real for Us
  2. Stephanie and the Quaffles — Magic
  3. How Airplanes Fly — Leave You Behind
  4. Lauren Fairweather — Worst Memory
  5. Split Seven Ways — Just Say It
  6. Riddle™ — Look at Me
  7. Gadding With Ghouls — Winner Takes All
  8. Oliver Boyd and the Remembralls — Without You
  9. Lauren Fairweather — Keep Her Safe
  10. Hawthorn & Holly — Oh, Child of Mine
  11. Riddle™ — Dark Wizard
  12. Obliviate! — In Her Eyes
  13. The Lost Diadems — Eyes to Die For
  14. The Butterbeer Experience — For You
  15. The Mudbloods — A Pensieve Full of Unrequited Love

In Honour of Hermione’s Birthday

Today is Hermione’s birthday, so I thought I’d share a few of my favourite Hermione songs to celebrate the occasion. These ones are not Romione songs (even though Romione songs are always sweet), but songs about Hermione herself.

The Hermione Crookshanks ExperienceOn Thestral, We Ride

Such a cute song on a topic that’s hardly ever sung about, and certainly not from Hermione’s point of view! Kristine takes the journey of the Seven Potters and turns it into a triumphant flight that’s all Hermione’s own, and utterly breathtaking.

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What’s New in the Wrock World

It’s 2016 and wizard rock is still a thing. And you know what? It’ll always be a thing, as long as there are people listening to it, making it and encouraging others to do the same.

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Hello, readers! It’s been a little while. Here are some things that are new (or new-ish; I’m a bit slack) in the wrock world.

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Introducing Tagpacker

I don’t remember when I got the idea for a wizard rock site focused on lyrics, only that I finally caved and founded this place in August 2014, at a different URL. Back then, all the lyrics were posted on actual blog posts backdated to the date of the song’s release. About a year later, I decided that I wanted to overhaul this place and make it more organised (and yes, more aesthetically pleasing). So, in November 2015, I released version 2.0 of this site and (rather clumsily) explained my motives for the change here. I wrote:

This [the original system] meant that all the posts contained tags to make it easier to search lyrics — all the Romione songs were in the ‘hermione granger / ron weasley’ tag, for instance. All those tags are now GONE — I know it makes it just that much harder to find a stack of Romione (and who doesn’t love a stack of Romione?), but moving lyrics from blog posts to pages means that I can focus on uploading rather than tagging (and isn’t that the whole point?).

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Concerning the Changes to 8tracks

If you have an 8tracks account, you may have got the following message in your email inbox on the 13th:

We’ll no longer stream from 8tracks’ servers to listeners outside the US and Canada; instead, we’ll offer the ability to tune into playlists on the 8tracks website via YouTube video playback. Unfortunately, listeners outside the US and Canada will no longer be able to stream playlists through the 8tracks iOS and Android apps.

Your 8tracks profile and playlists will not be affected and you will continue to be able to stream any playlists with tracks you’ve personally uploaded.

All of your playlists will continue to be accessible to listeners anywhere our content is available around the world. You will still be able to make and share playlists with everyone, however, your personal listening experience may be limited depending on which country you are in.

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8tracks Mix – let’s not be the last to fall in love

  1. The Curse Breakers — Be My Dementor
  2. Let’s Lumos! feat. Oliver Boyd and the Remembralls — Amortentia
  3. Percy and the Prefects — Penelope Clearwater
  4. How Airplanes Fly — To Fall in Love
  5. The Parselmouths — Heartbreaker
  6. Ginny and the Weasleys — The Valentine Song
  7. Obliviate! — Sparks
  8. The Mudbloods — I Wish You’d Be My Witch
  9. Roonil Wazlib — Green Eyes
  10. Oliver Boyd and the Remembralls — The Meaning of Lonely
  11. The HMS Wolfstar — Give Me the Moon
  12. Ginny and the Heartbreakers — The Happiest Day
  13. Oblivate! — Portkey to You
  14. Split Seven Ways — Come Home Tonight
  15. Hawthorn & Holly — Timeturner
  16. Roonil Wazlib — Mollywobbles
  17. Anvil and the Hints — Thank You, Amortentia
  18. Romilda Vane and the Chocolate Cauldrons — Seventeen
  19. Oliver Boyd and the Remembralls — Lupin’s Tale
  20. How Airplanes Fly — Chocolate Frog Card
  21. Ginny and the Heartbreakers — Dragons and Beasts
  22. Riddle™ — Ballad of Ron and Hermione
  23. Split Seven Ways — Hand on My Heart
  24. Creevey Crisis — Not Standing Silent
  25. Let’s Lumos! — Dentist’s Daughter

8tracks Mix – Wizarding Wish Lists

  1. Gred and Forge — The Twelve Days of Wizard Christmas
  2. Draco and the Malfoys — All I Want for Christmas
  3. The Butterbeer Experience — Christmas Mirror
  4. The Parselmouths — Santa Don’t Judge Me
  5. Stephanie and the Quaffles — Home for the Holidays
  6. The Hermione Crookshanks Experience — The Sweater Song
  7. I Speak Tree — A Sirius Christmas
  8. Witherwings — Christmas Wish
  9. Oliver Boyd and the Remembralls — The Cold, Wild Yonder
  10. Lav² — Unsent
  11. Creevey Crisis — Winter
  12. Harry and the Potters — Hedwig is Coming to Town (Snowy Owl)

8tracks Mix – Warmth of Butterbeer

  1. The Brothers Black — Hogwarts is Home for Christmas
  2. Draco and the Malfoys — Chrismas with My Mom and Dad
  3. Ginny and the Weasleys — Christmas at Hogwarts
  4. The Whomping Willows — Oh! Christmas Tree
  5. The Parselmouths — Anything We Want
  6. Hungry Hungry Hippogriffs — Christmas at Hogwarts
  7. The Pumpkin Pasties — When 13 Dine
  8. Harry and the Potters — Livin’ in a Mirror
  9. Gadding With Ghouls — Magic’s Here (for Christmas Day)
  10. Sue and the Hufflepuffs — A Very Frosty Memoire
  11. Snidget — Christmas in the Great Hall
  12. Bella and le Strangers — Snowfall
  13. The Moaning Myrtles — Nargles in the Mistletoe
  14. Shauna Burns — Yule Ball Night
  15. Riddle™ — Hogwarts: A Pudding
  16. Hawthorn & Holly — Over Christmas Break
  17. Phoenix Song — I Wonder as I Wander
  18. Tonks and the Aurors — Candle in the Window
  19. The Bandon Banshees — Christmas Rock Cake
  20. The Veelas — Molly’s Carol
  21. Ginny and the Heartbreakers — Christmas at The Burrow
  22. Erised Night — The Bells on Christmas Eve
  23. Creevey Crisis — A Creevey Carol
  24. Swish and Flick — Malfoy for Christmas
  25. Romilda Vane and the Chocolate Cauldrons — Godric’s Hollow
  26. Oliver Boyd and the Remembralls — Happy Christmas Day