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Watch: Harry Potter, Beacon of Creativity

16 July 2009 7:00 AM, PDT | | See recent Tribeca Film news »

So you've read Harry Potter. You've seen the movies. How can you get your next fix? Try free-on-Hulu doc We Are WIzards. What's wonderful about Josh Koury's flick is that it shows off some of the boundless creativity that Harry Potter has inspired, whether it's 'wizard rock' as embodied by grandfathers of the genre Harry and the Potters and kid-band The Hungarian Horntails, or cartoonist Brad Neely's spoof Wizard People, Dear Reader, a terrifically funny alternative soundtrack to the first film. The flick is nicely shot and a little all over the place; bopping around from the wise words of Leaky Cauldron webmistress Melissa Anelli (who is the author of a book on Harry Potter fan culture, Harry: A History), to a fundamentalist woman fed up with Potter's witchcraft, there's no throughline there, and you'd be remiss to think that wizard rock is simply the provenance of boys »

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Snag This: We Are Wizards

14 July 2009 4:32 PM, PDT | Cinematical | See recent Cinematical news »

Does Harry Potter draw children to the dark side of life, to "something that will ultimately destroy society"? Or does it inspire them to start "Wizard Rock" bands at the age of seven? Maybe it does both -- and more! With Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince rolling into theaters at midnight, it's a good time to check out Josh Koury's doc We Are Wizards which examines the Potter phenomenon (in part). It's available for free online viewing, courtesy of our friends at SnagFilms, and you can watch it right here at Cinematical.

As Kim Voynar pointed out in her review from SXSW in 2008, it's "not so much a documentary about Harry Potter fandom in general, as it is about the 'Wizard Rock' bands that have grown up around the franchise, and a couple of the bigger Harry Potter fan sites." Though she enjoyed the segments that focus on the bands, »

- Peter Martin

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Brad Neely's Wizard People, Dear Reader: Deconstructing Harry Potter and the Hero's Journey

14 July 2009 5:30 AM, PDT | | See recent PasteMagazine news »

Brad Neely is the face of comedy in the internet age. His deadpan sense of humor and penchant for beefy irony spurred the creation of the legendary festival-short-gone-viral “Cox & Combes’ Washington,” which led to a contract with Adult Swim for a passel of similar online mini-cartoons. He also worked as a consultant for the second half of Season 11 of South Park, runs the comedy website Creased Comics, and is currently shopping some ideas around for a television show of his own. »

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