With the stateside debut of the final “Harry Potter” film, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2,” this Friday (July 15), HP fanatics are asking themselves, “What do we do now?” As for us here at Billboard.com, after sitting through seven (and soon to be eight) Potter films that featured regal yet haunting musical scores by John Williams and Alexandre Desplat (among others), we’re left wondering what Harry’s main jam is.
The songs that pumped him up for the big Quidditch matches, or gave him the strength to face He Who Shall Not Be Named — or at least what he listened to while trudging through his Defense Against the Dark Arts homework.
We’re putting aside the fact that in J.K. Rowling’s books, Harry was born in 1980, not pinning down his musical choices to any specific era. Read on to hear a choice (and telling) selection of songs from the iPods of Harry Potter, Hermione Granger, Ron Weasley and Draco Malfoy, or at least what we imagine them to be.
The series’ title character copes with not only puberty, but brushes with death and the dark side (ie, Voldemort) looming around every corner he turns. Add that on to the fact that Potter’s still sorting out his parents’ death, his rough childhood with the Dursleys, and, well, the fact that he’s the most famous wizard in the world, and he’s got a hefty chip on his shoulder. And we expect his musical tastes reflect that, with plenty of moody, and at times completely brooding, rock through the decades. Here’s a selection of five from his iPod.
David Bowie, “Fame”
Selected lyric: “Fame makes a man take things over / Fame lets him loose, hard to swallow / Fame puts you there where things are hollow”
My Chemical Romance, “I’m Not OK”
Selected lyric: “What will it take to show you that it’s not the life it seems?”
Pulp, “Common People”
Selected lyric: “I want to live like common people / I want to do whatever common people do”
Jay-Z, “99 Problems”
Selected lyric: “I got 99 problems but a bitch ain’t one”
Smashing Pumpkins, “Bullet With Butterfly Wings”
Selected lyric: “Secret destroyers, hold you up to the flames / And what do I get for my pain? /
Betrayed desires and a piece of the game