Wizard rock band to play at NOPL

Fans of the "Harry Potter" series may not have any more new books to look forward to, but that doesn't mean they won't be seeing -- or hearing -- new material about the characters.

That's because of the surging popularity of "wizard rock," a genre in which young musicians write and perform music incorporating elements of the series.

And North Syracuse has its very own wizard rock band -- Kingsley and the Shacklebolts, who will be performing at 6 p.m. Tuesday Aug. 20 at NOPL at North Syracuse.

The band -- consisting of Connor Strader on drums and vocals, Nick Snow on guitar and Jake Roundy on keyboards, all juniors at Cicero-North Syracuse High School -- got together earlier this year.

"We've been playing together since February," Strader said. "I had been hearing about [wizard rock] for a while, and Nick and I are in another band together, so I started thinking that if we did it, we could get some attention. So I called these guys and asked if they wanted to do it. We just thought it would be fun."

In choosing their name, the band looked to other wizard rock bands like Harry and the Potters and Draco and the Malfoys. They chose to honor a favorite character, Kingsley Shacklebolt, an Auror (a wizard who fights dark magic) who ends up Minister of Magic.

Strader said he believes the genre is so popular because it gives fans another way to keep in touch with their favorite characters.

"The series was so popular," he said. "This genre of music is a way to keep those stories going."

Roundy noted that most of their fans were already fans of the series.

"They're all pretty much around our age," he said. "They're people who grew up reading 'Harry Potter.'"

The Aug. 20 appearance at NOPL will be the band's second gig at the library.

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