Music, Rhyme, and Dance
"Ah, music! A magic beyond all we do here!"
-- Albus Dumbledore
is myth, metaphysics, and magic."
-- Ferruccio Busoni
- songs by title
"A Cauldron Full of Hot, Strong Love" performed by
A "particularly jazzy number" with sentimental
associations for Mrs. Weasley,
as she and her husband danced to it when they were eighteen.
Its lyrics include:
Oh, come and stir my cauldron,
And if you do it right,
I'll boil you up some hot, strong love
To keep you warm tonight.
It features not only
Celestina Warbeck (see), but her chorus
"God Rest Ye, Merry Hippogriffs"
Christmas carol (evidently sung to the same tune as the Muggle
Christmas carol "God Rest Ye, Merry Gentlemen", to
judge from the audio edition); sung by
the Wizarding Suite, by
Features an exploding tuba. The last performance of the piece was in
it blew the roof out of
Ackerly Town Hall
"You Charmed the Heart Right Out of Me" performed by
This includes the lyrics
Oh, my poor heart, where has it gone?
It's left me for a spell...
"You Stole My Cauldron but You Can't Have my Heart"
performed by Celestina Warbeck (album)
professional and/or famous musicians
Blodwyn Bludd, the
from the Valleys",
is known for singing to his victims in his sonorus bass baritone
is a presenter on the WWN
the Hobgoblins (now disbanded) - band members included
Celestina Warbeck -
singer on the Wizard Wireless
HBP16) who performs
with a backup group of banshees
Her recordings include
This musical group is very popular on the
WWN. Their instruments consist of a set
of drums, several guitars, a lute, a cello, and some bagpipes. They were
"all extremely hairy and dressed in black robes that had been
artfully ripped and torn" when Harry
saw them at at the Yule Ball
(Dumbledore had booked them to
The band members are (CS/g,
"The weird sisters" is a term from Shakespeare'sMacbeth, referring to the three witches who accost Macbeth
and foretell the future when they hail him as "king hereafter".
These characters in Macbethrecite the incantation
"Double, double, toil and trouble" which provided the lyrics
for the song used in PA/f
(see Hogwarts choir).
In Norse mythology, there are three sister-goddesses of fate - the
Norns - who are also referred to as the Wyrd Sisters. The archaic term
"wyrd" means "fate" or "destiny".
other musical moments
Songs, Riddles, and Poems
Ode to Harry
Oh Potter, you Rotter
Oh look what you've done.
You're killing off students,
You think it's good fun!
the singing valentine for
"Eez eet over? Thank goodness, what an 'orrible -"
- Fleur Delacour
Quidditch Through the Ages
- A tragic Gaelic poem of the 11th Century tells of the sad outcome of a game of Creaothceann:
The players assembled, twelve fine, hearty men
The strapped on their cauldrons, stood poised to fly,
At the sound of the horn they were swiftly airborne
But ten of their number were fated to die... (QA2)