It’s cliche for love to save the day, but that idea works in Harry Potter because from the very beginning, love is central to the plot. It’s not just a throw away idea (like how Neo is saved by a kiss in The Matrix). Love is the thing. You can really, truly feel how, in this world of wizards and witches, there’s one magic that is older and more powerful than all the rest.
I’ve always wanted to do a song about this. I have an old song that tackled it a little.
But then I got this idea of a young Albus, Harry’s son, sitting there, thinking about Voldermort and his dad duking it out. That battle is just a story to him, and it’s a story he’s probably heard a million times. Maybe he hasn’t thought too much about it. “Oh yeah, dad, voldermort, death eaters, love, whatever.”
But what if one day it suddenly hits him: How DID his dad beat the most powerful wizard who ever lived?
He’d ask his dad, he’d ask his mom, he’d ask uncle Ron and aunt Hermione and they all say the same thing: It was ultimately love that saved the day. Dumbledore would visit him in a dream to reinforce the idea.
I also imagined him and James constantly fighting and, you know, Albus is younger so he only knows two spells. But despite their sibling bickering, they still regularly sneak out at night together, exploring with the invisibility cloak.
Family. Love. The most powerful magic.
Anyway - I based the song (one could even call it a parody?) on this song by Jackie Wilson from 1959.
I’m working on a 5 song Harry Potter EP.
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