I like documentaries that show you sides of pop culture you did not know were there. We Are Wizards is one of those docs. Director Josh Koury invites us to take a look at the world of Harry Potter fandom, but not the fandom where people sit in line for days in anticipation of the release of books or movies.
The focus of We Are Wizards is what people call Wizard Rock, or music based on the stories about Harry Potter. These fans feel the need to get on stage and perform music in bands like Harry and the Potters, Draco and the Malfoys and so forth. They perform in libraries and at festivals, and seem to be really popular. They sell dvd’s, t-shirts and some even have groupies. Hmmm, and I was totally unaware of this.
I am a Star Wars fan, but really a pretty solitary one. I hardly go to conventions, I don’t dress up and I certainly don’t think about being in a band based on Star Wars. So I have a hard time understanding the obsession these fans display. It seems Josh Koury feels the same, because he frequently veers off into other territory to fill out his 79 minute documentary.
He gets into the subject of a war the fans waged with Warner Bros because of Warner’s wish to protect their property at the cost of fandom. And he gets into the question whether Harry Potter incites children to take up witchcraft and subsequently ruin their innocent lives. Both of these issues are each deserving of a separate documentary, because frankly the novelty of Wizard Rock wears off pretty quick… and the music itself is really bad.
Koury meanders back and forth between his subjects and delivers a project that obviously has his affection, but isn’t executed very well. Come on, tell us more about the vigilante lady who thinks Harry Potter is witchcraft, now that is interesting (and infuriating).