The Yule Ball, the annual Harry Potter tribute band holiday show, will return for its 11th year to the Middle East Downstairs on Sunday, Dec. 20. Norwood natives and hosts Joe and Paul DeGeorge will don their dress robes (which they say equate tuxedos) before their band, Harry and the Potters, and four more magically-inclined acts take the stage. Butterbeer and fire whiskey will be on tap, but the wizard rock show is open to all ages.
Paul DeGeorge, 36, has since moved to Lawrence, Kansas, but made the trek back for a whirlwind of rehearsals with his three-piece band before Sunday's show. He chats the "Fantastic Beasts," Hogwarts house splitting and that time J.K. Rowling sent him an e-mail.
About those Harry Potter spin-off's
"Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" has a dynamite cast (Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston) and its first trailer, and "The Cursed Child" is set to open in July in London's West End. But will the J.K. Rowling-penned spin-off's get tribute bands of their own? "I absolutely think that once 'Fantastic Beasts' and the play debut there will be new bands and projects that come out of that," says DeGeorge.
And will the Potters jump the shark? "We stay pretty strong on our concept. We're in character as Harry and only write as Harry," he says. "Some other bands write from a looser perspective, like just a wizard world in general. We're writing very specifically about [Harry's] seven years in Hogwarts, and maybe some passing references to his time with the Dursleys."