Sunday night I attended the 7th Annual Harry and the Potters Boston Yule Ball. This was my fourth Yule Ball, and the second in a row at which I haven’t fallen getting there or getting home (due to the fact that there has been no snow the last two years, I’m not built for winter). It was in a word, awesome.
As always the Whomping Willows were amazing. I always love the full band performances (as opposed to acoustic) and this year Matt played with Justin (AKA Justin Finch-Fletchley and the Sugar Quills), Jarrod (AKA Gred and Forge), and Brian (of Draco and the Malfoys) and Lauren Fairweather. (I hope I didn’t forget anyone, I didn’t have a great view of the stage.) Incidentally, if you haven’t checked out Matt’s new CD, do so. It rocks.
Jason Anderson was there again, though I believe the band he usually played with wasn’t. He played with some of the Wizard Rockers and was great.
The Potter Puppet Pals were hysterical, and Harry and the Potters are, as always one of the best live shows you will ever see. I didn’t completely have my hearing back until the next day.
But as great as they were, the night was all about Draco and the Malfoys in their final performance. If you’ve been reading my blog, you might recall I talked about Wizard Rock when The Remus Lupins played their final show at LeakyCon. (You can read that here.) I’m not going to rehash my feelings on the subject, you can read that blog if you want, but I asked a question then. First the Mudbloods, now the Lupins, who’s next? I guess Draco and the Malfoys was the answer. I don’t want to ask that question again, but I guess I don’t have a choice. Who’s next?
I must say though, one of my favorite moments of the evening was when Andrew Slack, Executive Director of the Harry Potter Alliance, pointed out that this was the seventh and final Yule Ball for Draco and the Malfoys, the same number of years it took Harry to defeat Voldemort. That was awesome.
Draco and the Malfoys, thanks for all the evil memories. You’ll be missed, but we’ll party like we’re evil in your honor.
I’m sure there are better versions of this on YouTube already, but here are my recordings of Draco and the Malfoys final song and the Yule Ball Finale.
Thanks for reading!