Top Five Harry Potter Musician Cameos
No one is immune to Harry Potter's magic -- not even rock and roll icons. The Top Five bewitched musicians after the jump.
Electronic musicians Buckle and Caydon made their Potter debuts as members of the popular wizard band The Weird Sisters in Goblet of Fire's Yule Ball sequence. The duo performed as Heathcothe Barbary (rhythm guitar) and Gideon Crumb (keyboard and bagpipes) respectively.
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4. Singer Nick Cave contributes a song to Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows -- Part 1.
Eschewing the "obvious" Radiohead/Queens of Stone Age route, Potter music supervisor Matthew Biffa tapped Nick Cave for Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds' "O Children" -- a ditty off their 2004 album The Abattoir Blues/The Lyre of Orpheus. The music starts when Hermione and Harry are struggling to carry on after Ron's departure. Cave was reportedly pleased that a lesser-known song made it into the movie.
3. The Stone Roses' Ian Brown appears in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.
Though his contribution isn't a musical one, the former lead singer of The Stone Roses, Ian Brown, let his Potter fandom be known through a brief appearance in the series' third film. The alt-rocker's moment comes at the beginning of the film, where he's seen reading "A Brief History of Time" at the wizarding bar, The Leaky Cauldron.
2. Jarvis Cocker and Steve Mackey of Pulp in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.
The Pulp frontman and bassist (respectively) acted as the lead singer (Myron Wagtail) and bass guitarist (Donaghan Tremlett) of The Weird Sisters . The band performed three songs together -- "Do the Hippogriff", "This is the Night" and "Magic Works" -- all of which Cocker composed.
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1. Johnny Greenwood and Phil Selway of Radiohead in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.
Fitting that Daniel Radcliffe would listen to Radiohead to pump up for his role in Deathly Hallows, when two of the band's musicians -- guitarist Greenwood (as Kirley Duke) and drummer Selway (as Orsino Thruston) -- made appearances as members of The Weird Sisters alongside Cocker, Mackey, Buckle and Caydon. The band was originally meant to be portrayed by Franz Ferdinand, who dropped out. Considering who replaced them, I can't say I'm disappointed (and I'm sure Dan wasn't either).