Daniel Radcliffe Talks Wizard Rock … And Non-’Harry Potter’ Music

Daniel Radcliffe

If wizard rock is a new concept to you, don’t let that dissuade you — it’s new to Harry Potter himself, Daniel Radcliffe, too.

At his New York Times TimesTalk event on Tuesday (August 19), the actor was asked if he were planning to attend a local wizard-rock fest while he’s in New York for the limited-engagement Broadway run of “Equus.” “I’ve heard of wizard rock — Harry and the Potters, right? — but I haven’t actually heard it yet.”

The audience member — from Harry Potter meet-up club the Group That Shall Not Be Named — then handed Radcliffe a DVD of Megan and Mallory Schuyler’s “The Wizard Rockumentary” film.

“That’s awesome,” he laughed. “Thank you very much. I’ve just been made aware of it.”

As for Muggle music, Daniel was asked if he could book a concert of his own choosing, which five bands would play. (We already know he’s a fan of the Arctic Monkeys and Giant Drag — but who else is on his wish list?) This is what he came up with in the spur of the moment:

1. The Sensational Alex Harvey Band (“Has anyone heard of them over here?” he asked, to which a few people cheered.)

2. The Libertines

3. The Pixies

4. The Sex Pistols (“Can they be dead?” Radcliffe asked. “Wait, no, I love Sid [Vicious], but it would have to be with Glen Matlock.)

5. Joanna Newsome (“As a stark contrast,” he said.)

Do you like Daniel’s choices for a lineup? Would you attend this concert? What bands would you pick if you could choose any five to play a show together?