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"The Weird Sisters now trooped up onto the stage to wildly enthusiastic applause; they were all extremely hairy and dressed in black robes that had been artfully ripped and torn."
— The Weird Sisters preform at the Yule Ball[src]

The Weird Sisters were a very popular band in the wizarding world, whose music was frequently played on the Wizarding Wireless Network. Despite their name, all eight known members were male.

Many individuals in the wizarding world were fans of the Weird Sisters, including Ginevra Weasley and Nymphadora Tonks.



By the 1985–1986 school year, Hogwarts students Myron Wagtail and Kirley Duke, accompanied by Orsino Thruston, had formed the band, and wanted to perform in the Hogwarts Castle. They wanted Jacob's sibling to perform with them, though the student was unable to actually play an instrument. As part of the preparations from the show, they taught Jacob's sibling to transfigure a cauldron into a bass guitar and charm it to play on its own. When asked if they used the charm they denied it, claiming to have learned through years of practice. [1]

After the performance, Wagtail informed Jacob's sibling that they found a talented newcomer, Donaghan Tremlett to take over as a full time bass player.[1]

In 1986–1987 school year, the band mentioned that Jacob's sibling, being known as an unofficial "Curse-Breaker", had been one of their sources of inspiration. They helped them practise their Frog Choir audition on the training grounds. They then encouraged Jacob's sibling to sing in front of Professor Snape to test their nerves. They watched and praised them for having done a great job.[2]

Weird Sisters concert at the Great Lake

During the 1989–1990 school year, the Weird Sisters popped up in front of Jacob's sibling in the Three Broomsticks Inn when they thought they had mentioned something about them.[3] Later, Jacob's sibling invited the Weird Sisters to do a concert at the Great Lake.[4] They also performed during the party at Three Broomsticks.[5]


"There was a large poster of the wizarding band the Weird Sisters on one wall, and a picture of Gwenog Jones, Captain of the all-witch Quidditch team the Holyhead Harpies, on the other."
— Ginny Weasley had a poster of the band on her bedroom wall[src]

The Weird Sisters playing at the Yule Ball

During the 1994-1995 school year the Yule Ball was announced, one of the rumours discussed in Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry was that Albus Dumbledore had booked the Weird Sisters for the ball, which turned out to be true.[6]

On 25 December, 1994, the band performed in the Great Hall on a magically-appearing stage. Among the band's instruments were a set of drums, several guitars, a cello, a lute, a double bass and some bagpipes. During this performance, Harry Potter noted that all members of the band were extremely hairy and all wearing black robes that had been artfully torn.[7]

In 1995, the band was popular enough that the marriage of their bass player, Donaghan Tremlett, made front-page news in the Daily Prophet.[8]

Ginny Weasley had a poster of the band hanging on her bedroom wall.



Behind the scenes


  • The term "Weird Sisters" was the name given to the three prophetic witches in the play "Macbeth," by William Shakespeare ("weïrd" being Old English for "fate" or "destiny").
  • As it is unconfirmed as to from where J. K. Rowling got the idea for the band's name, other possibilities include:
    • A variant of the name, Wyrd Sisters, was used as the title of a 1988 Discworld novel by Terry Pratchett.
    • A play on the heavy rock band, Twisted Sister.

Portrayers of the Weird Sisters


Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Year 2, "Become an Honorary Rocker" Achievement
  2. Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Year 3, "The Frog Choir" Achievement
  3. Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Year 6, Chapter 28 (Moving On)
  4. Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Year 6, Chapter 38 (Meeting the Merqueen)
  5. Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Year 6, Chapter 44 (The Perfect Party)
  6. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Chapter 22 (The Unexpected Task)
  7. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Chapter 23 (The Yule Ball)
  8. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 14 (Percy and Padfoot)
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (film)
  10. Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Year 4, Side Quest "My Fair Chupacabra"
  11. Wyrd Sisters keep fighting the good fight at canada.com (archived)
  12. Franz Ferdinand To Play Ugly Sisters In Next 'Harry Potter' Flick?, MTV
  13. J.K. Rowling at the Royal Albert hall, available on Accio Quote!
  14. Harry Potter Page to Screen: The Complete Filmmaking Journey, Page 135
  15. The Leaky Cauldron and Mugglenet Interview
The Weird Sisters
Weird Sisters.jpg
Lead singer Lead guitar Rhythm guitar Bass guitar
Myron Wagtail Kirley Duke Heathcote Barbary Donaghan Tremlett
Bagpipes Drums Cello Lute
Gideon Crumb Orsino Thruston Merton Graves Herman Wintringham
Known songs
Blood Sucker · Do The Hippogriff · Magic Works · This Is The Night