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The Weird Sisters were a very popular band in the wizarding world and on the Wizarding Wireless Network. Albus Dumbledore booked them to perform in Hogwarts at the 1994 Yule Ball. Despite their name, all eight known members are male.

In 1995, the band was popular enough that the marriage of their bass player, Donaghan Tremlett, made front-page news in the Daily Prophet.[1]

Overview

Known band members

Known songs

History

1980s debut performance

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.[3]

After the performance, Wagtail informed Jacob's sibling that they found a talented newcomer, Donaghan Tremlett.[3]

1994 Yule Ball

Upon the announcement of the Yule Ball, 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.[4]

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.[5]

Behind the scenes

Portrayers of the Weird Sisters

Etymology

  • 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.

Appearances

Notes and references


The Weird Sisters
WeirdSisters
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
Do The Hippogriff · Magic Works · This Is The Night