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Christmas/Winter Solstice 2015

Ice Sculpture from Hogwarts Yule Ball

Ice Sculpture from the Yule Ball

I hope it’s not too late to wish everyone a very happy Festive Season. As the snow falls on our blog page, here are the seasonal contributions the Crones have created over the years.

Silent night (Hogwarts Version)

The Wand that’s Made of Holly

We Wish You a Merry Christmas

Luna’s Twelve Days of Christmas (with Christmas at the Burrow)

The Furriest Noël

God Rest Ye Merry, Hippogriffs

Snape’s Last Christmas
(with Spell for a Patronus)

Video of Spell for a Patronus

Rolling Home to Dear Old Hogwarts

Valeria-Johanna singing WeenyOwl's song

We could perhaps call this our first live gig. Valeria-Johanna was singing one of WeenyOwl’s filks at a fund-raising concert in Manchester, 13 September 2014.

The song was ‘Rolling Home to Dear Old Hogwarts’, WeenyOwl’s version of the traditional seafaring song,‘Rolling Home to Dear Old England/Caledonia/Old New England’ etc. The audience joined in the chorus with considerable vigour.

In this recording, WeenyOwl is singing, with the other two Crones joining in the chorus, with the aid of digital technology:

The lyrics are here.

Lyrics: Rolling Home to Dear Old Hogwarts

ROLLING HOME TO DEAR OLD HOGWARTS

New words by WeenyOwl, to the tune of the traditional seafaring song ‘Rolling Home to Dear Old England/Caledonia/Old New England’ etc.

(You can listen to the song here.)

Lock up Hedwig’s cage securely
Load my trunk with magic gear
Bid good riddance to the Dursleys
No regrets, I’m out of here
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Hermione’s Beaded Bag

Hermione's Beaded BagAfter having written a wry sort of love song from Hermione’s point of view directed toward Ron (I Guess I Owe It All to Lavender Brown), it seemed only fair to have Ron return the favour.  I was inspired to write Hermione’s Beaded Bag after listening to my local folk deejay playing a version (I think Robbie O’Connell’s) of Miss Fogarty’s Christmas Cake. This comic ersatz-Irish song about a near-lethal pastry confection with altogether too many ingredients (some of them clearly inedible) was actually written by an American named C. Frank Horn and originally published in 1883.  The tune is the same and so is the humorous spirit, although Hermione’s creation is wholly more admirable.  Ideally, it should be sung about twice as fast as I can manage it. – WeenyOwl

I felt this should be included among our seasonal numbers, as it is a ‘filk’ of a song about a Christmas cake – and I can easily imagine Ron singing it at a Weasley party. – Valeria-Johanna

The lyrics are here.

Lyrics: Hermione’s Beaded Bag

Hermione's Beaded Bag

HERMIONE’S BEADED BAG

New words by WeenyOwl, to the tune of ‘Miss Fogarty’s Christmas Cake’ by C. Frank Horn; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eGoqOv-4URA

 

(You can listen to the song here.)

Have you met Miss Hermione Granger?
She’s the cleverest girl in our school.
She’s a Gryffindor, steadfast in danger,
But unwilling to suffer a fool.
She’s got skin softer than baby powder,
As I think I’m entitled to brag;
But what’s most unexpected about her
Is the contents of one little bag.
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Christmas/Winter Solstice 2013

Hogwarts Christmas Feast

The Singing Crones wish you a very Merry Christmas/Solstice and a Happy New Year. Here are our seasonal songs (and one video):

Silent night (Hogwarts Version)

The Wand that’s Made of Holly

We Wish You a Merry Christmas

Luna’s Twelve Days of Christmas (with Christmas at the Burrow)

The Furriest Noël

God Rest Ye Merry, Hippogriffs

Snape’s Last Christmas
(with Spell for a Patronus)

Video of Spell for a Patronus

Hogwarts Animal Diaries 2

When we began the Hogwarts Animal Diaries, we didn’t realise that the House Mascots would also want their say. Here’s the first contribution from one of their number.

We hope to hear from the Lion, Badger and Eagle before too long.*

*The Badger’s complaint can now be seen below.

(Illustrations from ceramic models by Valeria-Johanna)

Serpent on coat of arms

The Ssssslytherin Ssssserpent Sssssssspeaksssssss

by Valeria-Johanna

The Slytherin Serpent isn’t very good at keeping a diary. But sometimes, after a couple of whatever it is that armorial beasts drink on a Friday night, he likes to bend the ear of his friend, the Hufflepuff Badger:

It’ss a wonder I’m not a nervoussss wreck. I’m ssssupposssed to be the Hhhhhhoussse Masssscot, ssso you’d think they’d treat me with a bit of resssspect. Not a chancsssse! Firssst of all, there wasss all thiss bussssinesssss with the Basssilissssk. I mean, hhhhow would you feel if some idiot unleasssssshed a fifty-foot high Badger and let it clomp around the ssssschool, trampling ssssssstudentssss right and left? Mind you, it might hhhhave a job ssssqueezzzzzing up through the plumbing, know what I mean, hisss no more, hisss no more? But you’d be nervousss, right?
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