With the final Harry Potter movie being released this weekend, I felt it only just that we talk about some of the best songs with a magical theme. Most of these songs predate Harry Potter, although it is possible that they had some influence over J.K. Rowling since many of them were popular, even in the United Kingdom.
“Abracadabra” by Steve Miller Band
Amazingly, the song’s title “Abracadabra” is a magic word that was first mentioned in second century AD book titled Liber Medicinalis. It was a very popular hit for the band. The song’s inspiration was actually the American singer Diana Ross.
I heat up
I can’t cool down
You got me spinnin’ round and round.
round and round and ’round it goes
Where it stops nobody knows.
Every time you call my name
I heat up like a burning flame.
Burning flame full of desire
“Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo” (The Magic Song) from Cinderella
How could anyone forget one of their first introductions to magical spells? This very short song was featured in the Disney movie Cinderella. Really, did Harry Potter have any transfiguration spells that were powerful enough to turn both a pumpkin into a coach and mice into horses? I don’t think so.
Salagadoola mechicka boola
Put them together and what have you got
“Do You Believe in Magic” by The Lovin’ Spoonful
Long before Harry Potter was even dreamed about, The Lovin’ Spoonful sang this sweet, sentimental song about love and magic. Sadly, this song has now more often heard as part of a commercial than on the radio. Although, it has been included on the sound track for several movies including Parent Trap, Disney’s Return To Neverland, Gulliver’s Travels and One Trick Pony.
Do you believe in magic in a young girl’s heart?
How the music can free her whenever it starts?
And it’s magic if the music is groovy
It makes you feel happy like an old-time movie
I’ll tell you about the magic, and it’ll free your soul
But it’s like trying to tell a stranger about rock and roll
“Every Little Thing She Does is Magic” by The Police
Sounds like something Ron might say about Hermione Granger. If you listen to the song, you’ll discover it hovers this fine line between infatuation and stalker-ish behavior when the narrator calls her “1000 times a day.”
Every little thing she does is magic
Everything she do just turns me on
Even though my life before was tragic
Now I know my love for her goes on
“Magic” by Olivia Newton-John
First, you need to forget that this song was connected to the movie Xanadu, one of the worst movies ever made. If you can move past that fact, you’ll find a song with an easy melody which talks about destiny and faith.
You have to believe we are magic
Nothin’ can stand in our way
You have to believe we are magic
Don’t let your aim ever stray
And if all your hopes survive
Your destiny will arrive
I’ll bring all your dreams alive
“Magic” by The Cars
The second of the Magic-titled songs here is very similar to “Every Little Thing She Does is Magic” without the need for a restraining order. It was written by The Cars guitarist Ric Ocasek. The song talks about liking a girl so much that being with her feels like magic.
(Oh oh, it’s magic)
Oh oh, when I’m with you
(Oh it’s magic)
(Oh oh, it’s magic)
Just a little bit of the magic
Who’s being true
I got a hold on you
“Magic” by B.o.B. Featuring Rivers Cuomo
The last Magic-titled songs, I promise. This one is very different from the first two as it is more R&B than pop. It is sung by B.o.B. and features Weezer front-man Rivers Cuomo. The song was released in 2010 and progressed up and down the Billboard Hot 100 chart, never reaching higher than the tenth spot.
I got the magic in me
Every time I touch that track it turns into gold
Everybody knows I’ve got the magic in me
When I hit the flow the girls come snappin’ at me
Now everybody wants some presto magic
“Magic Man” by Heart
Heart is not talking about Harry Potter in this song, but Mike Fisher the group’s original guitarist. Ann Wilson, the lead singer, dated him and even followed him to Canada when he moved there to avoid the draft.
“Come on home, girl” mama cried on the phone
“Too soon to lose my baby yet my girl should be at home!”
“But try to understand, try to understand
Try try try to understand
He’s a magic man, mama
He’s a magic man”
“Puff, the Magic Dragon” by Peter, Paul and Mary
Ironically, a song that is actually about losing the innocence of childhood developed the reputation for being about drugs. According to Peter Yarrow, the writer, it is not. The band got so tired of the rumor that they fired back by performing “The Star Spangled Banner” on stage and paused to explain how various lyrics could also be references to drugs. (Makes sense since only people on drugs can hit the high notes to the song.)
Puff, the magic dragon,
Lived by the sea
And frolicked in the autumn mist
In a land called Honah Lee
“This Magic Moment” by The Drifters
“This Magic Moment” is one of those songs that everyone seems to have recorded. While The Drifters were not the first, they do have one of the most classic and popular versions. Like many of the songs on this list, this song talks about finding the magic in love.
This magic moment
While you lips are close to mine
Will last forever
Forever til the end of time