Today's Article - Myron Wagtail

This article is for our Harry Potter Quiz on June 7th!

Myron Wagtail (b. 1970) was the lead singer of the wizarding world's popular band The Weird Sisters. He, along with his band, performed at the Yule Ball of 1994 held at Hogwarts in honour of the Triwizard Tournament. Little else is known about Myron or his bandmates.

The name "Myron" is derived from Greek μυρον (myron) meaning "sweet oil, perfume". Myron was the name of a 5th-century BC Greek sculptor.  
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. 

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"). Harry Potter series author J. K. Rowling has stated is quite possibly her favourite Shakespeare play. Interestingly, the Spanish edition of the books refers to the band by the name las Brujas de Macbeth (Macbeth's Witches). It is also interesting to point out a second allusion to Macbeth made in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (film) when the Frog Choir sings "Double Double Toil and Trouble", which is a direct quote from the play.

This is arguably where J. K. Rowling got the idea for the band's name from, although a variant of the name, Wyrd Sisters, was used as the title of a 1988 Discworld novel by Terry Pratchett.

There is also a possibility that the name is a play on the heavy rock band, Twisted Sister.

However, the name has no relation with a popular pop rock band, Scissor Sisters, as the American band was formed in 2001.


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