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Harry Potter Fans, Including Lea Salonga, Show Off Their House Colors at Live Concert

A screening of The Sorcerer's Stone was accompanied by live music courtesy of the ABS-CBN Philharmonic Orchestra and conducted by Gerard Salonga.
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“You seem like a very well-behaved audience,” began Gerard Salonga, acknowledging the polite applause he received when he went onstage. “I know this may seem like a very formal event, but for tonight, please, let loose!”

At that point, the audience erupted in joyous cheer, unbottling its anticipation and excitement for the much-awaited Harry Potter concert. The crowd of thirty-something-year-olds was draped in blue, crimson, gold, and emerald, bannering the four houses of Hogwarts, Ravenclaw, Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, and Slytherin.

“J.K. Rowling created such a wonderful world of magic, and that’s what we are celebrating tonight,” said Salonga in homage to the Harry Potter author.

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Gerard Salonga at the podium.

The Harry Potter concert was played by the ABS-CBN Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Salonga, and played at The Theater in Solaire on September 14 and 15. It used the musical score from the first Harry Potter movie, Sorcerer’s Stone, which was replayed on the silver screen at The Theater. The simultaneous movie screening and live concert provided a palpable feeling of enchantment.

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Throughout the screening and simultaneous concert, the audience would affectionately react whenever main characters would appear on screen and enunciate their most iconic lines: “It’s not LevioSAH, it’s LeviOHsah,” the audience said along with Ron Weasley, in a cruel impersonation of Hermione Granger. “She’s a nightmare, really!”

Lea Salonga Supports a Popular House in Hogwarts

Whenever the names of each Hogwarts house were called out, the audience erupted in loud cheers. Theater star and songstress Lea Salonga was in attendance in support of her brother. 

Like many of the showgoers who were wearing official Harry Potter merchandise that signified their house allegiance, Lea also supported a particular Hogwarts house by wearing its official colors: Blue and gold, which indicated her partiality to house Ravenclaw, which is known to favor students with wit and intelligence.

Rowling’s Legacy

Rowling is the first author who became a billionaire on the merit of her titles’ royalties alone. Her powerful Harry Potter novels revolutionized the book publishing industry, which, prior to Rowling’s fourth book in the series, did not believe children would pick up and read two-inch-thick 600-page books. At the height of the novels’ popularity in the 2000s, children’s literacy rates and vocabulary knowledge significantly improved across the U.K. and the U.S. Studies also revealed children who were exposed to the Harry Potter novels tended to be kinder and more accepting of racial, cultural, and religious diversity. Tolerance and acceptance are major themes in all of Rowling’s books.

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Photo by WIKIMEDIA COMMONS.

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