It doesn’t take an advanced degree in witchcraft and wizardry to know that, when Bruce Springsteen offers you a song, you find a way to use that song. Unfortunately, the folks behind the Harry Potter franchise never learned that lesson and actually neglected to use a song that The Boss wrote for one of their films.
Appearing on BBC Radio 2 with Simon Mayo, Springsteen confirmed that he wrote the ballad “I’ll Stand By You Always” for a Harry Potter film and sounded stumped as to why it was ultimately rejected. “It was pretty good,” he said. “It was a song that I wrote for my eldest son, it was a big ballad that was very uncharacteristic of something I’d sing myself. But it was something that I thought would have fit lovely.”
The good news is that, as J.K. Rowling recently revealed, there are at least four more Harry Potter prequels in the works following the release of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them next month. Could there eventually be a “Darkness on the Edge of Hogwarts”? A “Muggleland”? Could we eventually live in a wizarding world in which everybody’s got a “Hagrid Heart”? The mind reels at the magical possibilities. Ms. Rowling: If you have any respect for good music — and it would seem that you do — please make this happen.
Listen in to the full interview below.