What’s more bizarre? Bruce Springsteen penning a tune specifically for Harry Potter or Harry Potter rejecting said tune? This all sounds like a half-formed Family Guy cutaway gag, but according to The Boss (legal note: he is not actually your boss) that scenario actually played out in real life.
Springsteen revealed this fascinating tidbit during an in-depth BBC Radio 2 interview with Simon Mayo. Asked if it was true that he wrote a song titled “I’ll Stand By You Always” for one of the Potter films, Springsteen confirmed that not only did he write a song, but he also noted that it never wound up being used.
“It was pretty good,” offered Springsteen. “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; at some point I’d like to get it into a children’s movie of some sort because it was a pretty lovely song.”
Considering Daniel Radcliffe‘s well-documented teen fondness for The Libertines, Bloc Party, and The Killers seem to suggest he would have been cool with such a thing. Oh well, the ball’s in your court, Smurfs: The Lost Village. Mind you, those films would probably go with a parody of “Glory Days” titled “Smurfy Days,” so let’s wipe that from the dry-erase board, shall we?