Accio Potterheads! Oh, who are we kidding, we don’t need to summon you guys! You don’t need to look too far to find a fellow Harry Potter geek, because this magical book and movie series has touched the hearts of Muggles and Squibs alike for over two decades. Thanks to J.K Rowling, we have been able to lose ourselves in some of the coolest and most magical locations that the Wizarding World has to offer, and Hagrid’s hut is definitely one of them.
The House Of Hagrid
Although the Malfoys’ aren’t too fond of Rubeus Hagrid, there’s no doubt about the fact that we love this half-giant with all of our hearts. We loved him as the gamekeeper, we loved him as a professor, and we loved him as Harry’s friend. After being cast out of Hogwarts as a youngster, Dumbledore gifted Hagrid with his very hut just on the edge of the Forbidden Forest. While it wasn’t 5* luxury, it was his home.
An Exact Replica
Like many of us, Carol Cavendish is a Harry Potter superfan. After being diagnosed with dyslexia when she was a child, Carol found solace in the story of Harry Potter and soon realized that a new world could take her away from her own for a short while. She fell in love with the characters, and the books helped her through some of the most challenging times in her life. Because of this, she decided to solidify her love for Harry Potter and build a replica of Hagrid’s Hut in her backyard in North Yorkshire, UK.
The Perfect Getaway
Carol invested a whopping $254,000 in this project, but it’s definitely paid off. She now has a luxurious replica of Hagrid’s Hut that’s at her disposal, and she’s making the most of it. In fact, she has recently opened up the hut for fellow Harry Potter fans who want to stay the night. The hut can sleep around six people, and features a huge living room, a roaring fire, and a stunning bathroom complete with green tiles and a copper bathtub. You can even take your pet along for the ride, but you might need to call them Fang for the duration of your stay…
Would you stay here? Well, it’ll cost you just $252 a night!
We all know that boy band, consisting of male singers, usually in their 20s, singing catchy songs we love to hate. But eventually, they turn into adults, and their lives start to look a whole lot different. Here are 25 classic boy bands, and how they look now.
The Jackson 5
The Jackson 5 was an American pop band made up of members from the Jackson family — Jackie, Tito, Jermaine, Marlon and of course, Michael. Formed during the sixties in their hometown of Indiana, the members of The Jackson 5 were among the first African-American performers to attain a crossover following. With more than one hundred million records sold worldwide, it is safe to say that The Jackson 5 is one of the best-selling bands of all time. They were even inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997 and the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 1999.
Boyz II Men
Boyz II Men is an R&B and hip-hop vocal group from Philadelphia that was formed in the 1980s. The group is best known for emotional ballads and a cappella harmonies. While they found fame and international success during the 1990s as a quartet, which included the bass of Michael McCary, the group is now a trio. Boyz II Men is now made up of baritone Nathan Morris, alongside tenors Wanya Morris and Shawn Stockman. Boyz II Men continue to perform worldwide and released their most recent studio album in 2017 titled Under The Streetlight.
After Chris Kirkpatrick was rejected from the Backstreet Boys, he met with Lou Pearlman about forming a second group. Pearlman made a deal given that Kirkpatrick would be able to find other band members to join him. And so *NSYNC was finally born in 1996. The band was made up of Justin Timberlake, JC Chasez, Chris Kirkpatrick, Joey Fatone, and Lance Bass. *NSYNC has sold between fifty to seventy million records, becoming the fifth-best-selling boy band in history. And of course, Justin Timberlake went on to become one of the world’s best solo artists…
The Beach Boys
The Beach Boys is an American rock band from California that officially formed in 1961. Their original lineup consisted of brothers Brian, Dennis, and Carl Wilson, their cousin Mike Love, and their friend Al Jardine. Pulling inspiration from jazz-based vocal groups and 1950s rock, the band is known for their vocal harmonies and unconventional (yet innovative) recording techniques. It’s no secret that The Beach Boys is still one of the most influential bands of all time. After all, they were one of the few U.S. bands to maintain success throughout the 1964 “British invasion.”
The Monkees is an American rock and pop band that first formed in the mid-sixties. The band was originally made up of the American actor/musicians Micky Dolenz, Michael Nesmith, and Peter Tork. English actor/singer, Davy Jones, was also a band member. The group starred in their own series that aired from 1966 to 1968, called The Monkees. The four actors/musicians were initially only permitted limited time in the recording studio for the first few months as a band, partly due to the amount of time required to film their television series.
The Osmonds, or The Osmond Brothers, is an American family music group who reached their height of fame and success in the seventies. The group is made up of a family of musicians from Utah. In the public eye since the sixties, the Osmond Brothers began as a barbershop quartet with brothers Alan, Wayne, Merrill, and Jay Osmond. They were later joined by their younger siblings Donny and Jimmy, who went on to have successful solo careers. Performing both as teen idols and as a soft rock band, the Osmonds’ peak lasted from 1971 to 1975.
Take That is an English pop group that was originally formed in Manchester in 1989. The group is currently made up of Gary Barlow, Howard Donald and Mark Owen. Although the original line-up also featured Jason Orange and Robbie Williams, Williams ultimately left the band in 1995 whilst the rest of the members completed their world tour. Before splitting up in 1996, they released one final single. They have since reunited and in 2012, Forbes named them the fifth highest-earning music stars in the world.
O-Town is an American boy band that formed in 2001 during the first season of the ABC reality television series, Making the Band. As of 2015, the group is made up of Erik-Michael Estrada, Trevor Penick, Jacob Underwood, and Dan Miller. The line-up also included Ashley Parker Angel, although he decided not to rejoin the group ahead of their 2013 reunion. Ikaika Kahoano was originally part of the band but was replaced by Miller when he decided to drop out. After releasing two albums in the late ’90s and early 2000s, the group disbanded in 2003.
New Edition is an American R&B boy band from Boston, Massachusetts. Originally formed in 1978, the group reached its height of popularity in the 1980s. The members initially included Ricky Bell, Michael Bivins, Bobby Brown, Ronnie DeVoe and Ralph Tresvant. In 1985, however, Brown was voted out of the group. They continued for a time with the remaining four members, but later recruited Johnny Gill, who was introduced on their 1988 album, Heart Break. Although the group went on hiatus in 1990, they reunited in 1996 to record their sixth studio album.
Blackstreet is an American R&B group founded in 1991 by record producers Chauncey “Black” Hannibal and Teddy “Street” Riley. After the breakup of a different boy band, Riley came up with the idea to start a new group that would feature himself. While the group was originally called Stonestreet, it was later decided to combine Stonestreet with Chauncey’s nickname, ‘Black.’ The group then became Blackstreet Featuring Teddy Riley. The original lineup was made up of Riley, Chauncey Hannibal, Levi Little, and Joseph Stonestreet. Before their first self-titled album was released, however, Stonestreet was replaced with Dave Hollister.
Dream Street was a super short-lived pop boy band originally formed in mid-1999 by Louis Baldonieri and Brian Lukow. The group later disbanded in 2002 following a legal dispute between parents of the band members and the band’s managers. Originally called Boy Wonder, the band featured several boys aged eleven to fourteen from the New York Broadway scene. Baldonieri and Lukow wanted to spice up the music industry by using a group of teenage boys that all had prior stage-singing experience. The lineup included Jesse McCartney, Greg Raposo, Matt Ballinger, Frankie Galasso, and Chris Trousdale.
5ive is a British boy band originally from London and is made up of Sean Conlon, Ritchie Neville, and Scott Robinson. The group was formed in 1997 by the same team that managed the Spice Girls. 5ive is typically known as a five-person group — Robinson, Neville, Conlon, Abz Love and Jason ‘J’ Brown. 5ive enjoyed remarkable success worldwide, particularly in the U.K., as well as most of the rest of Europe and Asia. After selling ten million copies of their records worldwide, 5ive ultimately disbanded in 2001.
Westlife is an Irish pop boy band that was formed during the late nineties in Sligo. Although the group disbanded in 2012, they since reunited in 2018. Westlife is currently made up of Shane Filan, Mark Feehily, Kian Egan, and Nicky Byrne. Originally signed by Simon Cowell, Westlife has sold over forty-five million studio albums and fifty-five million records overall worldwide. They have the most consecutive number-one studio albums in a decade in Ireland and in the U.K. since The Beatles.
All-4-One is an R&B boy band best known for their hit singles “I Swear” and “I Can Love You Like That”. In fact, “I Swear” won a Grammy Award in 1995 for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal. The group is made up of Jamie Jones, Delious Kennedy, Alfred Nevarez, and Tony Borowiak. All the members happen to be from the Antelope Valley and Mojave areas of California, but they’re instead based in the greater Los Angeles area. Since its formation in 1993, the group has sold twenty-two million records worldwide.
Boys Of The New Millennium
Boys of the New Millennium (B2K) is an American boy band that was active from 1998 to 2004, reuniting again in 2018. The group was originally formed by American record producer Chris Stokes in 1998. The members of the band originally included Lil’ Fizz, J-Boog, and Raz-B, with Omarion joining in ’99. After the release of their self-titled debut album in 2002, the album reached #2 on the Billboard 200, as well as #1 on the U.S. Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart.
BTS, also known as the Bangtan Boys, is a seven-member boy band from Seoul, South Korea. Originally formed in 2013, the group’s musical style has evolved to include a wide range of genres. Their lyrics are known to be meaningful as they focus on different topics such as mental health, troubles of school-age youth, loss, and the importance of loving yourself among many other issues that people struggle with. Their songs even reference different types of literature and psychological concepts. Popular for their live performances, the group has been on many world tours thus far.
You didn’t think that we’d seriously write a list about the best boy bands of all time and not mention The Beatles, did you? The Beatles were a rock band formed in Liverpool in 1960. Probably the most influential band of all time, The Beatles were comprised of Paul McCartney, John Lennon, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr. Not only was the group fundamental to the evolution of pop music, but they were also extremely essential to the development of the counterculture of the 1960s.
One Direction (1D) is made up of Niall Horan, Liam Payne, Harry Styles, and Louis Tomlinson, plus Zayn Malik who left the group in 2015. In order to pursue other projects, the band went on an indefinite hiatus in 2016 after selling fifty million records worldwide.
The Jonas Brothers
The Jonas Brothers is an American pop band that gained popularity due to their appearances on the Disney Channel television network. The group is made up of the three Jonas brothers — Kevin, Joe, and Nick, who were raised in Wyckoff, New Jersey. In 2005, however, they moved to a different part of the state called Little Falls, where they would write their first record. In 2008, the brothers starred in the Disney Channel original movie, Camp Rock and its sequel, Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam.
98 Degrees is an American pop and R&B vocal group originally formed in Los Angeles, California, although its members originate from Ohio. The band is made up of four vocalists — brothers, Nick and Drew Lachey, as well as their friends, Justin Jeffre and Jess Timmons. Rather than being assembled by a label or producer, 98 Degrees actually formed independently. Since the start of their career together, the band has sold over 10 million records worldwide and achieved eight top 40 singles in the U.S.
Here, we have Menudo — the Spanish synonym for ‘little’ and in Puerto Rican Spanish, ‘loose change.’ Menudo was a Latino boy band that was formed during the seventies in Puerto Rico. Menudo is one of the most famous Latin boy bands in history, and released their first album the same year they got together. The band reached heights of success, especially during the ’80s, becoming the most popular Latin American teen music group of the era. What’s even better is that Menudo was actually where Ricky Martin first got his start!
Boyzone is an Irish boy band made up of Keith Duffy, Stephen Gately, Mikey Graham, Ronan Keating, and Shane Lynch. Formed in 1993, Boyzone is one of the most successful bands in Ireland and the United Kingdom. While the group split up in 1999, they ended up making a comeback in 2007. Originally they only intended to go on tour, but the band ended up selling two million records since their return to the stage. In 2012, the Official Charts Company named the biggest selling singles artists in British music chart history, with Boyzone placed at 29th and were named the second most successful boy band in Britain.
The Backstreet Boys
The Backstreet Boys is a boy band originally formed in Orlando, Florida back in 1993. The group is still made up of AJ McLean, Howie Dorough, Nick Carter, Kevin Richardson, and Brian Littrell. Although there have been many to debate whether The Backstreet Boys are better than *NSYNC or vice-versa, it’s clear that BSB takes the cake here. After all, they’ve sold over one hundred million records worldwide and are also the first group since Led Zeppelin to have their first ten albums reach the Top 10 on the Billboard 200.
New Kids On The Block
New Kids on the Block is a boy band from Dorchester, Massachusetts. The band is made up of brothers Jordan and Jonathan Knight, Joey McIntyre, Donnie Wahlberg, and Danny Wood. New Kids on the Block reached a peak of success during the late ’80s and early ’90s. Before disbanding in 1994, the band sold more than eighty million records worldwide. After secretly reuniting in 2007 and recording a new record, New Kids on the Block released that new album and embarked on a concert tour in 2008.
Hanson is an American pop boy band from Tulsa, Oklahoma. Originally known as the Hanson Brothers, the group got together in 1992 and was made up of brothers Isaac, Taylor, and Zac. Supporting members include Dimitrius Collins and Andrew Perusi, who have since toured and performed live with the band. The group is best known for the ’97 hit son, “MMMBop.” Hanson has reached heights of success worldwide with three Top 20 US Hot 100 singles and eight UK Top 20 singles. The band now records under 3CG Records, their very own independent record label.