In the late 1990s, Bruce Springsteen read the first Harry Potter book to his son Sam. Moved by the story, he wrote a song and offered it to Chris Columbus for Sorcerer’s Stone in 2001. WB turned it down.

Since then, the song has sat in Bruce’s vaults with hundreds, perhaps thousands, of other rejects. That’s Bruce! He writes a ton of stuff and then puts it into storage if he’s not using it for his next project. Some of it eventually surfaces in an official capacity or will leak through various passageways, but for the most part everything in the vault stays under lock and key.

Such has been the case for Bruce’s Harry Potter song, “I’ll Stand By You Always” — Until Thursday night, when an “Uber collector” (in The Boss fandom, these people are the super fans who somehow manage to get all the good stuff and for inexplicable reasons keep it for themselves) decided to release a pack of 13 tracks that’ve never seen the light of day.

The compilation titled “Odds and Sods,” released on the Bruce Springsteen torrent site Jungleland (This is a site where fans upload recordings of concerts — I’m quickly getting you up to speed on the Springsteen fandom, aren’t I?), consists mostly of songs from concert soundchecks that are very rare. For example, “Odds and Sods” contains the earliest known version of the showstopper “Kitty’s Back,” and an early version of “Devils & Dust” soundchecked in 2003, two years before the song appeared on Bruce’s studio album of the same name. None of these thirteen particular recordings have circulated amongst fans prior to this week’s leak.

As a diehard Springsteen fan, I can attest to just how rare this collection is. Not only have these particular performances been sought after by the fans for some time, but the sound quality on all of them is sublime. What’s more, the thirteenth and final track has a bonus song tacked on to the end of the file. “Odds and Sods” is a delight.

Listen to Bruce’s Harry Potter song

Here’s the demo recording that Bruce recorded and handed over to Sorcerer’s Stone director Chris Columbus in 2001:

Recorded during The Rising sessions, it’s track 12 on this compilation — A number that’ll make Harry Potter fans’ ears perk up, though I seriously doubt the creator of this collection did that on purpose. To me this song sounds like a message from James and Lily, or Dumbledore, to Harry about the dangers that lie ahead.

A sample of the Harry Potter song’s lyrics: “You meet me in the night with tears falling down, come let me dry them for you,” Bruce begins. “I wish I could tell a story, chase away all the ghosts you’ve got inside of you. A story of heroes that fight all night at any cost, of a kingdom of love to be won or lost. We’ll fight here together ’til victory is won. Come take my hand ’til morning comes. Just close your eyes, I’ll stand by you always.”

The narrator says they “wish” they could tell a story, but why is it only a wish? Is this Lily and James speaking to Harry at the Mirror of Erised? Unable to truly speak to their boy? Or is it that they don’t have uplifting answers about the future?

Listen to Bruce Springsteen's Harry Potter song

Later, Bruce offers the listener a reassuring message. “I know that here in the dark tomorrow can seem so very far away. The ghosts and the goblins can rise from your dreams to steal your heart away. Together we’ll chase those thieves that won’t leave you alone, out from under the bed, out from our home. When the light comes we’ll laugh, my love, at the things the night had us so frightened of. Until then, I’ll stand by you always.”

Bruce’s heavy use of the word “Always” is particularly prophetic — As Harry Potter fans know, the word plays a key role at the end of J.K. Rowling’s series, when Snape tells Dumbledore he has “always” cared for Harry and Lily.

The break in the middle of the songs uses an eerie falsetto, and while the chorus is nothing to write home about, I find the verses to be powerful and inspirational. Imagining this song as a message from a parent to their son or daughter makes me wanna tear up. Instrumentally the song uses what sounds like a drum loop, an organ, and a piano. It’s a demo, so this song didn’t get very far production wise. Still, it’s a relatively complete recording.

How did the Uber collector get the song? He writes in a message attached to the torrent, “I befriend people near the band, close to the label and yes other collectors, too, all over the world. When those sources come to visit my country, I ask them to bring some rare tapes and I gave them something special in return, not always music!”

The Uber collectors tend to keep their libraries close to the vest — For some reason, they don’t love to share. But to that, the “Odds and Sods” creator says, “Don’t be mad! But why have the music if no one gets to hear it?”

For his part, Bruce doesn’t mind when songs sneak out of the vault. In fact, many bootlegs, outtakes, alternate versions, etc. appear on his Sirius XM channel E Street Radio even though they haven’t been officially released.

Here are the 2017 Oscars winners and losers

8:25 pm EST, February 26, 2017

The 2017 Oscars took place Sunday night in Hollywood and found La La Land cleaning up with six wins. Here are the Academy Award winners!

ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel hosted the 2017 Oscars, which took place at the Dolby Theater. The event featured live performances of all five Oscar-nominated songs.

2017 Oscar winners list

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The 2017 Oscars took place Sunday night in Hollywood and found La La Land cleaning up with six wins. Here are the Academy Award winners!

ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel hosted the 2017 Oscars, which took place at the Dolby Theater. The event featured live performances of all five Oscar-nominated songs.

2017 Oscar winners list

Related: We asked our parents to describe the 2017 Oscar nominees

Below is a complete list of Oscar winner and losers.

2017 Oscar winner list

Note: The final winner of the night was originally announced to be La La Land, but the announcement was actually an error — Moonlight won Best Picture. Awkward.

Best Picture:
Arrival
Fences
Hacksaw Ridge
Hell or High Water
Hidden Figures
La La Land

Lion
Manchester By the Sea
Moonlight

Best Actress:
Isabelle Huppert – Elle
Ruth Negga – Loving
Natalie Portman – Jackie
Emma Stone – La La Land
Meryl Streep – Florence Foster Jenkins

Best Actor:
Casey Affleck – Manchester By the Sea
Andrew Garfield – Hacksaw Ridge
Ryan Gosling – La La Land
Viggo Mortensen – Captain Fantastic
Denzel Washington – Fences

Best Director:
Damien Chazelle – La La Land
Mel Gibson – Hacksaw Ridge
Barry Jenkins – Moonlight
Kenneth Lonergan – Manchester By the Sea
Denis Villeneuve – Arrival

Best Adapted Screenplay:
Arrival – Eric Heisserer
Fences – August Wilson
Hidden Figures – Allison Schroeder, Theodore Melfi
Lion – Luke Davies
Moonlight – Barry Jenkins

Best Original Screenplay:
20th Century Women – Mike Mills
Hell or High Water – Taylor Sheridan
La La Land – Damien Chazelle
The Lobster – Yorgos Lanthimos, Efthymis Filippou
Manchester By the Sea – Kenneth Lonergan

Best Original Song:
“Audition” – La La Land
“Can’t Stop the Feeling” – Trolls
“City of Stars” – La La Land
“The Empty Chair” – Jim: The James Foley Story
“How Far I’ll Go” – Moana

Best Score:
Jackie
La La Land
Lion
Moonlight
Passengers

Best Cinematography:
Bradford Young – Arrival
Linus Sandgren – La La Land
Grieg Fraser – Lion
James Laxton – Moonlight
Rodrigo Prieto – Silence

Best Live Action Short Film
Timecode
Sing
Silent Nights
Ennemis Interieurs
La Femme et le TGV

Best Documentary, Short Subject:
4.1 Miles
Extremis
Joe’s Violin
Watani: My Homeland
The White Helmets

Best Editing:
Arrival
Hacksaw Ridge
Hell or High Water
La La Land
Moonlight

Best Visual Effects:
Deepwater Horizon
Doctor Strange
The Jungle Book
Kubo and the Two Strings
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Best Production Design:
Arrival
Hail, Caesar!
La La Land
Passengers
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Best Animated Feature:
Kubo and the Two Strings
Moana
My Life as a Zucchini
The Red Turtle
Zootopia

Best Animated Short:
Blind Vaysha
Borrowed Time
Pear Cider and Cigarettes
Pearl
Piper

Best Foreign Language Film:
Land of Mine, Denmark
The Salesman, Iran
A Man Called Ove, Sweden
Tanna, Australia
Toni Erdmann, Germany

Best Supporting Actress:
Viola Davis – Fences
Naomie Harris – Moonlight
Nicole Kidman – Lion
Octavia Spencer – Hidden Figures
Michelle Williams – Manchester By the Sea

Best Sound Mixing:
Arrival
Hacksaw Ridge
La La Land
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
13 Hours

Best Sound Editing:
Arrival
Deepwater Horizon
Hacksaw Ridge
La La Land
Sully

Best Documentary Feature:
Fire at Sea
I Am Not Your Negro
Life Animated
O.J.: Made in America
13th

Best Costume Design:
Allied
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Florence Foster Jenkins
Jackie
La La Land

Best Makeup and Hairstyling
Star Trek Beyond
Suicide Squad
A Man Called Ove

Best Supporting Actor:
Mahershala Ali – Moonlight
Jeff Bridges – Hell or High Water
Lucas Hedges – Manchester by the Sea
Dev Patel – Lion
Michael Shannon – Nocturnal Animals

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Lightning McQueen’s biggest enemy is himself in the new Cars 3 trailer.

The second major preview premiered during the Daytona 500 on Sunday afternoon, where voice actor Owen Wilson served as grand marshal.

The new Cars 3 trailer finds Lightning pushing himself to compete with high tech cars that are engineered to win. The character suffers a serious accident during a race and finds himself back at square one, having to work himself back up to what he once was.

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Lightning McQueen’s biggest enemy is himself in the new Cars 3 trailer.

The second major preview premiered during the Daytona 500 on Sunday afternoon, where voice actor Owen Wilson served as grand marshal.

The new Cars 3 trailer finds Lightning pushing himself to compete with high tech cars that are engineered to win. The character suffers a serious accident during a race and finds himself back at square one, having to work himself back up to what he once was.

While Cars 3’s main setting is unclear, we do see Lightning at least briefly returning to Radiator Springs (Gotta keep Cars Land at Disneyland relevant)!. This appears to be the I-need-to-rediscover-myself-by-remembering-my-origins scene.

Cars 3 looks dramatic, emotional, and possibly targeting kids and adults? We’ll race into theaters for this installment when Pixar’s latest opens this summer.

A synopsis from Pixar reads: “Blindsided by a new generation of blazing-fast racers, the legendary Lightning McQueen (voice of Owen Wilson) is suddenly pushed out of the sport he loves. To get back in the game, he will need the help of an eager young race technician, Cruz Ramirez (voice of Cristela Alonzo), with her own plan to win, plus inspiration from the late Fabulous Hudson Hornet and a few unexpected turns. Proving that #95 isn’t through yet will test the heart of a champion on Piston Cup Racing’s biggest stage!”

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We asked our parents to describe the 2017 Oscar nominees

It's because we love them that we use them for our amusement.

10:30 am EST, February 26, 2017

When your friends and family don’t know about the films of the 2017 Oscars, you just have to take advantage of their ignorance and laugh.

The title of a movie (usually) makes obvious sense when you know what that movie is about. But titles can be so vague, and when you have no prior knowledge of the movie, the plot isn’t typically easy to decipher. How fun would it be then, to ask our friends and family to guess the plots of the nominees for the 2017 Oscars?

The task was simple for us. We gave our friends and family a movie title from the 2017 Oscars, and asked them to guess what the movie is about. It’s not, however, such a simple task for them. They weren’t allowed to look it up. No cheating allowed! As you can imagine, we got some interesting responses.

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When your friends and family don’t know about the films of the 2017 Oscars, you just have to take advantage of their ignorance and laugh.

The title of a movie (usually) makes obvious sense when you know what that movie is about. But titles can be so vague, and when you have no prior knowledge of the movie, the plot isn’t typically easy to decipher. How fun would it be then, to ask our friends and family to guess the plots of the nominees for the 2017 Oscars?

The task was simple for us. We gave our friends and family a movie title from the 2017 Oscars, and asked them to guess what the movie is about. It’s not, however, such a simple task for them. They weren’t allowed to look it up. No cheating allowed! As you can imagine, we got some interesting responses.

Be sure to check out the ridiculous responses we got for the 2016 Oscars too!

Time to let her rip tater chip.

‘Lion’

Our participants start out on a high note. Well, they at least know who’s in the movie.

‘Arrival’

Success continues with Arrival, as they have the vague idea it’s about space aliens (although it’s possible one of them is confused with Passengers).

‘Fences’

There was a common general premise our friends and family had of Fences.

‘Moonlight’

They did well with Moonlight…until they didn’t.

‘La La Land’

Maybe La La Land will be better! Everyone knows La La Land! Right…?

‘Hacksaw Ridge’

Oh no, we’re starting to lose them!

‘Hidden Figures’

No lie though, I’d watch that.

‘Captain Fantastic’

We’ve officially lost them.

‘Hell or High Water’

Could these plots be any more varied?

‘Nocturnal Animals’

It might have been a good idea for Nocturnal Animals to change its name.

‘Silence’

They’re really losing it now. They’ve had enough!

‘Manchester by the Sea’

Someone needs to turn these ideas into full screenplays, they are gold.

‘The Lobster’

What did they expect people would think when they named it The Lobster?

Thanks to Ariella, Brandi, Donya, Karen, Kendra, Kyle, Matthew, Pamela, Selina, and the friends and family they may or may not have annoyed all week.

Which 2017 Oscars movie do you think has the most misleading title?