Episode #402: Snogging (HBP Chapter 14, Felix Felicis)

  • Wizard dogs! Anna joins the show to talk about her Internet famous pup and how she taught Remus all of those spells!

  • What can we expect in the Crimes of Grindelwald Extended Edition arriving in March?
  • Our thoughts on why Fantastic Beasts 3 production has been delayed until Fall 2019
  • Will this impact the release date in 2020?
  • Chapter-by-Chapter continues with Half-Blood Prince Chapter 14, Felix Felicis
  • 7-Word Summary: Ron hates being left out of snogging
  • Harry, for the first time, acknowledges the possibility of a Ron-Hermione relationship
  • What if… Ron and Hermione did get together and then broke up? What if… they became like Bill and Fleur?
  • We explore Harry’s feelings to seeing Ginny with Dean. Sorry Harry, it’s more than you just being like a big brother!
  • Ginny OWNS Ron in an epic sibling duel!
  • The Slug Club & snogging: Is Ron just upset that he’s always the one who gets left out?
  • Eric makes an important observation about the “girl” with the toadspawn in the seventh floor corridor
  • Harry fakes putting Felix Felicis into Ron’s pumpkin juice and calls out Hermione on her Confundus Charm!
  • How hypocritical in his reaction to Hermione when he learns that there was no Felix Felicis?
  • Would Ron have snogged Lavender if he wasn’t treated so poorly throughout the chapter?
  • Connecting the Threads, MVP of the Week and Rename The Chapter
  • Quizzitch: In Chapter 15 of Half-Blood Prince, what is the title of the book that Harry is assigned to read for Charms class?

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  1. It was at this point that I really started to get annoyed at how Rowling always seemed to fall back on using Ron to create conflict within the friend group. I get it, Harry is the hero and Hermione is the author insert, so she wasn’t going to make them look so bad. She uses Ron for this in four of the last five books and it just started to feel a bit lazy on her part.

    As bad as Ron was, I thought that Ginny was just downright nasty and took it tok far. The twins influence on her? They can be pretty mean. Wished you would have mentioned how Ginny betrayed Hermione’s trust by mentioning Victor and the only reason she does it is to hurt Ron as much as she can. I wish JK Rowling would have had Hermione chastise her for that.

    It’s Harry’s character to not really say what he’s thinking/feeling. Where as Ron is just the opposite and I do think Harry, perhaps unconsciously, takes advantage of that. There’s a line in GOF I believe where JK explicitly writes that Harry doesn’t agree with Hermione about something but he doesn’t say anything to her because he knows Ron will.

    Also wished you would have gotten into Hermione physically abusing Ron. Imagine if that would have been reversed. Instead you complimented her magic.

    Characterizing Ron as fragile was a bit unfair. Of course he would have been hurt if he found out Hermione cheated for him. Should he have been okay with that? Would you if it was your friend who did something like that? I also don’t have a problem with Ron turning on Hermione because he’s right, Hermione doesn’t really believe in him. It’s not until the seventh book that we see a shift in Hermione in that regard. Ron on some level knows that as well. Thats why we get the “Always the tone of surprise’ line. Of course Ron needs to believe in himself as well, which he starts to do after he returns to them but I do wish that Rowling would have made that shift in him a bit earlier.

    I find it odd when people say they don’t like fictional characters because, well, they`re not real. Obviously. Everything Ron says/does is because Rowling makes it so. So when that one person said they no longer like Ron, what they`re really saying is that they don’t like the way Jo is writing his character. Which is fine but that is an important distinction when discussing books and characters within them. Instead of discussing characters as if they have their own agency, I think its better to discuss the authors motivations behind what they’re writing.

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