Episode #417: Next Level Magic (HBP 26, The Cave)

  • Welcome Slug Club member Natalie!
  • News: we get our first look at animatronic Hagrid and discuss the changes coming to Pottermore!
  • Chapter-by-Chapter continues with Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Chapter 26, The Cave
  • 7-Word Summary: Together they enter the mysterious boat ride
  • The perfect breaststroke: what do we make of Dumbledore’s new-found agility? Is it pure adrenaline? His eagerness to find the Horcrux?
  • Next level magic: it leaves traces and can be felt! Might J.K. Rowling explain this further in the Fantastic Beasts series?
  • Why does this Horcrux have the highest level of protection? Is it because it once belonged to Voldemort’s mother?
  • Has Voldemort visited the cave since he placed the Horcrux here?
  • Why is Harry’s blood more valuable upon entering the cave but not for exiting?
  • The simple approach: even in the most dangerous of situations, Dumbledore is still teaching Harry
  • Is it possible that because part of Voldemort resides within Harry, that the magic within the cave is mistaking him for Voldemort?
  • Magical weight vs. human weight and how Voldemort’s tends to overlook those he considers to be “less than himself”
  • Does Dumbledore’s reaction to the bodies in the lake reflect the fact that he’s resigned himself to his fate?
  • What do we think Dumbledore is seeing when he drinks the potion? We recall we didn’t have the context of Ariana when we first theorized about this in 2005!
  • Dumbledore’s Ring of Fire: what spell does he cast to ward off the Inferi?
  • Despite her absence Laura does an amazing job Connecting The Threads (and planning the discussion)!
  • The hosts reveal their Horcrux Hidey Hole, MVPs of the Week and Rename The Chapter!
  • Quizzitch: Which Death Eater calls Dumbledore “Dumby”?
  • We’ve finally got @mugglecast on Instagram! Thanks for the help, Amy and Amanda!
  • This week’s episode is sponsored by AWAY. Get $20 off a suitcase by going to AwayTravel.com/mugglecast20 and using promo code MUGGLECAST20.

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Running time: 1:40:49, 60.5 MB