Episode #580: Sorting Too Soon (Sorcerer’s Stone, Chapters 7 – 8)

On this week’s episode, we are joined by Potter film actor and director Rohan Gotobed! He joins Andrew, Eric, Laura, and Micah as they continue their Chapter-by-Chapter read-through of Sorcerer’s Stone, covering Chapters 7 and 8! Harry is sorted into Gryffindor House, and learns that Snape really hates him!

  • Welcome to the show, film and theater actor Rohan Gotobed, who you might recognize from playing Young Sirius Black in DH2!
  • Main Discussion #1: Sorcerer’s Stone, Chapter 7: The Sorting Hat
  • 7-Word Summary: Students arrive into the Great Hall nervously
  • Is the Sorting Ceremony too much pressure for First Years? Should there be something easier or a private ceremony?
  • Why is the hat kept a secret from all students and possibly not even mentioned in Hogwarts, a History? We know Hermione checked…
  • Americans struggle with British terms example 4,723, as McGonagall tells the students to ‘smarten themselves up.’
  • New Segment Alert: The hosts play “MAX That!” bringing an element from the chapter to life as a new Harry Potter streaming series
  • Harry has a dream that the hosts find to be VERY illuminating.
  • Was it right for Seamus’ mom to keep her magical secret from his dad?
  • Rohan pays tribute to all of Harry’s peers who made it to the Sorting Ceremony but were never seen again…
  • Main Discussion #2: Sorcerer’s Stone, Chapter 8: The Potions Master
  • 7-Word Summary: Eagerly Harry begins classes with angry teacher
  • What were our first impressions of McGonagall, Sprout, Flitwick and Snape?
  • New Segment: Mini Origin, where we dive into the name Quirinus and Quirrell in an effort to understand him better.
  • Snape speaks of potions very romantically, but is he overcompensating for the lost romance of Harry’s mom?
  • The ability to spot exactly where a potion went wrong is impressive, but Snape should not be teaching students.
  • Harry seeks refuge at Hagrid’s hut, and the hosts describe their in-school hideout locations.
  • The hosts reveal their coveted ‘Most Valuable Character/Chapter of the Week’ award nominees.
  • Next Week: it’s our first Muggle Mailbag episode since starting our Chapter-By-Chapter!
  • Quizzitch: According to Book 1, if you’re in the Great Hall facing the staff table, from LEFT to RIGHT what is the order in which the houses are seated?
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