Episode #593: Nepo Baby Draco (Chamber of Secrets, Chapters 7 and 8)

Happy New Year! As we begin 2023, and celebrate the 25th anniversary of Chamber of Secrets, we examine the some of the book’s and series’ biggest themes! Join us as we hit the Quidditch pitch, visit Hagrid’s hut, spend detention with Lockhart and celebrate Halloween with Nearly-Headless Nick on our latest episode of MuggleCast!

  • Main Discussion #1: Chamber of Secrets, Chapter 7: Murmurs & Mudbloods
  • 7-Word Summary: Nepotism reigns supreme when Draco receives brooms
  • We begin to see the influence of the Malfoy family’s wealth and the impact it has at Hogwarts and in the larger wizarding community!
  • Is it fair to assume Draco made the Slytherin Quidditch team on money alone?
  • Unconscious bias: Why were we okay with McGonagall giving Harry a Nimbus 2000 in Sorcerer’s Stone but against Lucius giving the Slytherins Nimbus 2001s in Chamber of Secrets?
  • Why isn’t there greater punishment for Malfoy using the term mudblood?
  • Why do the male characters seem to be onto Lockhart, but most of the female characters come across as hoodwinked by his charm and good looks?
  • Laying the Groundwork: Blood purity, Hagrid’s expulsion, Ginny’s strange behavior, Riddle’s trophy, the cursed DADA position and more!
  • Main Discussion #2: Chamber of Secrets, Chapter 8: The Deathday Party
  • 7-Word Summary: Nick helps Harry out with Peeves’ assistance
  • What does it say about Filch that he’s working while he has the flu? Is he trying to prove himself given he is a Squib?
  • Peeves drops an important piece of furniture with strong ties to Half-Blood Prince!
  • Would the Deathday Party have been a good film adaptation?
  • The hosts make some interesting observations about Moaning Myrtle and The Bloody Baron.
  • The Chamber of Secrets is opened! What does it say about Harry that he runs toward an  issue rather than away from it? Or better yet, that he doesn’t go and get a teacher to help investigate?
  • Next week: We dive into Chamber of Secrets, Chapters 9 & 10!
  • Quizzitch: What curse does Lockhart say was probably performed on Mrs Norris?
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