Episode #602: New Wand, New Ron (Prisoner of Azkaban, Chapter 1)

On this week’s episode, we begin our third year at Hogwarts as we open up the pages of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban! Harry celebrates his birthday, Ron can’t figure out how to use the telephone, Hermione is enjoying France and Hagrid is still, well… Hagrid!

  • Main Discussion: Prisoner of Azkaban, Chapter 1: Owl Post
  • The hosts reflect on when they read Prisoner of Azkaban for the first time!
  • 7-Word Summary: Owls deliver presents to Harry’s bedroom window
  • Is this the last time we get the big “previously on Harry Potter” info dump?
  • Should Ron have known how to use a telephone given his father’s job?
  • What are some other examples of common muggle technology that would vex unknowing wizards?
  • Vacation Time: the Weasleys head to Egypt, Hermione is off to France! Why did nobody ask Harry to tag along?
  • What do we think Ginny’s summer has been like post-Chamber of Secrets?
  • Harry receives gifts from Ron, Hermione, and Hagrid that all pertain to events that will occur later in this book!
  • If the Sneakoscope works to detect untrustworthy people, is there a case to be made that it should have gone off constantly around Harrym, since he’s a Horcrux?
  • Harry, why didn’t you just forge your Hogsmeade permission slip?
  • The hosts agree to disagree about Percy’s Head Boy braggadocio!
  • Quizzitch; How much does Dudley get paid to hug Aunt Marge?
  • Next week: We continue with Prisoner of Azkaban, Chapter 2: Aunt Marge’s Big Mistake
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