Episode #614: The Real Housewives of Hogwarts (POA Chapter 11, The Firebolt)

On this week’s episode of MuggleCast, it’s Christmas break at Hogwarts and the castle is full of emotions… and mostly the not-so-good kind. Since Hogwarts doesn’t have a guidance counselor, we’ll be the trio’s guiding light today! Join Andrew, Eric, Micah, Laura and Jason as they enjoy a special meal inside The Great Hall with all the stress and awkwardness of a normal holiday family get-together!

  • Welcome Slug Club member, Jason!
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  • Chapter-by-Chapter continues with Prisoner of Azkaban, Chapter 11: The Firebolt
  • Seven Word Summary: Somebody sends a Firebolt mysteriously to Harry
  • “A hatred such as he had never known before was coursing through Harry like poison.” Harry quickly grows obsessive over hating Sirius Black. How much could his Horcrux be fueling these emotions?
  • Why didn’t anyone ever tell Harry that the reason James and Lily Potter died was because their best friend Sirius had betrayed them?
  • We discuss how in both Prisoner of Azkaban and Order of the Phoenix, Harry not being given information negatively impacts his mental health and leads to reckless decision-making!
  • We analyze Harry’s treatment of Ron and Hermione in this  chapter
  • Comparing Gryffindors: Peter Pettigrew and Neville Longbottom
  • Comforting Hagrid: Lucius Malfoy’s influence rear its ugly head again! Did they not learn from the previous year when he threatened the Board of Governors?
  • Hagrid goes into grim detail about his time in Azkaban. Should Azkaban just be for maximum security prisoners?
  • Fan Fic Alert: “The Other Prisoner of Azkaban” by Jack Ichijouji
  • The Firebolt: Does Hogwarts not have a security measure in place for packages delivered to the school? Why, just now, are they “evaluating” the broom?
  • When 13 dine, the first to rise is the first to die: did Trelawney get it right after all?
  • What crawled up McGonagall’s @$$?
  • Hermione’s Most Gryffindor Moment
  • Odds & Ends cover Manticores, Lupin’s condition, Pettigrew’s finger and more!
  • Quizzitch: In which location does Harry’s first Patronus lesson take place?
  • Next Week: Chapter 12 of Prisoner of Azkaban, The Patronus
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