Episode #620: Holy Cheese! (POA Chapter 17, Cat, Rat, and Dog)

The threads are slowly starting to connect themselves as we head toward the final few chapters of Prisoner of Azkaban! Join Andrew, Micah, Laura and Meg as they battle the Whomping Willow and brave the Shrieking Shack, only to be confronted by an unregistered Animagus and a fraudulent werewolf professor. All on this week’s episode!

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  • Main Discussion: Prisoner of Azkaban, Chapter 17: Cat, Rat and Dog
  • 7-Word Summary: Sirius attacks Ron viciously when Scabbers appears
  • Do we think the attack was premeditated? Was Crookshanks actively shadowing Harry, Ron and Hermione waiting for Scabbers to reappear?
  • Animagus Sirius is really strong! Despite his weak, ragged human condition, how does he drag a (nearly) fully grown person, pulling so hard he breaks Ron’s leg?
  • Why doesn’t Sirius come clean immediately with Harry, Ron and Hermione?
  • What must Hermione be thinking when Crookshanks protectively leaps on Sirius’s chest? And just how have Sirius and Crookshanks been communicating?
  • Harry is too young to know the Unforgivable Curses. How is he planning to kill Sirius? Could the Horcrux be influencing his emotional state?
  • Why would Sirius not have told Lupin the truth about the Secret Keeper Switch? 
  • Hermione and Ron SOUND OFF on Lupin! We examine their biases in depth!
  • Strong threads are connected between lycanthropy and the HIV/AIDS epidemic
  • Hagrid, Trelawney, Lupin: how do we feel about Dumbledore’s hires?
  • When time turning, would Harry and Hermione appear twice on the Marauder’s Map?
  • Quizzitch: According to the Animagus registrar Hermione looks at, how many registered Animagi have there been this century?
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