Episode #630: Nagini the Narc (GOF Chapter 1, The Riddle House)

It’s been 13 years, but the hosts are finally ready to revisit Harry’s fourth year at Hogwarts! Join us as we sneak into The Riddle House to see prophecies fulfilled and Dark Lords taking (snake) milk shots. Plus, we share our favorite Dumbledore moments in honor of the late, great Michael Gambon!

  • Welcome Slug Club member, Summer!
  • We pay tribute to Michael Gambon, who played Albus Dumbledore in the Harry Potter films
  • For the first time since 2010, we’re diving into Chapter-by-Chapter for Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire with Chapter 1: The Riddle House!
  • We reflect on the fourth book’s midnight release and the last time we actually read it!
  • 7-Word Summary: Voldemort decides to plan an amazing murder
  • The history of the Riddle House… is it cursed? Is Voldemort secretly bankrolling his family’s home?
  • Comparisons are drawn between The Riddles and The Dursleys
  • Why is Tom Riddle Sr. depicted as worse than his parents? Is Merope to blame?
  • The Significance of The Hanged Man
  • The Scapegoating of Frank Bryce: do the townsfolk in Little Hangleton effectively “cancel” him? Can we draw comparisons to Harry later on in this book and in Order of the Phoenix?
  • Wormtail The Snake Milker – yes, it’s a real profession!
  • Peter shows a resistance to using Harry in Voldemort’s plan. Is it based solely on the effort required? Or does he have feelings of guilt?
  • Right hands and faithful servants: Voldemort hints about the ritual to come at the end of the book!
  • Pure Evil: How is Voldemort strong enough to use a wand and cast Avada Kedavra if he’s in need of a body and constant nurturing from Nagini?
  • Horcuxes! Horcruxes! Horcruxes!
  • Quizzitch: In opposition of his new diet, what did Dudley throw out the window?
  • Next week: Chapter 2 of Goblet of Fire: The Scar
  • Plus, Quizzitch Live returns in time for Halloween on October 28 – mark your calendars now!
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  • Transcripts are BACK! Thank you, Meg!
  • And don’t forget you can join our community at Patreon.com/MuggleCast and receive magical benefits, including Bonus MuggleCast! Following our Goblet of Fire movie commentary, we discussed many of the things from the book we would have liked to see adapted in the fourth film!

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