Episode #637: Crouchy Ouchy (GOF Chapter 7, Bagman and Crouch) feat. Fantasy Fangirls

Grab your plainest clothing, because we’re journeying to the Quidditch World Cup under cover and meeting Ludo the Gamblin’ Man and Grouchy Crouchy! Join Andrew, Eric, Micah, Laura and our friends Lexi and Nicole from Fantasy Fangirls for a camping trip you won’t soon forget!

  • Welcome, the hosts of Fantasy Fangirls, Nicole and Lexi! Fantasy Fangirls is currently covering Fourth Wing / Iron Flame, which has been one of the most popular book series this year! Follow them for hours of entertainment on Instagram and TikTok!
  • Lexi leaves everyone in awe as she rattles off every Goblet of Fire chapter from memory! And yes, she can do the entire series from Sorcerer’s Stone to Deathly Hallows – a fantastic holiday party trick!
  • Chapter-by-Chapter continues with Goblet of Fire, Chapter 7: Bagman and Crouch
  • 7-Word Summary: Arriving at the campsite makes much happen
  • Main Discussion #1: Hiding the Quidditch World Cup from Muggles
  • How does Arthur Weasley not know how Muggle money works?
  • What is the lasting impact of wiping Mr. Roberts’ memory 10 times per day?
  • Prohibiting witches and wizards from doing magic at the Quidditch World Cup is ABSURD! Why hasn’t a better plan been devised after all these years?
  • Just Hhw many witches and wizards are there in the world?
  • Why should Harry and Hermione have to put the tent together? Could it be foreshadowing to Deathly Hallows?
  • Brother and sister? Former lovers? Could there be a secret connection between Perkins and Mrs. Figg?
  • Main Discussion #2: Bagman and Crouch (our initial impressions)
  • We examine the ethics of Ludo Bagman placing and collecting bets on the Quidditch World Cup
  • What sticky situation did Arthur get Ludo out of that awarded him 10 VIP tickets?
  • What does it say about Barty Crouch Sr. that he completely botches Percy’s name?
  • Odds & Ends cover Ron fangirling over Krum, other wizarding schools, Bode The Unspeakable, magic carpets, water taps, Seamus Finnegan’s mom and more!
  • Quizzitch: What broomstick does Harry see advertised as being, “for All the Family” at the Quidditch World Cup?
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