Episode #638: Nothing About Quidditch Is Fair (GOF Chapter 8, The Quidditch World Cup)

The Quidditch World Cup is a security nightmare! (Are you really surprised?) This week, the MuggleCasters dive in (from no less a height than the Top Box) to discussion about rogue mascots and classism as we discuss Chapter 8 of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, “The Quidditch World Cup.”

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  • Chapter-by-Chapter continues with Goblet of Fire, Chapter 8: The Quidditch World Cup
  • 7-Word Summary: Athletes compete vigorously against their formidable opponents
  • Main Discussion #1: House-Elves return!
  • Harry thinks he sees Dobby. But how exactly does Winky know Dobby?
  • Are Dobby’s ideas of being paid for his work too radical, or is Winky too conservative or downtrodden? And why is it a bad thing that Dobby remains free?
  • We also get a reunion of sorts between Lucius and Arthur. What is this chapter trying to tell us about class differences in the Wizarding World?
  • Main Discussion #2: The Veela are DANGEROUS!
  • Right after first seeing them, Harry almost jumps out of the Top Box! How are they allowed?
  • The Veela are of Slavic origin and may have roots in Greek myths; we explore.
  • Are the Veela more like modern cheerleaders in their purpose, or are they emblematic of something else?
  • Both team’s mascots should be banned in the future, we consider.
  • Quizzitch: From which book does Hermione learn about Beauxbatons Academy of Magic?
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