Episode #643: Karma is Crookshanks Purring in My Lap (GOF Chapter 13, Mad-Eye Moody)

This week, it’s a competence competition between several Hogwarts professors. As Harry attends his first day of his fourth year, we follow along and rank each class and its teacher. Finally, Draco bites off more than he can chew, and we remember that we love Barty Crouch, Jr. when he cosplays an ex-Auror. Join Andrew, Eric, Laura and Micah as Chapter-by-Chapter covers Chapter 13 from Goblet of Fire, “Mad-Eye Moody.”

  • In this week’s news, Deadline reports that the Harry Potter TV series is looking for its head writers. The hosts briefly speculate – Stay tuned for a Bonus MuggleCast in which we take a closer look at the writers under consideration.
  • Chapter-by-Chapter continues with Goblet of Fire Chapter 13: Mad-Eye Moody
  • 7-Word Summary: Karma comes full ferret for Draco Malfoy
  • Back in school, it’s time to rank the first lessons of the year and assess teachers’ competence!
  • Micah asks: given the usefulness of Bubotuber pus, does Professor Sprout have a side hustle?
  • What makes Sprout’s gross lesson soar, and Hagrid’s gross lesson fail? One of the teachers prepared the students better.
  • Is it okay to ask “what is the point” when discussing magical Beasts?
  • Would Hagrid be better off as a teacher’s assistant, or outside of teaching at all?
  • Trelawney, the most competent Divination teacher Harry has had so far, gets his birthday wrong. Couldn’t she have looked it up?
  • Rita Skeeter’s new article shades Mr. Weasley, but wasn’t he just doing his job? How was the event with Moody’s rubbish bins any different than his day-to-day?
  • How is Rita getting her information? Does she have inside sources, or is she using her Animagus secret to its advantage this early?
  • Draco can dish, but not take, criticism about mothers.
  • Is it right for “Moody” to teach Draco a lesson?
  • Laura points out that Barty Crouch Jr.’s comments about Lucius work on multiple levels.
  • What would Barty Crouch, Jr. have to say to Snape?
  • Andrew recaps Ron’s funniest moments of the chapter.
  • Next week’s Quizzitch question: What is Lavender showing Parvati in DADA that gets her scolded by Mad-Eye?
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