Episode #647: Professor DUMB-ledore (GOF Chapter 17, The Four Champions)

This week, join your Harry Potter friends by putting on your detective caps and trying to figure out who put Harry’s name in the Goblet of Fire. And while you’re at it, can you call Ron a WAMBULANCE, please?

  • Chapter-by-Chapter continues with Goblet of Fire, Chapter 17: The Four Champions
  • 7-Word Summary: Cedric fails to be the only Champion
  • Main Discussion #1: WHO PUT YA NAME IN DA GOBLET OF FIYAH?!
  • The hosts do their best Dumbledore impersonations
  • Our primary suspects: Ludo Bagman, Igor Karkaroff and Mad-Eye Moody
  • Why is Ludo behaving so mysteriously? Could Karkaroff be using the power of deflection? How is nobody picking up on what Moody/Crouch Jr.’s is putting down?
  • Dumbledore asks Harry if he had another student put his name in on his behalf… WHAT?! Talk about the easiest way ever to break the rules!
  • Other suspects include: Barty Crouch Sr, Severus Snape and… Madam Maxime?!
  • How delicious is this moment for Barty Crouch Jr.?
  • Mini Discussion: The Magical Contract
  • Do we think it’s fair Harry has to compete in this tournament? What does a magical contract with the Goblet of Fire actually entail?
  • Are we to assume some level of sentience for the Goblet of Fire, similar to The Sorting Hat? Is the Goblet of Fire tracking performance in every task?
  • What’s the penalty for failing to compete? Would Harry die? Was this the precursor to The Unbreakable Vow?
  • Main Discussion 2: The Backlash
  • Should Karkaroff and Maxime really “fear” Harry’s inclusion in the Triwizard Tournament?
  • Snape continues to take shots at Harry’s expense. Why is he even in the room?
  • How do we feel about Ron’s response? 
  • Next week: Goblet of Fire, Chapter 18: The Weighing of the Wands
  • Quizzitch: Rita Skeeter’s Quick Quotes Quill first describes her by using which adjective?
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