Episode #652: Accio, Golden Egg (GOF Chapter 20, The First Task)

This week Chapter by Chapter returns as Harry faces off against the CLEARLY most-dangerous dragon. Join Andrew, Eric, Laura and Micah and special Slug Club guest Catherine as they tackle Chapter 20 of Goblet of Fire, “The First Task.”

  • Welcome to the show, Slug Club guest Catherine, who is a college professor of psychology!
  • In the news: Helena Bonham Carter was asked about Miriam Margolyes’ recent, controversial remarks about adult Harry Potter fans! We discuss Helena’s response.
  • Chapter-by-Chapter continues with Goblet of Fire, Chapter 20: The First Task
  • 7-Word Summary: Dragons are afoot inside Hogwarts’ grounds AHHHHHHH
  • Harry “does the right thing” with Cedric. What does this tell us about his character?
  • Mad-Eye Fakey’s dark detectors are going off, but not for the reason he says!
  • Professor McGonagall is a mother figure to Harry, and we get an inkling of it in this chapter.
  • Should the Triwizard Tournament feature four of the same dragon?
  • Why does Ludo Bagman keep asking Harry to cheat?
  • Harry and Ron are friends again, and we discuss what was missing in Harry’s life while he was gone.
  • Who do we think had the best solution for the First Task?
  • Karkaroff gives Harry a FOUR. Isn’t there a rubric or a better way to prevent against this absurd favoritism?!
  • Odds and Ends touch on Poor Poppy Pomfrey, pointed caps, Trelawney nonsense, and a cool connection between books 1, 4 and 7.
  • Quizzitch question: What is the pattern of Dobby’s tie when Harry first encounters him in the Hogwarts kitchens?
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