Episode #655: Hogwarts is an Insecurity Nightmare (GOF Chapter 23, The Yule Ball)

Can YOU dance like a Hippogriff? Nananananananana! It’s Yule Ball season and this week, we’re fraternizing with the enemy, proving our emotional span is greater than a teaspoon and dodging Moody’s creepy eye, all while trying our best to keep our dates happy and turn it up on the dance floor!

  • Chapter-by-Chapter continues with Goblet of Fire, Chapter 23: The Yule Ball
  • 7-Word Summary: Hormones fly amok at Hogwarts’ Big Holiday
  • Main Discussion #1: Hermione’s Chapter
  • Would anyone that Hermione took to the ball have been free of Ron’s criticism?
  • The Courting of Hermione Granger
  • What do we think of Viktor Krum’s approach… and sheer vulnerability?
  • We react to Hermione’s decision to have Madam Pomfrey shrink her teeth
  • Main Discussion #2: Hurricane Ron
  • Animal Magnetism, baby! What makes Ron suddenly so full of himself?
  • Sour face, sour mood: Ron casts a massive black cloud over the entire Yule Ball
  • Could Ron be jealous his two besties are a part of the Elite Champions date club?
  • Low Blow, Ron! Does Hermione truly not have Harry’s best interests at heart?
  • We debate if Harry did enough to defuse the tension between Ron and Hermione
  • Odds and Ends cover Sirius’ knife, Dobby’s Christmas gift, Barty Crouch Jr.’s mysterious absence, Snape and Karkaroff’s odd relationship, Beetle Rita and more!
  • Next week: Goblet of Fire, Chapter 24: Rita Skeeter’s Scoop
  • Quizzitch question: According to Rita Skeeter, what department at the Ministry would be particularly interested in Hagrid’s Blast-Ended Skrewts?
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