Episode #659: ‘You Available To Be Stolen This Friday?’ (GOF Chapter 26, The Second Task)

Grab your House-themed pennants and something to do for an hour, because today we’re heading down to the Black Lake and celebrating a Triwizard Task that nobody above ground can see or appreciate! Join Eric, Laura, Micah and special guest Chloé as they discuss Chapter 26 of Goblet of Fire, “The Second Task.”

  • Chapter-by-Chapter continues with Goblet of Fire, Chapter 26: The Second Task
  • 7-Word Summary: The merpeople mock Harry incessantly under water
  • Main Discussion #1: Leading up to the task
  • Hagrid’s back teaching. Do we miss Professor Grubbly-Plank?
  • Could Harry be reaching out to Lupin or other folks for help?
  • Have we ever overslept on the day of an exam and had to wing it?
  • Main Discussion #2: The Task and Immediate Aftermath
  • Why are the other headmasters so visibly annoyed at Harry? Could they tone it down a bit?
  • What does the Second Task look like, for the audience and spectators? Even Dumbledore has to ask the merpeople what happened at the end of it.
  • Micah’s Hot Take: Hermione is not meaningful enough to Krum for her to be his hostage.
  • The hosts debate: were the ‘hostages’ ever really in danger? We also polled our Patrons… twice.
  • Are we disappointed by the writing’s handling of Fleur’s performance?
  • Do we agree with the final results of the Second Task?
  • Odds and Ends touches on a Skeeter sighting, and another mention of their school hats!
  • Quizzitch: Who authorized Aurors to use the Unforgivable Curses during the first Wizarding war?
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