4 thoughts on “Episode 2: The Sophomore’s Stone”

  1. LADIES. I love you! This podcast is brilliant. I’ve been listening on my commute and then during cooking, then knitting time nodding and nodding and saying “YES!” to everything you say.

    One thing I was interested in was your love of the brick movement in the first film on entering Diagon Alley. I remember as a kid feeling very much like I could not get on board with the film interpretation of magic because of what you mentioned with the zoo snake glass thing and also the wand waving violent thing at the wand shop. But ALSO because everything felt mechanical instead of magical. Like things were still following physics and behaving according to their nature instead of just being magical. The two most important places that express this is the Diagon Alley wall, which in the movie had the bricks moving and shifting according to how bricks move and shift– as very specific nand well behaved manner of magical. Whereas in the book, there is a much less articulate appearance of the walkway. And then in Gringotts, the door to the vault has a series of magical mechanisms that move when touched by the finger of the guide. In the book, the vault door melts away at the touch. These things, along with the missteps in future movies and also what you mention about Harry’s required agency in using the love magic in his skin, etc, all added up to me being put off the films’ magic concept from day one. It felt very adult to me and not as magical as the books.

    I cannot wait to catch up to current episodes. I am in love with this podcast that is clearly being made just for ladies like we– those academic who find serious amounts of fun in thinking really hard.

    You girls are the best, thanks for existing.

    1. Hello Joanna! Thank you for this thoughtful and lovely message! We continue to talk about the mechanical style of HP movie magic throughout the film episodes, especially when we get to The Order of the Phoenix! We’re so thrilled you’re enjoying the podcast and we hope very much you’ll drop us a line if you ever disagree with us as well (apparently we’re wrong sometimes?!).
      Happy listening!

  2. Hey ladies–just started listening as Christmas season I often revisit Harry Potter. Just a couple comments on casting. McGonagall is actually listed as born in 1925 (where Harry is there in the 1990s) so approaching 70. I can’t remember if it was fan fiction or canon, but I have in my head she is widowed and lost a son during the Grindelwald war. Maybe we will learn if this is true with the Fantastic Beasts series. You guys are right on that the child actors are not all that great as kids, but they are kids and they get a lot better. My only casting grumble is that ALL the Marauder era actors (including Snape) are too old. Harry’s parents died at 21, so the Mirror of Erised should show very young adults, and Sirus, Lupin and Snape should all be in their 30s.

  3. Fun fact: Ian was asked to play Dumbledore after the original died, but he turned it down because he was already Gandalf. He didn’t want to confuse people. I too think he’d have been excellent.

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