19 thoughts on “Episode 4: The Chamber of Whiteness”

  1. I think your podcast is swell and am really enjoying it. Someone may have already pointed this out but one thing is distracting me: doesn’t erstwhile mean former or occasional?

  2. Been recommended your podcast just recently and can I just say that I am madly in love! Thank you so much for discussing Hermiones portrayal in the movies as opposed to the books! I remember first watching them when I was such a book-loving, weird-haired teenage girl who would have deserved to be called an “insufferable know-it-all” every other day, and how the depiction of her as this perfect, beautiful goddess figure in the movies has been so outrageous to me. Thanks for helping me get over that with your hilarious podcast! Can’t wait to listen to it all.

  3. Love love love your podcast!!!
    About the sock thing: We know that Harry’s socks are his uncle’s old sock which he usually gets for christmas, so they would actually be big enough to stuff an evil diary in them;)

  4. I just started the podcast. In general, I very much enjoy listening and I like that you explore themes I hadn’t previously considered though I have read the series…many times. I very much enjoy the discussion of race, privilege, and how various things are “othered” in the series. I have been looking for feminist, pop-culturey podcast for awhile and I LOVE HARRY POTTER. So, thank you for your very excellent podcast. I’m sure this has been pointed out already but (while I really like the exploration of female imagery in terms of the chamber and snakes) it is very likely that the entrance wasn’t always located in the girls’ bathroom simply because Hogwarts is old AF and was founded in….990 BCE? If we assume that plumbing is something the wizarding world adopted from muggles than it is unlikely that the girls’ bathroom was originally a bathroom. That said, love the discussion about how (now that it is a girls’ washroom and has been for sometime) its location may have impacted Riddle since he clearly has an issue with women (stemming from his resentment towards his mother). I love it- the discussion, not Riddle’s women hate.

  5. Well as a kid i found the first movie way more scary.. looking back I’m quite sure its simply because the movie’s soundtrack and that one scene in the first part with the face coming out of the book.

  6. Hello witches, I finished the episode 3 and 4 and I love everything you say and how you say it. The way you deconstruct the structures of the characters and their actions is amazing. I also like the gender perspective about the characters. I have personal questions that maybe you already answered: What do you teach? Do you have written articles?
    Greetings from a new fan

    1. Give us a google and you can find out all about us! We’ve both published in scholarly and popular venues, and we both teach at our respective institutions (Simon Fraser University for Hannah, University of Alberta for Marcelle).

  7. Hey friends! Am very much enjoying your podcast as my distraction while cross stitching!! Re: Tom Riddle’s handwriting, I also love that he’s been reading and responding to all of Ginny’s first year insecurities and drama. We could surmise that that handwriting appealed to her which is why it was Tom’s default when he begins talking to Harry.

  8. Hey witches, I know it has been a while since you asked your final question, i’m just not sure if anyone replied, so here is my answer: Spiders flee from the basilisk because they have a lot of eyes so the basilisk can kill them more easily.

    Greetings from Germany, I love your podcast!

  9. Someone just linked me to your podcast, so I’m starting from the beginning and it’s great fun 🙂
    One of the reasons I figure Snape is a bit terrified by Harry’s Parseltongue, might be that he’s actually heard someone speak it – Voldemort.

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