Episode 6: Neale Barnholden and the Final Cut

Witch Please Episode 6

This episode was a real adventure–not just the editing, but the recording process, too. An extra long wait for an extra long episode: it makes sense, if you think about it!

We are excited to present to you Witch, Please Episode 6: Neale Barnholden and the Final Cut, which would make a pretty decent band name IMHO.

Extra special thanks to CJSR fm, the Edmonton Public Library, and the wonderful viewers and organizers of Edmonton’s Accio Books.

Enjoy!

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12 thoughts on “Episode 6: Neale Barnholden and the Final Cut”

  1. Ekow Quartey is the name of the black unnamed Gryffindor student. On imdb his character is named “Boy 1″…..Totally valid character name.

  2. sirius growls at harry when the knight bus arrives because harry wasn’t paying attention and would have been run over by the bus!!

  3. people speculated that, since the lollipop never disappeared, harry didnt actually grab it. maybe it stuck to his cloak

  4. This episode is gold! Every time I hear “Lupin is a victim of the capitalist system as are we all” I just can’t stop giggling.

  5. I see “the grim in the clouds” as maybe just pareidolia. This omen has been on his mind, and the proximity of the dementors is amplifying his focus on negative thoughts, so the image Harry sees in a bunch of random clouds is coming from his own brain, not anything the clouds are really doing. Much the way someone who is strongly catholic might see an image of the Virgin Mary where the rest of us just see random smudges.

  6. It’s interesting that you see Ron as “…better in this movie”. This is one of my major gripes about the portrayal of his character. I think he was reduced (yes, reduced) to just light comic relief which has had a massive effect on the way the general fandom think of him now. The scene that you mention in the shrieking shack is a perfect example. it plays out rather different in the book, which Ron actually propping himself up on a broken leg and white as a sheet to attempt to defend Harry from Sirius Black. In the movie he is just a wimpering mess in the corner and Hermione I believe actually gets his lines.

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE Hermione, but her character didn’t need much more help to be awesome.

    Similarly the bit when Ron says “he’s right you know…” re Snape calling her an insufferable know-it-all, makes the audience sympathise with Hermione more (as they should) but paints Ron as an insensitive jerk. Think back to the book…. Ron, in this moment, stands up to Snape and defends her in the class, telling Snape that he if he didn’t want to know the answer, he shouldn’t have asked the question – which lands him in a lot of trouble.

    I think the movies did Ron a great disservice.

    Sorry for the long post. I’ve just started listening to this podcast. Great job!

    1. Agreed! The reduction of Ron in the movies is definitely a MARKED theme. It’s like they were trying to turn Ron and Hermione into a terrible sitcom couple: a stupid bumbling man and an incredibly smart and competent woman. Both end of losing a lot of their complexity.

    2. THIS. I’ve always hated how they sort of “Mary-Sued” Hermione in the films because she was a brilliant and multi-faceted character without needing to have other characters’ lines and thinking transplanted to her. It also minimized Ron’s complexity and his role, when the trio really works because they all made valid contributions.

  7. Hi! Just wanted to say two things. Guillermo del Toro directed Pan’s Labyrinth, not Alfonso Cuarón. And I feel that the grim being a cloud is actually in my optinion a foreshadow or a clue that 🚨spoiler alert🚨 Harry actually does die. But then chooses to come back to life and finish off Voldemort. Just my two cents! 😃

  8. I’m not sure if this has been mentioned before in other podcasts or comments, but I think the reason Lupin’s werewolf form in the film looks so, for lack of a better word, ‘odd’ is because of Lupin taking the Wolfsbane Potion. As Lupin says it the books, combined with I guess my headcannon at least, that it makes the transformed werewolf less violent, but I imagine that it might do that because wolfsbane is actually poisonous in the real world, so by taking a potion that is made from wolfsbane, Lupin is essentially poisoning himself which lessens the pain of the transformation, and the violence that comes with it. So again I imagine Lupin poisoning himself every full moon could possibly result in his hairlessness and the more decrepit appearance in the film. Of course, this is just my theory since I’m not Cuarón or the special effects/costume designers of the film. (On a side note: to make sure I got it right about wolfsbane being poisonous, I Googled it and saw what wolfsbane looks like, and I realised that in one of the film’s ‘transition/cut scenes’ when the Dementors are floating around the Hogwarts and are freezing some plants, wolfsbane is clearly focused on as frost settles on it. So it’s some pretty neat foreshadowing… sort of)

    Obviously he didn’t take the potion that night, but he had consistently been taking it, therefore poisoning himself, throughout his time as a professor, which in the books is one of the reasons he starts teaching, because Dumbledore, through Snape, is able to provide Lupin access to the potion since it’s hard to make. Also given the allegory for HIV/AIDS, it also makes sense that the potion (medicine/treatment) was hard to come by during the time setting of the books.

    Sorry I went on a ramble. I’ve just been binge-watching (listening I guess?) your podcasts. I really enjoy listening to them, and you put a lot of effort and thought behind these podcasts. I’ve learnt a lot from you two (and the others who have joined) and also just learnt about things I knew of, but didn’t necessarily have the words to articulate them. So thank you so much for that 🙂

  9. I never had the “New-Dumbledore is EEEEVIL” feeling, perhaps because I had never seen Micheal Gambon in other movies before, and after I only saw him in stuff like Wives and Daughters, where he plays a man who is gruff and doesn’t speak his emotions, but very sweet and caring at heart. I never felt like Micheal Gambon was sinister. 🙂

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