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.


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9 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.

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