Episode 6.5: Ridiculous Digressions and Where to Find Them

Our first ever, surprisingly long minisode. Sylvie and Rebecca join Hannah for some unusual segments and old-timey foley work.

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Hannah McGregor

I am an Assistant Professor in Publishing @ SFU. My areas of research include periodical studies, media studies, middlebrow culture, contemporary and early twentieth-century Canadian literature, critical race studies, and digital humanities. I also make a fortnightly podcast about Harry Potter.

10 thoughts on “Episode 6.5: Ridiculous Digressions and Where to Find Them”

  1. The elf you’re thinking of is Haldir, played by Craig Parker. He shows up in both The Fellowship of the Ring and The Two Towers movies.

  2. I’m v late in listening to this… but they were talking about alternate casting and only one who they brought up was British (Colin Farrell as Sirius – an interesting choice). Though I’m not massively patriotic, the HP movies have a majority of British cast members so it’s a shame that they only picked out American (and an Aussie) actors. Saying that, I do think Lucy Lui would make a pretty cool young McGonagall.

    1. Hi there! Sorry to be a bit of a pain, but I really need to pull you up on this. I’m not sure if you heard it mentioned on the podcast but Colin Farrell is definitely Irish and not British. You’re comment implies that you think he’s British (but brackets are hard so forgive me if I misinterpreted).
      This is quite an issue (Ruth Negga, Dara O’Briain etc) and the repetition seems to me to be a remnant of colonialism still embedded in society. While it may seem pedantic it’s part of a wider issue where Irish people feel the English are looking down on them and see them through stereotypes – and when said Irish people exceed expectations they’re not Irish anymore, they’re British.

  3. Love your podcast, just recently discovered it and have been listening non-stop!

    This may be addressed in later episodes, but one thing keeps bugging me — McGonagall is not young! A reference to her age is mentioned at the end of Book 5 when she’s attacked with stunning spells while trying to defend Hagrid from Umbridge. During the Gryffindor’s Astronomy OWL, we see the fight scene outside of Hagrid’s unfold, and one of the examiners remarks, “Four stunners straight in the chest, and she’s not exactly young, is she?” IMO, “not exactly young” is a polite way of saying old, and old enough that heart conditions are a concern. Upwards of 50 at least.

    To be fair, though, the books never really mention her age up to this point (that I recall) so I wonder if it was an intentional move since the movies and Maggie Smith’s representation were already well known.

    1. That’s exactly our thinking (I’m pretty sure we do mention it later) — that Maggie Smith’s casting informed McGonagall’s portrayal in later books. Honestly, Maggie Smith is wonderful and perfect, we just enjoy imagining what other actors in those roles might do with them.

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