Episode 7A: The Tri-and-fail-to-fit-everything-into-an-hour Tournament

Here we are, witches, with the first of TWO too long episodes about Harry Potter & the Goblet of Fire. Marcelle is back from her adventures in the Eastern Standard Time Zone (a mystical land whose residents think Witch, Please episodes appear on Tuesdays!) and joins Hannah for an 85-minute discussion about displacing racial violence onto “grievable subjects,” precarity, sexual violence, Game of Thrones, and more.

Spoilers ABOUND in this episode, so proceed with caution.

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6 thoughts on “Episode 7A: The Tri-and-fail-to-fit-everything-into-an-hour Tournament”

  1. I’m just listening to this now (weeks later) and know that this has likely already been dealt with, but you are in the middle (maybe you deal with it soon) of your discussion about sex ed at Hogwarts, which you have boiled down to STIs and desire, and I have to say that I think consent might be kind of a big deal in the wizarding world. And yes, consent is relatively new compared to the books, but so is HPV (in sex ed).

  2. Regarding the sex ed discussion, another indicator that sexuality is present in this world is the fact that girls can go into the boys’ dormitory, but boys are not allowed in the girls’ – I forget which book this is in now, but Ron trying to get to Hermione turns the girls’ staircase into a slide. This may not be for sexual reasons explicitly, but I think that reason is definitely implied.

  3. Very much still enjoying the podcast! I just wanted to give Harry the benefit of the doubt in terms of his fat-hate. Dudley bullies Harry for his entire childhood, the fact that Harry hates on Dudley’s body kind of makes sense (not that I condone it). To suggest that Harry is just being cruel glosses over the abuse Harry endured at the hands of the Dursley’s and Dudley. I think to say that Harry hates fat people and that’s a reflection of society’s hatred of fatness over simplifies a very complex issue. I buy into your argument that representing greed through bodies is problematic and thoroughly agree, but your discussion excludes nuanced analysis as to why Harry might treat Dudley’s weight, appearance, and diet the way that he does. I’m not suggesting that every person who is bullied turns around and bullies their bully once they have the upper-hand. I’m just saying that I believe Harry’s relationship with the Dursley’s and Dudley might be why Harry hates on Dudley any way he can. It isn’t until after Harry finds out that he is a wizard that he has any real power in that household. After 11 years of abuse he can finally stand up to the people who have treated him like absolute garbage. Don’t love the way that he does it, but what 14 year old has class when dealing with bullies? Oh, also: Harry is my second least favourite character on the “good” side. He is an absolute butt.

  4. Oh! And in terms of Harry’s privilege (I love this discussion so much) as a white, wealthy, wizard male: ya’ll mentioned that he’s like Draco in that he also comes from a pureblood family. Harry’s father was a pureblood but his mother was muggle-born, making Harry a half-blood. From many inferences made by the Malfoy’s we can ascertain that half-bloods are seen as ‘blood traitors’ or that they have a lesser status in the eyes of families like the Malfoy’s. Final thought, harry’s hatred from the Dursley’s is most definitely a lot different than Draco’s hatred of muggles.

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