Episode Λ (lambda): Live and Surprised at Nerd Nite YEG

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Hey witches!

Our discussion of Harry Potter and the Half-blood Prince is on hold for a fortnight as we bring you our adventures at Nerd Nite Edmonton! We drank a bunch of wine and got up on a stage to talk about literary criticism, feminist criticism, and fan theories. It was the best.


UPDATE: If you’d like to follow along with the slides, here they are!

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5 thoughts on “Episode Λ (lambda): Live and Surprised at Nerd Nite YEG”

  1. Hey witches, I don’t have twitter so I’m just going to leave this here… I had just reread the books when the casting for the HP play was announced and I remembered:
    There is a description of Hermione’s skin colour in book 3 (chapter The Leaky Cauldron, page 46 the original UK edition). She is described as looking “very brown” (browner than usual presumably because why mention her skin colour just here and nowhere else?) and we know that she’s been on holiday to the south of France over summer. In the same sentence Ron is described as “incredibly freckly” and he’s been away in Egypt. If a more than usual amount of sun has made Ron extra freckly, could our unreliable narrator also be implying that Hermione has acquired a tan?

    1. Yup, they’re definitely saying she’s acquired a tan. Which doesn’t in any way automatically label her as white, because (as I’m sure you know) people of colour also tan.

  2. I’ve gotta throw in my favorite crazy fan theory, while you’re mentioning them. Once we found out in Book 3 that the marauders had all become animagi to support Lupin, it made sense to me that our parallel modern group of four (Harry, Ron, Hermione, Neville) should also eventually become animagi. So my theory at the time was that Crookshanks was actually animagus Ron with a really good Time Turner. Think about it! He has a reason to have a grudge against Scabbers, as Crookshanks clearly does, and he’d get to sleep in Hermione’s bed every night. Perfect!

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