Episode 16: Witch, Please: New and Improved

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Welcome to our brand new podcast, The Harry Potter Hour, Starring Feminism! It’s a lot like our old podcast Witch, Please except, uh, Newer and Different!

This truly is the last episode of classic Witch, Please, though. After this it’s all paratexts, minisodes, and shenanigans! No more rules, no more social decorum, no more consistency. If the episode seems a little early, that’s because the Internet screwed up and we didn’t know how to fix it we wanted to give you a special present before leaving you NOT FOREVER PLEASE DON’T FREAK OUT. Look to your podcatchers on August 1 for the next minisode. Until then, you can settle in comfortably with your reliably clever and hilarious hosts as we’re joined by the über popular Guy With A Film Degree Neale Barnholden to talk about the last official Harry Potter film, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2.

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4 thoughts on “Episode 16: Witch, Please: New and Improved”

  1. Hello all!

    Just wanted to offer a quick correction just for clarity’s sake. The reason why Crabbe does not appear in this film, and the reason why he seems to be replaced by Zabini is because the actor playing Crabbe was either fired or declined to return because of an arrest for cannabis possession (and I think finding some plants too). This kinda takes away some of the tokenism that comes from promoting Zabini to a speaking character (only marginally, as he was already an example of tokenism to begin with).

    I cannot wait to hear the flashy new podcast! I was only introduced to the podcast recently but I am completely hooked. It is so great to experience popular media through an academic lens!

    Cheers,
    Edie

  2. I always took Harry saying ‘I’m going to put {the wand} back where it came from’ to mean that he was going to bury it, as Death takes the wand from nature. However the wiki seems to disagree with me.

    What do fellow witches think is the significance of Harry meeting Dumbledore at his ‘party’ at Kingscross? Is it because Dumbledore was the most instrumental deceased person in his life? The person needed by the plot to explain the super confusing wand, Voldemort, love stuff? Or does Harry just want to have a chat to his conniving, emotionally manipulative god figure?

    Also, what does Dumbledore see in the mirror of Erised: his family reunited or himself as the Master of Death?

    By the way, I don’t know if you’ve had this tweeted at you a thousand times but with regards to Polyjuice potion changing your voice, in Chamber of Secrets it says: “‘Are you two OK?’ Goyle’s low rasp issued from his mouth. ‘Yeah,’ came the deep grunt of Crabbe from his right.”

    Can’t wait for the new podcast, later witches! ; )

  3. I was just listening to your discussion on objects and the public ownership of things like Godrick’s sword and the Elder Wand, and how keeping things for Horcruxes is like personal ownership amplified, and it made me think about how Voldemort uses his diary as something so important as to use it for that, contrasted with Snape’s annotation-filled potions book and the fact it was left for students to use in presumably Hogwarts lost property. What do you think this says about Snape as a character? Is it similar to your friend writing in library books for the benefit of the next owner or is it more of a self deprecating thoughtless action?

    1. Ooh, that’s a really interesting point! Snape has nowhere near the obsession with fame/immortality that Voldemort does, and is disgusted at those who hunger for it (or those, like Harry, who he thinks hunger for it). The opposition between their treatments of their books would seem to amplify some fundamental differences between them.

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