It’s Monday and that means we have a new episode of Podtrificus Totalus, a Harry Potter podcast done chapter by chapter, book by book.
This week’s episode covers chapter six of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, “The Journey from Platform Nine and Three-Quarters.” Harry travels to King’s Cross station where he meets the Weasleys and befriends their youngest son, Ron, aboard the Hogwarts Express. On the train ride, we’re introduced to a heap of new characters, including Hermione Granger and Draco Malfoy, among others.
We make a number of references to outside sources and pop culture in this episode, which are listed below:
- Ultimate Unofficial Guide to the Mysteries of Harry Potter by Galadriel Waters (Ed. Astre Mithrandir; Published by Wizarding World Press in 2003)
- Some Random Facts About The Weasley Family from J.K. Rowling’s Official Site
- Hermione Granger on J.K. Rowling’s Official Site (spoiler warning up to & including Goblet of Fire)
- NPR Radio interview with J.K. Rowling (Sean Bullard; 20 October 1999)
- Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury (Published by Ballantine Books in 1953)
- My New School by Harry and the Potters
Our spell of the week for this episode is Colovaria, which Ron tries (and fails) to use aboard the Hogwarts Express.
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Thanks for listening and we’ll see you again for 1.07, “The Sorting Hat!” Have a magical day!