2.1 The Worst Birthday

It’s time to begin Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets this week on Podtrificus Totalus, a Harry Potter podcast done chapter by chapter, book by book.

On this episode, we cover the rather sparse first chapter of the second book in the series, in which Harry spends his birthday scrubbing floors and tending to gardens in preparation for the Dursley’s dinner party.

We make a number of references to outside sources and popular culture, which are listed below:

Our Spell of the Week for this episode is Lacarnum Inflamari, which Harry might have used to set a bush on fire in the Dursley’s garden. We also answer an email from Becca on Quidditch classism, an email from Joseluis on money in the UK and the Hero’s Journey, and an email from Robin on Madam Pince.

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Thanks for listening and we’ll see you again for 2.2, “Dobby’s Warning!” Have a magical day!

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