It’s Monday and Podtrificus Totalus, a Harry Potter podcast done chapter by chapter, is remaining true to their word to release episodes regularly! What a dream! What a treat for you!
This week’s chapter sees the trio falling complacent, reluctant to ask Hagrid any questions about his expulsion. But when Harry’s room is ransacked, Tom Riddle’s diary stolen, and Hermione is petrified, Harry and Ron set out to find answers but are interrupted by the appearance of Cornelius Fudge and Lucius Malfoy.
We make a number of references to outside sources and popular culture, 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)
- The Faerie Queene by Edmund Spenser
- Harry Potter: Quidditch World Cup
- Fudge is based off of Neville Chamberlain according to an interview with J.K. Rowling in XLSemanal, a Spanish magazine
- Cornelius Fudge on the Harry Potter Lexicon
- Fudge in the Oxford English Dictinary
- Dumbledore used homenum revelio when at Hagrid’s hut according to Rowling (Live chat with Bloomsbury; 30 July 2007)
- The Severing Charm on the Harry Potter Wiki
Our Spell of the Week is Diffindo, the Severing Charm, which may have been used to rip apart Harry’s cloak and bedclothes when his dormitory was ransacked.
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Thanks for listening and we’ll see you again for 2.15, “Aragog!” Have a magical day!