Mimblewimble - The Harry Potter Podcast
By Aishwarya and Prashanthini
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An event to event discussion of the Harry Potter books by JK Rowling. If you're looking for a laid back, no frills discussion of your favorite fantasy series, you're about to listen to the right thing.
||Clean15. Ron becomes Crabbe||“Oh Potter, you rotter, what have you done?” When we last left off, Harry was beginning to question if he could really be the heir - he can speak Parseltongue AND the Sorting Hat wanted to place him in Slytherin. But before investigating anything else, Harry decides to find Justin Finch Fletchley and explain what happened the previous night. When attempting to find Justin, Harry overhears a bunch of Hufflepuffs discussing the possibility of his being the heir and attacking Muggleborn students. Angry, Harry decides to return back to Gryffindor Tower - on his way back, he stumbles across a petrified Justin Finch Fletchley, just the person he was looking for, and the blackened shade of Nearly Headless Nick. When Peeves alerts everyone to the proceedings, McGonagall clears the corridor and escorts Harry to Dumbledore’s office. While waiting for Dumbledore, Harry pokes around his office and finds the Sorting Hat that tells him that it stands by its decision and he’d have done well in Slytherin. Just as he’s looking around for something to distract him, Dumbledore’s bird catches on fire but Dumbledore assures him that it’s alright because it’s a phoenix. Hagrid rushes into Dumbledore’s office to proclaim Harry’s innocence and Dumbledore reassures him that he doesn’t think that Harry’s responsible. When Dumbledore invites Harry to confide in him, Harry declines. It’s Christmas Day by the time the Polyjuice potion is ready. Hermione makes a plan to knock Crabbe and Goyle out with a Sleeping Draught so that Ron and Harry can assume their identities - her plan is to use the hair she plucked off Millicent Bullstrode’s robes from the Dueling Club. The plan goes off without a hitch and Harry becomes a replica of Goyle, Ron of Crabbe. Hermione refuses to come out of her stall, so Harry and Ron set off alone.Unfortunately however, they find out that all the effort is for vain because Malloy said he doesn’t know who the heir is. They nearly get made but they manage to make it out of the Slytherin Common Room before their identities are revealed. Hermione however is still in her stall because the hair she added to her potion turned out to belong to a cat. PREPARATIONYou can prepare for this episode by reading: Chapter 11: The Duelling Club Chapter 12: The Polyjuice Potion of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets You can also listen to this podcast on iTunes, Google Podcast, or any other favorite podcast app. Just search for Mimblewimble - The Harry Potter Podcast. NOTESAishwarya loves this scene because it’s her favorite Dumbledore plus look how cute baby Fawkes is!! Prashanthini would like to note that Lucius Malfoy is a consummate politician who tries to use everything to make sure his wishes are met. Mr. Weasley has a flying car? Surely, he must be sacked and ALL the policies he enforced should be removed. Aishwarya concurs and would like to add that Lucius probably sent Draco the clipping so he could use it against Ron. The episode is pretty short and it’s not just because we didn’t have as much to discuss as we usually do but also because there was some kind of electrical work going on in the building we work in. So, if you hear some distant shouts and thuds that the editor (Aishwarya) missed, apologies. It’s also the reason we practically hurry through the Slytherin common room bits.||9/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean14. Ron finds out Harry's secret||"Training for the Ballet, Potter?" Welcome to yet another electrifying, riveting, innnnnvigorating episode of Mimblewimble - the Harry Potter podcast! Okay, that's enough excitement for today. After Ron learns about the Chamber of Secrets, he thinks it's just like Salazar Slytherin to do something this twisted. He is also disgusted to find out that the whole school somehow came to the conclusion that it is Harry who is behind all the attacks. Harry, Ron and Hermione go back to the scene of crime to investigate. There, they find many spiders leaving the castle. Ron reveals that he has a fear of spiders much to Hermione's amusement. They go to the out-of-order girl's bathroom and talk to Moaning Myrtle about the night of the attack. The trio strongly suspects Malfoy, and Hermione comes up with an idea to make him confess to them - the Polyjuice potion. The fact that Hermione is leading the charge to break about 50 school rules shocks Harry and Ron. During the first match of the season, Harry is followed around by a rogue bludger. He catches the snitch and wins the game against the Slytherins with their superior brooms, but still ends up in the Hospital wing, thanks to the bludger and Lockhart. Dobby visits him and reveals that the Chamber had been opened before but this time around, it is particularly dangerous for Harry even though he is a half-blood. Their conversation is cut short by Dumbledore and McGonagall bringing in the petrified body of Colin Creevey, poor guy. Lockhart starts a dueling club where Harry is paired with Malfoy for a duel. Things turn nasty quickly and Malfoy (with the help of Snape), ends up setting a snake on Harry. You will never believe what happens next. HARRY POTTER STORIESIn this episode, this segment features Vinoth Shankaran, a friend and listener of the podcast. If you are interested in sharing your story with us, just record yourself telling the story of how you starting reading the books and send it to email@example.com. PREPARATIONYou can prepare for this episode by reading: Chapter 9: The Writing on the WallChapter 10: The Rogue BludgerChapter 11: The Duelling Clubof Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets You can also listen to this podcast on iTunes, Google Podcast, or any other favorite podcast app. Just search for Mimblewimble - The Harry Potter Podcast.||8/23/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean13. Ron learns about the Chamber of Secrets||In this episode, we (and Ron) get to learn a little bit about the title of this book aka The Chamber of Secrets. But before that, a whole bunch of stuff happens: - Harry and Ron get assigned detentions. McGonagall smartly tailors the detentions - Harry gets assigned time with his favoritest Defense Against the Dark Arts Professor and Ron has to clean the trophy room, in the Muggle way, with Filch. Talk about fun. During his detention, Harry hears a disembodied voice but can't be sure where it was coming from or who it could be. - Harry almost gets another detention from Filch for dripping mud in the corridor but is saved by Nearly Headless Nick. Nick also invites him to his 500th Deathday Party on Halloween; Harry agrees to attend, with Hermione and Ron, out of sheer gratitude. - As per Ron's prediction, the Deathday party turns out to be dead depressing so they split midway to go back to the feast. Harry hears the disembodied voice again in the corridor (Ron and Hermione can't), except this time it's saying a lot of scary stuff like 'Rip. Tear. Kill.' and 'I smell blood'. Harry runs towards the voice, a confused Ron and Hermione in tow, and end up in front of some writing on a wall ('The Chamber of Secrets is open. Enemies of the heir, beware') and a petrified cat - Mrs. Norris. The entire school shows up just after they do and catches them at the scene of the crime. - Filch accuses Harry of killing his cat because Harry figured out he's a Squib. But thankfully, Dumbledore believes that Harry had nothing to do with the incident and gets him off the hook. Hermione remembers reading about the Chamber of Secrets but she doesn't have her copy of Hogwarts, A History to refresh her memory and all the copies have been borrowed from the library. So, she interrupts Professor Binns during a History of Magic lecture and asks him. That's how Ron learns about the Chamber of Secrets. HARRY POTTER STORIESIn this episode, this segment features Pavithra Muthalagan, a friend and listener of the podcast. If you are interested in sharing your story with us, just record yourself telling the story of how you starting reading the books and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org. PREPARATIONYou can prepare for this episode by reading Chapter 7: Mudbloods and Murmurs (from when Ron started throwing up slugs)Chapter 8: The Deathday PartyChapter 9: The Writing on the Wallof Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets You can also listen to this podcast on iTunes, Google Podcast, or any other favorite podcast app. Just search for Mimblewimble - The Harry Potter Podcast. NOTESThe wikipedia entry for a Kelpie. Looks like they figure in the newest Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Crimes of Grindelwald movie.||8/8/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean12. Ron goes to Hermione's defense||"Eat slugs, Malfoy!" In episode 3 of season 2, we discuss the events leading up to Ron coming to Hermione's defense. From what? Let's find out. After they find out that they cannot get past the barrier in platform 9 3/4, Ron and Harry put their heads together to come up with a misguided and dangerous plan. They decide to ride the flying car to Hogwarts. What could go wrong, right? Turns out, everything. Well, the car is seen by some mugglesThe car loses juice and starts to protest against the long drive.They hit a tree in the Hogwarts ground. The only tree that hits backRon breaks his wand.The car throws Harry and Ron out and drives itself into the forbidden forest.Finally, they get caught by Snape who is hell-bent on getting them expelled.Dumbledore arrives to save the day and lets them off with a detention. But their bad luck does not stop there. Ron gets a howler from Mrs. Weasley and Harry gets a lecture from Professor Lockhart. Harry, to his annoyance, gets a 'FAN' (not Ginny), who follows him around taking pictures and attracting more attention. You'd think things would get better for Harry at the Quidditch practice. But the Gryffindor team's practice is interrupted by the Slytherin team. They show off their brand new Nimbus 2001s, generously donated to them by Mr. Malfoy to get his son on the team. When Hermione points out that nobody in the Gryffindor team bought their way in, Draco Malfoy calls her a nasty word. That's when Ron goes to Hermione's defense. HARRY POTTER STORIESIn this episode, this segment features Shruthi Venkatesh, a friend and listener of the podcast. If you are interested in sharing your story with us, just record yourself telling the story of how you starting reading the books and send it to email@example.com. PREPARATIONYou can prepare for this episode by reading Chapter 5: The Whomping WillowChapter 6: Gilderoy LockhartChapter 7: Mudbloods and Murmursof Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets You can also listen to this podcast on iTunes, Google Podcast, or any other favorite podcast app. Just search for Mimblewimble - The Harry Potter Podcast. NOTESThe very cute illustration of Snape first appearance in the Chamber of secrets.||7/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean11. Ron misses the train (S2E2)||"Very fishy. Definitely dodgy." After Ron's heroic rescue of Harry who was imprisoned in the Dursley house, Harry updates the Weasley brothers on everything that happened during the summer. They have a very different take on the Dobby episode. Unlike Harry, they think that Dobby was sent by someone who hates Harry aka Draco Malfoy. At this point, it is important to note that the Weasley brothers and Harry are in a magical flying car. They are flying it back to the Burrow, where the Weasleys live. We meet Mrs. Weasley who is very angry about the boys flaunting the statute of secrecy in this way. She assigns them chores but doesn't forget to feed them. Mr. Weasley is happy to finally meet Harry but he is happier when he hears that the flying car works because he was the one who enchanted it. Harry has the time of his life in the Burrow. He likes how disorderly and loving the Weasleys are. When his second-year term is about to start, they all decide to travel to Dialog alley using floo powder. Harry, unfamiliar with this new complicated method of travel, ends up in Knockturn Alley, where he overhears a suspicious conversation between Mr. Malfoy and a dark magic shop owner Mr. Borgin. He is saved by Hagrid who brings Harry to the anxious Weasleys. They shop for a while and then go to Flourish and Blotts to buy their very expensive books. Here Harry and the gang meet their future Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher - the very colorful Gilderoy Lockhart. The summer holidays end. The Weasleys and Harry hurry to catch the Hogwarts Express. What happens next will probably not surprise you if you have read the books. -- Wow. I am tired of typing the summary. So many things happen in these chapters. And I did not even mention Ginny, Percy or the lady selling human fingernails. Just listen to the episode and enjoy our discussion of these very eventful chapters. -- HARRY POTTER STORIESIn this episode, this segment features Muralidhar Mutnuru, a listener of the podcast. If you are interested in sharing your story with us, just record yourself telling the story of how you starting reading the books and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org. PREPARATIONYou can prepare for this episode by reading Chapter 3: The BurrowChapter 4: At Flourish and BlottsChapter 5: The Whomping Willowof Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets You can also listen to this podcast on iTunes, Google Podcast, or any other favorite podcast app. Just search for Mimblewimble - The Harry Potter Podcast. NOTESThe editor (Aishwarya) tells me that I was so tired when we recorded this video that my continuous yawning ruined the latter part of the episode. Oops. So if you find surprisingly few discussions about the events in Diagon Alley, you know why.||7/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean10. Ron rescues Harry (Season 2!)||A discussion of chapters 1,2 and 3 of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets||6/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean9. Harry meets a man with two faces||Harry bravely faces down a man intent on no good and comes out, all the stronger for it||5/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean8. Harry walks through fire||Harry Potter and his friends decide to protect the Stone from You-Know-Who by going after it themselves||5/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean7. Harry gets detention||In this episode, we discuss Harry playing his second Quidditch match, meeting his first dragon and getting his first detention at Hogwarts.||4/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean6. Harry meets Dumbledore||We discuss everything that happens between Harry becoming a seeker and Harry meeting Dumbledore||3/29/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean5. Harry gets a new friend||Draco Malfoy invites Harry Potter to a midnight duel but stands him up and rats him out to Filch instead. While making their getaway, Harry and his friends find out why the third floor corridor is forbidden||3/14/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean4. Harry becomes a seeker||A discussion about chapters 7, 8 and 9 from the Philosopher's stone||2/21/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean3. Harry gets sorted||A discussion about chapters 5,6 and 7 from the Philosopher's stone||2/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean2. A wand chooses Harry||A discussion about chapters 4 and 5 from the Philosopher's stone||1/24/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean1. Harry finds his true identity||From the beginning of the series to when Hagrid says, "Yer a "||1/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
Thoughtful, detailed, fun
You know you still want to talk about this book with friends. It's been years since I read these, and I love how thoughtful and detailed these conversations are. Aishwarya and Prashanthini pull out details I hadn't remembered, and use the fantastic Stephen Fry audio book to complement their analysis. Their thoughtful, funny, fun conversations remind me why I still love this story.
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