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A Melting Pot of Harry Potter talks in podcast form. Hosted by Bogdan Minuț, Andreea Voicu & Miriam Cihodariu.

A Melting Pot of Harry Potter talks in podcast form. Hosted by Bogdan Minuț, Andreea Voicu & Miriam Cihodariu.
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A Melting Pot of Harry Potter talks in podcast form. Hosted by Bogdan Minuț, Andreea Voicu & Miriam Cihodariu.




Thoughts on the Anti-LGBT Romanian Referendum

On October 6-7, a referendum took place in Romania with the aim of changing the definition of family in the Constitution. These are our thoughts on this appalling, hate-fuelled tactic, how it is important to remain vigilant in the face of adversities, and how this reminded us of Voldemort's rise to power.


Ep. 6 - The One Where We Meet Hermione the Boss Witch

Welcome to the Aww Fest that is episode 6 of Melting Potter, where we have a look at chapter 6 of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone! In this episode, we spend an unholy amount of time chatting about Hermione, her first encounter with Harry and Ron, the differences between the trio, and some foreshadowing of their developing personalities. We also gush over Harry and Ron’s blooming friendship and how they comfort each other. The Weasleys, especially Molly, also get a special mention,...


Ep. 5 - The One Where There's a New Character Called Plot

In episode 5 of Melting Potter, we discuss one of our favorite chapters of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, Diagon Alley. After swooning over how lovely everything is and how much Harry deserves this treat in the magical world, we wonder if this isn’t just a bribe, a huge sugar cube for young readers, to get them excited about the story. I (Andreea) also announce my upcoming essay in defense of Slytherins, and we chat a bit about the different types of bullies that Draco and Dudley...


Some Thoughts on the Recent Nagini Reveal

In light of the new Fantastic Beasts trailer coming out and the controversy surrounding the quite shocking Nagini reveal, we wanted to share our thoughts on this - so there you have it. We're keeping it short this time, and we only digress from the main topic for a couple of minutes (we swear) to discuss Dumbledore being gay and the fans' general attitude toward an author straying from, or changing, the canon.


Ep. 4 - The One Where We Uncover Dumbledore the Plotter

In this particularly long episode of Melting Potter, we sum our podcast up in one word, we discuss at length Hagrid’s silliness in the movie vs in the book, and we name-drop John Green and Neil Gaiman. Among the highlights of this episode are plenty of Star Wars references (why not?), a discussion on Harry’s (rightful) anger, and whether anger & impulsivity are really the only ways to get things done, as well as a look at Hagrid as a struggling father figure. We also ask ourselves if...


Ep. 3 - The One Where We Ask Why Harry Still Isn't Broken

The third episode of Melting Potter starts with another Vernon-Petunia role play, followed by a comparison between Dudley and Dick Dastardly (yes, the cartoon). We distinguish between making the decision to be ordinary and having no choice, and then we have a laugh going over Vernon’s exaggerated reactions and strange face coloration in this chapter. We also delve into Dumbledore’s motivation to send Hagrid to get Harry and his influence when it comes to school-related issues. On a lighter...


Ep. 2 - The One Where We Err A LOT

In the second episode of Melting Potter, we dissect the second chapter of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. Expect a role play where we imagine Vernon and Petunia’s reaction to finding Harry on their doorstep (starring Miriam as Petunia and Bogdan as Vernon), a discussion on how believable the Dursleys really are since they are portrayed so cartoony, a collective sigh at the presence of fat shaming in this chapter, and a touching story shared by Bogdan. How reliable is Harry as a...


Ep. 1 - The One Where We Threaten to Blow up People

We start off this passion project discussing the first chapter of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, wondering why we know nothing about Harry's grandparents, contemplating blowing up people, and laughing way too much. A few of the discussions you can expect are Vernon Dursley's "normality" and the longstanding marginalization of people dressed in cloaks, Dumbledore and McGonagall's relationship, and Hagrid's ineffable presence. We will (roughly) discuss one chapter per episode, but...