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Reading Harry Potter with a Four-and-a-Half Year-Old

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It's like an audiobook if audiobooks included commentary from a four-and-a-half year-old self-proclaimed "Harry Potter expert."

It's like an audiobook if audiobooks included commentary from a four-and-a-half year-old self-proclaimed "Harry Potter expert."
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It's like an audiobook if audiobooks included commentary from a four-and-a-half year-old self-proclaimed "Harry Potter expert."

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English

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Episodes

Episode 46: Chapter 16. The Chamber of Secrets

1/14/2019
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First half recorded during a particularly silly bedtime, second half recorded during a subdued early evening reading session with the entire family. Apologies in advance for the occassional gurgles, coos, and cries from our newest family member. Become a supporter of this podcast: https://anchor.fm/reading-harry-potter/support https://anchor.fm

Duration:00:43:18

Episode 45: Chapter 15. Aragog (cont.)

1/7/2019
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A little Harry Potter over breakfast. Become a supporter of this podcast: https://anchor.fm/reading-harry-potter/support https://anchor.fm

Duration:00:31:40

Episode 44: Chapter 15. Aragog

1/3/2019
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A few pages at bedtime with the entire family, new baby and cat included. Become a supporter of this podcast: https://anchor.fm/reading-harry-potter/support https://anchor.fm

Duration:00:13:10

Episode 43: Chapter 14. Cornelius Fudge

12/24/2018
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We read this chapter over two reading sessions, one before and one after a major event for our family. The second session was at bedtime, where I learned that talking about basilisks at bedtime might not be the smartest thing to do going forward. Become a supporter of this podcast: https://anchor.fm/reading-harry-potter/support https://anchor.fm

Duration:00:46:10

Episode 42: Chapter 13. The Very Secret Diary (cont.)

12/17/2018
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While unpacking our books we came across our old Scholastic Harry Potter paperbacks, and we embarked on an experiment to see if two books that looked very different could tell the same story. We started off reading the Scholastic paperback but quickly switched back over to the Illustrated Harry Potter since this chapter has some of the best illustrations. Become a supporter of this podcast: https://anchor.fm/reading-harry-potter/support https://anchor.fm

Duration:00:29:25

Episode 41: Chapter 13. The Very Secret Diary

12/11/2018
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We spend a little time before bed reading and looking at the pictures in the book. I realize looking at pictures doesn't really translate when you're listening to a podcast, but just imagine you're looking at some very beautiful and compelling illustrations and it'll be like you're right there with us. Become a supporter of this podcast: https://anchor.fm/reading-harry-potter/support https://anchor.fm

Duration:00:23:02

Episode 40: Chapter 12. The Polyjuice Potion (cont.)

12/5/2018
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The first half of this episode was recorded very early in the morning. If you're picturing a disheveled dad in slippers and robe reading a book while waiting for the coffee to finish brewing, then, well, yeah, you've nailed it. Become a supporter of this podcast: https://anchor.fm/reading-harry-potter/support https://anchor.fm

Duration:00:17:28

Episode 39: Chapter 12. The Polyjuice Potion

11/27/2018
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If you ever wondered what it sounded like to read Harry Potter while the rest of the family unpacks around you after a big move, well, this is pretty much what it sounds like. Become a supporter of this podcast: https://anchor.fm/reading-harry-potter/support https://anchor.fm

Duration:00:32:21

Episode 38: Chapter 11. The Duelling Club (cont.)

11/20/2018
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Fact: J. K. Rowling did not actually record Hermione's reaction when she learned Herbology was canceled, but we know exactly what she said. Become a supporter of this podcast: https://anchor.fm/reading-harry-potter/support

Duration:00:22:01

Episode 37: Chapter 11. The Duelling Club

11/16/2018
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So it turns out we've taken a long, unplanned hiatus from reading Harry Potter together. Our family just moved to a new house this past weekend, so packing and moving had taken over our lives for the last month. My son is also going through a very Oedipal phase right now, and really only wants to spend his free time with my wife (with me nowhere in sight, preferably). This is partly just the appropriate developmental phase for a boy his age, but also partly due to the fact that my wife is...

Duration:00:30:17

Episode 36: Chapter 10. The Rogue Bludger

10/17/2018
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Apologies, as always, for my Dobby voice. Become a supporter of this podcast: https://anchor.fm/reading-harry-potter/support https://anchor.fm

Duration:00:45:19

Episode 35: Chapter 9. The Writing on the Wall (cont.)

10/9/2018
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I won't lie: it's a little disconcerting to learn that your five-year-old is a Parselmouth. Become a supporter of this podcast: https://anchor.fm/reading-harry-potter/support https://anchor.fm

Duration:00:19:20

Episode 34: Chapter 9. The Writing on the Wall

10/1/2018
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Have you ever not slept well because your four-and-a-half-year-old woke up at some ungodly hour, and then later that day tried to read a chapter about Professor Binns and his dreadfully boring History of Magic class? It's HARD. Also, can we talk about Professor Binns? I'm sure there's some eager young witch or wizard who feels a real passion for magical history and would LOVE to teach it at Hogwarts, to really bring the subject alive for the students, but they can't because the position is...

Duration:00:27:11

Episode 33: Chapter 8. The Deathday Party (cont.)

9/24/2018
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A trip to the playground was cut short thanks to a nasty spill on the sidewalk and a badly scraped knee. We decided to come inside and read some Harry Potter while he rested with his knee propped up on a pillow (scraped knees are a real production in our house). Featuring Mama as a special guest reader for two columns of text. Become a supporter of this podcast: https://anchor.fm/reading-harry-potter/support https://anchor.fm

Duration:00:21:04

Episode 32: Chapter 8. The Deathday Party

9/20/2018
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We read this section while eating lunch (which included some "spinach littles" in the shape of stars, people, and dinosaurs), which isn't something we normally do. This was a few days after my birthday, which we talk about a bit at the beginning. I came home from work to find that he and my wife had thrown me a surprise Harry Potter birthday party, which included a family wand making activity. You can see some pictures from my party at "Ollivander's Wand Shop" at...

Duration:00:20:09

Episode 31: Chapter 7. Mudbloods and Murmurs

9/18/2018
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Burping slugs is HILARIOUS. Become a supporter of this podcast: https://anchor.fm/reading-harry-potter/support https://anchor.fm

Duration:00:36:15

Episode 30: Chapter 6. Gilderoy Lockhart

9/6/2018
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Did you know it's possible to chew gum and eat a strawberry at the same time? Today I learned it is. Become a supporter of this podcast: https://anchor.fm/reading-harry-potter/support https://anchor.fm

Duration:00:41:40

Episode 29: Chapter 5. The Whomping Willow

9/3/2018
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It was already incredible late when we started this chapter at bedtime. I was thinking, "oh, two more pages will be okay," but I was feeling a little indulgent so we read the whole thing. Become a supporter of this podcast: https://anchor.fm/reading-harry-potter/support https://anchor.fm

Duration:00:40:17

Episode 28: Chapter 4. At Flourish and Blotts (cont.)

8/30/2018
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We picked up the chapter again at bedtime, and when we finish it we discuss reading a little bit of the next chapter. Spoiler alert: we end up reading all of the next chapter. Become a supporter of this podcast: https://anchor.fm/reading-harry-potter/support https://anchor.fm

Duration:00:14:25

Episode 27: Chapter 4. At Flourish and Blotts

8/27/2018
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Have you patronized your local boogermonger lately? Become a supporter of this podcast: https://anchor.fm/reading-harry-potter/support https://anchor.fm

Duration:00:35:16