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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 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

Episode 26: Chapter 3. The Burrow (cont.)

8/24/2018
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Sometimes when I want to read Harry Potter I just find a comfortable spot and start reading out loud. I never make it past the first sentence before I have a kid snuggled up next to me. Become a supporter of this podcast: https://anchor.fm/reading-harry-potter/support https://anchor.fm

Duration:00:09:58

Episode 25: Chapter 3. The Burrow

8/23/2018
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The Weasley's flying car is a fairly regular subject of discussion in our house, so it's always fun to revisit it. Become a supporter of this podcast: https://anchor.fm/reading-harry-potter/support https://anchor.fm

Duration:00:31:09

Episode 24: Chapter 2. Dobby's Warning

8/20/2018
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My Dobby voice got huge belly laughs the first time we read this book. This second time it got huge smiles, which you obviously can't see. I never heard what my Dobby voice sounded like until I listened to this recording and, well... I'd like to apologize to everyone who has to listen to my Dobby voice. Become a supporter of this podcast: https://anchor.fm/reading-harry-potter/support https://anchor.fm

Duration:00:25:16

Episode 23: Chapter 1. The Worst Birthday

8/16/2018
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Welcome to The Chamber of Secrets! We had to skip the last chapter of Sorcerer's Stone because it was deemed too scary, so if you're wondering what happened to Harry as he entered the final room protecting the Stone, well, sorry, we constantly spoiled that big reveal through the entire reading of Sorcerer's Stone (it was Quirrel all along!). Don't worry, Griffindor wins the House Cup! Also, become a supporter of this podcast: https://anchor.fm/reading-harry-potter/support Become a supporter...

Duration:00:32:16

Episode 22: Chapter 16. Through the Trapdoor (cont.)

7/29/2018
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We begin with a brief detour back to the troll illustrations in Chapter 10 (which includes a wonderful two-page spread about trolls from Newt Scamander's Fantastic Beasts) and end by playing Harry Potter, which almost always means I'm Ron and I'm trying to keep Crookshanks from eating Scabbers. I honestly have no idea if we're actually going to be able to read the next chapter. We might seriously skip it. Become a supporter of this podcast: https://anchor.fm/reading-harry-potter/support...

Duration:00:37:37