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3: I Can Talk to Snakes, It's Normal

4/19/2018
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We have an important announcement in this episode's Potterwatch, but you'll have to listen to find out what it is. In the Common Room accidental magic is the topic of the day. What kind of accidental magic would we have probably done had we been witches? Then, what's our favorite instance of accidental magic from the books? Keeping on topic with Chapter 2, "The Vanishing Glass," was a little more difficult this episode. Harry's life is horrible, and poor Mrs. Figg trips over her cat....

Duration:00:51:16

9: Episode Nine and Three-Quarters

9/2/2017
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In another mini-episode, Archer and Brigid discuss the importance of September 1, 2017 in the Potter world, the future of the Harry Potter universe and the future of the Potter fandom. Then they explore a new part of the Pottermore experience. Could this finally be something Archer likes about Pottermore? Finally, there's some news for everyone following us on social media and updates on our new schedule. You can find us...

Duration:00:29:57

8: Gotta Get Back to Hogwarts

7/31/2017
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We have some news and announcements in a Potterwatch-focused episode 8 of Books & Cleverness. Unfortunately, we start off with some bad news before getting to the fun stuff. But, we also have a date for our re-launch! Listen to find out when you can join us and Harry as we enter Hogwarts for the first time (well, in this re-read). There's been some news this summer. We're getting a few new books and there are changes afoot at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios....

Duration:00:18:19

7: The Owl Convention is in Town

5/24/2017
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We finally reach Hogwarts in the seventh episode of Books & Cleverness, although we're not through the doors quite yet. First, however, we have two stories for Potterwatch. First, we discuss what the casting of Callum Turner as Theseus Scamander means for the Fantastic Beasts movies, and whether he's a good match. We also talk about Pottermore's Book Club announcement. We have two questions for In the Common Room. First we talk about what pets we would have brought to Hogwarts (Archer...

Duration:00:58:27

6: Back to School Shopping

5/16/2017
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It's time to go back to school shopping in Chapter 5: Diagon Alley. No Potterwatch this week, but we're missing Jackie. She'll be back next week! We discuss Potter merchandise In the Common Room. What's the most embarrassing thing we've ever bought? And, what do we wish was available for purchase? Unlike Harry, Archer and Brigid both cried the first time they stepped foot in Diagon Alley. But, Harry gets to buy a lot of cool (and more mundane) items that our hosts couldn't. Harry gets...

Duration:01:05:15

5: He's Not a Wizard!

5/9/2017
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We finally see some magic in Chapter 3, "The Keeper of the Keys." This week's Potterwatch is all about Jude Law's casting as the young-ish Albus Dumbledore in the Fantastic Beasts movies. Is he the right choice or would we have cast someone completely different? In the Common Room we ask each other what would have happened if our Hogwarts acceptance owls hadn't gotten lost. Would our 11 year-old selves have wanted to go to Hogwarts? And, more importantly, would our parents have let...

Duration:00:57:15

4: The Neighbors are Talking

4/19/2017
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Vernon's gone absolutely mad in Chapter 4, "The Letters from No One." But first, In the Common Room, we discuss which Harry Potter related event we were most excited about. Book release? Movie release? Fan tour? Convention? A really cool shirt? Who knows? Then we go onto the chapter where we wonder why Harry didn't open the letter in the hall in the first place. He tries valiantly, but just can't manage to get a letter. As Harry gets more annoyed, Vernon descends not-so-slowly into...

Duration:00:49:41

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