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A Harry Potter book club for grownups. Heather Price-Wright and Alex Dalenberg make their way through the Harry Potter books, chapter by chapter. We analyze avada kedavra. We dissect Dumbledore. We question quidditch. And we hail Hermione. Join us as we go as deep as you've always wanted to into the books that defined our childhoods. Alohamora—the door is open.

A Harry Potter book club for grownups. Heather Price-Wright and Alex Dalenberg make their way through the Harry Potter books, chapter by chapter. We analyze avada kedavra. We dissect Dumbledore. We question quidditch. And we hail Hermione. Join us as we go as deep as you've always wanted to into the books that defined our childhoods. Alohamora—the door is open.
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A Harry Potter book club for grownups. Heather Price-Wright and Alex Dalenberg make their way through the Harry Potter books, chapter by chapter. We analyze avada kedavra. We dissect Dumbledore. We question quidditch. And we hail Hermione. Join us as we go as deep as you've always wanted to into the books that defined our childhoods. Alohamora—the door is open.

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Ep. 50—No Wizard Left Behind

2/16/2018
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For the love of god, someone teach these children language arts. This week, Ron stuffs his face; Harry loses his temper (again … and again); the twins recruit some freelancers; Mondays are the worst; Snape teaches kids to make Xanax; and Umbridge is just as bad as we suspected she would be. Plus: We get into the weeds on education policy! We promise it's scintillating. This week's chapters: The Sorting Hat's New Song & Professor Umbridge Next week's chapters: Detention with Dolores & Percy...

Duration:01:06:05

Ep. 49—Unreconstructed Death Eaters

2/9/2018
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Everything is dire and they're all gonna die. That is the lesson from our chapters this week. Lucius injects some dark money into the ministry; Ron gets entirely too much responsibility; Harry has an existential crisis; Moody over-shares; Mrs. Weasley has an entirely logical reaction to a boggart; Sirius is a doomed doggo; Neville sprays stink sap; and Luna Lovegood provides a much-needed dose of weird. Plus: Ron gets his comeuppance for the Yule Ball and we talk a lot about the Civil War....

Duration:01:00:43

Quibbler After Hours Superb Owl Edition: Barebacking the Broom

2/4/2018
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It's an all-sportsball special episode of The Quibbler! This week, joined once again by Kyle Price-Livingston, we moan and groan about the rules of quidditch; wonder about Hogwarts P.E.; sort the Eagles and the Patriots (with surprising results); try to figure out which sport is more dangerous; and Wronski feint into the bizarre world of professional (!!) Muggle quidditch. Plus: Baba Yaga and pirates!

Duration:00:55:50

Ep. 48—The Ministry of Utmost Sloppiness

1/31/2018
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Evidently wizards don't have electric lights but they do have elevators?! This week, Ron sleeps in; Mr. Weasley rides the tube; Perkins saves the day; Harry teens as hard as ever; Dumbledore is basically Perry Mason; Fudge turns purple; and Dolores Umbridge emerges menacingly from the shadows. Plus: Our namesake makes its first appearance! This week’s chapters: The Ministry of Magic & The Hearing Next week’s chapters: The Woes of Mrs. Weasley & Luna Lovegood

Duration:00:52:10

Ep. 47—Kreacher Comforts

1/26/2018
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Break out your Hints from Heloise—this week, we're mostly cleaning! Sirius is stuck at 17; Molly over-parents; Harry learns … kind of a whole bunch of nothing; Mrs. Black was REALLY into genealogy; Fred and George have a rare product development misstep; and Kreacher snogs a bathrobe. Plus: Unfortunate opinions about twins! This week's chapters: The Order of the Phoenix & The Noble and Most Ancient House of Black Next week's chapters: The Ministry of Magic & The Hearing

Duration:00:52:00

Ep. 46—Magic Pixie Dream Girl

1/18/2018
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Why can't wizards make plans that make any sense? This week, some aurors break and enter (more like, Mad Eye RUDE-y, I am right?), Tonks trips a bunch, Harry continues to shout at everyone he loves, Sirius's mom yells some slurs, and Percy is truly and 100 percent trash. Plus: Metaphysical questions about potatoes. This week's chapters: The Advance Guard & Number 12 Grimmauld Place Next week's chapters: The Order of the Phoenix & The Noble and Most Ancient House of Black

Duration:00:47:04

Ep. 45—My Cousin Dudley

1/11/2018
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Get ready for 800+ pages of teenage angst, because we're starting Order of the Phoenix! Harry goes all Dashboard Confessional on us; Dudley discovers the gym; Dementors take a stroll; Mrs. Figg holds it down for everyone; Alex thinks we're doing a Star Wars podcast; and Vernon drops an eff bomb. Plus, birds! This week's chapters: Dudley Demented & A Peck of Owls Next week's chapters: The Advance Guard & Number 12, Grimmauld Place

Duration:00:49:24

Quibbler After Hours: Santa's Little House Elves (Owl Post)

12/24/2017
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Hello and Merry Christmas! We're briefly back with a special Owl Post episode, reading your smart and hilarious letters. We cover Horcruxes and depression, Santa and his "elves," how our language betrays our biases when it comes to quibbles, and the massive muggle-money chip on Voldy's shoulder. Plus, Christmas jumpers! Socks! And weird Santa Claus traditions around the world. Happy holidays, and may your patronus today be flying reindeer and/or yourself eating plenty of coookies.

Duration:00:28:43

Movie Mini 4: Harry Potter's Stupid Friend

11/7/2017
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Special guest Kyle Price-Livingston joins us once again to discuss the worst entry into the Harry Potter film canon by a long shot. Why can't Michael Gambon read stage directions? Why does Barty Jr. impersonate a virtual stranger he has to kidnap rather than his own father? Who the heck is Nigel? Why is Fleur so useless? Are portkeys two-way? Does that dragon die??? We try hard (and mostly fail) to answer these and more pressing questions. Plus: How similar is this movie to Predator?

Duration:00:52:21

Ep. 44—Go Fudge Yourself

10/25/2017
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Well, we've come to the end of the road, and I can let go. This book's too long for me, is it too long for you? (With infinite apologies to the smooth sounds of Boyz II Men). This week, Harry tells a strange tale, Dumbledore shows his hand a tiny bit, Hermione kidnaps a journalist, Cornelius is fudging awful, Snape is, OK, fine, brave as hell, and the twins get some well-deserved capital. Plus: Fights on a train, and I guess Ron is also there? Where has Ron been all this book? This week's...

Duration:00:52:18

Ep. 43—Bartys All the Way Down

10/12/2017
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Oh dear, we are not nice to darling Jo this week. Barty tells an implausible story; McGonagall makes friends with a dog; Dumbledore's eyes do a lot more than sparkle; Harry is appropriately nonplussed; Ron and Hermione are still not really part of it; and Snape helps, I guess? Plus: A piping hot Peter Pettigrew take. This week's chapter: Veritaserum Next week's chapters: The Parting of the Ways & The Beginning

Duration:00:48:39

Ep. 42—Expelliarmust've Forgotten All the Other Spells

10/5/2017
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Don't you wish your all-hands meetings took place in spooky graveyards? No? Just LoVo, then? This week: Voldy tells his side of the story; Harry grips his shaking wand; the Death Eaters get the band back together; Malfoy, Crabbe, and Goyle make a lot more sense; everyone is transported into an '80s laser light show; and Frank Bryce is an excellent heckler. Plus: Evil slapstick! This week's chapters: The Death Eaters & Priori Incantatum Next week's chapter: Veritaserum

Duration:00:45:40

Ep. 41—Goodnight, Sweet Puff

9/29/2017
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Holy cow, this is a rough one—get ready to cry and cry. Rita Skeeter belatedly blows Book 2 wide open; Harry gets a merit badge in compasses; a Sphinx has lost its touch, riddle-wise; Ron and Hermione are … not really part of it; Cedric, well, know know; and LoVo learns to cook. Plus: We wish David Bowie would show up. This week's chapters: The Third Task & Flesh, Blood, and Bone Next week's chapters: The Death Eaters & Priori Incantatum

Duration:00:52:04

Quibbler After Hours: Owl Post Again

9/22/2017
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Hi, we messed up our audio this week, so instead of regularly scheduled programming, you get to hear from … yourselves! We read letters on wizarding Myers-Briggs testing, bad Hogwarts pedagogy, Hermione's allyship, Santa's little helpers, and the uses of snake milk. Thankssssss for the mail, amigosssssss! Next week's chapters: The Third Task & Flesh, Blood, and Bone

Duration:00:24:05

Ep. 40—Twelve Angry Wizards

9/14/2017
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Weird wispy cloud for your thoughts? Because Dumbledore has too many of 'em, and not enough are about making sure kids don't die in mazes. This week, Harry has a nightmare; Karkaroff has some information to share; Barty has something to prove; Fudge has no care whatsoever for his colleagues; Dumbledore has a big bowl of ideas and none of them are good; and Neville, sweet soul, has a secret. This week's chapters: The Dream & The Pensieve Next week's chapters: The Third Task & Flesh, Blood...

Duration:00:58:50

Ep. 39—Bubotuber Pus Remix

9/8/2017
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There are only two actually funny things in this episode; sorry. They are bubotuber pus and nifflers. Otherwise, it's hate mail, torture, authoritariamism, more torture, family drama, enslaved elves, alcoholism, trauma, literally even more torture, and oh, Sirius is starving to death. Cool. This week's chapters: Padfoot Returns & The Madness of Mr. Crouch Next week's chapters: The Dream & The Pensieve

Duration:01:08:49

Ep. 38—Dobby Ex Machina

8/31/2017
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Harry's got to be under the sea, in a giant squid's garden, in peril. Get ready for the scuba trip from hell as Harry and the rest of the champions take on the second Triwizard task. J.K. recycles a plot twist; Mad-Eye contemplates a murder; Snape is awful but often correct; Cat Wife and Moaning Myrtle make triumphant returns; Dobby super duper saves the day; and Dumbledore speaks Mermish. Plus: Let's just reiterate that this school should immediately be shut down. None of this is OK. This...

Duration:00:52:14

Ep. 37—Alternative Facts with Rita Skeeter

8/27/2017
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Time for the worst thing a young wizard will ever experience: a school dance! This week, Dobby gets some knitwear; Ron practices his DIY skills; Parvati Patil slays; #Frangelina cuts a rug; girls rule; boys drool; and Hagrid has a *big* secret. Plus: Misandrist unicorns and wedge issues! This week's chapters: The Yule Ball & Rita Skeeter's Scoop Next week's chapters: The Egg and the Eye & The Second Task

Duration:01:10:25

Ep. 36—We've All Dated a Ron

8/16/2017
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Twitterpation has turned to full-on hormone madness this week. Dobby is a high-fashion elf; all your faves are problematic; Harry is overly forgiving; Hermione and Ginny are queens; Neville and Fred get it done; Harry is NOT the Cho-sen One; and seriously, what the hell is the matter with Ron? Plus: Minerva McGonagall's tight bun(s). This week's chapters: The House Elf Liberation Front & The Unexpected Task Next week's chapters: The Yule Ball & Rita Skeeter's Scoop

Duration:00:53:07

Ep. 35—How to Pwn Your Dragon

8/9/2017
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If you were looking for total mayhem, the first task of the revamped Triwizard Tournament does not disappoint! Basically, these chapters go angst, angst, library, disembodied fireplace head, dragonsdragonsdragonsdragonsdragns near death experience oh my god what the f**k dragons, Madame Pomfrey, best friends forever, dragons. Hold onto your butts! This week's chapters: The Hungarian Horntail & The First Task Next week's chapters: The House Elf Liberation Front & The Unexpected Task

Duration:00:59:33

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