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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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On Episode 330 we discuss… → Half of the Swish and Flick Podcast quartet, Tiffany O’Malley and Katie Petras, join us as guests hosts! → Hermione casting spells from the start – not a movieism! → When do you think Harry realized each House was more than the Sorting Song? → The Sorting Hat: biased to Gryffindor → Hogwarts should have waited to sort u…
 
Can we get away with not acknowledging that this is our first episode since February? No, huh? Don’t worry, there’s an explanation at the beginning, but mostly this is just a long, unhinged summary with digressions into wizard bathroom habits (thanks, Twitter) and interruptions from a puppy. Neville has some battle scars; Harry learns to accept hel…
 
On Episode 329 we discuss... → No wizards in the Mediterranean? → Canon: Beauxbatons closed in 2000 → Joker, Ilvermorny student → A plus for name creativity → Other schools, deep in stereotype? → Hogwarts: racist → Hugo Award-winning co-founder of The Book Smugglers and author of "Cooking for Wizards, Warriors and Dragons" (available August 31, 202…
 
On Episode 328 we discuss... → Has time changed our feelings on the Epilogue? → Is all really well? → Cursed Child - wants vs. reality → Do some people not deserve a “Nineteen Years Later?” → Did “Cursed Child” ruin everything? Alison says no. → Like father, like son - tea with Hagrid → Head canon - Weasley family back to school hangout → Ron and H…
 
On Episode 326 we discuss... → The only chapter 2 that's not from Harry's POV → What line of work was Snape's father in? → Possible early clues that Snape was the Half-Blood Prince → So much booze in this book! → Humanizing Narcissa - the Lady of the Lake → Bella's scrap of love → Who is the spinner and what is their end? → The unbreakable vow: man…
 
On Episode 325 we discuss... → Why are they called Death Eaters? → The lack of math strikes again → Death Eater dynasties → Irvin's Death Eater essays - 1 | 2 | 3 → Picking things up and putting them down → The Battle of the Department of Mysteries: An Analysis of the Chase and Battle, June 1996 → Oh baby, baby…
 
On Episode 324, we discuss… → OotP has the best chapter titles → The five stages of grief in ONE chapter → Bargaining flipped: We start with a death and end with a life → Voldy was right about Dumbledore's willingness to sacrifice Harry! → Harry feels love most acutely through overwhelming grief → Movie adaptations... the good, the bad, the terribl…
 
On Episode 323 we discuss... → Fairy tales, fairytales, wonder tales, magic tales, fairy stories, and Märchen → "In the old times when wishing was still effective"... and how → The Dewey Decimal System for fairytales is... woah → How many of these classifications match up with Potter? Hint: a lot! → Motifs which are the foundation for all fantasy →…
 
On Episode 322 we discuss... → "Those who ask will always be given help... I think... maybe..." → Why does a second year discover what the beast is when nobody else can? → It must be nice, it must be nice... to have Ernie Mac on your side → Does anyone actually feed Fang while Hagrid is gone? → Aragog is sending mass emails "on the web" → Spiders a…
 
On Episode 321 we discuss... → Our podcast is old enough to have a drinking game → Slughorn wins the name game: Horace Eugene Flaccus Slughorn → Aurelia is the author of the Harry Potter books now → Armando Dippet is how old?! Aging in the wizarding world is confusing → We love old Pottermore → Is Slughorn the master networker? Hogwarts should have…
 
On Episode 320 we discuss... → Descriptive dialogue and how to write it → Exam study stress is REAL → Is the Hogwarts' school calendar indicative of the UK's schedule? → #FantasticBeastsRightToLive → Are the tortoises alive?? The Rock Kittens return! → Katy, say no to drugs! Can Cheering Charms be as addictive/harmful as Felix Felicis? → Humidifier…
 
On Episode 319 we discuss… → Does Dark Magic only depend on the intent of the witch or wizard using it? → Dark Magic is magic for which there is no good use → All dark magic are curses, but not all curses are dark magic → Knockturn Alley... the black market that everyone knows about → Snakes are given a bad rep → "Never trust anything that can thin…
 
On Episode 318 we discuss… → First all-male episode?!? → The chapter that inspired the book's cover art → Young Tom Riddle was incredibly focused and powerful → Everyone agrees... Half-Blood Prince is THE BEST → Has Dumbledore been to the cave before? → Quality quotes comin' at ya! → "Really? You're one of the most powerful wizards of all time and …
 
On Episode 317 we discuss... → Localization of the Harry Potter text (British vs. American English) → Why butcher cultures for the sake of ethnocentrically Americanizing text? → Hooray for fans fighting back! → Folklore and Fairytales - "The Boy Who Lived" is already a living legend → Are there similarities between Potter and other epic tales? → En…
 
On Episode 316 we discuss… → Would aqua lungs have functioned at Hogwarts? → We need more info regarding the limits of transfiguration → Madam Pince is THE WORST librarian → Powers you never knew you had and how to use them → Where are card catalogs/CTRL-F/Google when you need them? → This task is MESSED UP and Alison can't even → Crackpot theory: …
 
Created and hosted by Kat Miller, Alohomora!: Full Circle is a re-read of the Harry Potter through the lens of Ring Composition. Enjoy this sneak peek from the show featuring clips from Books 1 - 4 and an exclusive clip from the yet-to-be-released Book 5! Can you guess who the voice belongs to? Featuring book-long cohosts of past and present Alohom…
 
On Episode 315 we discuss… → Love types: Agape, Philia, Eros, Storge, Xenia, Philautia → From Lily to Narcissa, mothers' love is everything in Potter → A child's love for their parents is not to be ignored → Everyone in Harry Potter needs to have a therapist → Does Hermione love her friends more than her parents? → The Golden Trio - ride or die → F…
 
Pretty annoying to meet the best character in the final act of the final book, but that's the hand we're dealt with G.O.A.T. Aberforth Dumbledore. This week: Ron's hunger makes him stupid(er), we miss dive bars immensely, and a terrible family saga finally sees the light of day. Plus: aspersions of goat … uh … loving. It takes all sorts.This week: …
 
On Episode 314 we discuss... → Leaving a broken vanishing cabinet on the 1st floor... totally fine → Tragic Filch - the half-person → Fear of kittens makes a lot more sense than pigeons → What do fireworks and torture devices have in common? → Turning suffering into profit is ok when you're making bad people suffer → The Department of Mysteries app…
 
On Episode 313 we discuss... → Where did the brains in the Brain Room come from? → We hope there are individual education plans for struggling students → Rex schools us on memory types, formation, storage, retrieval, etc → Memory loss, brain injuries, and diseases → Are the disembodied brains conscious? → Most wizards are too afraid to use a Pensie…
 
On Episode 312 we discuss... → Why does Harry forgive Ron so much more easily than Hermione? → The Muggle Prime Minister is potentially left out to dry → It's time for Ron to shine → We need to know what a plimpy is! → Xenophilius's name is one of the best in the series → Dumbledore's gifts finally start to make sense → Ron... the third wheel durin…
 
Ever wonder what it sounds like when someone who has basically never danced "summarizes" a ballet? Wonder no more, because this week we watched the New York City Ballet's streaming production of The Nutcracker! So naturally we talk about ghosts, illicit sexual desire, the problematic ideals of "multiculturalism" in America, and Alex uses the phrase…
 
This one's a bit delayed, as it was something of an emotional gauntlet to edit (you'll hear why in the latter half. Be warned.) We watched the stop-motion Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer TV special and A Charlie Brown Christmas, and we loved one and hated the other. Betcha can't guess which! It does get real toward the end, and we dedicate this epis…
 
On Episode 311 we discuss... → Early Quidditch = animal cruelty → How does the Hogwarts House team system work? → There should be JV teams, more backup players, fun play, and more games → "That's just Jo not thinking it through." → Quidditch is the one thing that comes naturally to Harry → The 2014 Quidditch World Cup was a thing of beauty → Female…
 
Spend this very strange holiday season with us, quibbling about the Christmas classics that make us merry and/or cause us to cringe. First up, the ultimate tale of holiday alienation and a master class in Committing to the Bit: The Grinch! Yuletide supervillain or just a guy sick of noise and Amazon packages? We'll be dropping more holiday goodies …
 
On Episode 310 we discuss... → Theory confirmed: Dumbledore is the Avatar → CoS is FULL of red herrings → Are Fred and George cruel jackasses? → What's the most terrifying sentence in the Harry Potter canon? → Everyone knows that Neville is almost a squid → Snape is such a bad teacher! For the greater good! → We want to see Flitwick killin' it on t…
 
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