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The Quibbler: A Harry Potter Book Club

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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.






Ep. 93—Fenrir Payback

In which we finally and totally dispense with the notion that these are chapter "summaries." So much Manor action, so little time! This week, Fenrir stirs up some stereotypes, Bellatrix has a "cool girl villain" accessory, Death Eater Nation is essentially a failed state, Scabbers finally snuffs it, and Dobby dies with his socks on. Plus: Draco Malfoy, Meme Lord. This week's chapter: Malfor Manor Next week's chapter: The Wandmaker


Quibbler After Hours: Mr. Lupin's Opus

Happy Teacher Appreciation Week! Let's talk teachers. Why are the best lessons in the entire series taught by a supervillain? Why does Hagrid get to just like, introduce monsters and see what happens? Why doesn't everyone have to take arithmency, which seems like wizard math? Be honest, is astronomy really astrology, and if so, can I sign up? How does Ron know how to write his name? Why isn't there art class? Who in god's name put Albus Dumbledore in charge? Is anyone reviewing these lesson...


Ep. 92—Pod Save the Wizarding World

This episode is a lot of us patting ourselves on the back about how good podcasts are. Not ours, necessarily; mostly Lee Jordan's. We would for sure listen to his podcast. This week, Hermione gets an iota of the credit she's due; Harry has hallows mania; Remus has an extremely underwhelming alias; Ron sort of agrees with everyone; and Alex lectures us on strong passwords. Plus: Very little talk about the Virus that Must Not be Named. This week's chapter: The Deathly Hallows Next week's...


Ep. 91—Hallows Be Thy Name

Podcasting in the time of pestilence … hope you're all hanging in there and prepared to use some of your potentially ample alone time to TALK ABOUT DEATH. Sorry, the timing of this one is weird, but yeah, it's a lot about death. And what shoes Death might wear. And what pants. And impossible moral choices in times of crisis. And the need to believe in something. And Patrick Stewart, a bit. Plus: Does Hermione actually believe in magic? This week's chapter: The Tale of the Three Brothers Next...


Ep. 90—Chekhov's Erumpent Horn

If a crumple-horn snorcack appears in the first act … well, you know the drill. This week, Potter Productivity becomes a thing; so does #Rontent; Hermione reads in bed and that's an actual scene in this book, like a whole page of that; Xenophilius gets his Infowars on; and we wonder whether J. K. believes that all writers are trash. Plus: An easter egg that took forever. This week's chapter: Xenophilius Lovegood Next week's chapter: The Tale of the Three Brothers


Ep. 89—Deer Is Headlights

Ron is back! Hurray, we guess? Nah, it's good to have him around for rage fodder if nothing else. This week: Harry has learned nothing from Snake Corpse; nobody knows what Stan Shunpike looks like; Ron, admittedly, performs an act of daring and heroism, and gets a taste of what Harry's full entire life consists of; Hermione resembles Galadriel; and we get two thin, small-featured blonde actresses hilariously confused. Plus: a candle no one asked for. This week's chapter: The Silver Doe Next...


Ep. 88—The Monster Book of Twitter Monsters

Skip to 37:00 if you don't want to listen to us talk about being social justice warriors. Seriously, don't say we didn't warn you. This week, the tweet heard 'round the world, Harry's boulevard of broken nonsense Dumbledore gave him, the vagaries and idiocies of youth, but also the wonderful intensity of being a 17-year-old, and another mystifying character age discrepency. Plus: Heather says both the words "aunt" and "Grindlewald" differently in every sentence. This week's chapter: The Life...


Muppet Mini: Marley & Marley & Cratchit & Scrooge & Rizzo

We barely scratched the surface of this shining paragon of filmmaking (The Muppet Christmas Carol), but here's a little holiday treat that has little to do with Harry Potter. Don't worry, though—we do sort the Muppets. Plus, the joys of strange background puppets, Michael Caine's virtuostic chemistry with his felt fellow performers, Beaker giving Scrooge that teensy red scarf, and a moment of appreciation for the best cinematic band, Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem. Happy whatever it is...


Ep. 87—Weekend at Bathilda's

In a book full of horrors, we have come to the most horrifying of them all: Snake Corpse. Like Cat Wife, but well, the {Jean Ralphio voice} wooooorst. This week, a snake lives inside a corpse. That’s it. That’s what happens. Also we have a truly deranged and off-topic debate that will probably become a question that claws at you in the dead of night for years to come. You’ll see. Plus: No, really, it’s just a snake corpse. This week’s chapter: Bathilda’s Secret Next week’s chapter: The Life...


Ep. 86—Dean and Ted's Excellent Adventure

We have reached the nadir of Ron Weasley, and Heather is, naturally, in fine form. This week, Harry learns to fish; Hermione reads The Feminine Mystique; Griphook bristles; Dirk Cresswell is kind of a dick; the Potters are dead, to begin with; and Ron is definitely, definitely the worst. Plus: #mealplanning #keto #eatclean #elementaltransfiguration This week’s chapters: The Goblin’s Revenge & Godric’s Hollow Next week’s chapters: Bathilda’s Secret & The Life and Lies of Albus Dumbledore


The Nibbler 4—What to Expect When You're Expecting an Abomination

It’s Halloween, and there’s truly nothing more chilling than the depths of Bella Swan’s myopic self-involvement. Except maybe whatever it is that Edward’s vampire effluvium has implanted in her womb. This week, the summary is almost an hour long; Edward breaks the bed; Bella has some pretty messed up pregnancy cravings; the werewolves have a schism; Seth Clearwater eats and Leah Clearwater stews; and then it gets even bloodier than usual. Plus: We continue to wish these books only featured...


Ep. 85—I Spy with My Little Mad-Eye

Stunning spell first, figure out the plan later—that is Harry’s eternal M.O., and it serves him not-so-well in this hairbrained sprint through the Ministry of Magic. Luckily, Hermione packed. This week, Harry leads a prison break; Ron has a two-Spidermen-pointing situation; Umbridge makes some interesting décor choices; and Greg gets wrecked. Plus: Wakanda … forever? This week’s chapters: The Muggle-Born Registration Commission & The Thief Next week’s chapters: The Goblin’s Revenge &...


Ep. 84—Dark Marks and Misdemeanors

It turns out silent coups and rampant anti-muggle born bigotry are not that funny! Sorry about that. This week, the return of French onion soup; a lot of questions about grocery shopping; a nasty confrontation with a beloved father figure; the true villain of the entire series comes to light; and we talk about politics for way, way longer than you want us to. We can’t help it. Plus: Raise a glass to Rufus Scrimgeour. This week’s chapters: The Bribe & Magic is Might Next week’s chapters: The...


Ep. 83—Kreacher in the Underworld (Reprise)

Things fall apart, fast and unsurprisingly, at the Weasley/Delacour wedding. But hey, at least Hermione’s prepared (of course she is). This week, the trio pull a Viggo Mortensen (and Heather misses the reference); Mad Eye kills it with the Halloween decor but phones it in with actual defensive spells; Harry reads a precious letter; Ron and Hermione I guess almost/maybe hold hands, ugh; and Kreacher unspools a captivating tale. Plus: You know you wanted more singing. This week’s chapters: A...


Ep. 82— 'Til Death Eaters Do Us Part

Mawwiage is what bwings us togevver today. That, and extremely strange and seemingly useless gifts from beyond the grave. This week, we say goodbye to Scrimgeour; Harry gets a special birthday surprise from Ginny; Ron and Hermione continue to will-they-or-won’t they; Xenophilius Lovegood makes an ill-advised choice in accessories; and Auntie Muriel gets lit. Plus: The Weasley twins, as always, come allllll the way through. This week’s chapters: The Will of Albus Dumbledore & The Wedding Next...


Ep. 81—Dora the Ex-Auror

Mad Eye, we hardly knew ye. Literally, we had almost no scenes with actual Mad Eye, and now he’s, well … you know. This week, Geoge is hard of hearing, Hagrid overdoes it on the firewhisky, Mrs. Weasley panics over in-laws, Hermione breaks the whole wizarding world by stealing some books, and Ron gets a ghoulish twin. Plus: Have you ever thought about how old Horace Slughorn must be? We just did! REAL OLD! This week’s chapters: Fallen Warrior & The Ghoul in Pajamas Next week’s chapters: The...


Ep. 80—Owl Follow You Into the Dark

This one doesn’t end great for a beloved bird. It’s pretty rough for your hosts, too. This week, Dudley gets a conscience; Vernon gets the wrong idea; Hermione gets a glimpse through Harry’s eyes; Voldemort gets the power of flight; and Hedwig gets murdered. Plus: We read another effing book. This week’s chapters: The Dursleys Departing & The Seven Potters Next week’s chapters: Fallen Warrior & The Ghoul in Pajamas


Ep. 79—The Snark Lord Ascending

Wow, look at that, we made it all the way to Deathly Hallows! Bear with us as we ease back into the wizarding world—“dinner, Nagini,” is after all quite shocking. This week, LoVo yuks it up; Bellatrix is getting some; Yaxley briefly matters; Charity Burbage meets an uncharitable end; and Harry both bleeds and reads the newspaper, so, cool start, Harry! Plus: Very briefly, a Reconstruction podcast. This week’s chapters: The Dark Lord Ascending & In Memoriam Next week’s chapters: The Dursleys...


Movie Mini 6—Harry Potter and the Infinity Stone

Ever wish this podcast was partly about the Marvel Cinematic Universe and a tiny bit about Game of Thrones? You’re medium in luck! Mostly though, we talk about David Yates’ Half-Blood Prince adaptation, which includes a lot of colored filters and horny teens. Cousin of the podcast Kyle Price-Livingston joins us once again to discuss horror tropes, character misfires, the goldfish monologue, Harry’s iconic pincers move, and the possibilities of a Potter/Avengers crossover. Plus, we all very...


The Nibbler 3—How Bella Got Her Groove Back

April Fool’s Day means just one thing in these parts. It’s another episode of The Nibbler! The third book in the series is chock-a-block full of horrifying messages for kids, tweens, teens, and grownups alike, including: you’re obligated to love back any boy who becomes obsessed with you; sex is the same as murder; the Confederacy was pretty sweet; gold shag carpeting is a classy design choice; a metaphor can never get too extended; Native American tribes are basically supernatural anyway so...