19. Things work out for Ron (End of book #2)

When we last left off, Fawkes was leading our favorite group of teenagers minus Hermione plus Gilderoy Lockhart to Professor McGonagall’s office. When they get there, they realize that it’s not just McGonagall in her office but also the Weasleys and Professor Dumbledore. Everyone is very happy and excited to see Ginny alive and well. Harry explains everything that happened that night and over the last few months and Dumbledore helps him smoothen out the explanations and sort out some ends like Lockhart. Harry and Ron get Special Services to the school award and enough points to ensure Gryffindor wins the House Cup again. Harry and Dumbledore have a heart-to-heart and Harry finally gets to ask him some burning questions.

Their conversation is interrupted by Lucius Malfoy who is very surprised to hear about the turn of the events. Harry thinks on his feet and saves Dobby from Mr. Malfoy. The whole school attends a feast in the middle of the night to celebrate. All the petrified victims wake up and even Hagrid comes back from Azkaban. All’s well at the end of the day and everything works out for Ron.

PREPARATION

You can prepare for this episode by reading:

  • Chapter 18: Dobby’s Reward

of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

You can also listen to this podcast on iTunes, Google Podcast, or any other favorite podcast app. Just search for Mimblewimble - The Harry Potter Podcast.

NOTES

  • “Father, have you seen Dobby lately?”

  • When Harry climbs out of the hole in the bathroom, he’s covered in muck, slime, and blood. This was such a vivid description to Prashanthini that she forever associates this dirty version of Harry with the book. It doesn’t help that Daniel Radcliffe looks very grimy in the movie posters. Aishwarya would just like to note that the poster designers must have been pretty relieved that they got to use a sword, instead of a wand on the cover.

  • JK Rowling’s essay on Gilderoy Lockhart in Pottermore.

  • We'll be taking a break before we start the next book so stay tuned! Our next episode will be out in 2019. In the meantime, if you want to let us know what you think or simply just write to us, it's mimblewimblepodcast@gmail.com.

  • The editor (Aishwarya) apologises for the creaky chair but for some reason, we kept swinging around.

18. Ron's sister is taken

This is it. The moment we’ve all been waiting for - the resolution of the tangle of plots that is Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. In these two chapters, we discover:

  • The identity of the monster attacking people

  • The identity of the person who’s been enabling the monster

  • The location of the Chamber of Secrets

  • How the monster has been getting around the castle (pipes!)

  • Why so many of Lockhart’s books feature him on the cover

  • Why the Heir of Slytherin is obsessed with Harry and

  • Why it matters that phoenix’s tears have healing powers

PREPARATION

You can prepare for this episode by reading:

  • Chapter 16: The Chamber of Secrets

  • Chapter 17: The Heir of Slytherin

of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

You can also listen to this podcast on iTunes, Google Podcast, or any other favorite podcast app. Just search for Mimblewimble - The Harry Potter Podcast.

NOTES

  • We only have one more episode left to go, in this particular season. In the next episode, we’ll discuss Chapter 18: Dobby’s Reward and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets as a whole. If you have a theory to share or want us to discuss something specifically, let us know!

  • This mammoth episode was recorded in one go. We knew there was a lot to discuss but we were kind of surprised ourselves. If you’re surprised too, please respond with a gif.

  • Some smart people on the Internet wondered how the entrance to the ancient Chamber of Secrets that predates modern plumbing could be put in a girls bathroom. Pottermore has a fix! It was moved in the 1600s to the girls bathroom by Cornivus Gaunt.

  • Incompetent Tom Riddle always gives Aishwarya the giggles.

17. Ron follows the spiders

After Hermione is petrified, Ron is in shock. There are talks about the school closing. This drives Harry to confront Hagrid. When Ron and Harry visit Hagrid, they observe that he is oddly jittery. They don’t have to wait long to find out why.

Hagrid is visited by Cornelius Fudge and Albus Dumbledore. Fudge, the minister of Magic wants to send Hagrid to Azkaban, the wizard prison, because they have to be seen “doing something” to prevent the attacks. Lucius Malfoy also arrives and tells Dumbledore that he is suspended. Malfoy thinks that Dumbledore was not a good headmaster that year and we kinda agree. Dumbledore and Hagrid leave the hut but not before delivering cryptic messages to Harry and Ron who were hiding there the whole time.

Of those, “follow the spiders”, the message Hagrid gives them is the one relevant to this episode. Ron displays immense courage and loyalty when he decides to follow the spiders in spite of being mortally afraid of them. The spiders lead them deep into the forbidden forest where they are abducted by elephant-sized spiders. They take them to meet Aragog who clears Hagrid’s name from the whole chamber of secrets ordeal. Aragog mentions that Hagrid gave him life and a family and promptly orders the said family to kill and feed on Hagrid’s friends… and you thought Ron’s fear was irrational. Tut tut.

How they escape the most horrifying kind of death forms the rest of the episode.

PREPARATION

You can prepare for this episode by reading:

  • Chapter 14: Cornelius Fudge

  • Chapter 15: Aragog

of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

You can also listen to this podcast on iTunes, Google Podcast, or any other favorite podcast app. Just search for Mimblewimble - The Harry Potter Podcast.

16. Ron's friend is petrified

This episode is all about the events leading up to everyone’s worst fears since we discovered there’s a monster on the loose attacking Muggleborns. Before Ron discovers that his friend is the latest victim, he:

  • (and Harry) discovers a suspicious diary in Moaning Myrtle’s bathroom. He’s very skeptical of it because books can be dangerous (beyond just giving you dangerous ideas) but Harry picks it up and carries it around anyway.

  • suspects that Hermione might have given Lockhart a valentine. He is also around when Harry is forced to listen to his humiliating valentine.

  • is not present when Harry writes his name on a page in T.M Riddle’s diary and discovers that the diary can write back. The diary belongs to someone who caught the person who previously opened the Chamber and you’ll never believe what happens next. DUN DUN DUNNNN.

  • thinks that Riddle sounds shifty because he turned Hagrid in. He also picks classes sensibly instead of making choices based on someone else’s choices (AHEM).

  • is sympathetic when the diary is stolen and also concludes that it’s a probably a Gryffindor who stole is.

  • is with Harry when they find out that the latest victim is their friend, Hermione Granger :(

PREPARATION

You can prepare for this episode (can you ever be prepared enough for this, though?) by reading:

  • Chapter 13: The Very Secret Diary

  • Chapter 14: Cornelius Fudge

of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

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15. Ron becomes Crabbe

“Oh Potter, you rotter, what have you done?”

When we last left off, Harry was beginning to question if he could really be the heir - he can speak Parseltongue AND the Sorting Hat wanted to place him in Slytherin. But before investigating anything else, Harry decides to find Justin Finch Fletchley and explain what happened the previous night. When attempting to find Justin, Harry overhears a bunch of Hufflepuffs discussing the possibility of his being the heir and attacking Muggleborn students.

Angry, Harry decides to return back to Gryffindor Tower - on his way back, he stumbles across a petrified Justin Finch Fletchley, just the person he was looking for, and the blackened shade of Nearly Headless Nick. When Peeves alerts everyone to the proceedings, McGonagall clears the corridor and escorts Harry to Dumbledore’s office.

While waiting for Dumbledore, Harry pokes around his office and finds the Sorting Hat that tells him that it stands by its decision and he’d have done well in Slytherin. Just as he’s looking around for something to distract him, Dumbledore’s bird catches on fire but Dumbledore assures him that it’s alright because it’s a phoenix. Hagrid rushes into Dumbledore’s office to proclaim Harry’s innocence and Dumbledore reassures him that he doesn’t think that Harry’s responsible. When Dumbledore invites Harry to confide in him, Harry declines.

It’s Christmas Day by the time the Polyjuice potion is ready. Hermione makes a plan to knock Crabbe and Goyle out with a Sleeping Draught so that Ron and Harry can assume their identities - her plan is to use the hair she plucked off Millicent Bullstrode’s robes from the Dueling Club. The plan goes off without a hitch and Harry becomes a replica of Goyle, Ron of Crabbe. Hermione refuses to come out of her stall, so Harry and Ron set off alone.

Unfortunately however, they find out that all the effort is for vain because Malloy said he doesn’t know who the heir is. They nearly get made but they manage to make it out of the Slytherin Common Room before their identities are revealed. Hermione however is still in her stall because the hair she added to her potion turned out to belong to a cat.

PREPARATION

You can prepare for this episode by reading:

  • Chapter 11: The Duelling Club

  • Chapter 12: The Polyjuice Potion

of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

You can also listen to this podcast on iTunes, Google Podcast, or any other favorite podcast app. Just search for Mimblewimble - The Harry Potter Podcast.

NOTES

  • Aishwarya loves this scene because it’s her favorite Dumbledore plus look how cute baby Fawkes is!!

  • Prashanthini would like to note that Lucius Malfoy is a consummate politician who tries to use everything to make sure his wishes are met. Mr. Weasley has a flying car? Surely, he must be sacked and ALL the policies he enforced should be removed. Aishwarya concurs and would like to add that Lucius probably sent Draco the clipping so he could use it against Ron.

  • The episode is pretty short and it’s not just because we didn’t have as much to discuss as we usually do but also because there was some kind of electrical work going on in the building we work in. So, if you hear some distant shouts and thuds that the editor (Aishwarya) missed, apologies. It’s also the reason we practically hurry through the Slytherin common room bits.

14. Ron finds out Harry's secret

"Training for the Ballet, Potter?"

Welcome to yet another electrifying, riveting, innnnnvigorating episode of Mimblewimble - the Harry Potter podcast!

Okay, that's enough excitement for today. 

After Ron learns about the Chamber of Secrets, he thinks it's just like Salazar Slytherin to do something this twisted. He is also disgusted to find out that the whole school somehow came to the conclusion that it is Harry who is behind all the attacks. 

Harry, Ron and Hermione go back to the scene of crime to investigate. There, they find many spiders leaving the castle. Ron reveals that he has a fear of spiders much to Hermione's amusement. They go to the out-of-order girl's bathroom and talk to Moaning Myrtle about the night of the attack.

The trio strongly suspects Malfoy, and Hermione comes up with an idea to make him confess to them - the Polyjuice potion. The fact that Hermione is leading the charge to break about 50 school rules shocks Harry and Ron.

During the first match of the season, Harry is followed around by a rogue bludger. He catches the snitch and wins the game against the Slytherins with their superior brooms, but still ends up in the Hospital wing, thanks to the bludger and Lockhart.

Dobby visits him and reveals that the Chamber had been opened before but this time around, it is particularly dangerous for Harry even though he is a half-blood. Their conversation is cut short by Dumbledore and McGonagall bringing in the petrified body of Colin Creevey, poor guy. 

Lockhart starts a dueling club where Harry is paired with Malfoy for a duel. Things turn nasty quickly and Malfoy (with the help of Snape), ends up setting a snake on Harry. You will never believe what happens next.

HARRY POTTER STORIES

In this episode, this segment features Vinoth Shankaran, a friend and listener of the podcast.

If you are interested in sharing your story with us, just record yourself telling the story of how you starting reading the books and send it to mimblewimblepodcast@gmail.com.

PREPARATION

You can prepare for this episode by reading:

  • Chapter 9: The Writing on the Wall
  • Chapter 10: The Rogue Bludger
  • Chapter 11: The Duelling Club

of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

You can also listen to this podcast on iTunes, Google Podcast, or any other favorite podcast app. Just search for Mimblewimble - The Harry Potter Podcast.

 

 

13. Ron learns about the Chamber of Secrets

In this episode, we (and Ron) get to learn a little bit about the title of this book aka The Chamber of Secrets. But before that, a whole bunch of stuff happens:

- Harry and Ron get assigned detentions. McGonagall smartly tailors the detentions - Harry gets assigned time with his favoritest Defense Against the Dark Arts Professor and Ron has to clean the trophy room, in the Muggle way, with Filch. Talk about fun. During his detention, Harry hears a disembodied voice but can't be sure where it was coming from or who it could be.

- Harry almost gets another detention from Filch for dripping mud in the corridor but is saved by Nearly Headless Nick. Nick also invites him to his 500th Deathday Party on Halloween; Harry agrees to attend, with Hermione and Ron, out of sheer gratitude.

- As per Ron's prediction, the Deathday party turns out to be dead depressing so they split midway to go back to the feast. Harry hears the disembodied voice again in the corridor (Ron and Hermione can't), except this time it's saying a lot of scary stuff like 'Rip. Tear. Kill.' and 'I smell blood'. Harry runs towards the voice, a confused Ron and Hermione in tow, and end up in front of some writing on a wall ('The Chamber of Secrets is open. Enemies of the heir, beware') and a petrified cat - Mrs. Norris. The entire school shows up just after they do and catches them at the scene of the crime.

- Filch accuses Harry of killing his cat because Harry figured out he's a Squib. But thankfully, Dumbledore believes that Harry had nothing to do with the incident and gets him off the hook. Hermione remembers reading about the Chamber of Secrets but she doesn't have her copy of Hogwarts, A History to refresh her memory and all the copies have been borrowed from the library. So, she interrupts Professor Binns during a History of Magic lecture and asks him. That's how Ron learns about the Chamber of Secrets.

HARRY POTTER STORIES

In this episode, this segment features Pavithra Muthalagan, a friend and listener of the podcast.

If you are interested in sharing your story with us, just record yourself telling the story of how you starting reading the books and send it to mimblewimblepodcast@gmail.com.

PREPARATION

You can prepare for this episode by reading

  • Chapter 7: Mudbloods and Murmurs (from when Ron started throwing up slugs)
  • Chapter 8: The Deathday Party
  • Chapter 9: The Writing on the Wall

of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

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NOTES

The wikipedia entry for a Kelpie. Looks like they figure in the newest Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Crimes of Grindelwald movie.

12. Ron goes to Hermione's defense

"Eat slugs, Malfoy!"

In episode 3 of season 2, we discuss the events leading up to Ron coming to Hermione's defense. From what? Let's find out.

After they find out that they cannot get past the barrier in platform 9 3/4, Ron and Harry put their heads together to come up with a misguided and dangerous plan. They decide to ride the flying car to Hogwarts. What could go wrong, right? Turns out, everything.

  • Well, the car is seen by some muggles
  • The car loses juice and starts to protest against the long drive.
  • They hit a tree in the Hogwarts ground. The only tree that hits back
  • Ron breaks his wand.
  • The car throws Harry and Ron out and drives itself into the forbidden forest.
  • Finally, they get caught by Snape who is hell-bent on getting them expelled.

Dumbledore arrives to save the day and lets them off with a detention. But their bad luck does not stop there. Ron gets a howler from Mrs. Weasley and Harry gets a lecture from Professor Lockhart. Harry, to his annoyance, gets a 'FAN' (not Ginny), who follows him around taking pictures and attracting more attention. 

You'd think things would get better for Harry at the Quidditch practice. But the Gryffindor team's practice is interrupted by the Slytherin team. They show off their brand new Nimbus 2001s, generously donated to them by Mr. Malfoy to get his son on the team.

When Hermione points out that nobody in the Gryffindor team bought their way in, Draco Malfoy calls her a nasty word. That's when Ron goes to Hermione's defense.

HARRY POTTER STORIES

In this episode, this segment features Shruthi Venkatesh, a friend and listener of the podcast.

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PREPARATION

You can prepare for this episode by reading

  • Chapter 5: The Whomping Willow
  • Chapter 6: Gilderoy Lockhart
  • Chapter 7: Mudbloods and Murmurs

of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

You can also listen to this podcast on iTunes, Google Podcast, or any other favorite podcast app. Just search for Mimblewimble - The Harry Potter Podcast.

NOTES

The very cute illustration of Snape first appearance in the Chamber of secrets.

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11. Ron misses the train (S2E2)

"Very fishy. Definitely dodgy."

After Ron's heroic rescue of Harry who was imprisoned in the Dursley house, Harry updates the Weasley brothers on everything that happened during the summer. They have a very different take on the Dobby episode. Unlike Harry, they think that Dobby was sent by someone who hates Harry aka Draco Malfoy.

At this point, it is important to note that the Weasley brothers and Harry are in a magical flying car. They are flying it back to the Burrow, where the Weasleys live. We meet Mrs. Weasley who is very angry about the boys flaunting the statute of secrecy in this way. She assigns them chores but doesn't forget to feed them. 

Mr. Weasley is happy to finally meet Harry but he is happier when he hears that the flying car works because he was the one who enchanted it. 

Harry has the time of his life in the Burrow. He likes how disorderly and loving the Weasleys are. When his second-year term is about to start, they all decide to travel to Dialog alley using floo powder. Harry, unfamiliar with this new complicated method of travel, ends up in Knockturn Alley, where he overhears a suspicious conversation between Mr. Malfoy and a dark magic shop owner Mr. Borgin.

He is saved by Hagrid who brings Harry to the anxious Weasleys. They shop for a while and then go to Flourish and Blotts to buy their very expensive books. Here Harry and the gang meet their future Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher - the very colorful Gilderoy Lockhart.

The summer holidays end. The Weasleys and Harry hurry to catch the Hogwarts Express. What happens next will probably not surprise you if you have read the books.

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Wow. I am tired of typing the summary. So many things happen in these chapters. And I did not even mention Ginny, Percy or the lady selling human fingernails. Just listen to the episode and enjoy our discussion of these very eventful chapters.

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HARRY POTTER STORIES

In this episode, this segment features Muralidhar Mutnuru, a listener of the podcast.

If you are interested in sharing your story with us, just record yourself telling the story of how you starting reading the books and send it to mimblewimblepodcast@gmail.com.

PREPARATION

You can prepare for this episode by reading

  • Chapter 3: The Burrow
  • Chapter 4: At Flourish and Blotts
  • Chapter 5: The Whomping Willow

of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

You can also listen to this podcast on iTunes, Google Podcast, or any other favorite podcast app. Just search for Mimblewimble - The Harry Potter Podcast.


NOTES

The editor (Aishwarya) tells me that I was so tired when we recorded this video that my continuous yawning ruined the latter part of the episode. Oops. So if you find surprisingly few discussions about the events in Diagon Alley, you know why.

10. Ron rescues Harry (Season 2!)

"I'll be in my bedroom, making no noise, and pretending I'm not there."

We are excited to begin season 2 of Mimblewimble where we will be discussing Book 2 of the Harry Potter series: The Chamber of Secrets.

In the first episode of season 2, we are going to discuss the events leading up to Ron rescuing Harry. Why does he need rescuing when it's just the beginning of the book? Well, Harry is back at Uncle Vernon and Aunt Petunia's place. He is bored out of his mind and lonely because none of his friends wrote to him whole summer. Because he is with his relatives, he has to participate in a very hyped up dinner with a potential business partner of Uncle Vernon's. 'Participate' is a strong word as all he has to do his hide in his bedroom and pretend he doesn't exist. 

Things would have been okay...boring but okay, had it not been for the sudden appearance of the house elf, Dobby. Dobby is a funny little creature with a terrible fashion sense. He warns Harry against going to Hogwarts that year as horrible things are about to happen there. Harry is dismayed. He would rather be adventurous and have multiple near-death experiences than stay at his Aunt's and be bored out of his mind. 

But Dobby doesn't empathize. Turns out, he's been blocking all of Harry's letters too. He tries to force Harry to promise that he won't go back to Hogwarts (Tough love!) When he refuses, Dobby uses his own brand of magic to bring Aunt Petunia's pudding crashing down on the kitchen floor and then, he disappears. 

This event invokes an official warning from the Ministry of Magic. Though the appearance of the owl scares away the potential business partners, Uncle Vernon is overjoyed to find out that Harry is not allowed to do magic.

You'll never believe what happens next.

HARRY POTTER STORIES

In this episode, this segment features Jyotsna Hariharan, a listener and a friend of the podcast.

If you are interested in sharing your story with us, just record yourself telling the story of how you starting reading the books and send it to mimblewimblepodcast@gmail.com.


Preparation

You can prepare for this episode by reading

  • Chapter 1: The Worst Birthday
  • Chapter 2: Dobby's Warning
  • Chapter 3: The Burrow

of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

You can also listen to this podcast on iTunes, Google Podcast, or any other favorite podcast app. Just search for Mimblewimble - The Harry Potter Podcast.


NOTES

The Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal comic that Aishwarya refers to during the episode: https://www.smbc-comics.com/comic/2015-02-01

9. Harry meets a man with two faces

"To the well organized mind, death is but the next great adventure"

Harry walks through fire to meet Quirrell, not Snape. It's quickly revealed that Quirrell is acting under Voldemort's orders and is trying to discover the secrets of the Mirror of Erised so that he can take the Stone and bring Voldemort back to life. Somehow, Harry winds up with the Stone. Harry lies about it but the voice sees through his lies and demands to speak to him "face to face". Quirrell unwraps his turban to reveal a second face on the back of his head - Voldemort. Harry tries to get away when Voldemort monologues about how he's a mere shadow of himself. In the scuffle, Harry realizes that Quirrell can't touch him without suffering pain. So even though it hurts him as well he puts his hands on Quirrell until he passes out.

When he wakes up, he's in the Hospital Wing with Dumbledore who explains everything that happened and fills in some of the details. Dumbledore explains that he arrived to pull Harry off Quirrell but Voldemort got away. After discussing it with Flamel, Dumbledore destroyed the Stone as well. Harry recovers in time to attend the last night feast where Slytherin is expected to win the House Championship cup.

Except Dumbledore hands out some points in the last minute to Harry, Hermione, Ron and Neville and Gryffindor ends up winning the cup. The year over, they pack their trunks, get on board the Hogwarts Express and leave Hogwarts. For now.


HARRY POTTER STORIES

In this episode, this segment features Madhumitha Narasimhan, a listener and a friend of the podcast.

If you are interested in sharing your story with us, just record yourself telling the story of how you starting reading the books and send it to mimblewimblepodcast@gmail.com.


Are you just starting the Harry Potter series? No problem. Here's what you should read before listening to this episode from Harry Potter and the Philosopher's stone -

Chapter 17: The Man With Two Faces

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FOOTNOTES

  • We made it! Who'd have thunk? If you've been listening from the first episode, thank you. You've made every step of this journey incredible. If you've been listening sporadically, thank you for keeping us in your thoughts. If you're just starting out, welcome! We love you already.
  • We'll be taking a break before we start the next book so stay tuned! Our next episode will be out on June 21, 2018. In the meantime, if you want to let us know what you think or simply just write to us, it's mimblewimblepodcast@gmail.com.
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8. Harry walks through fire

"Mars is bright tonight"

After Harry, Hermione, Malfoy and Neville get caught out of bed past curfew, by Filch, McGonagall takes 50 each from their respective houses and assigns them detentions. Losing a 150 points puts Gryffindor behind Slytherin, in the House Championships. This really pisses off the rest of the school who ostracize Harry and Hermione. Regretful, Harry decides to not meddle in business that isn’t his own and concentrate on studying (famous last words). They throw themselves into studying but even as Harry practices spells and memorizes dates, his resolve is put to test when he overhears a conversation between Snape and Quirrell that leads him to believe that Quirrell's about to crack.

Detention takes place in the Forbidden Forest - along with Hagrid and Fang, the four of them try to find a dying unicorn. They meet centaurs before running across a hooded figure drinking unicorn blood. Thankfully, a centaur rescues Harry and warns him to be careful. Shaken by his experience, the trio contemplate going to Dumbledore but decide to keep their heads down.

It isn’t until their exams are over, however, that Harry realizes that the timing of Norbert was very convenient. Things come to a head when the trio discover that Hagrid blurted out the secret to taming Fluffy to a random hood-wearing stranger to a pub aka Snape. They immediately decide to go to Dumbledore except Dumbledore has left to London. McGonagall is surprised to discover that they know about the Stone but dismisses their concerns. The trio make up their mind to go after Snape themselves that night. When they try to sneak out of Gryffindor Tower, Neville confronts them and refuses to let them out. Hermione ends up having to use the body-bind curse on him so that they can continue with their mission. 

They sneak through the castle using the Invisibility Cloak and make it to the Forbidden Corridor easily where Harry uses the flute to lull Fluffy to sleep. The trapdoor is open and a lyre is next to it, convincing them that they were right in assuming that Snape intended to steal the Stone that very night. They escape the Devil's Snare, use brooms to catch charmed keys, play chess with inanimate chessmen and solve a logic puzzle. Hermione goes back to take Ron to safety and alert Dumbledore while Harry walks through fire to confront Snape.

HARRY POTTER STORIES

This episode’s Harry Potter story shared by a listener and a friend of the podcast - Samyuktha Dega.

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Are you just starting the Harry Potter series? No problem. Here's what you should read before listening to this episode from Harry Potter and the Philosopher's stone -

Chapter 15: The Forbidden Forest

Chapter 16: Through The Trapdoor

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FOOTNOTES:

- Read more about the Chiron Aishwarya mentions in this episode. If you know of any fantasy books with centaurs in them, please mention it in the comments section!

- We only have one more episode and that's the end of season one! 

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7. Harry gets detention

"It'll be gone by Tuesday"

In this episode, we discuss Harry playing his second Quidditch match, meeting his first dragon and getting his first detention at Hogwarts.

Still recovering from his encounter with the Mirror of Erised, Harry throws himself into his Quidditch training to get his mind off things. Neville thwarts them in their quest to read every book in the Hogwarts Library, in their quest to find out who Nicolas Flamel is, by giving them a Chocolate Frog card that reveals his identity. He turns out to be 665-ish odd years old and the only known maker/possessor of the Philosopher's Stone, something that can produce the Elixir of Life. Just before his second ever Quidditch match, Harry discovers that Snape is going to be the referee. Mentally prepared for things to go south, Harry is pleasantly surprised when the match goes off without a hitch and Gryffindor wins. After the match, even as he revels in the excitement, Harry overhears a conversation between Snape and Quirrell that confirms their suspicions about the Philosopher's Stone. He also discovers that there are a series of defenses set by the Hogwarts teachers to protect the Stone, and thinks that Snape wants to figure out how to get around them.

In the meantime, Hagrid wins a dragon's egg in a game of card and successfully hatches it. His attempts to raise a fire-breathing dragon in a wooden house predictably fail and the trio manage to convince him that Norbert, the dragon, is better off with Charlie, Ron's brother, in Romania. However, Malfoy discovers the existence of Norbert and attempts to thwart their handoff, getting detention in the process. This event ends up making Harry and Hermione so excited that they walk straight into Filch, and detention, themselves.

HARRY POTTER STORIES

We also have our second Harry Potter story shared by a listener and a friend of the podcast - Niranjan Murali (thanks, Ninja!).

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Are you just starting the Harry Potter series? No problem. Here's what you should read before listening to this episode from Harry Potter and the Philosopher's stone -

Chapter 13: Nicolas Flamel

Chapter 14: Norbert the Norwegian Ridgeback

Chapter 15: The Forbidden Forest - first 2 pages.

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FOOTNOTES

The swamp dragons entry in the L Space that Aishwarya refers to

If you want to read books with the swamp dragons in them, I'd recommend the City Watch series by Terry Pratchett because it features the fantastic Lady Sybill Vimes (née Ramkin) who breeds and cares for swamp dragons.

All the dragon series that Aishwarya refers to: Eragon, Temeraire, Dragonriders of Pern, How To Train Your Dragon

Us when we realized we made another sports-related booboo. We solemnly swear not to do it ever again.

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6. Harry meets Dumbledore

"We're not stupid. We know we are called Gred and Forge."

 

In the sixth episode, we discuss everything that happens between Harry getting a new friend and Harry meeting Dumbledore.

After the Harry Potter trio, as we know now, is formed, we can see them helping each other out as any trio should. Hermione helps by lending Harry a copy of "Quidditch through the ages" and Ron helps Harry by saying mean things about Snape behind his back. Harry's first Quidditch match is against Slytherin. If Gryffindor wins, they might win the House cup. If they don't Slytherin might win for the eighth time in a row. With so much riding on the outcome, Harry is understandably nervous. During the match, Harry loses control of his broomstick. Hermione realizes that Snape is messing with Harry's broom, thinks quickly on her feet, distracts Snape and saves Harry. He goes on to catch the snitch and win the match for Gryffindor. When they discuss Snape's broom tampering with Hagrid, he lets slip that someone called Nicolas Flamel is involved with whatever the three-headed-dog is guarding. After that, the trio makes it their mission to find out who Nicolas Flamel is. Christmas comes. Harry receives a mysterious birthday present which Ron rightly identifies as an invisibility cloak. Harry uses it to go to the restricted section of the school library and find out about Nicolas Flamel. But he almost gets caught by Filch and Snape. He enters a disused classroom and finds the Mirror of Erised. He is consumed by what he sees in the mirror and keeps coming back until Dumbledore intervenes and tells him that the mirror was going to be moved and that he should not go looking for it.

HARRY POTTER STORIES

We also have our first Harry Potter story shared by a listener and a friend of the podcast - Manasvini Ravi.

If you are interested in sharing your story with us, just record yourself telling the story of how you starting reading the books and send it to mimblewimblepodcast@gmail.com.


Are you just starting the Harry Potter series? No problem. Here's what you should read before listening to this episode from Harry Potter and the Philosopher's stone -

Chapter 11: Quidditch

Chapter 12: The Mirror of Erised

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FOOTNOTES

Mirror of Erised fan fiction that we love

Why we think Ron's movie personality influenced the "insensitive and foodie" image Ron has in the later books:

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5. Harry gets a new friend

"Swish and Flick"

In the fifth episode, we discuss the events of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's stone that happen between Harry becoming a seeker and Harry getting a new friend.

Lots of exciting stuff happens between these two events. Malfoy challenges Harry to a midnight duel that is obviously a trap to get him into trouble. Hermione, while trying to stop them from going, ends up with them in the trophy room. All three of them run into the three-headed dog in the forbidden corridor but somehow come back to the dorm in one piece. Harry gets a kickass new broom and starts practicing for Quidditch. Ron upsets Hermione who skips the Halloween feast to stay in the bathroom and cry. A troll is set loose in Hogwarts. Ron and Harry hurry to save Hermione. The three come out of the troll encounter alive with their differences forgotten, with friendship blossoming. JK Rowling's sense of humor is at its finest in these chapters.

Harry Potter Stories

We are starting a new segment called Harry Potter stories. Every Harry Potter fan has a story about when and how they started reading the series and what it means to them. We wanna hear it! In this episode, we share our own Harry Potter stories. From the next episode, we will be playing the stories sent in by our listeners. 

If you are interested in sharing your story with us, just record yourself telling the story of how you starting reading the books and send it to mimblewimblepodcast@gmail.com.

We can't wait to hear your stories! We will start sharing listener stories from the next episode. 


Are you just starting the Harry Potter series? No problem. Here's what you should read before listening to this episode from Harry Potter and the Philosopher's stone -

Chapter 9: The Midnight Duel (we start midway through this one)

Chapter 10: Halloween

You can also listen to this podcast on iTunes and your other favorite podcast apps. Just search for Mimblewimble - The Harry Potter Podcast.

 

Footnotes

Oops! We refer to baseball when we're talking about the Superbowl when we should have been talking about football. There's a good reason we aren't getting paid to do this full time.

The original forty - An entry on Pottermore where JK Rowling shares the names of the original forty students who were supposed to study with Harry.

Rik Mayall, who was supposed to play Peeves in the movie, talks about why his part was cut

Our favorite "Troll in the dungeon" meme 😂

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4. Harry becomes a seeker

"Nearly headless? How can you be nearly headless?"

In the fourth episode, we discuss the events of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's stone that happen between Harry getting sorted and Harry becoming the Gryffindor Quidditch team's seeker!

Lots of exciting stuff happen in between these two events. In case you have forgotten, here's a refresher: Harry's only friend, Ron Weasley, also gets sorted into Gryffindor. The classes start and Harry realizes that Professor Snape hates him and he thinks that Hagrid knows something about Snape that he is not revealing. Harry also figures out that the Gringotts vault that was broken into is the exact same one that Hagrid emptied on July 31st. Harry also can't wait for a chance to get into a fight with Draco Malfoy and when the opportunity finally presents itself, not only does he stand up to Malfoy but with his impressive flying skills, he gets into the Gryffindor Quidditch team as a seeker. Oh, last but not the least (actually this happens right in the beginning of this episode), Harry's scar hurts when he first sees Snape!

Are you just starting the Harry Potter series? No problem. Here's what you should read before listening to this episode from Harry Potter and the Philosopher's stone -

Chapter 7: The Sorting Hat (we start from the middle of this one)

Chapter 8: The Potions Master

Chapter 9: The Midnight duel (we stop midway through this one)

You can also listen to this podcast on iTunes and your other favorite podcast apps. Just search for Mimblewimble - The Harry Potter Podcast.

If you have any points to add to our discussion, please feel free to leave a comment below!

FOOTNOTES

JK Rowling's entry in Pottermore about Hogwarts' ghosts

Divine Humiliation: a fanfiction where Blaise Zabini is a girl

Hmm, so what did he forget?

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3. Harry gets sorted

"We got Potter! We got Potter!"

In the third episode of Mimblewimble, our discussion starts right where we left off in the second episode: a wand choosing Harry. We end the discussion when Harry gets sorted.

In between these two events, Harry reads his textbooks, names his owl, travels to London with the Dursleys, finds Platform 9 and 3/4 at King's Cross, boards the train, makes a new friend, and gets sorted into a House at Hogwarts.

Are you just starting the Harry Potter series? No problem. Here's what you should read before listening to this episode from Harry Potter and the Philosopher's stone -

Chapter 5: Diagon Alley (we start at the end of this one)

Chapter 6: Platform Nine and Three-Quarters

Chapter 7: The Sorting Hat (we stop midway through this one)

You can also listen to this podcast on iTunes and your other favorite podcast apps. Just search for Mimblewimble - The Harry Potter Podcast.

If you have any points to add to our discussion, please feel free to leave a comment below!

Footnotes

JK Rowling's entry about owls in Pottermore

Why Harry Potter is great literature by Brian Brown

Fanfiction recommendations:

Hermione gets sorted into Slytherin - The Green Girl

Harry gets sorted into Ravenclaw - Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality

Harry gets sorted into Slytherin - Better be Slytherin!

We couldn't find the right 'Harry gets sorted into Hufflepuff' fics but here are some popular ones from ff.net (Aishwarya hasn't read either of them so can't vouch):

Harry the Hufflepuff (Humor)

The Best Revenge (Drama)

2. A wand chooses Harry

"The wand chooses the wizard, Mr. Potter"

In the second episode of Mimblewimble, our discussion starts right where we left off in the first episode: Harry finding his true identity. We end the discussion when Harry finds his wand. In between these two events, Hagrid gives Dudley a pig's tail, takes Harry shopping to Diagon Alley, helps Harry withdraw his parents' money from Gringotts and also gets him a snowy owl as a birthday present. Harry also meets a very Dudley-like boy in Madam Malkins, the robe shop, whom he immediately dislikes. Harry then goes to buy a wand, learns more about his parents' murderer and also finds the perfect wand for himself.

Are you just starting the Harry Potter series? No problem. Here's what you should read before listening to this episode from Harry Potter and the Philosopher's stone - 

Chapter 4: The Keeper of the Keys (we start mid-way through this chapter)

Chapter 5: The Diagon Alley (we stop almost at the end of this one)

You can also listen to this podcast on iTunes and on your other favorite podcast apps. Just search for Mimblewimble - The Harry Potter Podcast.

FOOTNOTES

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1. Harry finds his true identity

"Yer a wizard, Harry"

Join us on this journey as we reread and discuss the beloved Harry Potter books from one major event to the next. In the first episode, we will start at the beginning and stop at the point where Harry Potter finds his true identity. 

Are you just starting Harry Potter? No problem. Here's what you should read before listening to this episode from Harry Potter and the Philosopher's stone - 

Chapter 1: The Boy Who Lived

Chapter 2: The Vanishing Glass

Chapter 3: The Letters from No One

Chapter 4: The Keeper of the Keys (we stop mid-way through this chapter but read the whole chapter just to be safe)

You can also listen to this podcast on iTunes and on your other favorite podcast apps. Just search for Mimblewimble - The Harry Potter Podcast.

Footnotes

  • Oops! We got this wrong. Looks like Daniel Radcliffe was the sweetest.
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