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.


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

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 13: Nicolas Flamel

Chapter 14: Norbert the Norwegian Ridgeback

Chapter 15: The Forbidden Forest - first 2 pages.

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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.

Hermione Granger-Annoyed