"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)
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- J. K. Rowling's writings about wand cores, woods, and lengths & flexibility from Pottermore
- Was Hagrid revealing the vault number an accident? Maybe not. Read this related spoiler-filled post to find out more.
- The goblins from Labyrinth