3.2 Hermione dislikes a teacher

“Well, look who it is. Potty and the weasel.”

When we last left off, Hermione had just bought a new pet that Ron thoroughly disapproved of. The three of them return to the Leaky Cauldron where they have dinner with the rest of the Weasleys.

When Harry's looking for Scabbers' rat tonic post-dinner, he accidentally overhears a conversation between Mr. and Mrs. Weasley and finds out that Sirius Black escaped from Azkaban to find and kill him, Harry. Things make a lot more sense after Harry overhears this but he's not too fussed because surely Black can't be harder to deal with than Voldemort who's he faced down not once but twice?

The next day at the station, Mr. Weasley gives him a warning and tries to get him to promise that he won't go looking for Black but Harry is unable to promise or ask further questions because he has to get on the train. Harry, Ron and Hermione find the only empty-ish compartment on the train, empty but for a sleeping new professor, to discuss these events.

However, the journey takes a turn for the unexpected when the train lurches to a stop and a black-robed figure, with a hideous, dead-looking hand attempts to enter. Harry hears a woman's scream and passes out. When he comes to, he's ashamed to discover he's the only one who was affected as strongly. The shame is just compounded when McGonagall asks to see Harry and Hermione in her office so that Madam Pomfrey can examine Harry and give him a clean bill of health. She just wanted to have a word with Hermione about her class schedule.

They go back to the feast - even though they missed the sorting ceremony, they make it back in time to hear that the sleeping professor is the new DADA teacher and that Hagrid would teach Care of Magical Creatures. Everything's pretty great except for the Dementors and Malfoy and Harry's glad to be back at Hogwarts. But you know what's not great? Divination. First, Harry and Ron have trouble finding said class. Then the professor predicts that someone will die, surprise surprise it's Harry. Also, Hermione seems really skeptical about the whole thing and doesn't seem to like the professor.


  • Hey! Remember us? Your friendly neighbourhood Harry Potter podcast? We’re sorry we went AWOL. It was not our intention. First life got in the way, then we recorded this episode but we were not happy with the sound. We figured we’d take the time to upgrade our mic and release a better sounding episode. Thus, the delay. But we are back now and we’re excited to continue nitpicking the fun adventures of Harry, Hermione, and Ron!

  • Speaking of new mics, how do we sound?

  • Potty and the weasel would have been an excellent name for our podcast. Is it too late to change?

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  • Unfortunately, Aishwarya had to edit two versions of this episode and is so done with it that she will spontaneously combust if she had to listen to it again.


You can prepare for this episode by reading:

  • Chapter 4: The Leaky Cauldron

  • Chapter 5: The Dementor

  • Chapter 6: Talons and Tea Leaves

of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban,

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