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Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

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Novel Ideas Harry Poddercast Extravaganza continues with Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling. (Turns out all of them are by J.K. Rowling, go figure.) In this episode, we discuss the longest (thus far) book in the series, covering some topics we’ve already visited, such as wizard racism, and some topics that you would assume we’ve covered, such as feminism. Not to mention editing errors, elaborate villain schemes, the importance of world building, and whether 700 pages is too long. And that’s before we get into Draco’s secret pain, shaving mishaps, face punching, and whether Voldemort would be even creepier with a weird mustache. We hope you enjoy!

The music bump is Mike Relm’s “Harry Potter Remix of Death,” one of many Harry Potter remixes floating around the internet.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire


I probably don’t even have to mention that we highly recommend this book, but just in case, we highly recommend this book.

Fifty Shades of Grey

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The bestseller parade continues this week with Fifty Shades of Grey by EL James. We figured it was time to see what all the shouting was about. Our conclusion is that there is plenty to shout about. We talked about the origins of the book, why we think it’s so popular, why we hate the main characters, and why it was so damned painful to read. We also cover the (rare) redeeming qualities of the book and the characters and delve into social issues and classic literature. Also, this week we present our first ever listener challenge, so listen carefully and see if you want to play along.

This week’s music bump is “Tallis Variations” by Philip Sparke, based on a Thomas Tallis chorale. If you don’t know why that’s significant, you’ll find out by the end of the episode.

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