The first of July is here; it’s time to kick off the Novel Ideas Harry Potter Extravaganza. We open, of course, with the first book, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling. In this episode we discuss child abuse, friendship, and standard juvenile/YA themes. We also cover untagonists, wizard racism, and possible benefits of having sly people on your side. Fan geeking is relatively low this week, though we do delve into reasons why Ravenclaw and Hufflepuff probably should be more competitive for the house cup and Ben’s irritation with the rule of quidditch.
The music bump is “Goin’ Back to Hogwarts” from A Very Potter Musical. The music and lyrics are by Darren Criss and A.J. Holmes.
Read it! If you’ve managed to somehow avoid it this long, check it out. It will read a little kid-ish, but it’s fun and easy to read.
An announcement for those of you who don’t listen to every episode because you’re avoiding spoilers, books outside your genre, us, etc… July 2013 is going to be our Harry Potter fanboy/girl extreme geekout nerdgasm theater month (still working on an official title). The plan is this: We’re going to read all seven Harry Potter books and post episodes as we finish the books, posting just over our usual one per week episode rate. We know that a lot of our friends and listeners (let’s be honest, basically the same group of people) are big fans of that series, so we’re also looking for guests for these shows.
Here’s what you DON’T have to do.
Be some kind of an expert on literature, magic, publishing, or anything in between. I mean, come one, have you actually listened to us?
Here’s what you DO have to do.
If you want to be a guest for a particular book, contact us through our website, e-mail, twitter, or phone (if you have those numbers already, I’m not posting them here). There’s not necessarily a per episode limit, but we’ve already finished the first book, so letting us know sooner rather than later is a good idea.
Also, please read (or more likely, re-read) the book you want to discuss with us. We know you’ve read them a hundred times already. Refresh your memory. We only discuss the current book in a series, not the series as a whole.
To the last point, I lied a little bit. We are going to discuss the series as a whole after we post the seventh episode. We’re going to do a bonus whole series breakdown as an eighth episode where everything is up for grabs, including movies, fandom, and any other related material. The overview episode will be a roundtable discussion with as many people as can make it.
If you want to participate in this final episode, we ask that you have either: 1) Read the whole series at least twice, or 2) Have read it for the first time recently, let’s say having finished it in the last six months. Ish.
So that’s the plan. Please join us for some Harry Potter vanity fan project fun. And please feel free to participate in recording episodes, especially the finale. We hope to hear from you soon!