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PotterCast 171: This is Halloween

Posted by: Edward
October 31, 2008, 01:02 AM

First, have you checked out and subscribed to PotterCast's new daily vlogs? Second:: As Halloween is now upon us, we have a treat for you in the form of a brand new episode of PotterCast, our Harry Potter podcast.  Our 171st episode kicks off with Sue's News, which includes Scholastic's interviews with a few key people behind the Harry Potter novels, more theme park rumors, a marketing professor's report on the readers of Harry Potter, "Beedle the Bard" publication news, confirmation of two of the people who received hand-written copies, and news on the release plans.  This is followed by the latest installment of Bit-by-Bit, which closes out Chapter Fifteen of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" with Ron's exit.  We then have for you a Halloween edition of Canon Conclundrums.  Ghosts are theme for this week's discussion, for the PotterCasters talk about the ghosts of Hogwarts Castle and how they came to be.  Finally, the show wraps up with the Quartet talking about Melissa's book shipping early, Moochka at Halloween, Sue gives John a sock and sends him on his way, more on the PotterCast vlogs, and more.  To listen, just hit the "Play" button on the right side of the page (->), or use iTunes, or direct download.

“This is Halloween”

  • Actual news.
  • The Trio lives!
  • Chapter 15.
  • Phineus lending a helping hand.
  • Ron's struggle with the locket.
  • "...He's dead."
  • How house ghosts become house ghosts.
  • Mummy costume for Moochka?
  • Go-go gadget wand!

RT: 81:52

Producer: John Noe
Editors: Stede Bonnett, Andrew Garner

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sweet!!!! happy halloween to me! Pottercast: All treat, no trick.

Posted by michaelabraham81 on October 31, 2008, 01:09 AM report to moderator

yay pottercast!

Posted by Katie on October 31, 2008, 01:48 AM report to moderator
Happy Halloween!!!!!

Im so tired lol but i cant go to bed without Pottercast!!

Posted by Happy Halloween!!!!! on October 31, 2008, 02:32 AM report to moderator
Robbie Doyle

Pottercast at 1:02 a.m. Thanks from the night owls. Hey owls lol

Posted by Robbie Doyle on October 31, 2008, 05:00 AM report to moderator

Happy Halloween, Pottercast! :)

Posted by Natalie on October 31, 2008, 05:34 AM report to moderator
Miniature hippogriff

Yay! Moochka <3

Happy Halloween everyone!

Posted by Miniature hippogriff on October 31, 2008, 06:08 AM report to moderator

My guess at the remaining original four Beedle the Bard owners would be Jo’s agent Christopher Little, Jo’s UK editor for the latter books Emma Matthewson, Jo’s sister Diane and Jo’s eldest daughter Jessica. Of those I think the first two are most likely, I am less sure about the other two and (as suggested in the show) Fiddy is also possible.

Posted by roonwit on October 31, 2008, 06:33 AM report to moderator

Happy Halloween!!!

Posted by Drasko on October 31, 2008, 09:56 AM report to moderator

NOT ON ITUNES! im sad! but it should be great

Posted by sarah on October 31, 2008, 10:22 AM report to moderator

With regard to ghosts moving things it was a WOMBAT 2 answer that “Ghosts can cause movement of both liquid and gas” so they will be able to do water and air, but will require Peeves’ help to do anything with solid objects.

Posted by roonwit on October 31, 2008, 10:55 AM report to moderator

As much sense as it would be for the Ministry to converse with Ghosts, I am sure they don’t. Other wise Dumbledore would have questioned moaning Mertle long before Harry did. Most wizards overlook house elves half breeds and the like, if Dumbledore over looked Mertle when he doesn’t the others I doubt the Ministry would think much about Ghosts as helpful. That’s just my thought.

Posted by Carebie on October 31, 2008, 11:55 AM report to moderator

Re: the WOMBAT2 question (good find, roonwit!) think about how they actually ‘speak’… Unless they’re projecting psychic vibes that humans perceive as ‘sound’, when ghosts speak the air vibrates, either magically or as part of them affecting it physically.

Posted by Caracticus on October 31, 2008, 11:39 PM report to moderator

Please, no more talk of The Tales of Beedle the Bard! I had a copy of the collectors edition pre-ordered but due to the Australian dollar sliding into oblivion I can no longer afford it :(
But there is still the Dumbledore approved version, so I suppose it is not all bad!

Posted by dudley on November 01, 2008, 02:02 AM report to moderator

Thanks for the Halloween show, Pottercasters! It was good to spend some time thinking about ghosts in HP, and the Bit-by-Bit was interesting too.

Posted by Arithmancer on November 01, 2008, 11:31 AM report to moderator

Squeeee! Only two days until Harry, A History!

Posted by Jessie on November 01, 2008, 10:23 PM report to moderator
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