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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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i cant get it on itunes either :(

Posted by Mattie on November 01, 2008, 10:37 PM report to moderator

I’m listening to the ghost part right now and is Peeves considered a ghost? He can hold anything he wants to, and seems ghosty but he’s a poltergeist. And then, how do you become a poltergeist? Is that another death door choice? “First choice: Afterlife or Ghost. picks Ghost Second Choice: Poltergeist or Normal” Or something. If you think about it, there are so many different types of ghosts so I think it’s probably just a character thing. Like the Weasley twins would become poltergeists while someone different would be a normal ghost. OHOH! maybe I’m off but thinking about how all of the ghosts died, it seems like they were all murdered (was the Bloody Baron?). Ehhhh?

Posted by Aires on November 01, 2008, 10:40 PM report to moderator

Hmm… a couple notes on ghosts:

Wizards must have some jurisdiction over ghosts, because originally Myrtle haunted Olive Hornby (wedding day and all, right?) until she had the Ministry step in… Somebody correct me if I’m wrong.

And about ghosts having corporeal form and such, the only example that was cited was Myrtle clogging the toilets, but something similar, I imagine, is the fact that they were able to fan Nick to the hospital wing. If ghosts had no corporeal…ness… wouldn’t the fan have had no affect?

… just a couple thoughts I had

oh… and Gianni Giovedì! (That’s Johnny Thursday in Italian… and it’s alliteration, huzzah!)

Posted by Tegalto on November 02, 2008, 02:08 AM report to moderator

HappY HaLLoWeN!!!

Posted by Candan on November 02, 2008, 05:30 AM report to moderator

Aires: You don’t become a poltergeist, because they were never alive. Peeves is a product of the atmosphere of magical mischief at Hogwarts.
With regard to Harry becoming a ghost, I don’t think that was an option. He could choose to go on, which means staying in the afterlife, or go back. Normally going back would be the choice to become a ghost, but Lily’s sacrifice means that this choice for Harry is resuming his life.

Posted by roonwit on November 02, 2008, 09:07 AM report to moderator

we shouldn’t celebrate Halloween! We should mourn! That is the day James and Lily Potter died to protect their son! The beginning of Harry’s miserable life .. =(

Posted by bazachery on November 02, 2008, 11:04 AM report to moderator

well i listened to it late but i loe the wrap up. when u guys are doing the wrap up. i love when rank (im not sure wat ur name is) and john are talking bout the coustumes i couldnt stop laughing. hahahahahahahahahahahahahaha.

Posted by allie on November 02, 2008, 08:53 PM report to moderator

i agree with tegalto. good thinkin dude.

Posted by allie on November 02, 2008, 09:05 PM report to moderator

My guess is that a ghost trying to go through the veil would just pop out on the other side, without being able to get behind it.

Posted by Arithmancer on November 02, 2008, 10:35 PM report to moderator

horry potter

Posted by lovely on November 03, 2008, 01:49 AM report to moderator


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