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PotterCast 176: Fondling Horklumps

Posted by: Edward
December 06, 2008, 10:24 AM

The 176th episode of PotterCast, our Harry Potter podcast, is now online with our live show celebrating Beedle the Bard, from Books of Wonder in New York City!  The PotterCast quartet and Scholastic Senior Editor Cheryl Klein, continuity editor on the Harry Potter books, sit down for an hour and a half to discuss Beedle, our reactions to it, and more.  To listen, just hit the "Play" button on the right side of the page (->), or use iTunes, or direct download.

"Fondling Horklumps"
  • Discussing the editing of the book.
  • Witches in magical folklore.
  • Why was Dumbledore writing the book in the first place.
  • What our favorite tales say about us.
  • Do Harry Potter books come out at just the right times?
  • Is the Three Brothers allegory?
  • Death as a character.
  • Censorship discussion throughout the Beedle tales.
  • John has serious questions about Animagus reproduction.
  • Dawlish Bounce.
  • Fondling Horklumps.
  • And more!
RT: 84:33

Producer: John Noe

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Remember you don't need an iPod to listen. Listen easily on iTunes, which you can download and install here, by clicking here to listen, or you can just use the streaming Flash player at or just on the right side of this page. Discussion of the PotterCast is right here. Enjoy!

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Miniature hippogriff

YAY! :D This made my day! I want to hear it now! But my computer’s so slow at downloading… :(
:DDDD happy

Posted by Miniature hippogriff on December 06, 2008, 10:33 AM report to moderator

Last night was a lot of fun, although i really don’t understand why John’s question was listed as a ‘Serious’ comment, there was nothing serious about it, as you all know

Posted by Sam on December 06, 2008, 11:04 AM report to moderator

Last night was a lot of fun, although i really don’t understand why John’s question was listed as a ‘Serious’ comment, there was nothing serious about it, as you all know

Posted by Sam on December 06, 2008, 11:04 AM report to moderator

I was there!!!!!! And I won the trivia game! Thanks for doing this guys!! You rock!

Posted by stickybun on December 06, 2008, 11:12 AM report to moderator

can i congratulate JK for coming up with a swear word worthy of the other bard, will shakespeare. i love ‘dunglicker’. i shall endeavour to include it into my vocabulary at suitable moments!

Posted by jain on December 06, 2008, 11:13 AM report to moderator

YAY for more Pottercast! I have a very busy day! I will listen later!

Posted by Carebie on December 06, 2008, 11:24 AM report to moderator
Jason M

I hope this comment goes through. i really wanted to go to the live show but i live far away. i will listen to this after i finish twilight. and after i buy beedle the bard.

Posted by Jason M on December 06, 2008, 01:52 PM report to moderator

Thanks for doing the show last night! For those who missed it, here’s John doing the Dawlish Bounce:

Posted by Mayde on December 06, 2008, 01:54 PM report to moderator

Judging by the episode title alone, I will not be letting my six-year-old daughter listen to this particular show, lest she become prematurely eager to find out what “fondling” means.

Posted by Samantha on December 06, 2008, 04:36 PM report to moderator

With regard to whether Beedle made the tales up, I think the Tale of the Three Brothers shows us that he did use external sources at least in part, because that is clearly a reference to the Peverell brothers. I am with Dumbledore in thinking that the Peverells were simply gifted, dangerous wizards who succeeded in creating those powerful objects, but we know that these three objects really exist in the Potterverse, and trace back to these three brothers, so there was either an existing tale, or Beedle was inspired by what he knew of the Peverell brothers and fashioned a fairy tale out of that knowledge (he could have been a seeker of the Deathly Hallows, or even a descendant of one of the brothers who knew the family history).

Posted by roonwit on December 06, 2008, 05:44 PM report to moderator

YAY this has made my day :)

Posted by Ivi on December 06, 2008, 10:09 PM report to moderator

Isn’t this PC 175? Unless you’re counting the POA commentary as 175…. in which case, I’m wrong!

Posted by Maggie on December 06, 2008, 10:52 PM report to moderator

Oh my goodness! Hot Topic has a new hoodie, a pair of gloves, a scarf, a few t-shirts, and purses for HP. They are sweeeeet!

Posted by Kayla on December 07, 2008, 01:06 AM report to moderator

I love J.K. Rowling…

Posted by burningpumpkins on December 07, 2008, 06:20 AM report to moderator
fly AWAY

caught “FONDLING HORKLUMPS”——-How great is JK?

Posted by fly AWAY on December 07, 2008, 11:33 AM report to moderator
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