A Harry Potter book club for grownups. Heather Price-Wright and Alex Dalenberg make their way through the Harry Potter books, chapter by chapter. We analyze avada kedavra. We dissect Dumbledore. We question quidditch. And we hail Hermione. Join us as we go as deep as you've always wanted to into the books that defined our childhoods. Alohamora—the door is open.
Ep. 98—Dumbles Dore (like Attorneys General)
Pretty annoying to meet the best character in the final act of the final book, but that's the hand we're dealt with G.O.A.T. Aberforth Dumbledore. This week: Ron's hunger makes him stupid(er), we miss dive bars immensely, and a terrible family saga finally sees the light of day. Plus: aspersions of goat … uh … loving. It takes all sorts.
This week: The Missing Mirror
Next week: The Lost Diadem
Advent Calendar Final Night—A Visit from an Obscure Greek Saint
And to all a good night! This is just us reading aloud to you and cracking wise. Plus an alarming amount of doctrinal history. Because you know you've always wanted to hear us talk about Trinitarians versus the Arian Heresy.
Advent Calendar Week 3—Midnight Sleigh to Candy Town
Ever wonder what it sounds like when someone who has basically never danced "summarizes" a ballet? Wonder no more, because this week we watched the New York City Ballet's streaming production of The Nutcracker! So naturally we talk about ghosts, illicit sexual desire, the problematic ideals of "multiculturalism" in America, and Alex uses the phrase "wild with grief." But also we talk outfits, don't worry. Merry Christmas Eve!
Advent Calendar Week 2—Yosemite Clementine
This one's a bit delayed, as it was something of an emotional gauntlet to edit (you'll hear why in the latter half. Be warned.) We watched the stop-motion Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer TV special and A Charlie Brown Christmas, and we loved one and hated the other. Betcha can't guess which! It does get real toward the end, and we dedicate this episode to everyone spending this season grieving someone beloved.
Next time (sometime) will be a little bit… nuttier. ;)
Advent Calendar Week 1—How the Grinch Stole Everything
Spend this very strange holiday season with us, quibbling about the Christmas classics that make us merry and/or cause us to cringe. First up, the ultimate tale of holiday alienation and a master class in Committing to the Bit: The Grinch! Yuletide supervillain or just a guy sick of noise and Amazon packages?
We'll be dropping more holiday goodies throughout the rest of the month, so stay tuned! xoxo
Ep. 97—There's Some Horcruxes in This House
This is an 80 minute episode about a 17 minute chapter. The summary is twice the length of the chapter itself. You. Are. Welcome! This week: Heather tells an unfollowable anecdote about animal actors; Alex and Heather both mangle explanations of the social and physical sciences; Alex and Heather ALSO talk about their dreams, for some reason; also there's a Harry Potter chapter with a dragon and maybe some murders, we think? It's a lot. Plus: The Easter egg took us an entire evening to make. Please like it.
This week's chapter: The Final Hiding Place
Next week's chapter: The Missing Mirror
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Hysterical and Poignant
God I love this podcast. Alex and Heather are so so so so funny, and insightful, and just easy and wonderful to listen to. I feel like a total lurker repeating eps without ever interacting, so I thought I’d drop a review to express my gratitude for such a delightful podcast. I’ve laughed aloud listening to these guys more than I can count. Heather is so smart and deliciously honest. Her laugh is dangerously infectious, and I adore her Ron roasts and hatred for Quidditch. And Alex is just incredibly empathetic and a total hoot. He could summarize a refrigerator maintenance manual and I would say thank you. I’d love it if they’d continue podcasting even after they’ve wrapped this series up, and I’d gladly follow them through whichever topic they choose.
Pretty good could be fixed a bit
Like I said pretty good could say less bad words and maybe more on the story a bit the name when I saw it I was hooked they had caught a big Harry Potter fan keep up the work.
Heartwarming, funny, real, and relatable
I recommend this podcast to ever Harry Potter fan I know. Alex’s summaries and LOTR references are wonderful, and Heathers realism and quibbles are sometimes refreshing sometimes hilariously relatable. I love that they can address some of the confusing and concerning (and problematic) elements of the books while also holding in the the childhood magic and wonder I felt when I first read the books. I also appreciate the vulnerability they provide. Heathers references to depression are relatable and validating. And having gone through a hard time over the holidays, hearing their Charlie Brown Christmas special honestly made me feel less alone. I cannot recommend this podcast enough. Alex and Heather bring my laughs, tears, hope, strength, and company. My only complaint is that they do not post often but given the last year, I cannot blame them. Thank you for everything, quibblers