Alohomora - Episode 76

Episode 76 – GoF, Book Wrap: Dragon Balloons

The Triwizard Tournament flame has been extinguished! Hosts Kat, Noah and Michael are Time-Turning back to the summer of 2000 to reflect on the release of Goblet of Fire. Afterwards, the team takes a stroll through the Hogwarts portrait gallery with artist and author, Kazu Kibuishi (illustrator of the U.S. 15th anniversary editions), for a rundown on Book Four’s international covers.

On Episode 76 we discuss…

→ Episode 75 Recap: Exam Time; The Diggorys; Dumbledore the Wandmaker
→ PQOTW Responses
→ Book Stats, History, Trivia & Awards
→ International Book Covers with Kazu Kibuishi
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  • Pig-desk

    Alright, Kat. I will concede my Thestrals theory on the bases of Fantastic Beasts being released prior to Goblet.

    But I do want to start a dissection from your comment. You said, magic needs emotion in order to work. Your statement is true one must have the proper emotion to cast some spells; however, one does not need to have a specific emotion to have a spell cast upon one, or does he or she?

    Harry being the receiver of the Thestrals vision shows he had to be in a specific emotional state for the spell to work (now accepting this).

    With that in mind can a spell’s potency be determined by the receivers emotion? In how many different ways could a spell be altered from emotions?

    Thinking of Neville’s parents: Were they in fear of having the cruciatus curse used on them? If so, did that fear create a more impactful effect?

    Taking this into account, there are many circumstances in witch :) a spells outcome could be affected by the receivers emotions.

    Kat you have raised many questions, what do you think?

    • I can definitely think of other instances where the receiver’s emotions affect the spell. Off the top of my head, I’m thinking of how badly Harry was affected by the dementors, and how he was able to throw off the Imperius curse. Legilimancy/occlumency too, since Snape always says he needs to clear his mind of all emotion. As far as I’m aware there’s no actual spell for occlumency, so it seems to be all about controlling your emotions to affect another person’s ability to perform legilimancy.

      All of these, plus the thestrals, are examples of magic that affects the mind though, so I’m not sure how the Cruciatus curse would work into it. I’ve always wondered how exactly it drove the Longbottoms insane. I could see something like them having PTSD, but that’s nothing like what happened to them. It also seems odd that it had the same effect on both of them… it makes me wonder how the Cruciatus curse actually works to cause pain.

      • Pig-desk

        Expanding on the Longbottoms:

        We need to know the mental state of the Longbottoms before they were tortured. If emotion effects the fruition of spells like the ones you mentioned then emotion must have an effect on all spells, although the degree of which has to very in some cases it wouldn’t be noticeable.

        Let’s use the fear of heights as an example: If a person had an intense fear of heights and he or she were standing next to a person without any fear of heights and both fell from a high point. The person with the great fear would have a melt down over the fall even if he or she were not hurt. The person without any fear of heights would shake it off as just another day tempting fate.

        If the Longbottoms mental state before the curse was something like a person afraid of heights before falling then I think the affect of the curse would be mentally destroying e.g. living in ST Mungo’s.

    • thegiantsquid

      My question in response: do thestrals “cast” or have a certain spell that allows their magic to work, or are they just inherently magical with this property of only being visible by humans who have accepted and seen death? I always thought this was just a feature of thestrals, so if that was the case, then it would make sense that whenever the human near the thestral was in an acceptable frame of mind, he or she would then be able to see the thestrals because of the thestrals’ natural properties. Thoughts?

      • Pig-desk

        I think Thestrals may have something like a curse on them, something to “cast” a spell. What has to be determined is, does magic emanating from the Thestrals? If there is no magic being sent forth making it a “feature” not a spell then Harry should have seen them at the end of GOF and I would then have to cry oversight and Kat would not like that. ):P

  • FeatherSickle7662

    I WOULD SOOOOO WEAR THAT T-SHIRT!!

  • AccioPotassium!

    I was thinking what other book covers they could have use for the Goblet of Fire. I personally would have enjoyed the scene where Harry received information about the first task from Barty Crouch Jr. The Mad-eye Moody’s office cover would have a rather dark tone because of the many mysterious defensive dark magic items, but they could also have given a blast of bright colors to the front cover. This setting would have had many important parts of the plot without being too heavily with spoilers, they could have little Crouch disguise as Mad-eye Moody, his seven layer trunk, and the now famous Foe-Glass. The cover would be a perfect match of familiar magical mystery with the new dark atmosphere the series has now taken.

  • thenewtscamanders

    Regarding the thing with the antennae on the back of the US cover, could it be Rita Skeeter as a beetle?

    • BluntsSnitches&Bathsalts

      I actually thought the same thing but it’s rather large for a beetle

    • AccioPotassium!

      I started out thinking maybe Mary GrandPré was given the wrong information about Rita Skeeter’s animagus form when she was making the front book cover art. However if we look at the artwork of chapter thirty-seven, we see that the image is Rita in her beetle form. The Skeeter’s beetle image has an only slight remembrance of the giant ant on the back cover of the book, making it unlikely that the antennas were Rita Skeeter’s in the maze. If the strange bug like creature was Rita Skeeter, Mary GrandPré must have created the front cover art before the individual chapter art. This seems
      reasonable because the cover artwork is much more important in the long run. Nonetheless it seems to be most likely the image is a strange artist depiction of a Blast-Ended Skrewt because as BluntsSnitches&Bathsalts mentions before, and the description of the creature in chapter thirteen of GF, the information seems to point to the Skrewt.

  • RoseLumos

    I have a funny story when it comes to foreign book covers: I was in Israel and decided to get a copy of Deathly Hallows in Hebrew. The bookstore in Jerusalem (which seemed to be an Israeli chain) had two bookshelves in their children’s section – one in Hebrew and one in English. The English HP books were identical to the British children’s covers, while the Hebrew books had the American covers (backwards, of course since Hebrew is read from right to left). I always found it odd that they had different illustrations, especially if they same publisher was in charge of all Israeli HP books.

    I never really looked at Kazu’s covers but I really like them. I LOVE the back illustrations and the Hogsmeade case. I like when the covers can mesh the simple designs with the story telling designs.

    A little off topic, but did anyone else in the states go to Borders (RIP) for the Deathly Hallows release? They gave out full posters of Mary GrandPre’s cover. I immediately hung it in my room and it is there still. I love looking at it. I’m hoping that it becomes a collectible one day, although I doubt I would ever sell it!

  • Rachel

    I don’t like when Rosie is not on these episodes. The American covers are focused on too much in comparison. In fact, all the foreign covers are focused on more than the original UK Children’s covers. These have nostalgia for millions of people and are just brushed aside with little appreciation :(

  • grangerdanger

    I loved everyone’s insights on this episode! Kazu was great! So glad you were able to have him on the show. :)