Episode 97 – OotP 19: The Secret Poet

We are back on the Quidditch Pitch this week! Join hosts Laura, Eric, Rosie, and guest host Nicole (author of The Parable of Harry Potter) as they swerve, dip, dive, and Wronski Feint through Chapter 19 of Order of the Phoenix!

On Episode 97 we discuss…

→ Episode 96 Recap: Gamp’s Law & the ROR; House Elves necessity; Where does the knowledge go?; Mind reading wonders
→ PQOTW Responses
→ OTP…Luna & Ron?
→ Did Umbridge set up the Slytherin/Gryffindor fight?
→ Just keep swimming, swimming, swimming…
Question of the Week
→ Check out the Alohomora! Store
→ A tribute

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  • PhoenixTears

    Laura:(( Sad you’re leaving, wishing you well. Guest host often!!

  • DisKid

    Ron’s position is a keeper. He stays be the goalposts and watches the quaffle and probably has the least communication with players next to the seeker. I never understood why, if he is so sensitive to that song, he does not use some sort of magic or even just ear plugs to block the song out that way he can focus on the game without worrying about the song. Even if the explanation is, it’s Ron he wouldn’t think of that, not even Hermione could suggest this? I’ve played sports and you’re going to get opposing fans/teammates shouting things at you, it’s part of sport competition. Block it out and focus on the game. Not that I’m not sympathetic towards Ron as things have been said to me that got me, but if you’re going to play you’ve got to learn how to deal.

    And on the quidditch ban…yeah definitely excessive! I’ve always wondered though, do brooms work in a similar way that driving does in the muggle world? Does the ministry ever ban anyone from riding a broom if they deem it necessary? I figured that would be the way she’d be banning him. Though perhaps not since obviously it didn’t go through later.

    • thegiantsquid

      I wonder if Ron were to cast a spell that blocked out noise, would he be able to block out just the song or would it have to be all noise? I think he would need the ability to hear in order to perform well and communicate with his teammates. Otherwise, good idea.

      • DisKid

        My personal opinion is that the keeper has the least amount of communication. His job is to keep his eyes open on the ball. And for the bit of communication he does need, they can find other ways to communicate. For example, I’m active in the Deaf community and they can play sports very well by communicating other ways and taking special precautions by being more alert. They can even play basketball which requires a lot of communication.

        • thegiantsquid

          I concede to your point, but with one small caveat: what if a Bludger was whistling toward him just out of his line of sight and a teammate wasn’t looking at him to warn him?
          I realized this is probably not something that happens super often, but that’s what I had in mind beyond just team communication. I still really like your idea though, and I am surprised Hermione didn’t think about it!

  • Snatch The Snitch

    Don’t have much input this week, but I just had to say that I seriously love Luna: Dat hat. I also just want to throw this out there, I’ve never thought to mention it on here before, that I’m a HP book collector. If anyone has the Sorcerer’s Stone “Exclusive Scholastic School Market Edition”, I’d pay happy to buy it off of you, if you’d be inclined to do so.

  • http://shefloolikeamadman.tumblr.com/ SheFlooLikeAMadman

    hey guys great episode as per uje — nice to hear Hufflepug and me name-checked for our lil roleplay scenario too, lol!

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    HERMIONE’S GENIUS.

    Okay, two things:

    1) I know ‘Protean’ is a word in its own right, but I wonder whether Jo was specifically thinking of the source, the shape-shifting Greek God Proteus, when she named the Charm? My instant reaction to hearing it was to think, ‘ah, is this another Chocolate Frog Card figure we haven’t heard about, like Circe? Was Proteus a famous transfigurer of ancient Greece?’

    2) O.G.M. guys! Hermione getting her cunning idea for the D.A. galleons from the Dark Arts/Mark is perfect reverse-foreshadowing of Malfoy’s plots, the next year, when he gets ideas from her — firstly about the Room of Requirement, secondly when he overhears her talking about how to smuggle potions (in his case poisons) into the school. There’s that cyclical plotting Jo is so brilliant at!

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    FANTASTIC HATS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM.

    Excellent catch about the hat-making Lovegoods doing lions and diadems!

    [Personally I always saw this is like a nice little tongue-in-cheek hint at them all being mad as hatters. ]

    I wonder if the Lovegoods could be distant relatives of Madame Bonhabille of Paris, who was responsible for making Peeves’ distinctive hat in 1876, as part of Headmistress Eupraxia Mole’s concessions to Peeves after he won a three-day stand-off against then-caretaker Rancorous Car-oh dear I am going Full Nerd here aren’t I forget I said anything.

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    WEASLEY IS OUR KING?

    Okay this may make me a terrible person but my immediate thought was: follow the bouncing ball … follow the bouncing Quaffle – cuz Weasley sure as heck won’t!

    TERRIBLE, TERRIBLE PERSON.

    Got to agree though that sports-chants were the natural progression, by this point Jo must’ve been starting to run out of ideas for how to switch things up a bit. And I, too, love the idea of week-long Quidditch matches. Anyone who can stay on their broom, let alone catch the Snitch after that length of play, deserves all the points they can get in my opinion!

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    MCGONAGALL.

    I love McGonagall loosening up this year, that she shows herself as actually willing to throw the rules out the window when it really matters, just like Hermione! ^_^ It’s what makes her a Gryffindor rather than a Ravenclaw, too: when there’s a point of principle involved, she’ll snap, lose her temper (typical fiery Gryff! ) and speak her mind, even when it’s not terribly politic to do so.

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    S.P.V.A.M. SOCIETY FOR THE PROMOTION OF VIOLENCE AGAINST MALFOY

    Can I just call to order this first meeting of the S.P.V.A.M. and offer the observation that when it comes to Malfoy, what goes around comes around – although apparently this doesn’t apply to snitches, since he’s never actually managed to catch one.

    Seriously though guys: I’m a pretty chill person, but have you honestly never felt that tingly ~woosh down your arm when someone reallyreally R EA LLY ~*R E A L L Y*~ annoys you and you suddenly realise ‘OH, I AM GOING TO S-L-A-P THIS SON OF A BUNDIMUN!’

    No? Just me??

    (this may or may not be the Gryff in me speaking)

    Ahem…

    (Well thank you, Jo, for nailing that feeling, perfectly. Yeah, Jo feels me. She knows what’s up.)

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    THE LUDICROUS LIFE-BAN

    I can’t help feeling if I’d been there I would’ve asked Umbridge sweetly if she meant the ban was going to last for Harry’s life or for hers?
    *butterwouldn’tmelt*

    My feeling was that Umbridge taking the Harry out of Quidditch and the Quidditch out of Harry has as much to do with personal malice as a desire to affect Harry’s (problematic) popularity. It would be typical of short-sighted Umbridge to think that taking the broom would actually hinder Harry’s ability get around though. C’mon. He’ll just hijack a flying vehicle or rustle up a winged horse or free a dragon or get a House-Elf to spring him. He’s Harry Flippin’ Potter.

    ————————————-
    Thank you Laura, sad to see you go…

    I feel like there’s probably a HP quote I could use here about loss and bereavement and you never truly leaving us but I don’t think that would help with the whole ‘trying not to cry’ problem so instead I shall simply wish you the best of luck.

    May your cup runneth ever over with Felix Felicis. ^_~

    • Snatch The Snitch

      Nice tumblr; very creative. I enjoyed the gifs

      • http://shefloolikeamadman.tumblr.com/ SheFlooLikeAMadman

        Oh! *pleasant surprise* Thank you, thank you every much! (haven’t updated in ages — I’d forgotten I even linked that on my Disqus ^_^’)

  • Ellen Dawn

    Laura! We will miss you dearly. Good luck with all of your future endeavors.

  • UmbridgeRage aka Dan Sharp

    Singing the kind of song that the Slytherins sing to Ron is very common in Britain at football (soccer) matches.

  • AccioPotassium!

    In this chapter, it was reported that Ronald Weasley performed a simply amazing kick during a normal Quidditch practice session. Ronald Weasley was somehow able to accidentally kick a standard quaffle across the field into one of the opposing goal posts. I find Ronald’s fantastic kicking action to be almost impossible. According to “Quidditch through the ages”, the average length of a quidditch field is about five-hundred feet long. In comparison, the average length of an international soccer field is about 330 feet long. So Ronald would have to kick a quaffle farther than an average soccer field to complete his task. This task would be almost impossible even for a professional soccer player, so I find it very unlikely that an untrained person would be able to complete this amazing kick. We also have to remember that Ron was not intending on kicking the quaffle, so he could not have placed all of his physical strength in kicking the quaffle across the field.
    Unless there is some extremely unnoticeable magic going on here, I find it very unlikely that our king could do such an incredible kick.

    • ChocolateFrogRavenclaw

      Didn’t think of that before, but that’s a great point! I think there must be magic involved. Maybe I made this up, but does it say somewhere that Quaffles have spells put on them that make them fall slower (gravity has a lesser effect)? If so, this kind of magic could be involved in propelling the ball.

      • AccioPotassium!

        You’re not mistaken about the modern quaffle being bewitched. According to “Quidditch through the ages”, Daisy Pennifold bewitched the quaffle to descend similar to objects sinking through water. This allowed quidditch players to easily grab the quaffle without the ball hitting the ground, which was an issue at the time.

        Unfortunately, this probably won’t help Ronald’s chances in completing his amazing goal.
        I’m assuming that Daisy Pennifold must have bewitched the quaffle to have a lighter density, because of the description on page 21, which mentions an analogy about objects sinking through water. The reason why objects sink in water is because they have larger densities compared to the surrounding water. Density is equal to the mass divided by volume, D = m/ V. This same effect also applies to our atmosphere, where heavier gases stay closer to the earth’s surface, while lighter gases are less affected by the earth’s gravity. Diatomic molecules such as Helium or Hydrogen are actually able to leave the Earth’s atmosphere because of their light densities. We probably all remember that weight doesn’t affect the speed of which objects fall in a vacuum. A cannon ball will fall at the exact same speed as a raven feather in a vacuum. This is because gravity is the only force acting upon both of the selected objects. However, if there is air surrounding our dropped items, the cannon ball will reach the ground first. This is because there is air resistance acting on both substances. This is where density comes into play. Objects with smaller densities will have a harder time moving through the air, because they would have to use more energy to push the other air molecules away when being dropped or kicked.

        In the current case of our redheaded King, the quaffle which has a smaller density will stay in the air longer compared to the non-bewitched quaffle. However, because of its smaller density, the bewitched quaffle will slow down faster compared to the non-bewitched quaffle. Thus the bewitched quaffle would be significantly more difficult to kick five-hundred feet across the field.

        • ChocolateFrogRavenclaw

          thank you so much for your explanation!! do you think there might be a chance that someone else tampered with it? I still agree with you that there is no way Ron could have kicked it that far…

          • AccioPotassium!

            The two initial individuals which come to mind would have to be Miss Granger and Dobby the house-elf. Both of these characters have personally interfered with the inner workings of the rather ridiculous game of Quidditch in the past. The major problem with these choices would have to be that bewitching a Quaffle to be more powerful wouldn’t help our redheaded king’s enlightenment of self-confidence However, this probably wouldn’t stop Dobby in the slightest because of what happen in the events of the second novel.
            The Quaffle used in Ron’s impossible kick could have been one of the enchanted Quaffles, in which Ronald bewitched to fly towards him during his secret practice sessions. The magic of the self-propelling Quaffle might have continued to be into effect and was accidentally chosen for normal Quidditch practice. Although, this is unlikely to be true, because our King was unable to master the art of making objects go after him at the time.
            Another unlikely, but possible explanation behind Ron’s amazing kicking action could be that he was in a potentially dangerous situation. Wizards & Witches might give out large amounts of energy during life threatening circumstances. This effect could be similar to how underage magical folk are able to release unexpected magic during times of anger and frustration. Neville’s bounce is a perfect example of this possible safety phenomenon. Since Ron was barely hanging onto his broom, he could have been building up his potential magic energy, and then unexpectedly release the energy into the Quaffle.

    • DisKid

      I’d say another explanation is JK Rowling isn’t sporty and didn’t realize exactly how incredible a kick like that would be!

      • AccioPotassium!

        I would have to agree with you here. I don’t think JK Rowling had fully thought through Ronald’s amazing kick at the time. We do know that Rowling was having trouble making the Quidditch scenes interesting. So she might have unwisely added this moment solely for entertainment purposes for chapter nineteen.

  • Hufflepug

    Aw Laura! <3 Good luck in all that you'll be doing in the future. You will be missed so much.

  • Hufflepug

    I know that songs and chants are common at sporting events, especially English football, but the difference between that and “Weasley is our king” is that Malfoy wrote this song specifically to play on Ron’s insecurities so he would choke. We know this because Malfoy and his gang watched the Gryffindors practice and could pick up on how easily Ron gets flustered because of his insecurities. Plus they take it to the hallways and the classrooms etc, which has nothing to do with Quidditch. That is definitely bullying.

    • Snatch The Snitch

      It’s definitely much more personal for Malfoy and Ron, for that matter, even for Gryffindor and Slytherin than the sport of Quidditch. To the professors im sure it seemed like nothing more than sport chanting.

    • RoseLumos

      It reminds me of going to my college basketball games. Our team would always chant stuff at the visiting team and it was usually just for fun until the time a few people started taunting a player because his mother died. I don’t remember what the exact repercussions were but I do remember our team’s coach made a statement saying that it wasn’t good sportsmanship to mock someone’s family. He made it known that those few people did not represent our team. If Snape was an honest person, he probably should have said something about how the song did not represent Slytherin’s morals, but I doubt that would ever happen.

      • Hufflepug

        Wow, what an awful thing to do. That shows how well these books really do reflect real-life problems that many readers have to deal with.

      • SlytherinKnight

        I don’t know if it’s the same thing but at my school, we had a group of fans that were dedicated to heckling the opposing team. And yes, they did go overboard quite a bit and it does put a damper on the experience of going to a big rivalry game when there are directed attacks on a single player in regarding to their personal life, if you want to heckle keep it to the players’ on-the field actions not their personal life.

        And what Malfoy did with the song is both a directed attack on Ron as well as just regular sports fans’ heckling their opponent. The lines in the song about Quidditch were just regular heckling while the lines about being ‘born in a bin’ as well as what Malfoy said after the match went much to far. However, since when have we seen the Hogwarts Professors ever do anything to stamp out bullying. It is a bit like the bullying situation 10-15 years ago, most people didn’t believe it to be a huge problem or that it was just a fact of life, a way to harden a child up. While in HP, there were not really any truly bad consequences coming from bullying, though there are foreshadowing (Hermione being in the bathroom 1st year, Myrtle haunting and several others that I can’t remember) that something could have happened.

        • RoseLumos

          I never even considered Myrtle, but yes, she did die as a weird consequence of being bullied, although I don’t think it was Olive’s fault that a basilisk showed up at just the right time. However, look at Snape. Who knows, if James and Sirius were nicer to him, perhaps he wouldn’t have gravitated to friends who led him to becoming a Death Eater. Hogwarts really doesn’t care about bullying at all. How is it one of the best schools in Britain?

      • ChocolateFrogRavenclaw

        I’ve been a part of the Cal/Stanford rivalry since I was born and sometimes people cross lines. It is interesting who closely this relates to real life sports situations. But I agree – Snape would never say anything.

    • UmbridgeRage aka Dan Sharp

      I’ve heard that English football fans can get very personal with their songs about player’s personal lives, not that I know living in Australia. Wasn’t there an uproar a few years ago about Russian fans chanting racist songs to black players in their league?

      • Hufflepug

        I didn’t hear about that but it seems like something that would happen. FIFA has that ongoing campaign to stop racism, so I’m sure that’s not the only incident.

      • Hufflepug

        Also your Disqus name is awesome!

        • UmbridgeRage aka Dan Sharp

          Thanks. Was reminded why this is my 6th favorite Potter book during this reread. God, I hate Umbridge. I sometimes wish I could reach into the page and slap that woman. Hence, my Disqus name was born.

          • Hufflepug

            YUP. The only good thing about Umbridge scenes is seeing other people (cough-McGonagall-cough) get all sassy on her.

    • thegiantsquid

      We don’t see anyone reprimand the Slytherins, but we don’t know that for sure, and any of the professors might have spoken to them only to be interrupted by a little “hem, hem” and an explanation that their song is all in the nature of the sport. That seems like a plausible scenario to me.

      • Hufflepug

        You’re absolutely right. If McGonagall had more power than Umbridge at this moment, that would have ended fast. But unfortunately, we all know how much Umbridge loves being powerful.

        “It is a curious thing, Harry, but perhaps those who are best suited to power are those who have never sought it.” i.e. not Umbridge. Yup, Dumbledore’s wisdom is applicable even in the minor plots :)

  • flighty_temptress

    First: NOOOOO LAURAAAAA!!!! how will I be able to share my love for all things Weasley twins? Sadface.

    Second: Hi, how are ya? I’ve been catching up with alohomora since last summer and I’ve finally made it! i love you guys and I look forward to contributing to discussions now that I will actually be current.

    Third: Podcast stuff. I honestly think Umbridge banning Harry and the Weasley twins shows just how far her allegiances go for Slytherin. Her team just lost a big match against their biggest rivals and, as most muggles know, this is an infuriating feeling. She was probably looking for any excuse to punish the Gryffindor team and if she had not been able to execute it here, I’m sure she would have later. Confiscating the brooms seems super excessive to me but, again, I’m sure that she didn’t want the 3 boys to even be able to practice with the team, even if they couldn’t compete in matches. Again, she didn’t want the team to win anymore since she favors Slytherin to win the Quidditch cup and banning, arguably, the best 3 players from helping the team would go a long way. It is funny to me that the Weasley twins are able to get them back with a simple summoning charm, although I think it must have been very powerful given the adrenaline that must have been going through them at that moment.

    Fouth (and last): Don’t know if this has been mentioned or not, but I was reading another book and I came across the word ‘umbrage’. I immediately looked it up and it means ‘offence or annoyance’ also, ‘shade or shadow, especially as cast by trees’. Obviously, this is where Jo got inspiration for Umbridge’s name. OGM moment? I think so.

    • Hufflepug

      Yay, welcome to the comments! :)

      I always wondered about that summoning charm too. Do you think that maybe, as a folly, Umbridge didn’t put any protective spells on the brooms so in case someone tried to summon them she would know and then would be able to punish them further? That seems like something she would do.

    • Snatch The Snitch

      Umbridge probably didn’t think anyone had the fortitude to summon the brooms. Didn’t Umbridge secure Harry’s Firebolt more after the Twins summoned theirs? Can’t remember at the moment.

      • flighty_temptress

        Yes, someone says that she put it in the dungeons with a troll as guard. But that’s just a rumor of course.

    • thegiantsquid

      The Weasley twins are my favorite too, so we can fangirl (boy?) together. :)

      I agree that Umbridge certainly wanted Slytherin to win, but I think more likely she just wanted to ruin everything for Harry, who conveniently gave her a reason to punish him, and because she had to punish him she needed to punish George (and Fred apparently) to keep it consistent, plus I imagine those two give her a huge amount of grief during their classes. I do think there was a slight Slytherin motivation though too.

      • thegiantsquid

        I also think it’s definitely a way to keep Harry isolated from his classmates. Beat him down emotionally and he’ll have less reason to fight.

      • Snatch The Snitch

        LOL@ the thought of the Weasley Twins in Umbridge’s class. Never really pondered that

  • PuffNProud

    Laura: Best of luck to you in your endeavors! (Ok, so it’s movie cannon, but it fits…) “The ones that love us never really leave us.” You’re always in our hearts!

  • PuffNProud

    And I also did not read Luna as having an interest in Ron other than her normal penetrating inquisitiveness. That totally threw me! I thought Ron accusing Luna of “taking the mickey” would have quashed that at the beginning! It’s not until HBP that Luna indicates “[Ron] can be a bit unkind. I noticed that last year.” I’ll have to reread OTP much more carefully!

  • RoseLumos

    My new job is a resident supervisor at a boarding school so I thought I would throw my input into the Harry-Ron-Draco bullying situation. First, it’s amazing that in the last 11 years since Order of the Phoenix was released how much the topic of bullying has dominated the news. Today, bullying is not something teachers ignore and is swept under the rug. It’s a serious issue that is now something that can not only result in detention or suspension but in expulsion and, in some cases, arrests. At my school we have rules posted on the walls that the students all have to read, cautioning them that it is no longer something that there will be serious consequences if they are found to be a bully.

    I bring the subject up because we recently has a similar situation at the school. Three boys were talking when one of them told an ethnic joke. One of the boys, who happened to be of that ethnicity, got offended and slapped the first student in the face. The boys were brought into the director’s office (he is similar to a principle or headmaster) where they were both punished – one for making the comment and one for his physical action. They were “campused” which is our version of grounded, meaning they were not allowed to go on a scheduled field trip the next day. They were also given “points” on their record. If they accumulate enough bad points they can be asked to leave (which, unfortunately, did happen to one of them after another incident). Looking back, I think the punishment was reasonable. Both boys were made aware that each of their actions was wrong. They were also denied a chance to do something fun while losing personal points.

    Relating it back to the chapter, I feel that so many things about the “Weasley is Our King” situation were handled wrong. First, Draco should have been punished for actively bullying Ron, especially in such a public way. Second, Harry and George should have received a just punishment for their actions. Yes, they were in a fight, but it was their first serious violent offensive. I believe McGonagall was about to give out a reasonable punishment before Umbridge stormed in. To relate it to my situation, I would have taken points away from Slytherin and Gryffindor, plus gave Draco, Harry, and George detention and make them stay back from the next Hogsmeade trip. Also, the one and only thing Umbridge and I have in common is that I also believe Fred should have been punished. He did make threatening motions and would have hurt Draco, which really is not okay. Just another reason to add to my “Hogwarts really doesn’t know what they are doing” list.

    Last but not least, good luck on your future, Laura! We will all miss you! I’m sure you will be amazing at whatever you do next! Also, I caught your blog’s Disney reference. It’s Beauty and the Beast, if I am correct!

    • ChocolateFrogRavenclaw

      I completely agree that the situation was handled poorly on the part of Hogwarts. Taunting someone’s financial or family situation just to mess with him is, in my opinion a serious offense – especially considering that these guys are still only teenagers! By not punishing anyone, the teachers are more or less telling them that it is okay to bully people and draw out others insecurities just for your benefit.

  • AccioPotassium!

    I’m not certain if Professor Umbridge had any involvement with the fiasco during and after the quidditch match. There seems to be a reasonable degree of arguments to be made with either outcome when questioning about Umbridge’s secret motives. Dolores Umbridge has shown to be definitely capable of plotting such a scheme and she seems to have a strong bias towards the Slytherin house. She could have influence Draco Malfoy in some direct or indirect way about the “Weasley is our King” song, and she could have gave Draco some incentive in provoking Harry Potter during the match. One of Umbridge’s main goals in her teaching career is to try to make Harry Potter seem untrustworthy and dangerous to the public opinion. If Umbridge was secretly planning a scheme during the quidditch match, she has definitely achieved one of her intended goals as a teacher.
    The largest problem with this Umbridge conspiracy theory would have to be, that Draco Malfoy has always been this awful. I don’t think Draco Malfoy needs any extra incentive to be despicable towards any of his enemies. The idea behind his composed song seems to be his brand of hurtful thinking, in which we see him proudly displays throughout the seven novels.

  • Claire Marie

    I’m with Eric on the Weasley is Our King. Everything about Ron’s playing is fair game. It hits our hearts because we so want Ron to do well and he doesn’t. I have definitely sang crude chants at a college football game – especially against Florida State (haha Go Tigers!). I think it is also similar to shouting “air ball” at a basketball game and capitalizing on the poor performance of a player.

  • ChocolateFrogRavenclaw

    I, too, was pretty upset with the Slytherins for their cruel chant. However, I think it was genius on the part of JK Rowling. In many forms of media, bullying is portrayed in the stereotypical way – shoving people into lockers, gossip, etc. And while this is still a massive problem, there are other forms of bullying that don’t directly seem like they that can hurt people. Growing up, my family was (and still is!) very invested in the Cal-Stanford rivalry. However, it always bothered me when the rivalry crossed the line. Cheering for your team and cheering against the other team are, in my opinion, two different things. It always made me sad to see students of such fine Universities putting others down – the same way it made me upset to see a group of students root against one student rather than cheering on their own players. Rowling, by tying bullying into sports rivalry, is showing the negative effects some of these things can have.
    That said, I think that rivalry and competition are extremely important. I agree with the hosts that the original cheer (Weasley is Our King) wasn’t that bad, but the digs at Ron’s family crossed the line. School and house spirit play big roles in the Harry Potter novels, and I appreciate Jo for taking it to all extremes to show her readers what does and does not work.

    Go Bears!

  • Luna LoveDuck

    Just wanted to thank Laura for always being awesome! I’m also SUPER looking forward to book 7, though I certainly hope you guest host before then. And yay for Nicole as well! I have really been enjoying the Becoming Harry Potter series, keep up the good work!

  • spellephant

    You will be missed, Laura! Good luck to you, and hope to see (er, hear) you guest host often!

  • Snatch The Snitch

    Did anyone hear the bad news?(IMO) David Yates will be directing Fantastic Beasts -__________-

    • Hufflepug

      Let’s just hope JKR has a long, lengthy talk with him about how the tone she wants for this movie is completely different (presumably) than the darkness of the last four HP films…….

      • Snatch The Snitch

        I agree, Rowling being so invested has to count for something and is the reason I still remain optimistic. The tone of 5-8 didn’t really bother so much compared to the adaptation choices. I think the majority book fans concur that the movies are bad adaptations. To be fair, it obviously wasn’t just Yates’s fault, there were many others involved that can share some blame. Also, I usually love adaptations: LOTR, The Hobbit(mostly), Game of Thrones, even HBO’s new adaptation of The Leftovers. I could get into more specifs but I guess I just wish they went in a new direction for these films. The good things are that Rowling has a major role in this movie and it isn’t an adaptation of a book. Let’s hope she’s as involved with all three movies.

        • Hufflepug

          Yeah, I guess it wasn’t necessarily the tones that bothered me – I mean, they were supposed to be dark – but that they ignored many of the lighter moments from the books. I just hope that the time limit of the movies won’t cause them to write a story that isn’t as rich as it could have been. But I really don’t see JKR having any less of a role later on. She’s close with Yates and they must work together very well by now. :)

    • RoseLumos

      I just hope they pick one director for the whole series. I rather have consistency than a weird tone.

      • Snatch The Snitch

        Yeah, hopefully consistency will be a good thing; although, Yates did direct 5-8. Consistency didn’t seem to help much with those movies. I guess I would’ve liked them to try someone new. Rowling’s close involvement is the reason I remain optimistic at this point. My real question is: will Rowling be as closely involved with all of the Fantastic Beasts films? That’s the kind of consistency it needs