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Promptly Potter is a MuggleNet.com podcast where we flex our critical analysis muscles and break down a question about the Harry Potter novels. During this year-long exploration, episodes will showcase alternating hosts covering one chapter through the lens of one prompt. Wands at the ready! Join in the conversation on MuggleNet’s social media channels by using #PromptlyPotter.
 
In the hallowed halls of Potterversity, hosts Katy McDaniel (Marietta College) and Emily Strand (Mt. Carmel College and Signum University) explore the Harry Potter series and wider Wizarding World from a critical academic perspective with scholars from a variety of fields, finding new ways to read and opening new doors. Made in association with http://MuggleNet.com.
 
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- In Chapter 21 of Half-Blood Prince, Harry attempts to gain entry into the Room of Requirement. Fortunately for Draco, the room seems to be designed to keep secrets. - Today’s prompt is: How did the Room of Requirement come to be, and how did Tom Riddle find it? - This episode is hosted by Bailey Alfaro. - Join in the conversation on MuggleNet’s s…
 
- In Chapter 20 of Half-Blood Prince, Harry and Dumbledore view two more memories related to young Voldemort. - Today’s prompt is: What might Voldemort have been doing that Dumbledore heard rumors of but did not yet make him a criminal wanted by the Ministry? - This episode is hosted by Geoff Hutton. - Join in the conversation on MuggleNet’s social…
 
Things are starting to get heated politically at the Ministry of Magic on chapter 11 of DH. Muggle-born wizards are being questioned and asked where they stole their wizarding powers from, Mundungus isn’t wild about being dragged back to the scene of his multiple crimes, and we get a mention of one Dolores Umbridge. In this episode, Helene and Adri…
 
- In Chapter 19 of Half-Blood Prince, Harry suffers a nasty Quidditch injury at the hands of Cormac McLaggen. While in the hospital wing, Harry sends Kreacher and Dobby to spy on Draco. - Today’s prompt is: Why would Voldemort have wanted Slughorn on his side, and why might he be valuable to Dumbledore aside from the memory? - This episode is hoste…
 
- In Chapter 18 of Half-Blood Prince, Ron accidentally drinks a love potion and Harry rushes him to Slughorn for an antidote. While there, Ron (once again, accidentally) drinks poisoned mead and Harry saves his life using a bezoar. - Today’s prompt is: Love potions should be illegal, and the use of them should be severely disciplined and litigated.…
 
- In Chapter 17 of Half-Blood Prince, Dumbledore tells Harry that Slughorn is withholding an important memory about young Voldemort. Now, Harry is meant to figure out how to get the memory from a very reluctant Slughorn. - Today’s prompt is: What magic is involved in tampering with a memory in the way that Slughorn does? - This episode is hosted by…
 
- In Chapter 16 of Half-Blood Prince, the winter holidays are underway and involve more political intrigue than Harry is used to. - Today’s prompt is: Is Harry unfairly harsh on Scrimgeour? What more should or could the Ministry be doing to fight Voldemort? - This episode is hosted by Geoff Hutton. - Join in the conversation on MuggleNet’s social m…
 
- In Chapter 15 of Half-Blood Prince, Slughorn's Christmas party causes even more romantic upset among the Hogwarts students. After being unceremoniously kicked out for party-crashing, Draco is cornered by Snape; Harry overhears their suspicious conversation. - Today’s prompt is: Tell us how the Rotfang Conspiracy is "working to bring down the Mini…
 
- In Chapter 14 of Half-Blood Prince, readers see that there are no differences between muggle and wizard teenagers when it comes to relationship drama and crushes. Harry pretends to slip Ron Felix Felicis before a Quidditch game, much to Hermione's displeasure. - Today’s prompt is: In what Muggle situation might Felix Felicis be useful for you? - …
 
- In Chapter 13 of Half-Blood Prince, Harry and Dumbledore use the pensieve once again. This time, they visit Dumbledore's memory of the orphanage where Voldemort grew up. - Today’s prompt is: The Pensieve is able to show Dumbledore's memory as "both rich in detail and satisfyingly accurate" due to his mental acuity and perceptiveness. Discuss. - T…
 
On this episode, your hosts talk about the politics of loyalty and exploitation, Kreacher and house elves’ status in wizarding society, Regulus’ betrayal of Voldemort, and much more. We want to hear from you! Leave us a voicemail: 915.996.1699 or email an mp3 recording to info@acciopolitics.com Do you prefer the written word? Send us an owl: info@a…
 
Discover how politics can be both Dark Arts and the defense against them in Harry Potter. Katy and Emily talk to John D. Nelson, Professor of Political Theory and Communication at the University of Iowa and author of Defenses Against the Dark Arts: The Political Education of Harry Potter and His Friends, published by Lexington Books in 2021, about …
 
- In Chapter 12 of Half-Blood Prince, Hermione questions the suspicious potions textbook Harry found. On the way back from Hogsmeade, Katie Bell is seriously injured by a cursed object; no one knows where she got it from. - Today’s prompt is: Is Fred and George's style of invention, including pranks that often cause bodily harm, any different or be…
 
On Episode 356 we discuss... → Dementor RAs → These books aren't here for romance → Nothing happens in the chapter... Except the most important inciting incident → Molly & Arthur/Lucius & Narcissa: ying and yang on judgments → Amos Diggory: the world's most annoying helicopter parent → The Weasleys might be unknowingly rich in Muggle money…
 
- In Chapter 11 of Half-Blood Prince, Harry - Gryffindor Quidditch Captain - hosts tryouts. During the tense event, Hermione does something uncharacteristic. - Today’s prompt is: Was Hermione right to Confund Cormac? - This episode is hosted by Princess Jhode Datu. - Join in the conversation on MuggleNet’s social media channels by using #PromptlyPo…
 
- In Chapter 10 of Half-Blood Prince, Harry and Dumbledore use the pensieve to learn about Voldemort's past. - Today’s prompt is: Was the Ministry negligent in leaving the clearly abused Merope on her own after arresting her father and brother? - This episode is hosted by Amy Hogan. - Join in the conversation on MuggleNet’s social media channels by…
 
This week, we talk about the politics of refuge and invisible work in Chapter 9 of DH as Harry and the gang flee Death Eaters in the Muggle and Wizarding world. We also talk about Leo DiCaprio, how books can provide refuge, and much more! We want to hear from you! Leave us a voicemail: 915.996.1699 or email an mp3 recording to info@acciopolitics.co…
 
- In Chapter 9 of Half-Blood Prince, the first day of term proves to be more interesting than usual. In the back of a cabinet, Harry finds a heavily-annotated potions textbook that helps him impress Slughorn. - Today’s prompt is: How did Snape's Potions book end up in the classroom cupboard, and, considering its annotations, why did no one else eve…
 
- In Chapter 8 of Half-Blood Prince, Hogwarts students enjoy their welcome feast as Dumbledore announces Slughorn as the new Potions professor. Snape, to Harry's horror, will now be teaching Defense Against the Dark Arts. - Today’s prompt is: Is Snape more suited to being a Potions teacher or Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher? - This episode is…
 
- In Chapter 7 of Half-Blood Prince, Harry thinks Draco could be a Death Eater. On the Hogwarts Express, he eavesdrops on the Slytherin's compartment. - Today’s prompt is: Why are Ron and Hermione so unwilling to believe Harry's suspicion that Draco might be a Death Eater? - This episode is hosted by Marica Laing. - Join in the conversation on Mugg…
 
This week, we talk about the politics of customs and superficiality in Chapter 8 of DH, which is all about Bill and Fleur’s wedding. We talk about the difference between the muggle and wizarding weddings, how some characters are obsessed with how things look (rather than how they are), and theorize what could have slipped through the security measu…
 
- In Chapter 6 of Half-Blood Prince, Harry, Hermione, and the Weasleys go back-to-school shopping in Diagon Alley and see first-hand how the war is changing things. - Today’s prompt is: What motivates Narcissa Malfoy to behave so confrontationally toward Harry given that Voldemort is putting her son's life on the line? - This episode is hosted by B…
 
- In Chapter 5 of Half-Blood Prince, Harry catches up with Ron and Hermione at the Burrow where he is staying until the start of term. - Today’s prompt is: Is Molly, Ginny, and Hermione's intolerance of Fleur based solely on her behavior, or on their own insecurity, jealousy, or idea of what intelligence looks like? - This episode is hosted by Prin…
 
On Episode 355 we discuss... → Check out episode 285 http://alohomorapodcast.com/episode-285-food-why-would-you-eat-that/ → Why a school for children has a dungeon → The wizard American library might be in the New York Public Library → How many deaths are worth the answer to a question → Downton Abbey House-elf style → snake poop → Gremlins & Tamag…
 
- In Chapter 4 of Half-Blood Prince, Dumbledore brings Harry along on his visit to Horace Slughorn, hoping the allure of Harry's fame will convince the man to accept a teaching position at Hogwarts. - Today’s prompt is: Did Slughorn's influence or lack thereof contribute to the fact that many Slug Club members became Death Eaters? - This episode is…
 
- In Chapter 3 of Half-Blood Prince, Dumbledore retrieves Harry from Privet Drive. While there, he chastizes the Dursleys for their treatment of Harry over the years. - Today’s prompt is: Why did Dumbledore wait until now to confront the Dursleys for their mistreatment of Harry? - This episode is hosted by Geoff Hutton. - Join in the conversation o…
 
- In Chapter 2 of Half-Blood Prince, Narcissa Malfoy visits Snape at his home against Voldemort's orders. Snape agrees to make an Unbreakable Vow with her, promising to protect Draco. - Today’s prompt is: Making an Unbreakable Vow reflects a lack of trust and a disregard for another's life - therefore, should it be classified as Dark Magic? - This …
 
Adri is joined by guest (and captive) host Seth to talk about one of the most hopeful chapters in the entirety of DH! And by that we mean that there are presents, kissing, and a lack of bad things happening to our boy for a change. Adri and Seth talk about the politics of secrets, dating books, and much more. We want to hear from you! Leave us a vo…
 
- In Chapter 1 of Half-Blood Prince, the Muggle Prime Minister meets with Cornelius Fudge who introduces the wizard accompanying him as Rufus Scrimgeour, the new Minister of Magic. The three of them discuss the war happening between Voldemort and the rest of the wizarding world. - Today’s prompt is: Should wizards help Muggles with problems that co…
 
- In Chapter 38 of Order of the Phoenix, the Ministry admits that Voldemort has returned and Harry returns to the Dursleys for the summer to ponder about the mysteries of ghosts. - Today’s prompt is: What is the process of becoming a ghost? Must the choice be made while still alive or upon one's death? How is the choice offered? - This episode is h…
 
- In Chapter 37 of Order of the Phoenix, Dumbledore reveals the truth to Harry, explaining how the young wizard's fate is intertwined with Voldemort's. - Today’s prompt is: What single piece of information did Dumbledore withhold in this conversation that he should have told Harry? Or did he give exactly the right amount of information? - This epis…
 
Let’s talk about how basically Hermione’s efforts to keep her family safe get glazed over in Chapter 6 of DH. We want to hear from you! Leave us a voicemail: 915.996.1699 or email an mp3 recording to info@acciopolitics.com Do you prefer the written word? Send us an owl: info@acciopolitics.com or leave us a message through our site. Find us online: …
 
- In Chapter 36 of Order of the Phoenix, Harry attempts to cast an Unforgivable Curse on Bellatrix and finds himself incapable of doing it. Ultimately, Voldemort himself shows up and Ministry officials watch as Dumbledore forces the evil wizard to flee. - Today’s prompt is: Knowing Harry successfully casts the Cruciatus Curse two years later, why i…
 
- In Chapter 35 of Order of the Phoenix, Death Eaters ambush Harry and his friends at the Ministry; fortunately, members of the Order of the Phoenix arrive. Bellatrix engages in a duel with Sirius, sending him flying through a mysterious veil that consumes and kills him. - Today’s prompt is: What is the veil, where did it come from, and what does t…
 
- In Chapter 34 of Order of the Phoenix, Harry, Ron, Hermione, Neville, Ginny, and Luna fly to London on thestrals. The group intends to enter the Ministry of Magic to save Sirius, but finds themselves in a maze of rooms in the Department of Mysteries. - Today’s prompt is: Each room in the Department of Mysteries studies some abstract concept (eg.,…
 
- In Chapter 33 of Order of the Phoenix, Hermione tricks Umbridge into the Forbidden Forest. Once there, the evil Headmistress takes the opportunity to gleefully insult the centaurs, resulting in her capture and abduction. - Today’s prompt is: Is it out of character for Hermione to disrespect centaurs by using them for her own purposes? Why does he…
 
Discover the transfiguring effects of reading the Harry Potter series on this month’s episode. Emily and Katy talk with Dr. Anne Mamary (Monmouth College) about her anthology The Alchemical Harry Potter: Essays on Transfiguration in J.K. Rowling’s Novels (McFarland 2021). We talk about the power of the Potter books and films, and how they not only …
 
- In Chapter 32 of Order of the Phoenix, the trio believes that Sirius is in danger and begins enacting a plan to leave Hogwarts and save him. - Today’s prompt is: What is it about Harry, or about Neville and Luna, that makes them so willing to follow him on his rescue mission of a man they know only as a mass murderer? - This episode is hosted by …
 
- In Chapter 31 of Order of the Phoenix, the fifth years are taking their O.W.L.s when Umbridge goes on a power trip, firing Hagrid and physically assaulting McGonagall. That night, Harry dreams that Sirius is being tortured. - Today’s prompt is: Given what we see of the practical magic performed for OWLs, is a Hogwarts education actually good prep…
 
Helene is back and we’re talking about chapter 4 of DH, where there are multiple Harrys involved (as well as one death we really don’t like talking about). We talk COVID, Martha Stewart’s peacocks, roadrunners, Hedwig, the saddest of tours, allyship, and strategic defense. We want to hear from you! Leave us a voicemail: 915.996.1699 or email an mp3…
 
- In Chapter 30 of Order of the Phoenix, Hagrid introduces Harry and Hermione to his half-brother, Grawp, who is an - albeit rather small - giant. - Today’s prompt is: Many believe that Grawp is not necessary to the story. What would change if he were not included? - This episode is hosted by Steph Martin. - Join in the conversation on MuggleNet’s …
 
- In Chapter 29 of Order of the Phoenix, Harry receives career advice from Professor McGonagall. - Today’s prompt is: Is on-the-job training sufficient for wizarding careers, or should there be further education? - This episode is hosted by Geoff Hutton. - Join in the conversation on MuggleNet’s social media channels by using #PromptlyPotter…
 
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