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Part two of part one of act one... the next bit of the play. The first play. Of the two plays that make up the one play, The Cursed Child.We very nearly didn't finish this one thanks to some nasty Audacity file corruption, but thanks to some heroics you get to hear this nearly-lost episode! We discuss the second chunk of our first reading, which in…
 
Cursed Child Part One Act One (first half of)We're finally here! The play that has loomed over us for the entire run of the podcast is finally in our hands. After years of hearing about the Trolley Witch and reading complaints about Mary Sues... it's time for Cursed Child!We went very long on this episode, so I've split it into two almost 2 hour ep…
 
This is an audio-only version of this holiday season gaming video for anyone who wants Shriek content but can't watch for whatever reason! Maybe you're at work or somethin'. Enjoy! It's time to play the legendary game... the awful Deathly Hallows third-person shooter. Remember when PC ports were a total crapshoot? This is from that dark age, so it'…
 
NOTE: This is an audio-only version of a let's play! It's not really a podcast; however, on the off chance you want to hear us chat over a game but don't have access to video right now, this is for you!For the second part of our December extravaganza, we take a look at one of the more well-liked pieces of HP series nostalgia: the tie-in Lego-brande…
 
This is an audio only version! There's a video version available as well, just in case you missed it.GRINCH VIBES TONIGHT! We're experimenting with occasional video content, and what better way to kick things off than a blind run through our favorite (airquotes) clothing company's Christmas lookbook? Discover the secrets of the Christmas Wizard, ho…
 
We make our glorious return to shake off the cobwebs, chat about scams involving beloved 2000s brands, and lay out some predictions for the third Fantastic Beasts movie that is still happening, somehow. SUPPOSEDLY the real answers are out there... we wouldn't know, though.We're talking about Fantastic Beasts a lot here which means I should give a g…
 
Deathly Hallows Pt. 2 film. The time has come! Before our well-earned pre-Cursed Child break, we watched the final Harry Potter film, and we have so many questions. What worked? What didn't? What was changed? Why is Molly standing everywhere? Why did Voldemort bust when Ron and Hermione destroyed the cup of Ravenclaw? And did this mf really say pon…
 
Deathly Hallows epilogue. We did it! We've crossed the finish line. While we still have the movie and more to cover, we're officially finished with the 7 books proper. Does the epilogue provide any emotional closure or worthwhile information to round out the rushed final chapter before it, or does it earn its fairly scornful reputation even among d…
 
Deathly Hallows chapter 35. This is it. This is the end of Harry Potter proper--sure, we still have to read an epilogue, but this is where the Story Ends! And what an ending it is. For a book this long, it sure sprints to a conclusion, and we're here in this bumper-length episode to do our best to pick up all of the threads it leaves hanging. When …
 
Note: this was recorded before the WHOM COULD HAVE FORESEEN news about the game--tune in next week for that oneDeathly Hallows chapter 35. We had an extra week to let this chapter sink in, but did it help? We try to parse the Matrix Revolutions chapter where Harry talks to a Dumbledore ghost inside his head who claims that this is all happening in …
 
Deathly Hallows chapter 35. We check in with what life is like with a Snape Jersey and dish about the latest Fantastic Beasts production mishaps before getting theological (again)! This week's chapter is a fan favorite, full of emotional moments and inspiring quotes about death that you've probably seen on coffee mugs, forum signatures, and tattoos…
 
Deathly Hallows chapter 33. It's here: the prophesied episode has finally arrived. And since we also have some big news to discuss (as well as some personal conspiracy theories about the TV rumors) this episode is another blockbuster length banger! So, how do we actually feel about Snape's big chapter, after all this time? The answer might surprise…
 
Deathly Hallows chapter 32. The Brand has a new hero! We wonder aloud what, if anything, this changing of the guard could mean--and then suit up to drop into the Battle of Hogwarts for another chapter filled to the brim with war movie tropes. Once the flashbang wears off and the sound comes back, it's off to the titular Shrieking Shack for a big sp…
 
Deathly Hallows chapter 31. With little actual news (except Gamer Anguish) we spend our news segment taking a Fantastic Beasts quiz that really goes places. Then we're off to our chapter, which, while not as completely off the rails and unique as last week's, is still jam packed with stuff to talk about. And I really do mean jam-packed--this is a L…
 
Deathly Hallows chapter 30. We ring in the new year with, no joke, one of the weirdest chapters in the entire series. A few of you warned us about this one (or else gleefully mentioned that something was coming) but nothing could have prepared us for what awaits here: somehow, a chapter even stranger, funnier, and more out of character than any of …
 
Deathly Hallows chapter 29. Just when we thought this book had no surprises left, it hits us with one of the funniest chapters in the series. This one was written for us: it's full of so many things that feel like they were in-jokes written just for us, it's a little spooky. We also learn all about the Incredible Future of the Brand, do a little Ch…
 
Deathly Hallows chapter 28. We spend a weird amount of time talking about mouths before catching up on the latest reports from Fantastic Beasts film production world and, for some reason, Good Housekeeping, where JKR deigned to give an interview this week. This episode's chapter is fairly lurid and dark, but we keep it light by chatting about bread…
 
Deathly Hallows chapter 27. We're back! And we're calling Mads in to ask hey, c'mon, do you really need to be in a Harry Potter movie? Plus, some questions for the other actors who had a lot to say a few months ago. Then we theorize about what on earth this Frankenstein movie could possibly look like when it finally arrives in 2021 (or is it 2022?)…
 
Deathly Hallows chapter 26. After our double-length news blowout last week, we don't have too much to cover this episode, save for some updated Fantastic Beasts casting rumors and some speculation about the general future of the franchise. Our chapter this week is another heist, during which Harry casts an unforgivable curse like ten times without …
 
Deathly Hallows chapter 25. With both our lives making this week extremely busy, we almost didn't make it together to record this week--but here we are, because the news stops for no one! We discuss all of the massive Fantastic Beasts news that came out right after last week's episode was in the can, from Johnny Depp's exit from the franchise to JK…
 
Deathly Hallows chapter 24. With absolutely nothing going on in the real world, we immerse ourselves in a backlog of Wizarding World news. Last week we watched the midpoint film; this episode, we continue reading the novel, and learn all about Harry's sudden discovery of labor as a political concept and (second? third?) bout of religious mania. Two…
 
Deathly Hallows Part 1 film. As is tradition, we spend longer than the runtime of the actual film walking through and breaking down the first of the two movies based on The Deathly Hallows! Where does it rank compared to the other adaptations? What does it do with the awful source material? Did it really need to be split into two films, and do we b…
 
Deathly Hallows chapter 23. We receive an update from an anonymous benefactor regarding the Harry Potter pin collecting scene before we check in on an unfortunate Yahoo op ed about whether or not it's okay to play the video g- sorry, whether it's okay to wear a halloween costume. Then we chat about the continuing Fantastic Beasts production drama b…
 
Deathly Hallows chapter 22. We investigate the Wizarding World brand's Halloween plans for this year and end up stumbling into some incredible Christmas lore instead before discussing a chapter that finally honors the REAL heroes: podcasters. We also chat about the ever-unraveling state of the story's theology, worldbuilding and politics before tak…
 
Deathly Hallows chapter 21. After checking in with Buzzfeed to see how they're handling Harry Potter clickbait these days, we finally learn all about the Tale of the Three Brothers: a wizarding world story so common, why, everyone knows of it! We also learn about a bunch of aphorisms and other cultural artifacts that surely anyone would recognize, …
 
Deathly Hallows chapter 20. We catch up with Eddie Redmayne and the WB Game Studios statements on Rowling before making our way through an absolutely dire chapter where all of our heroes are unrecognizable, even by the shifting standards of book 7. Arguing about what 'rook' means, having youth pastor chats, and holding extremely strong opinions abo…
 
Deathly Hallows chapter 19. We chat about JKR's t-shirt and the dogshit TERF-etsy she is boosting, contemplate the impending (perhaps already complete?) merger between radfems and the far right, and wonder if WB will ever actually do anything (they won't, but it's fun to think about). Then we go long on a chapter that feels like a story reaching it…
 
Deathly Hallows chapter 18. We discuss *inhales* the Vancouver billboard funded by hateful people riding a hateful billionaire's coattails, the initial Troubled Blood review that got things kicking off this week, the continued Troubled Blood reviews from The Guardian that revealed how it's actually WORSE than the initial review made it sound, the p…
 
Surprise! Here's our mega-length news segment for this week, hot and fresh. Didn't seem fair to make people pay up to hear it early. We discuss *inhales* the Vancouver billboard, the initial Troubled Blood review that got things kicking off this week, the continued Troubled Blood reviews from The Guardian (very helpful, thanks!), the apparent pile …
 
Deathly Hallows chapter 17. Oh my god, an actually good chapter? It sounds too good to be true, but we had a blast reading this oddly self-contained story that starts as a spooky horror movie and ends with an outrageous and strangely endearing Voldemort sequence. We also learn all about The Butterbeer Bosses, engage with a listicle trying its best …
 
Deathly Hallows chapter 16. We have a heaping helping of news to catch up on, including some Fantastic Beasts production news that sends us down a rabbit hole of cursed movie plot and casting speculation. Our chapter this week is strange, combining some irritating worldbuilding and plot problems with a surprisingly affecting personal drama that end…
 
Deathly Hallows chapter 15. On this powerful mega-episode, we immerse ourselves in an Audio Experience, watch the Snyder Cut trailer, check in on JK Rowling's favorite new Epic Win Gentleman twitter guys--and that's all before we get to the chapter! This week's camping adventure sees Ron going Boromir Mode, so naturally we talk about Lord of the Ri…
 
Deathly Hallows chapter 14. It's the beginning of the god damn camping sequence, but that's okay: we've got a rowdy news segment and a pepe-silvia conspiracy to weave about the original chapter order of this book to spice things up! Plus, our continued adventures on Reddit as we shore up our karma stocks as we prepare to select a House to apply to.…
 
Deathly Hallows chapter 13. We're back from our week off, which was in no way timed to coincide with a certain author's superyacht cruise! We discuss Jo's pilgrimage to the infinite money trousers (maskless, natch) and a few bits and pieces we missed last week before completing the Ministry Heist we left off in the middle of last episode. Hermione …
 
Episode 124: KD/A With a break in the news cycle, we take a look at Funko pops and imagine a world where GRRM and JKR swapped places. Then we examine 'Magic is Might', a chapter that turns book 7 into a heist movie all of a sudden, simultaneously becoming the most entertaining and most baffling chapter so far. We even have a conspiracy theory to sh…
 
Deathly Hallows chapter 11. We discuss expensive Zoom calls and the mysteries of faith, and then pick apart our relatively complex feelings on a chapter that has some of the best moments of the book so far, but also some of the worst. Finally, we explore some more old pre-book 7 ending predictions, and discover one so powerful it derails the entire…
 
Deathly Hallows chapter 10. We predicted TWO things that came true in this week's news segment, which is a spooky way to start a mega-length episode! Cormoran Strike's naming conventions, Muggle posters, spell utility, and, uh, slavery in the Wizarding World are all on the docket this week, along with much much more--including some more classic end…
 
Deathly Hallows chapter 9. We sort through this week's massive pile of news--J.K's garbage tweets, the Harper's letter, the Harry Potter at Home program, and more--before discussing a chapter so bad it threatens to rattle the entire book apart not even a quarter of the way in. Why is there a grenade spell now? Why is Hermione's character now "mom"?…
 
Deathly Hallows chapter 8. We catch up with J.K's latest Twitter drama with Stephen King and discuss the feelings of mutiny apparently brewing among the developers of the still-yet-to-actually-be-announced AAA Harry Potter video game. Then we take a trip to a wedding that's just as excruciatingly boring as a Muggle wedding, only some stuff floats I…
 
Deathly Hallows chapter 7. We speculate who could be called in as a celebrity ringer for the troubled Harry Potter At Home audiobook series and tear into a chapter that has it all. PUA books! Convenient plot dreams! Teen drama! Flesh memories!? This chapter isn't good, but it's certainly interesting. Finally, we take another trip in our time machin…
 
Deathly Hallows chapter 6. We do a little bit of catching up with the fallout of last week's Rowling drama, and speculate on the future of Fantastic Beasts and the beleaguered Harry Potter At Home marketing initiative. Then we rip into another chapter of Deathly Hallows, which is definitely not better than the last few, but it certainly isn't borin…
 
Deathly Hallows chapter 5. We go deep on J.K Rowling's despicable blog posts, the responses to her behavior, and the future of Fantastic Beasts and her other ongoing business ventures. If you don't want to hear a very frank discussion about her transphobia (that also includes ableism, sexual assault, and generally awful behavior) skip to 1:15:24.Go…
 
Deathly Hallows chapter 4. Literally hours after we finished recording last week's episode, Jo did exactly the thing we had been wondering about in the news segment. This week, we catch up with all that--and if you understandably don't have any interest in hearing the particulars of her shitty behavior, skip ahead to 26:36.Good news if you want to …
 
Deathly Hallows chapter 3. We try and run down the list of all the things that Happened this past week with JKR's horrible tweets, art contest, and new children's novel, then discuss our praises and frustrations with a chapter that serves as a sendoff to the Dursleys, the set of characters most damaged by the series' slide from mischievous dark com…
 
Deathly Hallows chapter 2. After checking in with Jo's deeply unpleasant transphobic behavior yet again, we tear into one of the most deathly (get it) boring chapters in the entire series. It consists of, mostly, two newspaper articles. Exciting! However, this leaves us plenty of room to chat about the slow death of symbolism in the series, the con…
 
Deathly Hallows chapter 1. We're here! It's time to start our journey through the final book in the Harry Potter series, and we've got plenty to cover already. We finally get a chance to peek inside Voldemort's war room in this spooky chapter that highlights some of the series' best and worst tendencies at once. We chat about ancient poetry, drivew…
 
It's movie time! We discuss the sixth film in the Harry Potter series, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. With so many mixed feelings about the book, this was a really interesting one to dig into, with many changes and additions that run the gamut from ridiculous to genius. Also, why does it look like that? We cover as much as we can in this e…
 
Half-blood Prince chapter 30. Another book down! We fire off a 21 gun salute for Dumbledore and the sixth book in the series, with a lengthy discussion of the funeral scene (which is pretty much the entire chapter) and a deep dive into Pottermore's (RIP) classic Wizarding World Book Club questions. What themes, characters, and facts await us?Like t…
 
Half-Blood Prince chapters 28-29. We realized the first chapter we read this week was pretty short and thin, so we blew this episode out into an almost three-hour double decker! We discuss the potential issues with dating werewolves, Snape's tactical error, The Order's tactical errorS, and the cosmology of attractiveness in J.K Rowling's universe. …
 
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