Alohomora!: A Global Reread of Harry Potter

Alohomora!: A Global Reread of Harry Potter

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A product of rigorous and excited discussion between a few MuggleNet staff members, Alohomora! was crafted to fill the void left in the aftermath of the final Harry Potter movie release. Led by the rotating voices of the podcast, fans can now re-read the books alongside thousands online and share all their new insights on the show, as well as on the companion section. The project is entirely produced by fans, for fans.

Episodes

Cursed Child As Canon: #BreakTheCurse  

On Episode 215 we discuss...

→ The curse moves to NYC
→ Can canon be bias-free?
→ Rowling’s fingerprints
→ Entitlement or constructive criticism?
→ Canonizing Non-Canonicity
→ Choose Your Own 19 Years Later
→ “Let’s make a baby! I love you, Bellatrix!”
→ What we miss from the missing characters
→ What's your canon?

Recap: Episode 214  

On this recap we discuss...

→ Harry, Riddle and moral grayness
→ Relevance and timelessness
→ Rowling's responsibility
→ Reading Potter with the next generation

Life Lessons & Themes: All Sorts of Lessons  

On Episode 214 we discuss...

→ Harry’s Cinderella moment
→ “You will be independent because I demand it!”
→ The weird connection of Moaning Myrtle and Ginny
→ Beware nice words and pretty people
→ What’s Prisoner of Azkaban’s secret ingredient?
→ The shock of Goblet of Fire
→ Teachers of the revolution
→ The empathy of Luna Lovegood
→ Dumbledore’s diary
→ The essential sacrifice
→ What has Harry Potter taught you?

Recap: Episode 213  

On this recap we discuss...

→ A lesson in paper sizes
→ Who’s chasing the Marauders?
→ MockingPhoenixJay
→ James and Sirius support the Moutahora Macaws
→ Can we spot Rowling’s writing?

James & Sirius Prequel: A Mark Evans Thing  

On Episode 213 we discuss... 

Read the Prequel!
→ What time of year did this escapade take place?
→ Are James & Sirius in the Order of the Phoenix already?
→ Who exactly is chasing them on brooms?
→ Alternate theories on what is happening
→ WHY James & Sirius?
→ Who else would we want a little prequel about?
→ Elvendork - only appropriate as a Tolkien reference

Recap: Episode 212  

On this recap we discuss... 

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Ilvermorny - Choo-Choose It!  

On Episode 212 we discuss...

→ Ilvermorny: A (Brief Recap) History
→ No one got the Salem Witches' Institute joke
→ Connections to the British wizarding world
→ What is Ilvermorny Castle like?
→ Controversy with using Native American culture
→ Are classes different at Ilvermorny?
→ Quidditch and Quadpot and wizard lacrosse!
→ Symbolism of the Gordian Knot
→ "We choo-choose it!"
→ Sorting, wands, and Rappaport's Law
→ Ilvermorny vs. Hogwarts Houses
Welcome to Ilvermorny (art)

Recap: Episode 211  

On this recap we discuss...

→ Raise your wands in memory of John Hurt
→ Did Dumbledore repair Hagrid's wand?
→ Twins and their wands
→ Harry's Horcrux messes up everything again

Wandlore - More About Yew  

On Episode 211 we discuss...

→ Our wands say interesting things about us
→ Ollivander's Bespoke Wand Selector questions are fascinating
→ American wand makers vs. Ollivander wands
→ Can you order custom wands?
→ How are wands made? (Magic)
→ Magical affinities between wands and wizards
→ Are wands alive?
→ Inherited and passed down wands
→ Muggles and wands
→ Priori Incantatum: unicorn and dragon edition
→ Characters and their correlations with wands

Recap: Episode 210  

On this recap we discuss...

→ Ghosts as punishment
→ Luna's spirituality 
→ Neville, Luna, and Ginny as a trinity
→ Draco: a Judas parallel? 

Religion and Fate - Into the Unknown  

On Episode 210 we discuss...

→ Predestination vs. free will in prophesies
→ Magic as religion
→ Is there a Wizard God?
→ Wizards reconciling magic and religious belief
→ The stigma of Christians against Harry Potter
→ Resurrection: a common element
→ Are Horcruxes a perversion of religious symbols?
→ The importance of choices
→ Even Quidditch has religious imagery!
→ Trios and the Trinity
→ Repentance and Redemption
→ Ghosts and the afterlife

Recap: Episode 209  

On this recap we discuss...

→ Did the diadem bring the DADA curse?
→ Why murder is the thing that splits the soul
→ A different take on the food/soul theory
→ Piggy bank Harry

Horcruxes - Voldy-Bits  

On Episode 209 we discuss...

→ Making a Horcrux: How Do You Even?
→ Horcrux pies and chocolate bars
→ Body and soul
→ The first kill
→ The Seven Horcrux Sins
→ Hot-Demort
→ Did Grindelwald make a Horcrux?
→ Rowling's least favorite Horcrux question

Recap: Episode 208  

On this recap we discuss...   

→ Peter and the Hat
→ "Heads or tails?"
→ Sorting families
→ Houses through the years

Episode 208: Sortings - Whatever, Hat  

On Episode 208 we discuss...  

→ Why is Hogwarts still Sorting?
→ The Hat is always right...or it thinks it is
→ Hat Stall: I do not think that means what you think it means
→ Should families really end up in the same House?
→ Controversial Sortings
→ Lockhart: is he really blue and bronze?
→ Let's speculate on some Houses!

Recap: Episode 207  

On this recap we discuss...   

→ Dumbledore did what was right, not easy
→ How could Dumbledore's sexuality have been included in the books?
→ A balancing of House traits

Albus Dumbledore - All Kinds of Love  

On Episode 207 we discuss...  

→ No spoilers for Fantastic Beasts! (Well, we tried)
→ Dumbledore as the archetypal mentor
→ Is Dumbledore a good person and are his actions justified?
→ Timelines can be confusing
→ JKR got Harry's story from Dumbledore's portrait
→ Would knowing Dumbledore's sexuality have impacted Harry's story?
→ Everything goes back to that one summer
→ How does Dumbledore still trust people?
→ Regret and caution
→ The Greater Good vs. the one
→ Love of all kinds
→ Why do we have more empathy for Dumbledore than other characters?

Recap: Episode 206  

On this recap we discuss...   

→ Muggle ailments vs. Magical wounds
→ Flight, Fight, and Freeze
→ Why Order of the Phoenix Harry is exactly who he should be

Illness & Special Needs in the Wizarding World - The Non-Existent “Nero-Typical” Norm  

On Episode 205 we discuss... 

→ Magic can’t fix everything
SpeakBeasty host, Ariel, has a question
How Anne Rowling shaped Harry Potter
→ What Ariana stands for
→ Lupin, HIV and metaphors for disability
→ Silvanus Kettleburn: The Black Knight
→ Disability in the darkness
→ The abuse of memory
→ Taking advantage of the disadvantaged

Recap: Episode 205  

On this recap we discuss... 

→ Fiddling with the Fidelius Charm
→ Is there a secret hiding in the Order photo?
→ Giving Peter some slack

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