OMG, we did it, and we’re on to our re-read of the series proper! Please come check out our (much longer than usual, sorry) discussion of the first 5 chapters of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.

This week on Advanced Muggle Studies, we discuss: exemplary cat behavior, names and symbolism, Project Runway: Dumbledore edition, classic literary archetypes, Joseph Campbell’s monomyth, ring/circle theory, aka chiasmus, passive-aggressive McGonagall, deep and abiding envy of J.K. Rowling’s genius, Dumbledore and misdirection, why Satan sounds like Antonio Banderas, forgiving the Dursleys (?), a market for Smelting sticks, going ‘into the green’ Shakespeare style, Newt-Hagrid fanfic, why Hagrid signals class conflict, what the fuck do wizards even DO for a living, the symbolism of numbers, dissing Hufflepuffs, Ollivander and power, evil Hermione, our own wands, major digressions and high school drama, and how the ever-loving hell we are going to not talk so much next time.