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A Harry Potter book club for grownups. Heather Price-Wright and Alex Dalenberg make their way through the Harry Potter books, chapter by chapter. We analyze avada kedavra. We dissect Dumbledore. We question quidditch. And we hail Hermione. Join us as we go as deep as you've always wanted to into the books that defined our childhoods. Alohamora—the door is open.
 
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Pretty annoying to meet the best character in the final act of the final book, but that's the hand we're dealt with G.O.A.T. Aberforth Dumbledore. This week: Ron's hunger makes him stupid(er), we miss dive bars immensely, and a terrible family saga finally sees the light of day. Plus: aspersions of goat … uh … loving. It takes all sorts.This week: …
 
Ever wonder what it sounds like when someone who has basically never danced "summarizes" a ballet? Wonder no more, because this week we watched the New York City Ballet's streaming production of The Nutcracker! So naturally we talk about ghosts, illicit sexual desire, the problematic ideals of "multiculturalism" in America, and Alex uses the phrase…
 
This one's a bit delayed, as it was something of an emotional gauntlet to edit (you'll hear why in the latter half. Be warned.) We watched the stop-motion Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer TV special and A Charlie Brown Christmas, and we loved one and hated the other. Betcha can't guess which! It does get real toward the end, and we dedicate this epis…
 
Spend this very strange holiday season with us, quibbling about the Christmas classics that make us merry and/or cause us to cringe. First up, the ultimate tale of holiday alienation and a master class in Committing to the Bit: The Grinch! Yuletide supervillain or just a guy sick of noise and Amazon packages? We'll be dropping more holiday goodies …
 
This is an 80 minute episode about a 17 minute chapter. The summary is twice the length of the chapter itself. You. Are. Welcome! This week: Heather tells an unfollowable anecdote about animal actors; Alex and Heather both mangle explanations of the social and physical sciences; Alex and Heather ALSO talk about their dreams, for some reason; also t…
 
A truly vintage episode in which we actually just quibble for an hour. For example: Do wizards think banks and mines are the same thing? Has Ron seen Borat? If goblins have this extremely handy Thief's Downfall thing for detecting bank robbers, why not put it … at … the entrance? Is Hermione just totally asleep at the wheel here or does she actuall…
 
It's the spookiest Halloween in a long, long, long time, so we're rewarding (?) you all with a long, long, LONG final episode of The Nibbler. Seriously this thing is gargantuan. What did we even talk about? Dust motes? Child brides? Eternal sleeplessness? Accidentally becoming full, un-ironic fans of this series despite the fact that it barely qual…
 
The One Where We Alienate Most of our Remaining Listeners Who Still Like Harry Potter. Kidding-ish, but this is the first one recorded post-Rowling screed(s), so yeah, we get into it a bit. Also, some of Bill's best friends are goblins, heterosexual marriage cures Lupin of … being old and tired? and Ron makes every bad-faith devil's advocate argume…
 
We very irrationally still call these "minis," but at any rate, let's ease back into the Potterverse by discussing the surprisingly fun—considering all the death, despair, camping, etc.—first installment of the Deathly Hallows films! This week, the Grangers are definitely about a month from being charged with murdering their daughter; two Death Eat…
 
OK, so we're (still) doing this. We recorded before a lot of real-world shit went down, which is just the way of things these days, but we still managed to talk about Ibram X. Kendi and class warfare. Very on-brand. Also this week, Ron eulogizes poorly; Fleur-ence Nightingale nurses an enormous number of people back to health; Griphook expresses co…
 
As promised, and because you gorgeous people raised THOUSANDS of dollars in the last 2 weeks for bail funds, criminal justice reform, affordable legal services, community health organizations, local and national Black Lives Matter affiliates, and more, here are all the summaries of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, spliced together. Here's wha…
 
In which we finally and totally dispense with the notion that these are chapter "summaries." So much Manor action, so little time! This week, Fenrir stirs up some stereotypes, Bellatrix has a "cool girl villain" accessory, Death Eater Nation is essentially a failed state, Scabbers finally snuffs it, and Dobby dies with his socks on. Plus: Draco Mal…
 
Happy Teacher Appreciation Week! Let's talk teachers. Why are the best lessons in the entire series taught by a supervillain? Why does Hagrid get to just like, introduce monsters and see what happens? Why doesn't everyone have to take arithmency, which seems like wizard math? Be honest, is astronomy really astrology, and if so, can I sign up? How d…
 
This episode is a lot of us patting ourselves on the back about how good podcasts are. Not ours, necessarily; mostly Lee Jordan's. We would for sure listen to his podcast. This week, Hermione gets an iota of the credit she's due; Harry has hallows mania; Remus has an extremely underwhelming alias; Ron sort of agrees with everyone; and Alex lectures…
 
Podcasting in the time of pestilence … hope you're all hanging in there and prepared to use some of your potentially ample alone time to TALK ABOUT DEATH. Sorry, the timing of this one is weird, but yeah, it's a lot about death. And what shoes Death might wear. And what pants. And impossible moral choices in times of crisis. And the need to believe…
 
If a crumple-horn snorcack appears in the first act … well, you know the drill. This week, Potter Productivity becomes a thing; so does #Rontent; Hermione reads in bed and that's an actual scene in this book, like a whole page of that; Xenophilius gets his Infowars on; and we wonder whether J. K. believes that all writers are trash. Plus: An easter…
 
Ron is back! Hurray, we guess? Nah, it's good to have him around for rage fodder if nothing else. This week: Harry has learned nothing from Snake Corpse; nobody knows what Stan Shunpike looks like; Ron, admittedly, performs an act of daring and heroism, and gets a taste of what Harry's full entire life consists of; Hermione resembles Galadriel; and…
 
Skip to 37:00 if you don't want to listen to us talk about being social justice warriors. Seriously, don't say we didn't warn you. This week, the tweet heard 'round the world, Harry's boulevard of broken nonsense Dumbledore gave him, the vagaries and idiocies of youth, but also the wonderful intensity of being a 17-year-old, and another mystifying …
 
We barely scratched the surface of this shining paragon of filmmaking (The Muppet Christmas Carol), but here's a little holiday treat that has little to do with Harry Potter. Don't worry, though—we do sort the Muppets. Plus, the joys of strange background puppets, Michael Caine's virtuostic chemistry with his felt fellow performers, Beaker giving S…
 
In a book full of horrors, we have come to the most horrifying of them all: Snake Corpse. Like Cat Wife, but well, the {Jean Ralphio voice} wooooorst. This week, a snake lives inside a corpse. That’s it. That’s what happens. Also we have a truly deranged and off-topic debate that will probably become a question that claws at you in the dead of nigh…
 
We have reached the nadir of Ron Weasley, and Heather is, naturally, in fine form. This week, Harry learns to fish; Hermione reads The Feminine Mystique; Griphook bristles; Dirk Cresswell is kind of a dick; the Potters are dead, to begin with; and Ron is definitely, definitely the worst. Plus: #mealplanning #keto #eatclean #elementaltransfiguration…
 
It’s Halloween, and there’s truly nothing more chilling than the depths of Bella Swan’s myopic self-involvement. Except maybe whatever it is that Edward’s vampire effluvium has implanted in her womb. This week, the summary is almost an hour long; Edward breaks the bed; Bella has some pretty messed up pregnancy cravings; the werewolves have a schism…
 
Stunning spell first, figure out the plan later—that is Harry’s eternal M.O., and it serves him not-so-well in this hairbrained sprint through the Ministry of Magic. Luckily, Hermione packed. This week, Harry leads a prison break; Ron has a two-Spidermen-pointing situation; Umbridge makes some interesting décor choices; and Greg gets wrecked. Plus:…
 
It turns out silent coups and rampant anti-muggle born bigotry are not that funny! Sorry about that. This week, the return of French onion soup; a lot of questions about grocery shopping; a nasty confrontation with a beloved father figure; the true villain of the entire series comes to light; and we talk about politics for way, way longer than you …
 
Things fall apart, fast and unsurprisingly, at the Weasley/Delacour wedding. But hey, at least Hermione’s prepared (of course she is). This week, the trio pull a Viggo Mortensen (and Heather misses the reference); Mad Eye kills it with the Halloween decor but phones it in with actual defensive spells; Harry reads a precious letter; Ron and Hermione…
 
Mawwiage is what bwings us togevver today. That, and extremely strange and seemingly useless gifts from beyond the grave. This week, we say goodbye to Scrimgeour; Harry gets a special birthday surprise from Ginny; Ron and Hermione continue to will-they-or-won’t they; Xenophilius Lovegood makes an ill-advised choice in accessories; and Auntie Muriel…
 
Mad Eye, we hardly knew ye. Literally, we had almost no scenes with actual Mad Eye, and now he’s, well … you know. This week, Geoge is hard of hearing, Hagrid overdoes it on the firewhisky, Mrs. Weasley panics over in-laws, Hermione breaks the whole wizarding world by stealing some books, and Ron gets a ghoulish twin. Plus: Have you ever thought ab…
 
This one doesn’t end great for a beloved bird. It’s pretty rough for your hosts, too. This week, Dudley gets a conscience; Vernon gets the wrong idea; Hermione gets a glimpse through Harry’s eyes; Voldemort gets the power of flight; and Hedwig gets murdered. Plus: We read another effing book.This week’s chapters: The Dursleys Departing & The Seven …
 
Wow, look at that, we made it all the way to Deathly Hallows! Bear with us as we ease back into the wizarding world—“dinner, Nagini,” is after all quite shocking. This week, LoVo yuks it up; Bellatrix is getting some; Yaxley briefly matters; Charity Burbage meets an uncharitable end; and Harry both bleeds and reads the newspaper, so, cool start, Ha…
 
Ever wish this podcast was partly about the Marvel Cinematic Universe and a tiny bit about Game of Thrones? You’re medium in luck! Mostly though, we talk about David Yates’ Half-Blood Prince adaptation, which includes a lot of colored filters and horny teens. Cousin of the podcast Kyle Price-Livingston joins us once again to discuss horror tropes, …
 
April Fool’s Day means just one thing in these parts. It’s another episode of The Nibbler! The third book in the series is chock-a-block full of horrifying messages for kids, tweens, teens, and grownups alike, including: you’re obligated to love back any boy who becomes obsessed with you; sex is the same as murder; the Confederacy was pretty sweet;…
 
Wow, it’s over! Dumbledore gets one last moment of pure theatricality; Fleur knows she’s got it going on; Hagrid mourns like a Greek chorus; Harry makes an overly noble breakup speech that don’t impress Ginny much; Ron and Hermione canoodle, I guess?; and J.K. goes for yet another ill-advised hetero romantic pairing. Plus: Merpeople! Centaurs! And …
 
I mean … is there much more to say than that? It all goes down in the astronomy tower. Draco misses his chance; death eaters giggle stupidly; Harry sees something and can’t say something; Hagrid is invincible; and an unknown someone reveals a horcrux secret. Plus: I guess we know who the Prince is now, but really, how much bandwidth do we have to c…
 
Cave of wonders? More like cave of horrors! This week, Trelawney hides her empties, Malfoy gets his magical carpentry credentials, and then, you know, they go to LITERAL HELL. This underworld has everything: zombies, a glowing green cocktail made of nightmares, a truly messed up boat trip, the blood of a beloved teacher. Plus: You know what? No. Th…
 
Is it the prophecy, the memory, the horcruxes, or what? It’s all of ‘em! This week, LoVo tears it up, Dumbledore gives an ill-received TED Talk, Slughorn sells everyone out for some candy, Harry tries something new, Ginny wins and wins again, and Ron gets dumped, finally. Plus: Introducing Gene and Dinny!This week’s chapters: Horcruxes & Sectumsemp…
 
‘Do I feel lucky?’ Well, do ya, Harry? This week, Hermione helps with homework; Ron dodges his snog-buddy; polyjuice potion finds a saucy new use; Draco mopes and we almost feel sorry for him; Myrtle and Dobby reveal crucial plot information and then vanish into tertiary character limbo; Slughorn gives a speech; and Harry takes his shot. Plus: Hagr…
 
Do these horcruxes spark joy? This week, Harry takes a bludger to the face; Ron has avoidance issues; Hagrid says some extremely true stuff we have been waiting for someone in these crazy books to finally admit; LoVo has an awkward job interview; and Kreacher looks for loopholes. Plus: The Easter egg in this one is very, very good, so listen throug…
 
This entire episode is about Wilkie Twycross. What, you don’t remember this absolutely essential and indelible Harry Potter character? Are you even a real fan? This week, Harry talks back; Voldy goes all teen heartthrob; Morfin gets railroaded; Dumbledore does some deep extractions; Slughorn appreciates both cheekiness and candy; and Ron falls hard…
 
Baby, it’s cold outside, but not as cold as it seems to be in Hermione’s heart these days. This week, Harry dodges roofies; Ron gets a necklace; Lupin tells his backstory; Percy drops by; Scrimgeour fails as a diplomat; and Sanguini is just trying to meet a nice girl. This week’s chapters: The Unbreakable Vow & A Very Frosty ChristmasNext week’s ch…
 
Admit it, you’ve always wanted to hear a deep-cuts comparison of LoVo, née Tom Riddle, to Ted Bundy. Well, you’re in luck! This week, Dumbledore collects a kid, Tom hangs a rabbit (eesh!), Ron blows a gasket, Ginny resists slut-shaming, Harry makes excellent use of the placebo effect, and Heather and Alex continue to despise one of the most iconic …
 
First of all, nice.Second of all: It’s just teen-town over here, folks. This week, a bunch of Hufflepuffs and babies crash Quidditch tryouts; Ron and Hermione’s so-called chemistry is just explosions and clouds of stink; Harry has no you-know-whats left to give; Hagrid mourns a murder spider; and Katie Bell gets horror movied. Plus: We finally get …
 
Let us now praise famous wizards. This week, Neville opts for a practical education; Snape redecorates and then chews the scenery; Slughorn actually teaches; Harry gets back into collecting rare and used books; The Gaunts have, er, economic anxiety; and we have THOUGHTS about love potions. Which, you knew we would. Also, what sound do raccoons make…
 
Happy Election Day 2018, Quibbler fam! To keep you company while you wait in line to cast your vote (or just for fun if you're not American/not eligible/not able), here's a little something extra. We're talking Cornelius Fudge's suspicious "sacking," how the Malfoys exert their political influence, whether the wizarding political parties are just "…
 
Spooky! Scary! Happy Halloween, and welcome to a monstrous new episode of The Nibbler, New Moon edition! This week, Bella gets dumped; Jacob has a fever and the only prescription is turning into a super-wolf; Charlie is rightfully concerned about all the shit going down; Carlisle has an ethos; the Volturi have a city to maintain and a receptionist …
 
We're far from the hallows now … This week, Mr. Weasley is a skeptic; Ginny perfects her signature curse; someone should probably alert magical law enforcement to Blaise Zabini's mom; Belby chokes on a pheasant; Draco gets petted; and Harry gets stomped. Plus: Did we like A Star Is Born? Find out! (Spoiler alert: Kinda.)This week's chapters: The Sl…
 
Soup's on! This week, Harry gets a mouthful; Fleur gets a nickname; Florian Fortescue gets nabbed; the Weasley twins get rich off the magic-industrial complex; Madame Malkin gets uncomfortable; and we get really sad when we have a terrible realization about women in the wizarding world. Plus: Does Draco have a cool new tattoo? ALSO PYGMY PUFFS!This…
 
Horace Slughorn would like to add you to his LinkedIn network (but only if you're rich and famous). This week, Dumbledore gives etiquette lessons; The Dursleys might be right about how depraved wizards are; apparating is worse than flying coach; Harry meets a real-life La-Z-Boy; and Heather reveals some dark truths about the kind of terrible, terri…
 
We're back, witches, with a brand new book! This week, the Prime Minister can't get weirdos to stop stumbling out of his fireplace; Fudge is a cockroach-level political survivor; Kingsley Shacklebolt is such a utility player; Bellatrix has not shaken her inexplicable French accent; Narcissa loves her garbage son; and Snape makes a devious promise. …
 
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