Andrew: I remember - someone sent us an email the other day pointing out that in one of the translations, the middle initial was changed to a different word that still meant Arcturus. Or something like that.
Eric: That’s really cool.
Andrew: Yeah, which pretty much sums up that theory. Everyone knows that it’s Sirius…
Ben: R.A.B. is Regulus.
Andrew: Yeah, yeah.
Ben: Because he was killed by Voldemort and all.
Andrew: There is no question at this point, so…
Eric: I think he was personally killed by Voldemort but that’s my own thing. I think Sirius underestimated his brother because Voldemort can’t tell his followers - well he can but then he can’t be descriptive. If they ask why, not that they do, but if they did, he’d have to tell them about the Horcruxes. I don’t know. Our Live Podcast guys, talk about that.
Ben: Well but first, but first…
Eric: No, cause I want the video. I want the video of it.
Ben: The pre-show. We know the pre-show was a lot.
Eric: Well something major.
Ben: But something major is just the release of our podcast. That was new. [laughs]
Eric: Oh well, MuggleCast in general.
Ben: Before this year, there wasn’t any Harry Potter Podcasts, not as specifically.
Andrew: Or just Podcasts in general, pretty much for 2005.
Eric: Yeah, Podcasts have gotten popular.
Andrew: They really started actually making a scene in late 2004 and then Twit came along and all that. But MuggleNet has changed a lot too.
Laura: Yeah, it really has.
Andrew: We got out HP Encyclopedia.
Eric: And about 500 layouts.
Andrew: Yeah, 500 new layouts. [laughs]
Ben: Yep, I put all of them up.
Andrew: 500 new staff members.
Eric: Ah, man. That page is massive now. The eBay scam, which I wouldn’t bring up except I was just ripped off on eBay, twice. So, I’m doing that. [laughs]
Andrew: The eBay scams. It’s…
Ben: It’s JKR and Eric versus eBay. That’s what it is.
Eric: Hey, Andrew, if I can have her lawyer, I’ll do that. If I can have…
Andrew: It’s such a big problem that I don’t even really think eBay could have stopped it effectively.
Andrew: First of all, you really have no way in telling if the signature is authentic. If I took my signed copy, not saying that I do have a signed copy. [laughs]
Kevin: Oh yeah right.
Andrew: That’s unheard of. If I did have one and stuck it on eBay, would eBay automatically assume it’s fake? How do they know it’s real?
Ben: Yeah, there is one way to make sure it authentic.
Kevin: In order to get it truly authenticized, I guess you would call it.
Kevin: Authenticated, thank you. You’re cutting that out.
Laura: No, no, no, no, no.
Kevin: What you have to do is, you have to go to an actual auction house like Sotheby's or something, where they have an appraiser and they look at the signature and they make sure it’s authentic. You have to collaborate your story and stuff like that.
Eric: Yeah, the thing is, yeah eBay is not bad. People are bad, and people who use eBay are bad. So…
Kevin: Exactly, so in order to…
Kevin: If you are going to spend 2000 dollars on a signed copy of Harry Potter, you should be going to an auction house…
Kevin: You shouldn’t be going to eBay.
Eric: And they might not have many…
Micah: Or toast.
Eric: Or toast.
Laura: Oh my gosh.
Eric: Or toast, Micah. But yeah, Sotheby’s might not do auctions with signatures as often as people would like or as many as people would want, but that’s the only safe way.
Kevin: But you can also go to certain appraisers that will say, “This has been authenticated by me,” and the appraiser has a, you know, history and a reputation.
Eric: Oh really?
Kevin: Yeah, you can do that.
Eric: That would probably cost a lot of money though.
Kevin: Oh I’m sure, but…
Eric: Oh well.
Kevin: You are making 2000 dollars on the book.
Kevin: It’s worth spending 200 to get it properly appraised.
Eric: That’s a good point.
Kevin: Not to mention you should have it insured anyway since it’s worth 1,000 dollars, so...
Ben: Well, guys. Let’s talk about New York City. What did you think, Eric, what did you think of the Live Podcast?
Eric: I thought the Live Podcast went incredibly well, Ben. I think we did an excellent job of keeping the fans entertained while you guys sat around in the movie theater. Micah and I and Dylan were the only ones who didn’t get in to see the movie, but - so we went running around doing all the grunt work. Keeping the fans entertained, pre-show will never be seen again, but no, the Podcast…
Eric: Honestly, guys, the Podcast went fabulous.
Andrew: Oh jeez.
Eric: Everyone loved it. Okay, I loved it. I sat in the audience most of the time and it was the best thing. You know, in my heart, I’m a fan, which it was just great seeing you guys and I got a voicemail in, and it was fun. I was very pleased with it. The fans loved it. We’re doing more and we’ve really got our own, that was the first time, the real culmination, where people from MuggleNet that listened to our Cast actually got together and congregated. I know people at Spellbound were like that to an extent, but I think this is the first time solely listeners of MuggleCast said, “Hey Mom, can I go to New York?” and they actually went there.
Ben: Tell me what it was like to be stuck on 50th and one way wearing your…
Ben: ...wearing your Gryffindor House robes.
Eric: Well, okay, Ben, that’s an excellent question and I’ll enjoy answering it. First of all, 50th and one way that is, I have to credit this, I’ve been saying it so often and I never ever credited it. I have to credit Zach from HarryPotterFanZone.com, Zach and Andy rather. They were staying with Catherine from MuggleNet and I, and they actually came up with a system and New York has so many one way streets and signs, that whenever you look up to find what street you're on it usually says one way. So whenever you’re giving cross streets in New York, it’s always funny to say “Well I’m on so and so and one way.” 50th Broadway and one way, you know, stuff like that. Walking along the street was fine. Nobody said anything. People, it’s the interesting thing about New York, is you can blend in no matter how weirdly you’re dressed.
Ben: Yeah. [laughs]
Eric: People have seen ten times more weird things in one day walking along the streets, so me and my Harry Potter robes, the kids liked it. There were little kids that were like “Mommy, Harry Potter!” and stuff like that, but basically…
Andrew: [laughs] And you were like “Yay, hi! Want my autograph?”
Eric: Well no…
Andrew: And you signed it Harry Potter.
Eric: But I can’t say I didn’t fake a British accent once or twice but, yeah. No, so I was just concentrating, went to the Disney Store and got the Mickey. Went to Burger King, the only Burger King in New York. [laughs] There is like three of them, three of them, one hundred McDonalds, anyway. But yeah, nobody jumped me or anything, it was just the cab driver.
Andrew: [laughs] Wait, are you sure that nobody jumped you?
Eric: I don’t remember anything.
Andrew: That person who came up to you with a knife, that’s called jumping.
Eric: Yeah, but that was Jamie. I greeted him like a friend, and you know…
Micah: Wait, where were you? Did you say 50th?
Ben: Micah’s all [in a deep voice] “I know pretty much everything in New York City.”
Micah: [Laughs] Well, I don’t think you get jumped on 50th street. Weren’t you on like 11th or something?
Eric: No, no. The Disney Store was on 50th. I actually went to I think, 5th Avenue, yeah, it was 5th Avenue., and the cab driver didn’t understand what I said. So, I was looking for the Disney Store and the thing is with information they give you, I asked for the address or something, but you have to ask for the cross streets or else you get lost. So, I was looking for, it’s a long story.
Ben: What do you guys think about 2006? What are we going to see in 2006?
Kevin: I hope to see a lot about Book 7.
Laura: Yeah, me too. Definitely, I want to.
Ben: Well JK Rowling, of course, because JK Rowling said in a little blog entry on her diary or whatever she calls it on her website, she said that 2006 will be the year I write the last Harry Potter book. So, I’m expecting sort of how we saw the title for Book 6 at the end of 2004, it’ll probably be the same with 2006. We’ll see the title of…
Andrew: The end.
Ben: Book 7.
Andrew: Which is great because we’ll have something to look forward to next year. Also, Order of the Phoenix filming, or should I say this year because, Order of the Phoenix filming. We’re going to be getting tons of information on that. Especially casting information.
Eric: Even Luna.
Kevin: Yeah, that’s a big thing, the casting.
Ben: Filming starts in February.
Eric: So we’re going to know Luna Lovegood in about a week or so, wouldn’t you say? They said they were going to release that early January.
Andrew: Yeah, and I’m going to be honest with you guys. I love filming season cause we always get tons of news.
Laura: Yeah, tons of news.
Ben: Yeah, that’s always fun.
Eric: And Emerson gets invited to the set, you know.
Andrew: So yeah, I look forward to that.
Kevin: Maybe we’ll be invited to the set.
Eric: Yeah, I hope so.
Kevin: That would be exciting. [Andrew laughs]
Laura: Podcast from the set.
Kevin: Yeah, seeing as…
Ben: By the way, didn’t Emerson and Melissa visit the set…
Eric: In Glencoe.
Kevin: Yeah, there was.
Ben: Don’t recall.
Eric: Yeah, now that we do stuff...
Kevin: What about her site? She said, JK Rowling said she was going to make updates on her site, didn’t she? Or changes?
Ben: Yeah, because for example: The “Fan Site of the Year,” I mean “of the Month” [Andrew laughing] is supposed to be updated.
Andrew: “The Fan Site of the Year.” [laughs]
Ben: This year it’s Leaky Cauldron.
Andrew: It’s been Leaky all year.
Ben: That definitely needs to be updated. Actually I heard MuggleNet’s getting it again, is what I heard. [laughs]
Andrew: Yeah, I heard MuggleCast is picking up a, oh I want to talk to Jo for a second. Hi Jo, it’s Andrew. I just really wanted to say that I hope you recognized the Podcasts. MuggleCast and PotterCast, because we’ve really put a lot of work into it, and...
Ben: Email us.
Andrew: I just think it would be cool if…
Ben: Love you, Jo.
Andrew: You could call me. You know my number. I sent you a Christmas card, I hope you got it. Um, and we’re on for next Friday? Ok, see you then.
Ben: Ok, 620-708-4753. Call me, Jo.
Andrew: Ok now on to the voicemails. This is the part of the show where we get you, the listeners, involved. Kevin, why don’t you play us the first one?
[Audio]: Hi MuggleCast, this is Tyler from Massachusetts. In Book 7, Harry is probably going to be facing enemies before Voldemort. Do you think he is going to be able to finish off the enemies before facing Voldemort or would he not be able to kill them before he would get there? I don’t know if Harry would have the will to kill people before he would kill Voldemort. So, I was just wondering what you think. Thanks. I love your show. Bye.
Andrew: Have the will power, like he won’t be afraid to?
Laura: I think it’s a definite possibility.
Micah: Well, who’s he going to come in contact with? Who would be the people that he…
Eric: Snape and Bellatrix…
Laura: Death Eaters.
Eric: And all the Death Eaters.
Laura: I’d like to see Neville finish Bellatrix off.
Eric: Yeah, I do too.
Kevin: Yeah, me too. I think she’s been building that up though.
Laura: Yeah, me too.
Ben: Well, ok, if he doesn’t finish off these other enemies, then how’s he going to get to Voldemort in the first place?
Laura: Yeah, I think he’s going to have to finish off various Death Eaters.
Kevin: Do you think he’s going to kill them or he’s just going to defeat them?
Ben: Actually I think he’s going to tie them up and deliver them to Azkaban gift-tied.
Eric: For Christmas maybe.
Laura: Will he, though?
Eric: No, I think that it could be the case where Harry, if Harry starts accepting help in the books and he goes in with all the Aurors and things like that, then maybe they’ll do the killing for him. You know, and they’ll take care of them. Death Eaters won’t take, I think it takes death to get rid of a Death Eater, which sounds kind of funny, but they’re not going to keel over, they’re not going to be defeated by a Stunning Spell. Even though they were by the Shrinking Head and things like that in Book 5, but mostly, I think they will have to be killed to be taken care of. But Harry doesn’t have to do that. I don’t think.
Kevin: Yeah, and it’s a valid point to make that there really isn’t much of an Azkaban left, you know.
Kevin: The dementors have changed sides so where are you going to put these guys if you don’t kill them?
Laura: That’s exactly what I was going to say. As long as you have Death Eaters alive, there is always a risk that they are going to cause harm.
Ben: And I don’t see Harry actually, I don’t know how the Death Eaters actually are going to fight until the final battle. Because I think a lot of the books might just be planning. We’ll hear about the war going on outside of Harry but he’s probably not going to put himself in jeopardy, basically going out and try to…
Kevin: And I truly…
Ben: ...search for Voldemort initially, until he’s ready for the final battle.
Kevin: And I truly hope he becomes a little more active in fighting wizards, you know. It seems that up until now he’s been sort of laid back.
Laura: He’s always been, yeah he really has.
Andrew: A little too nice.
Kevin: Exactly and it seems like he doesn‘t have any power. He’s suppose to be one of the most powerful wizards in the world. He seems like he has no power.
Eric: Not only that…
Laura: There are points where he just stood and not done anything.
Eric: And just been attacked.
Andrew: And although, if you think about it, all this weakness could be building up to the final Voldemort killing.
Andrew: You know what I mean? Like he’s playing up being weak.
Eric: But even when Harry…
Andrew: Not weak but…
Eric: But even when Harry has attacked, it’s been things like Expelliarmus. And that’s fine because he proved that one snotty kid right that Expelliarmus helped him in the past, but that’s not the point. When, in Movie 4 and Book 4 when Voldemort asked him if he’s been trained properly to duel, he hadn’t.
Eric: The only dueling training was from Gilderoy Lockhart, the biggest stupid head in the world. So…
Ben: When Voldemort - no. What Voldemort was talking about was just like the initial how you start off.
Eric: With the bowing, yeah.
Laura: Yes he was. He was using it as a mockery, but it still brings forth the fact that Harry doesn’t know how to duel properly.
Eric: Harry is inept.
Ben: Well, okay, okay. I don’t buy that for one minute because I don’t think you have to learn how to duel properly - he’s fought all kinds of people.
Eric: Yes, but it’s…
Laura: Yes, but in certain ways…
Kevin: Look at how he fought them.
Eric: Yeah, by the skin of his neck.
Laura: Yeah, a lot of the times he’s gotten out, out of luck.
Ben: Yeah, but you need a little bit of luck with anything. No one is just that good.
Laura: Yeah, but luck runs out. Luck isn’t going to help Harry defeat Voldemort.
Ben: Yes, it is.
Laura: No, it’s not.
Ben: Yes, it is.
Ben: 100 percent.
Eric: Not primarily, not primarily.
Andrew: 100 percent luck. [laughs]
Ben: No, 100 percent chance that it will happen. Not that he’s defeating Voldemort because he’s lucky. It’s 100 percent chance that luck is going to play a role in him defeating Voldemort. Of course it is. Luck is how…
Laura: No, but that would totally undermine his character development.
Ben: No, not true. Luck is how he survived every time.
Laura: Yes but it’s got to come through that Harry can defend himself and not depend on luck. That’s the point.
Ben: No, you need a little luck with anything. I don’t care how good you are…
Laura: A little bit of luck but it’s not going to be 100 percent luck that defeats Voldemort.
Ben: I didn’t say it was going to be 100 percent luck. You are taking what I said right out of context. I meant that luck will be involved. There will be 100 percent chance luck will be involved, that’s what I’m saying. I’m not saying that if he gets lucky, Voldemort’s going to perish.
Laura: I think if it is, it’s going to be very minimal.
Eric: Yeah, basically…
Ben: I’m just saying it will play some role.
Eric: Yah, of course it will, but he still needs more brawn than he's got right now.
Eric: Or that we’ve seen. Or that we’ve seen him get. And he needs to start, we’ve said this before, he’s screwed. He’s inept and incompetent as far as we’ve know. At least organized battle. Every time he’s gotten grazes on his neck and things like that, he can’t keep doing that or he’s going to die. Maybe that’s the moral of the books.
Eric: Maybe that’s the moral of the books. Maybe if Harry dies, maybe if he takes Voldemort with him, but maybe if he dies that he truly is a wonderful person and he could love but at the same time he didn’t study enough. Or something like that.
Ben: No, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no. I think the reason that he has come out of his battles not unscathed and he’s had all these scars and stuff is because he has never been the one to force the battle. He’s always got suckered into it. That’s why I think with Book 7 he has to stage it.
Ben: It has to be on his own time rather than being the will of Voldemort. Like I said a few episodes back, the reason he ended up in the graveyard is because of imposter Moody, who was a “good guy,” showed up with a Portkey and basically tricked everyone and sucked him into the graveyard. He was not prepared for that. Then we saw in Book 5 when Lord Voldemort put the scene into his head, he wasn’t prepared for that either. So that’s what keeps happening. He keeps falling into Voldemort’s traps. What he has to do is create a trap of his own.
Eric: I agree.
Ben: Because if, I guarantee that if Book 7 happens on Voldemort’s terms, that if the final battle is basically in Voldemort’s backyard, then Harry’s going to die.
Eric: I agree.
Ben: Harry has to make sure that it is planned out enough to where it is on his terms. Where he can surprise the enemy rather than being surprised by the enemy likes he‘s been in the entire book.
Laura: Yeah, it’s got to be on his turf.
Eric: Exactly. That’s what we’re saying. He needs to show that he can start doing that and start controlling that situation.
Kevin: But Ben, I think what they were trying to say was that they - no one wants to see him win by any amount of luck.
Kevin: They want to see him win consciously and fair. They want to see Harry win by himself without tripping over a rock and firing a curse that's going to nail Voldemort in the chest.
Ben: I know, I know. But the point I’m trying to make is that, we’ve kind of gone around in circles here, is that I think that there’s going to be some degree of luck involved because just like with anything, basketball even. You may have five of the best athletes in the world but if you have one night where everyone’s off, then you’re going to lose.
Andrew: I couldn’t agree more with that statement. Take the time when me and you versed. You won by luck.
Ben: Oh whatever. I beat him by 15 points. I beat him in pool.
Andrew: All of it was luck.
Eric: I think all of you watch too many sports movies where it all comes down to the last shot with the buzzer, and the shot is…next voicemail. Please. For the love of God MuggleCast.
[Audio]: Hi MuggleCasters! This is Kathleen from Michigan. The other day I was discussing the Marauders with some of the other listeners and we noticed they put the Marauders Map names Moony, Wormtail, Padfoot, and Prongs. Prongs being the first to die, then Padfoot, backwards on the map. Do you think that this is significant of who is going to die in the seventh book? Thanks!
Ben: Absolutely not.
Eric: No, Ben, this is the voicemail I’ve been waiting for.
Micah: It’s backwards though.
Ben: It’s backwards compatible.
Laura: I just think it’s a coincidence.
Kevin: I do, too.
Ben: I think so, too. I don’t think, because okay. Anything in the Harry Potter book, every time someone finds something that maybe a coincidence, just like on…
Laura: Mark Evans.
Ben: JK Rowling announced the title last year around Christmas. People tried to find some way to add up how many Christmas presents under the tree, amount of ornaments on the tree, divided by seven because that’s a magical number, add four to that just because there is four branches on top of the tree, divided by five because there is a five point star at the top and that gives you 7/16/05.
Andrew: And MuggleCast staffer, MuggleNet staffer K’lyssa did that. [laughs]
Ben: Yeah, and I though that was absolutely absurd. You are just going to twist and get what you want. That's ridiculous.
Kevin: No, but this isn’t such a large…
Ben: Okay, actually…
Kevin: This isn’t such a large twist. It’s…
Eric: This is actually pretty good. This is…
Ben: Okay, this reminds me of English class where the teacher tries to make everything symbolize something else.
Eric: That's because...
Ben: The word ‘the’ doesn’t have to symbolize something. The numbers of times my router light blinks in the next minute doesn’t have to symbolize something. It being backwards does not have to symbolize anything. It does not have to be a coincidence. That’s it. It’s just a coincidence. There is no…uhhh.
Eric: But, but Ben...
Micah: The names themselves...
Andrew: Ben, you need to slow down.
Kevin: You need to calm down.
Laura: Chill. [laughs]
Kevin: You’re becoming Eric. You're becoming your worst enemy.
Eric: Yes, exactly. Anyway…
Eric: I think, maybe your rant would be a little more appropriate on another voicemail. I think this is pretty cool. I think it’s an actual book-centered thing. They’re listed, why couldn’t it be Wormtail, Moony, Prongs, and Padfoot? That sounds cool. Or Wormtail, Padfoot, Prongs, and Moony. Why is it that way when maybe just cause it sounds right. I think that’s the right answer, but, two of them have died. Two of them are left. What’s to say if Wormtail doesn’t die first?
Ben: You know what? Then I’m going to write a letter to JK Rowling and say, “Jo. You know what? I am proud you put them in reverse order because that was a big plot spoiler.”
Ben: That was a big plot spoiler. Eric, you spoiled the book for everyone, okay?
Eric: No, it wasn’t me. It was Kathleen! It was Kathleen.
Ben: Call me Mr. Negative but, I see people making that connection, and it’d just be a weird coincidence. But it’s not like I think there’s the key to the series in that. No, dream on.
Eric: She’s not saying that, though.
Andrew: Well there could be if it‘s true…
Eric: She’s not saying that.
Andrew: You just got to take it into consideration, if it happens, it happens and if it doesn’t, it doesn’t.
Kevin: I remember, Ben, when she wrote in one of the earlier books that Voldemort’s soul was fragmented, I can’t remember her wording, and everyone took it as like a symbolic meaning. And it turned out to be literal.
Ben: I know, but what symbolism can you draw from being in reverse order?
Micah: I’m with Ben on this.
Eric: It’s not supposed to be…
Ben: Thank you, Micah. Thank you.
Laura: Yeah, if it turns out to be true, I will be the first person to step up and say I was wrong. I just think it’s a coincidence.
Micah: But if it does come true, did she even intend it that way?
Eric: No, maybe not.
Laura: Yeah, it could be a complete coincidence. It really could.
Eric: Look guys, I’m not saying this is a major plotline. Oh my god, you know, oh my god, what the F Horseybird, okay on this. I’m not doing that.
Eric: I’m saying that if it happens, it’ll be cool. It doesn't have to be the biggest thing since Voldemort soul is fragmented, it doesn’t. All this person is asking, and I think I’m right in asking this too, is: Wouldn’t that be cool if that happened and do you think, exactly what she said, do you think this is significant? And I don’t think it’s the key to the books is Moony, Wormtail, Padfoot, Prongs backwards.
Ben: Whatever Eric. Eric, you do too. You do too, I know you do.
Eric: All right.
Andrew: Well, we’ll just have to see. Next voicemail, please.
[Audio]: Hi, my name is Valleri from Virginia, and I have a, I love your show first of all. It’s awesome. I just have a question about the Imperius Curse. Why is it that Harry can fight it off so easily when Mad-Eye Moody, the real one, can’t, when he’s so much more of a powerful wizard than Harry? And as my alternate question, if there is different levels of powerful Imperius Curse. Thank you so much for the show. I love it. Thank you, bye.
Eric: I think this is a brilliant voicemail because indeed an Auror, and especially Mad-Eye Moody, he’s supposed to be very powerful and very accomplished. He can’t fight the Imperius Curse from Crouch Jr. but when Crouch Jr. puts it on Harry, he says, “You know what, maybe I don’t want to jump on the table. It seems like a silly stupid thing to do.” So basically I think it’s brilliant because clearly Mad-Eye Moody, who’s an Auror, is much more powerful than Harry which is what we were just talking about, and why can Harry fight the Imperius Curse? I think it has to with his independence and the importance of his independence as a wizard and as how different he is from everybody else. I think it’s just…Yeah.
Ben: And also, yeah, I agree what you’re saying, and also I think it has something to do with Jo trying to show that he’s really gifted because, earlier we were talking about how some people think, "Well, he just escaped with luck. He’s going to amount to nothing." But in reality he really is a powerful wizard and maybe this is one of the gifts he got from Voldemort.
Laura: Mhm, yeah.
Ben: I sure Voldemort’s able to do the same thing and when he transferred over the scar, he transferred over basically gave him Parseltongue. Why couldn’t he have the ability to resist curses that the mind just thinks are ridiculous?
Eric: Exactly. I think that’s a brilliant interpretation Ben. And also if…
Laura: I agree completely.
Eric: Yeah, Harry has been given things as well, like Parseltongue and maybe like this, and also like the good Patronus. And remember, they were shocked in Book 5 to figure out that he could produce a fully, whatever, a fully formed…
Ben: A corporeal.
Eric: Yeah, corporeal Patronus. They were like, “What? What the heck?” And that’s another one of those things that he was just always good at. Always good at Quidditch like his father, you know. Some things just carry on.
Kevin: I think, I also think…
Ben: Do you think Voldemort was good at Quidditch?
Kevin: I doubt it. [laughs]
Eric: That’s why it came from his father, you see, so it could have come from several places. That’s like asking if Voldemort can produce a great corporeal Patronus at age thirteen because Harry could. It doesn’t mean it came from Voldemort, could it have come from his father, like Quidditch.
Kevin: I also think it’s one of those subtle reminders that Harry is a powerful wizard but he’s not showing his full potential yet.
Laura: Yeah, I think it’s just a reminder that he has the potential.
Eric: I mean, we’ve seen Harry scream his lungs off at Ron and Hermione and stuff, he’s taken them down. He’s P W Ned them. He needs to P W N Voldemort and some of the bad guys now.
[Audio]: Good morning, this is Chad from Grand Rapids, Michigan. One of the main things that I’m curious about is what was the occupation of James and Lily Potter? They seem to have accumulated enough wealth yet I don’t imagine the Order of the Phoenix paid for your services. Any thoughts? Also on a side note, for wizarding duels, how about Fred versus George? Have a nice night.
Andrew: So I was actually intrigued by this question cause I thought it was interesting, and as it turns out JK Rowling does mention, has mentioned, whether it’s on her official site or in an interview, that James actually did inherit a large sum of his fortune. So that pretty much answers that question, which would answer why he wouldn’t need a well-paying job. And one of the many things…
Laura: I’m sure that they had jobs, but…
Kevin: Yeah, but…
Andrew: But however…yeah, but Jo’s never mentioned what they have done and... I was actually reading a couple articles because I’m so intrigued by this [laughs] and one theory was that James could have been a professor at Hogwarts.
Eric: I don’t think that’s true.
Andrew: Defense Against the…
Kevin: I don’t think so either.
Eric: If he was…
Andrew: Defense against the - well okay…
Laura: I think we would know, wouldn’t we?
Eric: Yeah, it would have been mentioned.
Ben: We would have known.
Kevin: Shot down there, Andrew.
Andrew: Why? How? What would have been the point?
Kevin: Because that is a huge legacy, and…
Kevin: JK Rowling would have mentioned that if…
Eric: Especially if Harry…
Kevin: ...Harry’s father was a teacher.
Eric: If Harry’s…yeah.
Ben: Especially, no, no, Andrew, listen. Especially in Book 6 when we found out that Voldemort basically cursed the position when Dumbledore denied him of it. Dumbledore probably would have said, “Well Harry, your father took up that job and…”
Ben: “That year he was killed.”
Eric: I think he definitely would have known.
Andrew: That’s true. But if you think about it. Harry’s so good at Defense Against the Dark Arts and he ends up teaching people in Hogwarts about Defense Against the Dark Arts. So don’t you think it’s completely possible that was little hint at that James did?
Eric: No, it’s just…
Laura: No, wasn’t James gifted at Transfiguration?
Laura: I’m pretty sure that he…
Andrew: Was he?
Laura: Yeah. He was Transfiguration and Lily was Charms and Potions.
Andrew: Yeah but that doesn’t mean he had to teach it.
Eric: His wand.
Andrew: Yeah, Lily was Potions. We’ve already talked about that.
Andrew: Yeah, well those are all my notes. [laughs]
Eric: The most obscure thing that we found out about James at Hogwarts was that he was a Seeker, or whatever, for the house team.
Laura: I thought he was a Chaser?
Eric: They changed it in the movie. They changed it in the movie, which is why. But in Book 5 wasn’t he playing with the Snitch? So…
Laura: Yeah, but I think she also answered that somewhere.
Eric: She did. She said that whatever it is…
Laura: Just because he was playing with, yeah.
Laura: Just because he was playing with the Snitch doesn’t mean he’s the Seeker.
Eric: Right, but he was on the Quidditch team and everybody that tells Harry says, you know “Oh your father was great at Quidditch.” Um…
Andrew: You know what I was just thinking about? They died pretty young, didn’t they? So…
Andrew: They wouldn’t have really had time to get a job.
Micah: Are we assuming though that just because James had money, that Lily didn’t work either?
Eric: No, maybe we’re assuming that since…
Laura: I don’t know. The kind of character that I’ve gotten the idea of what James and Lily are, I don’t think that they would not have jobs. I think that they would do it just because it was something they felt was a necessity to do.
Eric: You know what, guys?
Ben: Kind of like JK Rowling’s husband. How he…
Laura: It’s just part of being an adult. Having a job.
Ben: Right. Like JK Rowling’s husband. JK Rowling has billions of dollars. He wouldn’t have to work but he does because…
Eric: Guys, guys, guys I got it.
Kevin: Otherwise, you’d go crazy.
Eric: I got it.
Ben: And it wouldn’t look good in the media eye either. It would look like he was mooching off his wife.
Kevin: Not to mention if you notice, everyone in the Order currently has a job except, of course, Sirius before he died, you know. He was the only one who was unemployed.
Andrew: Yeah, but…
Kevin: Lupin was unemployed for those people who are going to bash me.
Laura: Yeah, so is Molly and Mundungus Fletcher. [laughs]
Kevin: He wasn’t…That’s true.
Ben: Actually, you know what I think? I think that Aunt Marge was right all along. James is a drunken bum.
Ben: I’m just kidding. I’m going to get massacred for saying that.
Andrew: Yeah, um…
Kevin: Next voicemail.
Andrew: But hold on. Wait a second. What was the huge…we still haven’t really touched on this very much. What was the huge thing that was supposed to be revealed about Lily? Because…
Eric: I know it.
Andrew: I have gone back to work…what is it, Eric?
Eric: I know what it is.
Andrew: What is it?
Eric: Lily’s good at Potions, right?
Eric: And James is good at Transfiguration.
Eric: All right, everybody sit down. Take a deep breath [takes a deep breath along with Kevin]. I know what it is. I found the key, I found what Lily’s secret is.
Andrew: You better be serious about this. What is it?
Eric: I’m dead serious. I know what they did.
Andrew: What is it?
Eric: It was drugs.
Andrew: Okay, it was not drugs.
Eric: No, no, it was drugs. Lily made them and James disguised them so they didn’t get caught. That explains the fortune. That explains the fortune.
Laura: Maybe she explained it and we just didn’t see it.
Andrew: I know, exactly.
Laura: And we’re not going to realize it until Book 7.
Micah: From what I understand.
Micah: Is that Harry’s been looking in the book all year long, don’t you think he’d know Snape’s handwriting by now?
Eric: He should, because it says…
Laura: It depends.
Eric: It says that handwriting…
Laura: Because how much does he focus in Potions? [laughs] You know.
Ben: And also, what does Snape do? He probably, he could do it magically or…
Micah: That’s true.
Ben: When he hands a paper back with a grade on it, it might just say, F, A, B - whatever the English grading system is in. You can’t really tell what their handwriting is because…
Ben: It’s not…when you write a big A at the top of a paper, it isn’t your style when you’re writing a letter.
Micah: That’s true.
Laura: Not to mention the possibility that Snape’s handwriting could have matured, I mean…
Kevin: Yeah, it was quite a while.
Eric: Cause he sure hasn’t.
Kevin: He’d been a teacher for how many years after he wrote that book, so we all…
Eric: But that’s the thing. If he wrote it, he took it with him. He must have continued to update it or at least kept it close to him because it was in his Potions cabinet, so he must have had it with him when he became a teacher, don’t you think? Cause he left it in his room. I mean obviously I don’t think he was, he didn’t use it recently because he would have remembered to take it with him, but it was in the cabinet…
Kevin: Yeah, that’s true.
Eric: And he, you know. So, where would it have gone have gone from his school bag to his cabinet in the past? That he would have been opening it or looking through it or using it last.
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