In this week’s episode we started to discuss the theme of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets: Identity. As usual, the theme is present from the beginning of the book at the Dursley’s and continues to make its appearance throughout the book. We talked about Harry’s struggle with identity and how it relates to other characters like Dobby, Gilderoy Lockhart, and Colin Creevey. We also talked about how Harry struggles to create his own identity while trying to deal with the famous name that was thrust upon him in his infancy.
We started the episode with two excellent audio comments from Travis and Nathalie. Both comments really set the stage for the discussion and we look forward to receiving more of these comments. Please send in your audio comments to harrypotterprogs at yahoo dot com and remember, please keep them as close to one minute as possible.
On the announcement front, I (Penny) made an exciting announcement about Portus 2008- so make sure to listen for that. Also, this episode was monumental because I did a great job (in my humble opinion) diverting the conversation as much if not more than Greg ever does (with the exception of the news of course when Greg was in his finest tangential form). We’ll blame it on the head cold which is also more than obvious throughout the episode.
In the news:
- Jim Dale won a Grammy Award for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Oh Hareeeeeee (Sorry, I couldn’t resist)!
- BAFTA Awards were last week. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix didn’t win anything. But we got some interesting sound bytes from Daniel Radcliffe and Jason Isaacs.
- Fleur Delacour won’t be making an appearance in the Half-Blood Prince movie. I am only sad about this because I liked the scene in the end of HBP when Fleur and Molly hug. Oh well.
- Harry Potter producers Davids Heyman and Barron remain non-comittal about splitting the 7th book into two movies.
- JK Rowling has picked up the James Joyce Award. She said some interesting new things.
- Actors have been cast in the roles of Fenrir Greyback and Amycus Carrow.
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