3.6 Talons and Tea Leaves

Heh! Whoo!! Alice and Martha are back to talk about chapter 6 of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban! In this episode, we track Professor Trelawney’s predictions, analyze one of Alice’s neuroses, and gripe about Harry’s hippogriff ride in the movie.

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Love your podcast, I’m all caught up now!
This isn’t the first time Rowling’s dates don’t line up with actual days in the past. A main example is the very first chapter of Sorcerer’s Stone, which says that Harry is dropped off at the Dursleys’ on a Tuesday night while 1 November 1981 was a Saturday.
I think Rowling probably just didn’t care or didn’t have actual years in mind at the time she wrote these first books. I would also guess year calendars weren’t as easily accessible as they are now online.

Nancy Greenshields

Enjoyed the Talons and Tea Leaves podcast and the discussion about dates reminded me of an issue I always have with that. It seems that the first day of school every year is September 1st and always a Monday.

Dave Taylor

While it seems fun in the books, actually having paintings that can move about seems quite disturbing. And what are they up too when I’m asleep 😉

It is interesting that in a world of Magic and Wonder, Trelawney is a step too far. We had a High School teacher that was a lot like Trelawney. She was obsessed with Dr. Suess and somehow convinced the school to have a Dr. Suess class. Her entire classroom was dedicated to Suess and most of her outfits had Suess somewhere on it. I ended up in her class due to a schedule mess-up and the class was a complete joke. She took every word completely serious and would get upset when we did not take the subject as serious as her.

And yes, Hagrid SHOULD NOT have been given a class, but it seems like Dumbledore was having a hard time finding teachers. Still, his first class is actually pretty good, thank you for screwing it up Malfoy.


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