Alohomora!: An In-Depth Exploration of the Harry Potter Series

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Alohomora! is an interactive and creative collaborative project between fans worldwide and MuggleNet staff. Join us as we re-read the entire series, spin wild theories, and share content all influenced by our love of Harry Potter.

Episodios

HBP 5 Excess of Phlegm Revisit: Potential for Mischief

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On Episode 336 we discuss...

→ We need to find a Neville expert
→ All the feels for a missing scene where Harry gets a hand on Molly's clock
→ Molly & Arthur reveal too much
→ The complicated relationships between the women in the books

Spells: Make Me Tap Dance

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On Episode 335 we discuss...

→ Again, security at Hogwarts is awful
→ Snape is a terrible teacher
→ What’s up with the wizarding world’s one peer reviewed journal
→ The CTRL F spell

POA 9 Revisit: Well, the Prefects Got It, They're 15

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On Episode 334 we discuss...

→ Hogwarts should really send students home
→ Which is worse, being a ghost or portrait?
→ Harry's a better captain than Wood
→ Theory: the Time-Turners messed with Hermione's memory
→ Accessing a murder's vault? No questions at Gringotts

Order of the Phoenix: Tell Voldemort It Was Me

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On Episode 333 we discuss...

→ What if the DA and Order names were reversed?
→ Order of the Phoenix, Spy Agency
→ Credence Barebone, created by Aberforth and goats
→ Claps for Kingsley
→ No one puts Molly in a corner
→ Susan Bones, who are you?

OOTP 18 Revisit: Honing in on the Voldymind

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On Episode 332 we discuss...

→ Katy calls out to all cosplayers with a mighty need
→ The trio are royalty
→ A 'Sirius' discussion... what the pandemic has taught us
→ Angelina is a BOSS
→ Would anything have changed if Harry had confided in Dumbledore?
→ FB3: Shame On Dumbledore
→ The weapon is a lie
→ Voldymood recaps and which events they match up with
→ Is the Room of Requirement overpowered?
→ Sirius is the devil on Harry's shoulder
→ What would you change about the books if you could?

Death Eaters, Part 2: Murder Isn't for Everyone

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On Episode 331 we discuss...

→ Lucius's locks of luscious hair
→ Thanksgiving of Death Eaters
→ Skills for Snape, power for Bellatrix
→ Soup of racists
→ What happened to Stan Shunpike?

PS/SS 7 Revisit: It's Hogwarts, Not Harshwarts

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On Episode 330 we discuss…

→ Half of the Swish and Flick Podcast quartet, Tiffany O’Malley and Katie Petras, join us as guests hosts!
→ Hermione casting spells from the start – not a movieism!
→ When do you think Harry realized each House was more than the Sorting Song?
→ The Sorting Hat: biased to Gryffindor
→ Hogwarts should have waited to sort until after the first year
→ The Hat might be a seer

International Schools: Green Robes? I'm Out

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On Episode 329 we discuss...

→ No wizards in the Mediterranean?
→ Canon: Beauxbatons closed in 2000
→ Joker, Ilvermorny student
→ A plus for name creativity
→ Other schools, deep in stereotype?
→ Hogwarts: racist
→ Hugo Award-winning co-founder of The Book Smugglers and author of "Cooking for Wizards, Warriors and Dragons" (available August 31, 2021), Thea James, joins us as guest host!

DH Epilogue: Kreacher, Get Me a Sandwich

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On Episode 328 we discuss...

→ Has time changed our feelings on the Epilogue?
→ Is all really well?
→ Cursed Child - wants vs. reality
→ Do some people not deserve a “Nineteen Years Later?”
→ Did “Cursed Child” ruin everything? Alison says no.
→ Like father, like son - tea with Hagrid
→ Head canon - Weasley family back to school hangout
→ Ron and Hermione/Arthur and Molly Part 2?
→ Lorrie’s “Harry Potter” and “To Kill a Mockingbird” connection
→ Harry’s forgiveness = ALL the names
→ Katy compares lines from “Harry Potter” and “Cursed Child”
→ Is the book stronger for having the Epilogue?

Astrology: Virgo Aftertaste

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On Episode 327 we discuss...

→ Guest introduction: Maren Altman
→ Maren recommended: AstroGold
→ Vedic vs Western Astrology
→ Occam’s Razor
→ Get your own chart! AstroTheme.com
→ Planetary Joys and the designation of elements
→ What is a square??

HBP 2 Revisit: Timetable of Lies

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On Episode 326 we discuss... → The only chapter 2 that's not from Harry's POV → What line of work was Snape's father in? → Possible early clues that Snape was the Half-Blood Prince → So much booze in this book! → Humanizing Narcissa - the Lady of the Lake → Bella's scrap of love → Who is the spinner and what is their end? → The unbreakable vow: manipulation or desperation? → Sev and Pete, the expert door listeners, spying on each other → Death Eaters love to gossip → Snape - the best lie detector faker of all time and devastating with his comebacks → Fleeting, yet unexpected sympathy for Snape

Death Eaters, Part 1: Retirement Plan

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On Episode 325 we discuss... → Why are they called Death Eaters? → The lack of math strikes again → Death Eater dynasties → Irvin's Death Eater essays - 1 | 2 | 3 → Picking things up and putting them down → The Battle of the Department of Mysteries: An Analysis of the Chase and Battle, June 1996 → Oh baby, baby

OotP 36 Revisit: Snaps for Williamson

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On Episode 324, we discuss…

→ OotP has the best chapter titles
→ The five stages of grief in ONE chapter
→ Bargaining flipped: We start with a death and end with a life
→ Voldy was right about Dumbledore's willingness to sacrifice Harry!
→ Harry feels love most acutely through overwhelming grief
→ Movie adaptations... the good, the bad, the terrible
→ One character reaches acceptance - Fudge!
→ Bellatrix is in a league of her own
→ The only time all three Lestranges battle together?
→ Voldemort's training school
→ Play-by-play of THE DUEL... the sass and the purpose
→ Fawkes dies of food poisoning

Fairytales: Lockhart is Gaston

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On Episode 323 we discuss...

→ Fairy tales, fairytales, wonder tales, magic tales, fairy stories, and Märchen
→ "In the old times when wishing was still effective"... and how
→ The Dewey Decimal System for fairytales is... woah
→ How many of these classifications match up with Potter? Hint: a lot!
→ Motifs which are the foundation for all fantasy
→ Why do fairytales endure?
→ Could we call Harry Potter a fairytale?
→ Lessons from fairytales that are mirrored in Potter
→ Half-Blood Prince: the Documentary
→ Beedle the Bard's tales predate many Muggle fairytales!
→ Aurelia breaks down the German Max und Moritz stories by Wilhelm Busch
→ Yes, we are fawning over Aurelia's beautiful German readings

CoS 15 Revisit: Selfies With Fang

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On Episode 322 we discuss...

→ "Those who ask will always be given help... I think... maybe..."
→ Why does a second year discover what the beast is when nobody else can?
→ It must be nice, it must be nice... to have Ernie Mac on your side
→ Does anyone actually feed Fang while Hagrid is gone?
→ Aragog is sending mass emails "on the web"
→ Spiders and House Elves are besties
→ Sycamore and redwood tree analysis is out of this world!
→ The Ford Anglia: IS IT ALIVE?? Could it have killed Voldemort?
→ Harry's first trip to the place where he "dies"
→ Spider mythology - which one fits Aragog best?
→ Comparisons between Harry and Aragog... mind blown!
→ Aragog vs. The Basilisk - who would win?

Horace Slughorn: Chugging a Gallon of Golden Potion

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On Episode 321 we discuss...

→ Our podcast is old enough to have a drinking game
→ Slughorn wins the name game: Horace Eugene Flaccus Slughorn
→ Aurelia is the author of the Harry Potter books now
→ Armando Dippet is how old?! Aging in the wizarding world is confusing
→ We love old Pottermore
→ Is Slughorn the master networker? Hogwarts should have a careers day!
→ Felix Felicis fan theory: Did Slughorn take it before fighting Voldemort?
→ Slughorn is an excellent example for ambitious Slytherins
→ Wealthy Roman in a wealthy Roman resort town (say that three times fast)
→ Dumbledore was fortunate enough to see the true Tom but too distracted to do something about him
→ Ernie MacMillan is basically young Slughorn
→ Slughorn really only has one move: turning into an armchair
→ What is Slughorn's finest moment?

PoA 16 Revisit: None of the Good Phillias

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On Episode 320 we discuss...

→ Descriptive dialogue and how to write it
→ Exam study stress is REAL
→ Is the Hogwarts' school calendar indicative of the UK's schedule?
→ #FantasticBeastsRightToLive
→ Are the tortoises alive?? The Rock Kittens return!
→ Katy, say no to drugs! Can Cheering Charms be as addictive/harmful as Felix Felicis?
→ Humidifier humans are so hot
→ The worst test by the worst teacher (but, it's not his fault!)
→ Snape, the potion fumes addict
→ The DADA test is obviously the coolest - can this be a ride?
→ Trelawney definitely has a brand... but perhaps is not a terrible teacher!
→ Predictions, prophecies, and how they work

Dark Arts & Beasts: Justice for Basilisks!

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On Episode 319 we discuss…

→ Does Dark Magic only depend on the intent of the witch or wizard using it?
→ Dark Magic is magic for which there is no good use
→ All dark magic are curses, but not all curses are dark magic
→ Knockturn Alley... the black market that everyone knows about
→ Snakes are given a bad rep
→ "Never trust anything that can think for itself, if you can’t see where it keeps its brain."
→ Love potion isn't dark, Hermione? Disagree!
→ Which horcrux is your favorite?
→ Severus created a "severing" spell... ba-dum ching!
→ Herpo and his brood of Basilisks
→ Dreamer, planner, critic trios are super fun to create
→ History of Dark Wizards and their enablers

HPB 26 Revisit: The Dueling Aesthetics of Dumbledore and Voldemort

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On Episode 318 we discuss…

→ First all-male episode?!?
→ The chapter that inspired the book's cover art
→ Young Tom Riddle was incredibly focused and powerful
→ Everyone agrees... Half-Blood Prince is THE BEST
→ Has Dumbledore been to the cave before?
→ Quality quotes comin' at ya!
→ "Really? You're one of the most powerful wizards of all time and you went with a blood door?"
→ The cave = the next great theme park ride
→ If Dumbledore had lived, would he have gotten rid of the horcruxes on his own?
→ The trio could never have found/retrieved this horcrux... game over
→ Is the lake water normal water?
→ Signature spells - which is cooler, Accio or Fire Lasso?

The Anthropology of Harry Potter, Part Two: Bloody Brilliant

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On Episode 317 we discuss...

→ Localization of the Harry Potter text (British vs. American English)
→ Why butcher cultures for the sake of ethnocentrically Americanizing text?
→ Hooray for fans fighting back!
→ Folklore and Fairytales - "The Boy Who Lived" is already a living legend
→ Are there similarities between Potter and other epic tales?
→ Enter the Cinderfellas: Voldemort, Lockhart, and Snape
→ The Anthropology of Fandom - how do you carry Harry Potter on a daily basis?
→ The 2020 fandom divide... educate yourself
→ Cultures are always shifting. The same is true for fandoms.
→ Morals and Ethics in the Potter series... is it a new religion?
→ We can definitely find moral lessons to share with others in Potter
→ Learning to deal with crises by reading about how others dealt with theirs

GoF 26 Revisit: This is Traumatizing!

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On Episode 316 we discuss…

→ Would aqua lungs have functioned at Hogwarts?
→ We need more info regarding the limits of transfiguration
→ Madam Pince is THE WORST librarian
→ Powers you never knew you had and how to use them
→ Where are card catalogs/CTRL-F/Google when you need them?
→ This task is MESSED UP and Alison can't even
→ Crackpot theory: Viktor fell in love with Hermione at the World Cup
→ The only thing that dies in this task is Harry's watch
→ Justice for Dobby!
→ The last time we see Percy in person before he turns into a prick
→ Hogwarts, install a water filtration system. You're gross
→ Feminism is for everyone, including merpeople

"Alohomora!: Full Circle" Sneak Peek

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Created and hosted by Kat Miller, Alohomora!: Full Circle is a re-read of the Harry Potter through the lens of Ring Composition.

Enjoy this sneak peek from the show featuring clips from Books 1 - 4 and an exclusive clip from the yet-to-be-released Book 5! Can you guess who the voice belongs to?

Featuring book-long cohosts of past and present Alohomora! hosts and other special guests, Full Circle is a re-read unlike any other.

Get access to all the episodes by visiting https://www.patreon.com/Alohomora

Love: Ride or Die

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On Episode 315 we discuss…

→ Love types: Agape, Philia, Eros, Storge, Xenia, Philautia
→ From Lily to Narcissa, mothers' love is everything in Potter
→ A child's love for their parents is not to be ignored
→ Everyone in Harry Potter needs to have a therapist
→ Does Hermione love her friends more than her parents?
→ The Golden Trio - ride or die
→ Fred and George are the best of best friends
→ Is Remus and Tonks' relationship healthy?
→ Love potions = big yikes
→ Hogwarts course suggestion... Wizard Ethics
→ Love protections must come from a willing sacrifice
→ Grace gives a Ted Talk

OotP 28 Revisit: Fresh Horror

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On Episode 314 we discuss...

→ Leaving a broken vanishing cabinet on the 1st floor... totally fine
→ Tragic Filch - the half-person
→ Fear of kittens makes a lot more sense than pigeons
→ What do fireworks and torture devices have in common?
→ Turning suffering into profit is ok when you're making bad people suffer
→ The Department of Mysteries appears to be a spiritual place
→ "We all got away, didn’t we?"... Dumbledore didn't, Cho!
→ Did Hermione go too far with her hex?
→ Pensieves could be big money-makers and more dangerous than the Mirror of Erised
→ Comparing the trio to the Marauders
→ Queen Lily and the last straw
→ James totally sexually assaulted Severus

Memories and the Pensieve: Drowning in French

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On Episode 313 we discuss...

→ Where did the brains in the Brain Room come from?
→ We hope there are individual education plans for struggling students
→ Rex schools us on memory types, formation, storage, retrieval, etc
→ Memory loss, brain injuries, and diseases
→ Are the disembodied brains conscious?
→ Most wizards are too afraid to use a Pensieve
→ The Hogwarts Pensieve contains centuries of memories!
→ Are extracted memories originals, copies, or can they be either?
→ Pensieves are cool. Let's capitalize on them!
→ Memory modification is unethical but necessary
→ Wizards seriously need primary education
→ Occlumency should be taught to all students

DH 20 Revisit: Xenophilius Lovegood

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On Episode 312 we discuss...

→ Why does Harry forgive Ron so much more easily than Hermione?
→ The Muggle Prime Minister is potentially left out to dry
→ It's time for Ron to shine
→ We need to know what a plimpy is!
→ Xenophilius's name is one of the best in the series
→ Dumbledore's gifts finally start to make sense
→ Ron... the third wheel during Bill and Fleur's first married Christmas
→ Wizarding Christmas songs FTW!
→ Harry does pay attention in class. Bye haters!
→ Erumpant horn inextricably linked to Fantastic Beasts now?
→ We need backstories on Luna's parents
→ We all love Clare

Quidditch: The Human Condition

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On Episode 311 we discuss...

→ Early Quidditch = animal cruelty
→ How does the Hogwarts House team system work?
→ There should be JV teams, more backup players, fun play, and more games
→ "That's just Jo not thinking it through."
→ Quidditch is the one thing that comes naturally to Harry
→ The 2014 Quidditch World Cup was a thing of beauty
→ Female inclusion in wizard sport FTW!
→ How much do the different brooms really matter?
→ The Snitch is worth too many points
→ Fouls... the punishment does not fit the crime
→ Much love for Muggle Quidditch
→ A sport invented out of pettiness

CoS 11 Revisit: Can Everyone See Me?

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On Episode 310 we discuss...

→ Theory confirmed: Dumbledore is the Avatar
→ CoS is FULL of red herrings
→ Are Fred and George cruel jackasses?
→ What's the most terrifying sentence in the Harry Potter canon?
→ Everyone knows that Neville is almost a squid
→ Snape is such a bad teacher! For the greater good!
→ We want to see Flitwick killin' it on the dueling stage
→ Harry CAN'T EVEN with Lockhart
→ More fat-shaming... ugh. Milicent is a cat-loving queen!
→ It's Dolohov-o-clock!
→ Student reaction to parseltongue = xenophobia?
→ Do mandrakes bleed???

Rubeus Hagrid: The Soccer Mom

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On Episode 309 we discuss...

→ Did Dumbledore know Hagrid's father?
→ Mr. Dumbledore's home for Peculiar Children
→ Ogg was probably important to Hagrid's continued learning
→ Hagrid is the opposite of toxic masculinity
→ Hey Google, what is pedagogy?
→ Was the blast-ended skrewt breeding legal?
→ Yes, Hagrid's a bad teacher but that's not his fault
→ Is there any excuse for the way Hagrid treated Dudley?
→ A case of arrested development
→ Hagrid vs. Trelawney
→ "He's literally too stupid to live."
→ Hagrid is a flawed character - something everyone can agree on!

PS/SS 10 Revisit: No Inflated Bladders

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On Episode 308 we discuss...

→ Harry & Ron = The Chaos Crew
→ Neville has "zero positive male role models that aren't trying to dangle him out of a window"
→ Harry's privileged broom
→ Caps lock McGonagall
→ We finally learn what the heck Quidditch is!
→ Only 28 kids per year get to play the one wizard sport at school... that's messed up
→ Don't judge people by their physical appearance, mkay?
→ When does wand movement really matter?
→ How successful would a witch/wizard with a lisp be?
→ Ron... stop being rude!
→ Why did none of the teachers wonder where Hermione was?
→ Hermione could have been another Moaning Myrtle!

Introducing "Alohomora!: Full Circle"

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You asked for it, you got it! After years of requests from our loyal listeners begging us to start another re-read, we are very happy to introduce Alohomora!: Full Circle.

Created and hosted by Kat Miller, Full Circle is a re-read of the Harry Potter series through the lens of Ring Composition. Featuring book-long cohosts of past and present Alohomora! hosts and other special guests, Full Circle promises to be a re-read unlike any other.

Episodes will be released on the first of each month, one book at a time, starting November 1, 2020. The show will be exclusive to our Patreon. Join now to get access to the podcast and the exclusive, Patrons-only Discord. 

The Department of Mysteries: Unspeakably Vague

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On Episode 307 we discuss…

→ Hagrid definitely couldn't work there
→ Whose brains do they have in the Brain Room??
→ "Thoughts could leave deeper scars than almost anything else"
→ The Death Chamber - the room we know the most and least about
→ Are there multiple death veils?
→ "[Myrtle is] living her best death"
→ Would the veil destroy a horcrux?
→ The Hall of Prophecies - there's going to be loads of fog tonight
→ How convenient that the fountain of perfect love potion is so close to the veil?
→ The Planet Room... Wizard NASA?
→ The Time Room... bye-bye Time-Turners!
→ Is this dept. independent from the rest of the wizarding government?

HBP 12 Revisit: Questionable Morality

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On Episode 306 we discuss...

→ Harry reading Cliff Notes
→ Fandom theories from back in the day
→ "Eh, it's Half-Blood Prince. Things get a bit sexy."
→ Why did Aberforth buy a sketchy mirror?
→ Was Rose Granger-Weasley named after Madam Rosemerta??
→ Polyjuiced Draco in Hogsmeade??
→ Double Imperio! OMG!
→ "Katie is social distancing from the ground."
→ Ring composition curses
→ How did Draco afford the cursed necklace?
→ Deep dive on opals!
→ The trouble with trusting teachers

Cho Chang: Social Distance From Swans!

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On Episode 305 we discuss...

→ Cho's name... lazily written, alliteration love, and/or downright offensive?
→ The only girl on her Quidditch team!
→ Written to be a love triangle character/self-insertion mold
→ From cool chick to emotional, jealous wreck
→ Ginny vs. Cho
→ Teenage boys are oblivious
→ The Madam Puddifoot's disaster - fault on both sides
→ Why did Cho join the DA?
→ #Charry
→ Cho + Dudley = the fanfics we all want to read
→ What kind of wand do you imagine Cho has?
→ Cho as Asian representation

PoA 15 Revisit: Quidditch Is Life

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On episode 304 we discuss...

→ What was Buckbeak's favorite part of London?
→ Hermione at her breaking point... crying, slapping, quitting
→ Hermione's slap = SO GOOD... but, don't do that
→ Fowl or Foul? Ron helping with Buckbeak's appeal is precious
→ How does the Quidditch system even work??
→ Oliver legit sends his team to bed
→ "What a man... I love him"
→ Crookshanks and the "Grim" - blink and you miss it
→ Lee Jordan's commentary gives us life
→ "When you want to win, rules don't matter!"
→ Everyone's reactions when Gryffindor wins = golden
→ Which memory would guarantee a successful Patronus cast for you?