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‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows,’ Ch. 7-8

Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion continue their journey through the Potterverse by examining the theme of puzzles

Hello! (Yeah!) And welcome to Binge Mode! Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion continue their exploration of the Harry Potter universe by diving deep into Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, chapters 7-8. To help guide you on that journey, here is a map of the 47th episode of Binge Mode: Harry Potter. It’s not quite as detailed as the Marauder’s Map, but don’t fear: The podcast is just as magical.

  1. Mallory and Jason start their journey, of course, on the Hogwarts Express, providing a brief refresher on what actually happened in these two chapters. Harry celebrates his birthday with a host of gifts, argues with the minister after receiving some of the contents of Dumbledore’s will, and hears some horrible rumors about the dead headmaster’s past while attending Bill and Fleur’s wedding.
  2. They continue by diving into the Pensieve, where they analyze the central theme of this section of the book: puzzles.
  3. Next, they sneak into the Restricted Section so Mallory can teach us everything we need to know about the sword of Gryffindor.
  4. After reemerging from that section of the library, Mallory and Jason discuss the Seven, where they share their seven favorite insights and observations from this swath of chapters. Here, they examine the symbol of the Deathly Hallows, Hermione’s career path, and more.
  5. Finally, they award the House Cup to a worthy winner of the two chapters. This episode’s recipient is Hermione, who shows her proficiency and foresight as a planner and dominates the wedding scene.

Mallory and Jason return soon for Episode 48 of Binge Mode: Harry Potter, in which they will break down chapters 9-11 of Hallows. For the full podcast, subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Spotify, or wherever you get podcasts, and follow along on Twitter and join the Facebook group, which is just for Binge Mode fans. We await your digital Owl Post!