Goblet of Fire: ‘The Invitation’ & ‘Back to the Burrow’ (Chapters 3 & 4)

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire: Chapters 3-4

Mark True statements with a “T” and False statements with an “F.”

1. _____ Dudley Dursley’s school asked his parents to put him on a diet over summer vacation because “the school outfitters didn’t stock knickerbockers big enough for him anymore.” Grapefruit quarters for breakfast! Yummy.

2. _____ Mrs. Weasley sent a letter to the Dursley using Errol, the Weasley family owl, asking if Harry could join them at the Quidditch World Cup. [Read more…]

Goblet of Fire: ‘The Riddle House’ & ‘The Scar’ (Chapters 1 & 2)

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire: Chapters 1-2

Mark True statements with a “T” and False statements with an “F.”

1. _____ Goblet of Fire opens with the story of the mysterious murder of three Muggles in “the Riddle House” in Little Hangleton. The patrons in ‘The Hanged Man’, the local pub, believe there was dark magic involved.

2. _____ The autopsy report on the dead Muggles said “the Riddles all appeared to be in perfect health – apart from the fact that they were all dead.” [Read more…]

Prisoner of Azkaban: Every Quiz and Discussion Point in One Convenient HogPro Location

By popular demand, here is the one-stop post for all the HogPro Prisoner of Azkaban chapter quizzes and discussions. Share it with your friends or keep it to yourself; the quizzes and review are a lot more fun, either way, if you join in the discussions by sharing your thoughts! Thanks for your feedback on my musings and for letting me know, thumbs-up or thumbs-down, if you think this chapter by group of chapters trip through the books is worth continuing through Goblet of Fire.

Prisoner of Azkaban, Chapters 1-4, ‘Owl Post’ to ‘Leaky Cauldron’

Prisoner of Azkaban, Chapter 5, ‘The Dementor’

Prisoner of Azkaban, Chapter 6, ‘Talons and Tea Leaves’

Prisoner of Azkaban, Chapter 7, ‘The Boggart in the Wardrobe’

Prisoner of Azkaban, Chapters 8 & 9, ‘Flight of the Fat Lady’ & ‘Grim Defeat’

Prisoner of Azkaban, Chapters 10 & 11, ‘The Marauder’s Map’ & ‘The Firebolt’

Prisoner of Azkaban, Chapters 12 & 13, ‘The Patronus’ & ‘Gryffindor Versus Ravenclaw’

Prisoner of Azkaban, Chapters 14 & 15, ‘Snape’s Grudge’ & ‘The Quidditch Final’

Prisoner of Azkaban, Chapters 16 & 17, ‘Professor Trelawney’s Prediction’ & ‘Cat, Rat, & Dog’

Prisoner of Azkaban, Chapters 18 & 19, ‘Moony, Wormtail, Padfoot, and Prongs’ & ‘The Servant of Lord Voldemort

Prisoner of Azkaban, The Last Chapters

Prisoner of Azkaban: Whole Book O. W. L.

All done! Phew… Those last chapters were some heavy lifting.

Edmund Kern: Ms. Rowling speaks about Voldemort’s Soul Fragment at King’s Cross

Prof. Edmund Kern, History Department Chair at Lawrence University (my wife’s alma mater) and author of ‘The Wisdom of Harry Potter: What Our Favorite Hero Teaches Us About Moral Choices’ (Prometheus, 2003), sent me a note this morning about the crying baby that cannot be helped in Harry’s NDE/after-life experience at King’s Cross. With his permission, I post it here for your comments and correction. Thank you, Prof. Kern!

Hi John,

I don’t know if you’ve seen it, but JKR appears to have confirmed my reading of Voldemort’s soul in the “King’s Cross” chapter that you so kindly posted on HogPro. It’s in the FAQ section of her site: [Read more…]

Sayers and Lewis Productions to Enjoy and Anticipate

I know next-to-nothing about stage drama or film artistry but I do know that I enjoy a good play or movie. Productions of two works by authors that influenced Ms. Rowling mightily, Dorothy Sayers and C. S. Lewis, are making news — and one is “running” now on your computer via the Internet!

The Man Born to Be King is being presented in twelve parts on BBC7 which you can listen to via the Internet. Anyone savvy enough to explain how to do so in real time (vs GMT) please explain in the comment boxes. [Thank you, Robert Trexler, for this link!]

Trusty Johnny at Sword of Gryffindor supplies not only with a link to the just released Prince Caspian movie trailer from Disney/Walden Media, but also two or three of Ms. Rowling’s interview comments about her admiration for Lewis and especially his Narnia work.

Please share below what you think of the BBC production of King and the Walden Caspian trailer.