Harry Potter & the Order of the Phoenix (feat. Eric Molinsky of Imaginary Worlds) : Episode 69

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Harry Potter & the Order of the Phoenix

What: Dolor Umbridge shows up at Hogwart’s and Harry bands together a group of students in secret to form “Dumbledor’s Army.”
Directed by: David Yates
Starring: Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, Gary Oldman

Featuring guest co-host
Eric Molinskey headshotEric Molinsky of Imaginary Worlds

Recommended and Related Media

Harry Potter
Eric thinks the books are pretty great. You’re probably familiar with them?
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Imaginary Worlds Podcast
Eric’s really great show about scifi and fantasy – why we create them and how we suspend our disbelief.
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Show Notes

Scifi and Fantasy

Our different aptitudes for processing fantasy. Fantasy tropes, internal consistency, Patrick Rothfuss.

Wizard and muggle technologies

Telegraphs, internets, owls and agentive magical paper airplanes. Other things too!

The power of names

“True name” magic in Harry Potter. IRL examples. Ancient Egypt, Medieval Europe, Jewish mysticism, Aronofsky’s Pi. Rothfuss again.

Classism and wizard racism

Wizard Hitler!

Wizard warfare

Magic bullet machine gun enchanted buckler wizards. Enchanted riot shields with a wand-hole in them. Other innovations.


The fascististic headmistress, Ballatrix, Luna, and other characters we wanted to note.


Endicus showicus!

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