Lexicon Podcast

Episode 4: “Boom! There comes Neville!”


Steve lists things he liked and didn’t like about Deathly Hallows part 2 (SPOILERS), and discusses the warm and cozy Great Hall, the Famous Wizard cards, prejudice through the ages, what Dobby knew and how, and other Harry Potter odds and ends.

NOTE: There are spoilers for the Deathly Hallows part 2 film in this episode. Also, everyone didn’t hang around in the common room at the end of the Battle of Hogwarts, they hung around in the Great Hall. I do know that, I just said it wrong. It happens.

Show links:

  • Facebook fan page (includes poll questions and trivia)
  • Famous Wizard Cards
  • Timelines
  • History of Magic
  • History of the Ministry of Magic
  • Essay:  “…over a thousand years ago…” Britain at the founding of Hogwarts by E.D. Blanning


Pensieve (Comments)

  • So Listening to your episode, naturally we talk about the question you ask at the end. Our theory is… to quote my wife “House Elves are gossipy”.

    We believe that Dobby somehow found out from the Hogwarts House Elves

  • Todd Abbott

    Yes the guards were horrible. The conversations were all shortened quite a bit, but at least they were there. I actually do not like the way they do Loona. Nevil was good. I though the combat was good, butt hey made it much larger than in the books. Molly’s fight was LAME. She seemed too unsure of herself. I liked they did show the statues fight, but they did not have Grawp, Buckbeak, Thestrals, Centaurs, or House Elves fight, but the enemy had many giants. I did not like Harry’s fight either. There was so much going into the fight. They do not say any spells. Snape’s visions were good. Yes the ending was uninformative. I did like them showing the part with Hermione and Ron going to get the fangs.

    Overall I liked it much better than the last few (still did not see the first half), but 4, 5, and 6 were lame. The books are much better still and it is disappointing to see so many things they change, but as a separate entity from the books I found it to be a really good movie overall.

    Wizards oppressed EVERYTHING… House Elves, Muggle Born, Goblins, Centaurs, Giants, Thestrals, Werewolves, Vampires, Hages, Trolls… Wizard’s Rule is what most want.

    The multiple dates could have been it originated in 1689 then was ratified heavily in 1692 to add a lot more to it… or maybe was when they started enforcing it.

    Dobby knew a lot because of Malfoy. He was on the School board at one point. Dobby had been following Harry too, blocking the barrier and tampering with the Bludger and seeing him in the hospital wing. He knew about the first opening of the Chamber of Secrets and that Voldimort had done it before when he was known as Tom Riddle. He also knew that Harry was in trouble even though he was not a Muggle Born.

  • Catherine

    Wands, Priori Incantatum, or something else.
    I don’t think the wand connection in the final duel between Harry and Voldemort is creating Priori Incantatum in the movie. As a matter of fact, I don’t think this is exactly what happens each time they duel. Dumbledore explains it as the phenomenon in their first duel when the wands have a twin core, but later – in the race to the burrow when Harry’s wand reacts by shooting golden sparks and then in the final duel – something different is at work. Is it an older, deeper magic happening because of the Voldemort-Harry connection?