Chapter Revisit,  Half-Blood Prince

Episode 390 – HBP Chapter 16, A Very Frosty Christmas: Too Many Cooks

Ever wondered how religion might play out in the Harry Potter series? Close out 2023 with a lovely look back at chapter 16 of Half-Blood Prince with special guest Emily Strand and hosts Asher, Kat, and our editor Patrick.

On Episode 390 we discuss…

→ Adverbs and potentially bad writing
→ Sprouting it all up
→ Prophetic knives
→ Unbreakable Vows as kids
→ The origins of oranges in stockings and Saint Nick
→ Chris Tingle
→ In-depth look at godparents
→ Christmas time with Fleur

Read below to for information on how to contact our guest, Emily Strand.

Her website is and my site is here:


New book (just out!) is Potterversity: Essays Exploring the World of Harry Potter available from publisher McFarland Books here:

Her essay “Said Hermione Earnestly: Harry Potter’s Prose and Why It Doesn’t Matter” in Open at the Close: Literary Essays on Harry Potter, is available here:

She also edited these pop culture collections:
Star Trek: Essays Exploring the Final Frontier:
Star Wars: Essays Exploring a Galaxy Far, Far Away:

For more information about the podcast and to find out how to be on the show, check out our Be On The Show! page.

And as always, be sure to continue the discussion below!