Welcome to the 33rd edition of The Cord Cutter Podcast! If you think that Harry Potter fever has died down in the years since the final movie came out way back in 2011, you'd be wrong. Not only is the Fantastic Beasts franchise continuing to give us stories from J.K. Rowling's famed world, but the entire run of the original Harry Potter films is currently available to stream on HBO Now and HBO Go. This means, of course, that it's sure to gain a whole new group of cord cutting fans. This week, we invite Kelly West, VP of Content at Gateway Blend and resident Harry Potter nerd, back to talk about everything in this wizarding world!
This week's episode will see Mick, Adrienne and Kelly go over many of the ins and outs of the franchise, from how the movies stack up to the books, who the best (and worst) characters are, which films in the series are best and how a complete newbie felt viewing the films for the first time. Ready to dive in? Great! Read on to get the lowdown on this week's podcast and then listen for yourself above!
1:05 - Streaming News You Need To Know
5:40 - The Weekly Queue (What we're watching this week - Tiny Toon Adventures, Lovesick, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel)
9:15 - Beginning of Harry Potter discussion
11:00 - Adrienne's initial thoughts after watching the films for the first time ever
16:25 - How Kelly first got into the Harry Potter series
20:40 - The Great Ron Weasley Debate
28:45 - Harry Potter characters in love
31:50 - The best Harry Potter films
37:30 - Is Dobby the Jar Jar Binks of the Harry Potter Universe?
40:20 - What Harry Potter fans can be excited about right now
40:55 - What you need to know about Harry Potter and the Cursed Child before you see the play in New York
45:15 - What it was like to visit the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them set
46:40 - Actors who did the best and worst jobs portraying their book counterpart
52:15 - Game of the week - Alohawhat Now? (How many spells can you identify?)