Having just completed a thoroughly enjoyable re-read of the Harry Potter series, I was honored to be asked to be a guest on Mugglenet’s academic Potter podcast, Reading, Writing, Rowling. In Episode 19, which you can listen to here, we discuss the role of the Marauders in the Potter series. The mischief, complexity, and tragedy of these four characters has always been one of my favorite aspects of Rowling’s wizarding stories, and Remus Lupin remains a strong contender for my favorite fictional character of all time. Our conversation was a ton of fun to prepare for and to hold and is fairly wide-ranging, covering everything from the symbolic role of transfiguration, the image of friendship which they present, and what we would want to see in any potential (inevitable?) spinoffs. Because it’s me, a little of Tolkien’s literary theory was incorporated. You could easily do a segment drilling down further into the individual story arcs of each of these characters, which is in no way a knock on the depth of our discussion but only a testament to the richness of Moony, Wormtail, Padfoot & Prongs (yes, even Wormtail). However, I especially enjoyed the way that we mostly stuck to the Marauders as a unit, focusing on the group dynamics and the way that their self-image and internal relationships enabled both their moments of highest heroism and self-sacrifice as well as planting the seeds for the betrayal and tragedy to come. So meet us at the base of the Whomping Willow, cloak and map in hand, as we travel through the tunnel to the Shrieking Shack and out into the Forbidden Forest to discuss these brave, flawed, ultimately doomed — but always beloved — characters.
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