Harry Potter & the Goblet of Fire: Review & Evaluation Part 6 (Chapter 34-End)

January 24th, 2021

"Very good," said Lord Voldemort softly, and as he raised his wand the pressure bearing down upon Harry lifted too. "And now you face me, like a man . . . straight-backed and proud, the way your father died. . . . And now ---- we duel." We have finally arrived at the climax and most crucial moments of the Harry Potter series thus far, today we conclude the contents in book 4, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire! Wrapping up the first "big" novel in the series, there are so many instances that set the tone for where the series goes from here. It is the perfect transition novel for a series that goes from a targeted audience of younger readers, to fans of all ages. In a segment that includes return of Lord Voldemort, an imposter at Hogwarts, a brash decision before justice could be properly served, and the preparations for the Second War, nothing can be left out. As we close out this book, Chase & Josh also give their fan-favorite Magical Creature ratings as well as a surprise addition to the outline that already includes Favorite/Impact Moments, Foreshadowed Events, Potential Plot Holes and Interesting Facts. With the epic duel between Harry Potter and Lord Voldemort, the diabolical plan being unveiled, the Minister of Magic and Albus Dumbledore's falling out, and the distribution of multiple secret missions given out by Dumbledore to his trusted allies, there's no way you can miss this all-inclusive episode! In the words of Albus Dumbledore, "I tell you now ---- take the steps I have suggested, and you will be remembered, in office or out, as one of the bravest and greatest Ministers of Magic we have ever known. Fail to act ---- and history will remember you as the man who stepped aside and allowed Voldemort a second chance to destroy the world we have tried to rebuild!"

Harry Potter & the Goblet of Fire: Review & Evaluation Part 5 (Chapter 29-Chapter 33)

January 17th, 2021

"You are in luck, Wormtail," said a cold, high-pitched voice from the depths of the chair in which the owl had landed. "You are very fortunate indeed. Your blunder has not ruined everything. He is dead." Thank you for returning as always as the Riddikulus Crew ventures forward towards the climax of book 4, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire! Today we will be discussing Chapter 29, The Dream through Chapter 33, The Death Eaters. Some of the biggest aspects of the plot appear in this section today with the fateful dream in divination class, the third task preparations, inside the maze and the seizing of the Triwizard Cup! Chase & Josh take you on a tour of these chapters while simultaneously dissecting the impact moments, foreshadowed events and interesting facts that you have come to know and love. With an inside look at the events that transpire in the maze, the conclusion of the tournament, the surprise that the Triwizard Cup holds, the tragic ending of a fan-favorite character and a certain potion/spell that brings about the return of a horrifying figure, YOU CANNOT MISS THIS EPISODE! As stated on Page 643 of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, "The thin man stepped out of the cauldron, staring at Harry . . . and Harry stared back into the face that had haunted his nightmares for three years. Whiter than a skull, with wide, livid scarlet eyes and a nose that was flat as a snake's with slits for nostrils . . . Lord Voldemort had risen again."

Harry Potter & the Goblet of Fire: Review & Evaluation Part 4 (Chapter 22-Chapter 28)

January 10th, 2021

"Harry had taken his first step back toward Gryffindor Tower when something else on the map caught his eye . . . something distinctly odd. Peeves was not the only thing that was moving. A single dot was flitting around a room in the bottom left-hand corner ---- Snape's office. But the dot wasn't labeled "Severus Snape" . . . it was Bartemius Crouch." The Riddikulus Crew welcomes you back as we head into the back half of Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire, giving you the detailed analysis you've come to know and love. There are so many subjects, events and moments that set this particular novel apart from the rest of the Harry Potter series and this episode hits on a good amount of them! We begin to see the pangs of adolescence right away as Chase & Josh tackle Chapter 22, 'The Unexpected Task' through Chapter 28, 'The Madness of Mr. Crouch'. From the Yule Ball, to secrets of our favorite Care of Magical Creature teacher revealed, to a bath with an egg, love is in the air in this spicy new installment of the series. Fact or Fantasy is grateful to have wonderful followers such as yourself that love to stick with us as we get into the nitty gritty. With finding dates to the dance, to Cedric repaying a debt, to the return of a fan favorite godfather, the Triwizard Tournament's second task, to an attack in the night, you just have to tune in. In the words of Mr. Crouch, "Don't . . . leave . . . me!" he whispered, his eyes bulging again. "I . . . escaped . . . must warn . . . must tell . . . see Dumbledore . . . my fault . . . all my fault . . . Bertha . . . dead . . . all my fault . . . my son . . . my fault . . . tell Dumbledore . . . Harry Potter . . . the Dark Lord . . . stronger . . . Harry Potter . . ."

Harry Potter & the Goblet of Fire: Review & Evaluation Part 3 (Chapter 15-Chapter 21)

January 3rd, 2021

"The fire in the goblet had just turned red again. Sparks were flying out of it. A long flame shot suddenly in the air, and borne upon it was another piece of parchment. Automatically, it seemed, Dumbledore reached out a long hand and seized the parchment. He held it out and stared at the name written upon it. There was a long pause, during which Dumbledore stared at the slip in his hands, and everyone in the room stared at Dumbledore. And then Dumbledore cleared his throat and read out --- "Harry Potter."" Fact or Fantasy fanatics, we are officially at the halfway point for Harry Potter & the Goblet of Fire! There's a lot to unpack in this installment as Chase & Josh take you through some of the most pivotal moments in this book. From the arrival of the foreign students, to the choosing of the champions, to the impartial judge being hoodwinked, there's so much that really sets the tone for how this novel plays out. So thanks for continuing on this ride and diving in deep as the Riddikulus Crew explores some of the key aspects of things not seen in previous or future books throughout this series. With friendship being pushed to the brink, being introduced to a pesky journalist, the first social justice reform group and the Triwizard Tournament's first task, there's too many impactful occurrences you can't miss! In the words of Bartemius Crouch, "We must follow the rules, and the rules state clearly that those people whose names come out of the Goblet of Fire are bound to compete in the tournament."

Harry Potter & the Goblet of Fire: Review & Evaluation Part 2 (Chapter 9-Chapter 14)

December 27th, 2020

"Where're your parents?" said Harry, his temper rising. "Out there wearing masks, are they?" Malfoy turned his face to Harry, still smiling. "Well... if they were, I wouldn't be likely to tell you, would I, Potter?" Glad to have you back with us here at Fact or Fantasy for our next installment covering Chapters 9 through Chapter 14 of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire! Today we will be tackling some crucial moments including the Death Eaters attack following the Quidditch World Cup, the Dark Mark appearing in the sky for the first time in 13 years, the arrival of a new teacher at Hogwarts and Sirius finally returning Harry's letter which leads to complications of its own. If this book is one thing, its action packed and the Riddikulus Crew is excited to break it down and unravel all the mysteries. With Winky found holding Harry's wand, Hermione initiating the first social justice project we se in this series in S.P.E.W, the announcement of the Triwizard Tournament and an auspicious demonstration of the Unforgivable Curses, you will not be disappointed. In the words of Albus Dumbledore, "There have been several attempts over the centuries to reinstate the tournament," Dumbledore continued, "none of which has been very successful. However, our own departments of International Magical Cooperation and Magical Games and Sports have decided the time is ripe for another attempt. We have worked hard over the summer to ensure that this time, no champion will find himself or herself in mortal danger."

Harry Potter & the Goblet of Fire: Review & Evaluation Part 1 (Beginning-Chapter 8)

December 20th, 2020

"Come, Wormtail, one more death and our path to Harry Potter is clear. I am not asking you to do it alone. By that time, my faithful servant will have rejoined us." - Lord Voldemort. Ladies and Gentlemen, we are now entering the deep waters of the Harry Potter franchise. The Riddikulus Crew launch into Book 4, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire! There are so many key points and a ton of detail in this installment that truly set the foundation for where the series goes from here. A ton of fresh ideas from the author J.K. Rowling, with some new events that are exclusive to this novel, makes it one of the very best. Creepy events at the Riddle House, Harry's scar hurting, Portkeys, Veela, Leprechauns & the Quidditch World Cup are just a few of the action packed moments you'll catch in this episode, so join us here at Fact or Fantasy as we continue through one of Fantasy Fiction's top franchises! With Nagini making her first appearance, Weasleys' Wizarding Wheezes, the Twins initiating a fateful bet, Winky the house-elf doing her master's bidding, and Viktor Krum's skill on a broom, this episode is a can't miss! In the words of Percy Weasley, " We've got quite enough on our plates at the Department of International Magical Cooperation without trying to find members of other departments too. As you know, we've got another big event to organize right after the World Cup."

Prisoner of Azkaban: Highlighted Key Differences Between the Novel & Film

December 13th, 2020

"Harry," said Mr. Weasley quietly, "come over here a moment." He jerked his head toward a pillar, and Harry followed him behind it, leaving the others crowded around Mrs. Weasley. "There's something I've got to tell you before you leave ----" said Mr. Weasley, in a tense voice. " It's alright Mr. Weasley," said Harry. "I already know." "You know? How could you know?" "I ---- er ---- I heard you and Mrs Weasley talking last night. I couldn't help hearing," Harry added quickly. "Sorry ----" Today is the day the Riddikulus Crew gives The Prisoner of Azkaban its farewell for the arc. We close out this installment of the Harry Potter series by highlighting some of the major key differences between the novel and the film. From the blowing up of Aunt Marge, to the dog seen in Magnolia Crescent, to Harry's time at the Leaky Cauldron before the start of the Hogwarts School year, there are so many removed moments that made the story what it was. With the acutely detailed examination that you've come to expect from Chase & Josh, we detail both major and minor variations that stuck out to us. Covering some alterations that really changed the story, huge events that were plainly omitted and the very few times the film added a unique deviations that enhanced the film, tag along as we close out Book 3 in this 7-Book series. You may be surprised just how different the film and novel are once we provide evidence such as the Quidditch Cup Final, omission of important characters, Harry's first Hogsmeade experience, the Firebolt and entering the Whomping Willow just to name a few! In the words of ALBUS DUMBLEDORE, "Didn't make any difference?" said Dumbledore quietly. "It made all the difference in the world, Harry. You helped uncover the truth. You saved an innocent man from a terrible fate." (Page 425)

Harry Potter & the Prisoner of Azkaban: Review & Evaluation Part 3 (Chapter 16-End)

December 6th, 2020

"IT WILL HAPPEN TONIGHT." "THE DARK LORD LIES ALONE AND FRIENDLESS, ABANDONED BY HIS FOLLOWERS. HIS SERVANT HAS BEEN CHAINED THESE TWELVE YEARS. TONIGHT, BEFORE MIDNIGHT ... THE SERVANT WILL BREAK FREE AND SET OUT TO REJOIN HIS MASTER. THE DARK LORD WILL RISE AGAIN WITH HIS SERVANT'S AID, GREATER AND MORE TERRIBLE THAN EVER HE WAS. TONIGHT ... BEFORE MIDNIGHT ... THE SERVANT ... WILL SET OUT ... TO REJOIN ... HIS MASTER...." - Professor Trelawney. We are super excited here at Fact or Fantasy as we bring you our review & evaluation of the amazing conclusion to Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. In this episode we will be tackling Chapter 16; 'Professor Trelawney's Prediction' through the end of the novel. Some of the series greatest moments take place throughout these pages! With a prediction that will set up catastrophic events to come, two animals that are not what they seem and a plot twist that rivals any teen novel, this is one of the best episodes to date. So continue on with Chase & Josh as we close out book three with our Favorite Moments, Foreshadowed Events, Plot Holes/Discrepancies, Top 5 Magical Creatures that appear in this book and finish up with some Interesting Facts. With a school boy grudge threatening to ruin everything, a transformation under the night sky, Dementors closing in for the Kiss, two innocent lives at stake and trip back in time, make sure you tune in! In the words of Professor Lupin, "You should have realized," said Lupin quietly, "if Voldemort didn't kill you, we would. Good-bye, Peter."

Harry Potter & the Prisoner of Azkaban: Review & Evaluation Part 2 (Chapter 10-Chapter 15)

November 29th, 2020

"Precisely," Said Professor McGonagall. "Black and Potter. Ringleaders of their little gang. Both very bright, of course -------- exceptionally bright, in fact -------- but I don't think we've ever had such a pair of troublemakers --------" "I dunno," chuckled Hagrid. "Fred and George Weasley could give 'em a run for their money." The Riddikulus Crew is back in your eyes and ears as we proceed through the next portion of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban's review and evaluation here at Fact or Fantasy. This week we will be covering Chapter's 10-15, The Marauder's Map through The Quidditch Final. Chase & Josh are excited to bring you some major events that occur in this segment and give our takes on them. With Harry receiving a special map, finding out more regarding the events that led to his parents death, learning an advanced spell to repel Dementors and a wild broomstick dilemma, there is so much to tackle! Continue on this amazing journey with us as we cover some fun topics as well, such as an unprecedented Hogwarts break-in that finds a wanted man in a students dormitory with a weapon, Harry meeting his first crush for the first time and a Quidditch match for the ages. In the words of Professor Lupin regarding the manufacturer's of the Marauder's Map, "These mapmakers would have wanted to lure you out of the school. They'd think it extremely entertaining." "Do you know them?" said Harry, impressed. "We've met," he said shortly.

Harry Potter & the Prisoner of Azkaban: Review & Evaluation Part 1 (Beginning-Chapter 9)

November 22nd, 2020

"Anyway, they cornered Black in the middle of a street full of Muggles an' Black took out 'is wand and 'e blasted 'alf the street apart, an' a wizard got it, an' so did a dozen Muggles what got in the way. 'Orrible eh? An' you know what Black did then" Stan continued in a dramatic whisper. "What?" said Harry "Laughed," said Stan. "Jus' stood there an' laughed." We're here to welcome our viewers back both old and new to the next installment on this fabled Harry Potter series, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Review & Evaluation Part 1! This week we will cover the events detailed in our outline from the beginning of the book through Chapter 9 "Grim Defeat". With the Prisoner of Azkaban being one of the big turning points in the series, Chase & Josh will be tackling this book/movie in a 4 episode sequence. Outlined points will be Favorite Moments, Foreshadowed Events, Potential Plot Holes/Discrepancies, Interesting Facts and lastly, our Top 5 Magical Creatures that appear in this story (this ranking will appear on episode 3). This volume jumps right out of the gate with some memorable scenes where Harry and Uncle Vernon's sister get into a heated altercation, a certain bus makes its appearance for the first time and we learn about a fateful escape from one of the world's most feared prisons. Stay with us along the rails of the Hogwarts Express as the Riddikulus Crew meander through big key moments that come into play later on in the series with the debut of a certain Defense Against The Dark Arts teacher, the guards of Azkaban making their presence felt and a traitor in the golden trio's midst, you don't want to miss this! In the words of Peeves the Poltergeist, "Nasty temper he's got, that Sirius Black."

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