Venom (Let There Be Carnage): Recap, Review & Analysis

October 17th, 2021

The Riddikulus Crew welcomes you back to join us as we dive into this standalone episode where we review, analyze and debate what we saw in the newest Venom: Let There Be Carnage film! We start off with a summary of key events, then give our opinions on what was done well and areas that fell short of our expectations, followed by a debate section where we argue our viewpoints and then finish up with where we believe this film is heading in the future as a precursor of significant Marvel events to come. With the new layout and format of the show being put to the test for the first time in Season 2 of Chase & Josh: Fact or Fantasy, this is one you don't want to miss.

Fact or Fantasy Season 2 Premiere: State of the Union, Introducing S2 Topics & New Implementations

October 10th, 2021

The boys are BACK!!

Season 2 of Chase & Josh: Fact or Fantasy is finally here and we are thrilled to have you all join us once again! In this Season 2 Premiere episode, the Riddikulus Crew details what it was like to put a full season of podcasting in the books, introduce the topics that are on the docket for us to cover, talk about some of the new changes and additions to the show and how we are going to improve from Season 1, and then close out with a fun rankings portion for your enjoyment.  Since we are changing the dynamic of the agenda and how new episodes and topics will be announced and structured, this season premiere is a can't miss/must see! 

The return is at hand.

Fact or Fantasy’s Season 1 Finale: The Harry Potter Series Rankings

August 1st, 2021

"You'll stay with me?" asked Harry.

"Until the very end," said James.

 

The time has come to close out the inaugural season of Chase & Josh: Fact or Fantasy and what a ride it has been. This amazing journey began by opening up our show with the Marvel Cinematic Universe movie rankings, to jumping into space taking part in the Star Wars, then spinning off to the Outer Rim with Mando, to tossing a coin to our Witcher in the valley of plenty, followed by surviving The Long Night #ForTheThrone, to heading out west while questioning the nature of our reality with our favorite lifelike hosts, and finally wrapping up this wild first season by attending Hogwarts, learning some magic and saving the Wizarding World with Harry, Ron & Hermione. The Riddikulus Crew wanted to conclude Season 1 by doing something special and delivering a fan-favorite rankings episode, which would bring everything full circle (something we are quite fond of here at Fact or Fantasy) finishing exactly how we started or "opening at the close".  In this episode, Chase & Josh put together 10 categorized rankings and defend their selections in this can't miss season finale! So follow along one last time for this season and see what you agree or disagree with as we bring this epic Harry Potter arc to an end in style.  Thank you so much for being the shields that guard the realms of fantasy, for all the support and loyalty, for bringing this from an unknown fun hobby to a globally ranked podcast, and most importantly, thank you for making us a part of your life with the time you've spent listening to Chase & Josh: Fact or Fantasy. We'll catch you all down the road for Season 2, but in the words of our favorite Marauders, all that's left to say about Season 1 is....

 

"Mischief Managed."

Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows: Highlighted Key Differences Between the Novel and Film Part 2

July 25th, 2021

"Mr. Ollivander, one last thing, and then we'll let you get some rest. What do you know about the Deathly Hallows?"

"The ---- the what?" asked the wandmaker, looking utterly bewildered.

"The Deathly Hallows."

"I'm afraid I don't know what you're talking about. Is this still something to do with wands?" -Page 498.

Thank you for joining us as we close out the final episode pertaining to Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows as today we highlight, detail and evaluate the major differences between Chapters 25 through the Epilogue of the novel, and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 film! It's been a long time coming and the end of the arc is finally here, as the Riddikulus Crew sound off on what they liked, disliked and absolutely hated about the film adaptation of the novel. So many differences to discuss, and we touch on all the big ones; with Ollivander apparently knowing about the Deathly Hallows, whose idea flying out of Gringotts on a dragon was, Voldemort apparently feeling when his Horcruxes were destroyed, Sirius' mirror debacle and so much more. So have some fun with this one because you're getting vintage Chase & Josh as they hold nothing back. With the film omitting Aberforth's story about his sister, omitting Percy's reunion with his family, leaving out the majority of Snape's memories, Harry snapping the Elder Wand in half without repairing his own wand, and Voldemort turning to dust, there is no shortage of contradictions. With just the bonus episode remaining after this, you can't afford to miss out!

As stated on Page 693, "Ron and Hermione seemed a long way away, in a far-off country; he felt as though he had parted from them long ago. There would be no good-byes and no explanations, he was determined of that. This was a journey they could not take together, and the attempts they would make to stop him would waste valuable time."

Interesting Facts with Chase: Bonus Episode Part 9 Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows (Chapter 34-Epilogue)

July 21st, 2021

On the last episode of "Interesting Facts with Chase", Chase breaks down what happened to some of our favorite heroes that were not part of The Golden Trio 19 years after the Battle of Hogwarts. Including favorites such as Cho Chang, Dudley Dursley, and Luna Lovegood. Who is the current Minister of Magic that began her role in 2019?

"Parked all right, then?" Ron asked Harry. "I did. Hermione didn't believe I could pass a Muggle driving test, did you? She thought I'd have to Confund the examiner."

"No, I didn't," said Hermione, "I had complete faith in you."

"As a matter of fact, I did Confund him," Ron whispered to Harry, as together they lifted Albus's trunk and owl onto the train. "I only forgot to look in the wing mirror, and let's face it, I can use a Supersensory Charm for that." ((pg. 755) (Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows))

Closing out the episode Chase breaks down some of the most sought after Patronuses! 

Cho Chang's Swan Patronus, J. K. Rowling's Patronus and our very own JNelly AKA Josh's Patronus!

Now is the time to say goodbye to our heroes. Learn what the cast of our Golden Trio is doing today, including Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe, and Rupert Grint.

Albus, Rose, Hugo and Lily laughed. The train began to move, and Harry walked alongside it, watching his son's thin face, already ablaze with excitement. Harry kept smiling and waving, even though it was like a little bereavement, watching his son glide away from him...

The last trace of steam evaporated in the autumn air. The train rounded a corner. Harry's hand was still raised in farewell.

As Harry looked at her, he lowered his hand absentmindedly and touched the lightning scar on his forehead.

"I know he will."

The scar had not pained Harry for nineteen years. All was well. ((pg. 759) (Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows))

The Cloak of Invisibility has been kept, the Elder Wand has been returned, and the Resurrection Stone has been abandoned.

"I'm putting the Elder Wand," he told Dumbledore, who was watching him with enormous affection and admiration, "back where it came from. It can stay there. If I die a natural death like Ignotus its power will be broken, won't it? The previous master will never have been defeated. That'll be the end of it." 

Dumbledore nodded. They smiled at each other. ((pg. 749) (Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows))

"That wand's more trouble than it's worth," said Harry. "And quite honestly," he turned away from the painted portraits, thinking now only of the four-poster bed lying waiting for him in Gryffindor Tower, and wondering whether Kreacher might bring him a sandwich there, "I've had enough trouble for a lifetime." ((pg. 749) (Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows))

Thank you for being the shields that guard the realms of fantasy, and being with Chase and Josh as they have embarked on this incredible journey with Harry, Ron and Hermione.

Interesting Facts with Chase has opened at the close for the Harry Potter ride or die arc, but for "Chase & Josh: Fact or Fantasy" it is not a goodbye, but a see you later...

Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows: Review & Evaluation Part 9 (Chapter 34-Epilogue)

July 18th, 2021

"I am about to die." -Harry Potter.

It all opens at the close here in this segment as the Riddikulus Crew concludes the remaining contents of the seventh and final novel in the Harry Potter series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows as we cover Chapter 34 through the Epilogue. It's been a wild Hogwarts Express train ride since we began this journey back in October of 2020. We are finally here at the end, and it feels good to be able to give this one to all of you who have stuck with us through our first season here at Chase & Josh: Fact or Fantasy. This episode is all about the resolution, we finally get all the answers and we see how everything plays out. Key occurrences include; the return of some dearly departed characters, a purgatory of sorts, the fate of the remaining Horcruxes, and the final confrontation. With only two episodes remaining here in our first season, (the differences between the Part 2 film vs Chapters 25-Epilogue of the novel next week and a bonus episode the following week) stick with us because you are on the verge of crossing the Harry Potter finish line! With Harry finally getting the truths he desired first hand from Albus Dumbledore, to the power of love's sacrifice, to the defenders of Hogwarts giving one last rally, to learning about the Elder Wand's loyalty, to the final curse, thank you for being here as we wrap up this amazing novel series.

In the words of Harry Potter, "There are no more Horcruxes. It's just you and me. Neither can live while the other survives, and one of us is about to leave for good. . . ."

Interesting Facts with Chase: Bonus Episode Part 8 Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows (Chapter 29-Chapter 33)

July 14th, 2021

It is the 100th episode for Chase & Josh: Fact or Fantasy and the second to last bonus episode for season 1! This is a bonus episode you will want to make sure you do not miss.

Kicking off we take a deep dive into horcrux history with the Lost Diadem of Ravenclaw. How did it end up in Albania? How did The Dark Lord bring it back to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry?

"I stole the diadem," repeated Helena Ravenclaw in a whisper. "I sought to make myself cleverer, more important than my mother, I ran away with it." ((pg. 616) (Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows))

Get your wands ready as we prepare for battle.

"And now- Piertotum Locomotor!" cried Professor McGonagall. And all along the corridor the statues and suits of armor jumped down from their plinths, and from the echoing crashes from the floors above and below, Harry knew that their fellows throughout the castle had done the same. ((pg. 602) (Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows))

It is finally that time. Now that the battle has commenced Chase is breaking down the theory on how to create your own spell! Etymology, Incantations, and Wand Movements! 

Learn how to create your own spell just like one of the greatest of all time Severus Snape!

"Come on, Harry! Said Hermione's voice from a very long way away. "Patronuses, Harry Come on!"... A hundred dementors were advancing, gliding toward them sucking their way closer to Harry's despair, which was like a promise of a feast... He saw Ron's silver terrier burst into the air, flicker feebly and expire; he saw Hermione's otter twist in midair and fade; and his own oblivion, the promise of nothing, of no feeling...

And then a silver hare, a boar, and a fox soared past Harry, Ron, and Hermione's Heads: The dementors fell back before the creatures approached. ((pg. 648-649) (Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows))

Concluding the 100th episode of Chase & Josh: Fact or Fantasy! Chase breaks down the greatest moments of some of our favorite fallen heroes Severus Snape, Fred Weasley, and Dobby A Free Elf!

You have made it all the way to the top so Chase has a surprise before you go. He breaks down his personal Patronus and what it means...

"Duro!" cried Hermione, pointing her wand at the tapestry, and there were two loud, sickening crunches as the tapestry turned to stone and the Death Eaters pursuing them crumpled against it. ((pg. 643- 644) (Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows))

Thank you for making it all this way. This episode is dedicated to our fans of Chase & Josh: Fact or Fantasy. You are the shields that guard the realms of fantasy and you are at the top of the mountain now...

On Sunday it opens at the close.

Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows: Review & Evaluation Part 8 (Chapter 29-Chapter 33)

July 11th, 2021

"Give me Harry Potter," said Voldemort's voice, "and none shall be harmed. Give me Harry Potter, and I shall leave the school untouched. Give me Harry Potter, and you will be rewarded. You have until midnight."

Brace yourselves because this is it. The climax of the novel. What everything has been leading to. In this episode of Chase & Josh: Fact or Fantasy, we will be covering the contents of Chapter 29 through Chapter 33 of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Even though there will still be a few more chapters left for us to review, this is the episode where we get the best of the best. We have reunions, the biggest action, full circle moments and the plot twist of the franchise. Some of the bigger instances include a return to Hogwarts, learning what the last Horcrux is, a duel of teachers, and several key deaths of fan favorite characters. If there was ever an episode not to miss, it's this one, the Riddikulus Crew dives in and gives it their all to do the contents of this segment justice. With the rally of the resistance, a secret held by the ghost of Ravenclaw Tower, a trip back into the Chamber of Secrets, a fiery encounter in the Room of Requirement, the last stand battle raging, and discovering the final truth about Severus Snape, this one is for the true fans.

"After all this time?"

"Always."

Interesting Facts with Chase: Bonus Episode Part 7 Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows (Chapter 25-Chapter 28)

July 7th, 2021

He chose not to repeat her own advice back to her, however; the eve of their attempted assault on Gringotts felt like the wrong moment to antagonize her. ((pg. 519) (Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows))

With only 3 Interesting Facts episodes left for Season 1 of Chase & Josh: Fact or Fantasy. Chase dives in deep on the history of Gringotts Bank! Hear the history of the Lestrange Vault, and review the curses and charms that bewitch the heavily protected bank. Founded in 1474 by Gringott it is the only bank in the Wizarding World.

Enter, stranger, but take heed

Of what awaits the sin of greed,

For those who take, but do not earn,

Must pay most dearly in their turn,

So if you seek beneath our floors

A treasure that was never yours,

Thief, you have been warned, beware

Of finding more than treasure there.

 

Deafened by the crashing of rock and the dragon's roars, he could only cling to its back, expecting to be shaken off at any moment; then he heard Hermione yelling, "Defodio!" ((pg. 542)(Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows))

Beware the Ukrainian Ironbelly they can produce flame up to 3,560 degrees Fahrenheit or 1,960 degrees Celsius.

"It's Travers," hissed the goblin into Harry's ear, but at that moment Harry could not think who Travers was. Hermione had drawn herself up to the fullest height and said with as much contempt as she could muster:

"And what do you want?" ((pg. 526) (Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows))

"You're Aberforth," said Harry to the man's back. He neither confirmed nor denied it, but bent to light the fire. ((pg. 559) (Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows))

Brace yourselves for this bonus episode you will not want to miss! There is only 3 Interesting Facts episodes left for Season 1 and they are not slowing down!

 

Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows: Review & Evaluation Part 7 (Chapter 25-Chapter 28)

July 4th, 2021

"All I'm saying," said Bill, setting his hand on the door back into the sitting room, "is to be very careful what you promise goblins, Harry. It would be less dangerous to break into Gringotts than to renege on a promise to a goblin."

The second half starts now as we pick up where Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 the film leaves off. Things only get better from here as we hit the turning point in the story in favor of our heroes. Analyzing Chapter 25 through Chapter 28, this episode begins with purpose as Harry believes he knows where another Horcrux is located and how to retrieve it, but in order to do so, he is forced into a bargain he does not like. Some of the key details include; a child being born during this wizarding war, a trip to Gringotts, a betrayal on a deal made, and Voldemort's comprehension that his secret has been found out. So stick with us people, even though we are a little more than halfway through, the action does not stop! With moments such as an escape on a dragon, the realization of where the final Horcrux location is, learning who has been helping Harry through his shard of mirror, and the truth about Albus Dumbledore's past coming to light, you are in for one wild ride.

As stated on Page 549 in regards to Lord Voldemort, "The scream of rage, of denial left him as if it were a stranger's: He was crazed, frenzied, it could not be true, it was impossible, nobody had ever known: How was it possible that the boy could have discovered his secret?"

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