Vanessa talks about how she went to the Oscars and spent the whole time feeling badly that her parents had to sit through traffic in order to drive her there. Casper and Vanessa start to name the memoirs of themselves and characters in the book, the best being the “Still Life” by Colin Creevey. Casper talks about how excitement sometimes needs time to bloom. Vanessa and Casper discuss whether pomp and ceremony boost or undercut excitement.
Vanessa wonders if Gryffindor and Slytherin could have come together in their excitement about the Triwizard Tournament. Casper points out how institutionalized rivalry, displayed when the Weasley twins hiss at First Years as they get sorted into Slytherin, can undermine joy. Casper argues that knowledge is a precursor to excitement. Vanessa rightfully describes how finding out that a building was made by chickens would be exciting, but only after you learn that fact.
In Sacred Imagination, Vanessa and Casper think about what it would be like to see Mad Eye Moody for the first time. They explore the relationship between Barty Crouch Jr. and Moody. Vanessa discusses Hermione’s reaction to Moody and Casper compares it to how she reacts to finding out how House Elves are making the food.
As Vanessa tweeted, were they high on cold medicine when they recorded this episode? Discuss!