15 – Conscientiousness

Charms and Transfiguration classes; Hermione challenges Harry to a competition.

 

David Brin’s blog post in which the podcast gets a shout-out: http://davidbrin.blogspot.com/2011/07/transparency-wars-continue-some-untold.html

Original Text

SFX: White Board

 

(14) Production Notes

I’ve learned a fair bit of culture from HPMoR. I was not familiar with “To A Louse” before this, nor with Churchill’s “Victory At All Costs” speech quoted in 19. This is always a sign of good fiction, in my opinion. I should learn something new when reading a book, no matter how silly or fantastic it is. Some people may say it’s the sign of a poor education system, but I doubt that. One can’t learn everything in school, much of it has to be absorbed in other ways. And besides, who’s to say I wasn’t just sick that day?

(13) Production Notes

When this episode came out, Portal was still big. Whenever the author of a note or letter is known, I read it in his/her voice. At the start of the chapter the author is unknown and I didn’t want to spoil anything. Fortunatly, the Quotes Quill’s writing is described as obviously not handwritten – “perfectly regular, hence artificial.” The choice of GLaDOS-voice from there was easy.