We have a new voice for Seamus Finnegan! My Irish accent is cartoonish because I don’t know any real Irish people. My primary vocal role-models are literally cartoons. Specifically, the Lucky Charms Leprechaun, and Simpson’s Grounds-Keeper Willie. And honestly, I’m not even sure if Willie is supposed to be Irish. An Irish listener said my voice made his ears bleed, which did not surprise me in the least. I asked if he could help, and after several months time he graciously did so! Let us all thank Barry Stanton for making the podcast a bit better. :)
We’ve got several new voices actually, including Cornelia Walt, Hagrid, and (back in Ch 41) Charlotte Wiland. And Jay Novella reprises his role as Argus Filch! Stayed tuned, more voices are coming soon.
It’s awesome that you could get Jay Novella to do the rest of Filch’s lines. I was actually worried about that when the episode started. I think you’ve done a great job with the tone of the narration too; it really fits the place we’re in in the story.
The only thing I didn’t like was the “End Chapter 99”. I think it would be better to just say “Chapter 100”. Saying “End Chapter 99” sort of robs the short chapter of it’s uniqueness, like you’re pointing out how short it was instead of just moving along as usual.
Though probably moving along is exactly what you did. Do you always say “End Chapter X” when you have two chapters in an episode. Still, it did take me out of the story.
Really though, great chapter. I loved the sound effects in the last scene, and the change in narration, which actually get the meaning across (with foreknowledge) better than was maybe possible with just the text. Good job! I love that you can make choices like that now that you have more experience and more time for each chapter.
re: Celebrity voices – you have no idea how much I worry about that. I haven’t been let down yet though, people are pretty awesome.
re: End Ch 99 – I do always do that, but I think you’re right, it would be better to omit it in this case. I’ll cut it out tonight.
And thank you! :) I’m glad you enjoy it.
Groundskeeper Willie is obviously Scottish.