Reading the End Bookcast, Ep.8: Fantastic Beasts Movie, Food in Books, and The Virgins

This week we’re here to talk about some amazing Harry Potter news, depictions of food in books, and Pamela Erens’s new novel The Virgins (affiliate links: Amazon, B&N, Book Depository), and play a game of guessing where movies came from. You can listen to the podcast in the embedded player below or download the file directly here to take with you on the go.

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Starting at 1:04: We talk about the thrilling news that J. K. Rowling, the woman who gave us our entire childhoods, will be producing a brand new movie set in the Harry Potter world, based on Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. An announcement for the project can be found here, and further information compiled by nerds about what we can expect from this movie can be found here.

3:36: I come out against Benedict Cumberbatch as Newt Scamander. Whiskey Jenny is strongly in favor of him. You may give your opinion on this in the comments.

9:00: Please note that the fourth Pirates of the Caribbean movie is making more money any more. It is the 12th highest-grossing film of all time.

Starting at 12:05: What makes food in books memorable? Whiskey Jenny has a bunch of good examples, and I invented a taxonomy. (When I revealed that there was a taxonomy, Whiskey Jenny said, “Good Lord. Gracious.” That is a fair response, I think.)

21:16: Here is the blog with the Game of Thrones recipes, in case your heart hankers after that.

Starting at 24:02: We review The Virgins, a book about teenagers in boarding school falling love and navigating the loss of their virginity etc.

25:16: Readers, you do not need to find out for yourself who is right. Whiskey Jenny is right. I am wrong. She is smarter than me.

Starting at 40:48: WE PLAY A GAME. It’s this game here if you want to play it for yourself.

Starting at 50:41: Recommendations! Next podcast is the second comics podcast, and we’ll be reading some Guardians of the Galaxy (a series on which I have yet to be sold). The next podcast after that will be a spooky Halloween podcast, on which we will review Donna Tartt’s new book The Goldfinch.

52:34: Closing remarks and outro

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  • Captain Hammer

    I had no idea Pirates of the Caribbean 4 made so much in international markets. It didn’t break even in domestic markets. I knew Johnny Depp has legendary international appeal but damn.

    • Gin Jenny

      See. Those international markets are nuts.

  • I think you have not posted a review of Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell – not sure if you read it, but it really is a must for fans of Harry Potter! (not to mention, sort-of-fans of Rainbow Rowell – I guess I would call you a sort-of fan)

    • Gin Jenny

      Hahahaha, I think sort-of fan is a fair description of my position on Rainbow Rowell. I do want to read Fangirl, so a review of it is in the offing for sure.

  • The fourth Pirates of the Caribbean made THAT much money?! WTF? Hopefully I can get to The Goldfinch in time for your podcast.

    • Gin Jenny

      I hope so too, because The Goldfinch is such a fun read. I finished it last night and thought highly of it.

  • Jenny

    Donna Tartt: a series on which I have yet to be sold.

    Already sold on all the Benedict Cumberbatch though.

    • Gin Jenny

      Whoa, really? You didn’t like A Secret History?

  • I don’t think I’d want to eat anything from A Game of Thrones recipe book. They probably ate horses!

  • See, but, I CANNOT with boarding school + suicided teenager books. It just makes me too sad. I think I watched Dead Poets Society too many times or something.

    And hey! I’ve got the perfect book for you and I don’t think you’ve read it? A Natural History of Dragons by Marie Brennan! Dragons and fantasy and naturalists and historical ladies doing unusual things!

    (I also have a hard time reading cooking memoirs because they make me SO. HUNGRY. And nothing I eat is ever as good as what they describe in the book. Sigh.)