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The Witching Hour,
Season 7

Season 7. Episode 11.

Throwback Thursday to that week where everyone freaked out because they thought JK Rowling was breaking up Hermione and Ron. Featuring songs about Hermione, songs about Ron, songs about Hermione and Ron as a couple, and discussion about what that relationship would have even been like.

Accio Love- Ministry of Magic
Ballad of Ron and Hermione- RiddleTM
Kiss Me (Hermione’s Lament)- The Brothers Black
Whatever You Like- DJ Ronald B
Hey Hey Ron- The Hermione Crookshanks Experience
Insufferable Know-It-All Hermione Granger- Gred and Forge
I Ship It- Not Literally
Krum x- Justin Finch-Fletchly and the Sugar Quills
The Wrath of Hermione- Harry and the Potters
Portkey to Your Heart- Into the Pensieve
HerMineNe- Bella’s Love
Ron Weasley- The Hermione Crookshanks Experience
Granger Danger- The Very Potter Musical
Bookworm- Roonil Wazlib
Hermione’s Song (You and Me)- Oliver Boyd and the Rememberalls
Tiny Ball of Light- The 2011 Oscars?
Pretty Girl- Peeved
So This is It (Taking Off the Locket)- The Hermione Crookshanks Experience
Caught In Your Devil’s Snare- Into the Pensieve
I Wish You’d Be My Witch- The Mudbloods
On Again Off Again- The Cruciatus Curse
The Weasley Family- The HolyHead Harpies

I just wanted to give you all an update about what’s going on over here at The Witching Hour- as a college radio show, we are on hiatus currently for summer vacation. However, we still have a few podcasts from Season 8 to edit and post, so those should be popping up throughout the summer! Come September, we will be back on air for Season 9 (wow that’s a large number), featuring Anu and our new witch Erin! Have a magical summer and let us know if you have any ideas for shows you’d like us to consider for the upcoming season!



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The Witching Hour,
Season 7

Season 7. Episode 10.

In this episode we talk about hypothetical science in the wizarding world ranging from magical genetics to the chemistry of potion making to the physics of transfiguration.

She a Mudblood- Danny Dementor
Squib- Hawthorn & Holly
Hermione Skrews up the Polyjuice Potion- Harry and the Potters
Potions Wizard- 8th Horcrux
Potions Yesterday- Draco and the Malfoys
Illegal Love Potions- The Parselmouths
The Making of a Puking Pastile- Gred and Forge
Felix Felicis- The House of Black
Polyjuice Potion- Hawthorn & Holly
Wizarding Skillz- The 8th Horcrux
Flash Bang Done- Oliver Boyd & The Rememberalls
Transfigure it Out- Into the Pensieve
My Patronus- Tonks and the Aurors
The Trace- Roonil Wazlib
The Mandrake’s Carol- Roonil Wazlib
Grindylows’s Garden- Draco and the Malfoys
Did You Ever Think (To Fight for the Environment)- The Whomping Willows
Dragons Make Very Nice Pets- Roonil Wazlib
Dragons and Beasts- Ginny and the Heartbreakers
I Believe in Nargles- The Whomping Willows

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The Witching Hour,
Season 7

Season 7. Episode 9.

In this episode we explore character names in the wizarding world- discovering meanings, finding patterns, and giggling at funny translations.

Harry Potter- Harry and the Potters
What Kind of Name is Hermione?- The Parselmouths
Hermione’s Song (You & Me)- Oliver Boyd and the Rememberalls
Hey Hey Ron- The Hermione Crookshanks Experience
The Patil Twins- Witherwings
Luna Lovegood- Riddle TM
Penelope- The Hermione Crookshanks Experience
Weasley Family- Hollyhead Harpies
Mollywobbles- Roonil Wazlib
Draco, Come on- Oliver Boyd and the Rememberalla
Draco Malfoy- Swish and Flick
The Black Family Tree- Tonks and the Aurors
Ode to Sirius Black- 8th Horcrux
Black Family Tree- Hawthorne and Holly
Bellatrix’s Paramour- 8th Horcrux
Merope’s Song- The Butterbeer Experience
Voldemort is Awesome- Draco and the Malfoys
His name is Slughorn- The Marauders
Sybill Trelawney- Catchlove
Accio Hagrid- Harry and the Potters
Hey Remus- The Whomping Willows
Dumbleore- Harry and the Potters
What Kind of Name is Hugo?- Hermione and the Mudbloods
Teddy- Obliviate!

Tune in now, 5-7pm EST, for a sad but hopefully celebratory last show of Season 8! It is Claire’s last day on The Witching Hour. Thanks for four wonderful years, you guys.

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The Witching Hour,
Season 7

Season 7. Episode 8. Meet our new witch, Erin! A ‘wizard rock 101’ episode, we cover the history of wrock and the range of genres encompassed within it.

Ode to Harry- Switchblade Kittens
BYOW- Danny Dementor
Save Ginny Weasley from Dean Thomas- Harry and the Potters
Slytherin Girl Crossing the Rhine- Draco and the Malfoys
Caught In Your Devil’s Snare- Into the Pensieve
House Elf 4 Life- MC Kreacher
Voldemort is Going Down- AVPM Cast
Help Me Hagrid- Justin Finch-Fletchley and the Sugar Quills
Pixie Funk- Blibbering Humdinger
Wizard Love- Meekakitty
The Avada Kedavra Song- 8th Horcrux
Expelliarmus Kid- Peeved
Wizards- Black Sabbath
Aurors for the Win- Tonks and the Aurors
Harry Potter and the Halfdub Remix- Tetrabyte frenzy
Dumbledore’s Army- Ginny and the Weasleys
My Baby- Ministry of Magic
Hallows- Andy with an M
Bridge to the Other Side- Oliver Boyd and the Remeberalls
Socks!- 8th Horcrux
Brotherly Love- Gred and Forge
And Then I Died- The Moaning Myrtles
The Burrow- Riddle TM/ Misuse of Muggle Artifacts Office
I Believe in Nargles- The Whomping Willow
Red Hair- The Weasel King
All My Magic- Creevey Crisis

End of an Era- Oliver Boyd and the Rememberalls

Hello dear listeners,
This is the assignment from my evolutionary developmental biology class that I read on air, if you want to read it. I have no idea if it actually makes sense or not, but at least the figures are cute, right? xo

The Magic Gene from ‘Harry Potter’ Explained by Evo Devo

By Anu Lingappa

In Harry Potter’s wizarding world, a range of morphological phenotypes from different phyla all possess magical abilities due to the expression of a single magic gene. In humans, only a select group of individuals can do magic. Gene duplication, canalization, posttranslational modification, and complex regulatory networks are all possible mechanisms for how the expression of this gene differs between species and within populations.

In a 2007 interview J. K. Rowling, author of the universally popular Harry Potter books, stated that within the wizarding world one’s ability to perform magic comes from the presence of a single magic gene1. If magic can be reduced to a heritable trait, its evolution and development in animals may be tracked and quantified.

The range of magical creatures is diverse, featuring a distribution of phenotypes that encompasses all extremes from fire-breathing dragons to tiny magical insects that cause levitation when they bite. Magic behaves differently even between morphologically similar animals such as humans and house-elves, as house-elves can do magic humans can’t and vice versa. Rowling specified that one gene controls magic, it’s unlikely the same magic gene would have evolved independently in multiple diverse phenotypes using a homologous pathway. If the magic trait only developed once, it would have been present in a common ancestor of all magical species.

Gene duplication2 could be a possible mechanism for the range of diversity expressed by the magic gene despite its monophyletic origin. Duplication of the gene would allow mutations to alter the gene, directing it to develop new features while maintaining the original function on the copy. After duplication, the magic gene would develop differently depending on unique mutations that arise within each lineage. This was seen in the development of the antifreeze protein in worms3, and if applied to the ancestral magic gene, it would create different versions of the gene, each controlling different magical outcomes.


Figure 1 | Proposed phylogenetic tree for divergence of the magic gene.

As the ancestral magic gene transforms, divergence occurs. Shown is the phylogenetic development and divergences of the gene in wizards, as it goes from the ancestral form, to vertebrates, to humanoids, to humans.

The magical gene would inevitably be involved in regulatory networks, affecting and being affected by the surrounding proteins. Repressors4 or activators could regulate the gene’s manifestation by determining its levels of expression.  Posttranslational modification is another way expression can be regulated, altering and controlling expression without supporting any mutations in the gene itself5. As mutations of the magic gene could be incredibly deleterious, a buffering process like canalization would be vital to ensure magical mutations are kept under control. Canalization, as proposed by Queitsch et al,6 suppresses phenotypic expression of many deleterious mutations, and it would have no effect on the regulatory pathways or posttranslational modification.


Figure 2 | Differential expression of the magic gene between muggles and wizards.

Differential expression of the magic gene leads to varied level of the trait in the phenotype in individuals.  Shown is a model to explain how regulation can determine why some humans have magic and some don’t. The magic gene is repressed in muggles, but a change in the regulatory pathway allows it to be expressed in wizards.

Humans are the only species to have both magical and nonmagical phenotypes within a population. Muggles who cannot do magic are not a different species from their magical counterparts by the biological species concept, since they can reproduce to form healthy, fertile offspring. Additionally, there are cases when muggle families produce magical children and cases when magical families produce squibs. By following the theory of a monophyletic origin, the common ancestor of muggles and wizards would have had the magic gene. Perhaps the mutations that differentiate muggles from wizards aren’t on the magical gene itself, but in its regulatory networks. If the magic trait in humans is not expressed due to repressors or posttranslational modification, a person’s ability to perform magic could be attributed to factors that allow the magic gene to be expressed, rather than its sheer presence. By this mechanism all humans are magical.


  1. Rowling, Joanne. Live Chat, July 30 2007.
  2. Hoekstra, Hopi E and Coyne, Jerry A. “The Locus of Evolution: “Evo-Devo and the Genetics of Adaptation.” Evolution 61-5: (2007) 995-1016
  3. Deng et al. “Evolution of an antifreeze protein by neurofunctionalization under escape from adaptive conflict.” PNAS 107, 50 (2010). 21593-21598.
  4. Jacob, Francois and Monod, Jaques. “Genetic Regulatory Mechanisms in the Synthesis of Proteins.” J Mol Bio (1961) 3, 318-356
  5. Kouzarides, Tony. “Chromatin Modifications and Their Function.” Cell. 128, 4 (2007).693-705.
  6. Queitsch, Christine, Todd A. Sangster, and Susan Lindquist. “Hsp90 as a Capacitor of Phenotypic Variation.” Nature 417.6889 (2002): 618-24.
Asker Anonymous Asks:
Wizards can probably cure muggle poisons pretty easily? And that's why they need to create their own?
thewitchinghourkwcw thewitchinghourkwcw Said:

Good thinking! Anu the scientist says “that makes total sense.” Thanks for chiming in with your ideas! We love discussing this stuff.

Asker Anonymous Asks:
Potions have required stirring with one's wand, so I think some magical ability is necessary to make them.
thewitchinghourkwcw thewitchinghourkwcw Said:

Good point, anon- but are there spells that they use while stirring? It seems like they would have mentioned them at some point? Or maybe its nonverbal magic.

We haven’t actually read this book. BUT, today we will be holding our much-anticipated SCIENCE SHOW! After all of the politics-y talk this season (and always) Anu will be gracing us with all of her scientific knowledge to talk about the interaction of magic and science in the Potter world! Tune in at 5pm PST! Also, we really want to read this book. If you have, let us know how it is!


  • German: Tom Vorlost Riddle → “ist Lord Voldemort” [Anon]
  • Hungarian: Tom Rowle Denem “nevem voldemort” [x]
  • Finnish: Tom Lomen Valedro → “Ma olen Voldemort” [x]
  • Danish: Romeo G. Detlev Jr → “Jeg er voldemort” [x]
  • Serbian: Tom Mervolodomos Ridle → “To smo mi Lord…


Dear listeners! Tune in for a random show we are titling “Claire’s thesis is due friday slash OMG meet Erin!”

That’s right, we have a new little witch to introduce you to today!

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The Witching Hour,
Season 7

Season 7. Episode 7. From Voldemort to Draco Malfoy, from Rita Skeeter to Umbridge, this episode focuses on villains in the Wizarding World. Viva la Voldemort!

Party Like You’re Evil - Draco and the Malfoys
Viva la Voldemort - The 8th Horcrux
Interview with Voldemort - Riddletm
Voldemort Controls the Media - Roonil Wazlib
Ode to Voldemort - Riddletm, Peeved remix
Voldemort Killed the Hufflepuff Star - Kwikspell
The Talented Mr. Riddle - The First Task is Dragons
Dear Tom - Ginny and the Weasleys
Voldemort is Awesome - Draco and the Malfoys
Flesh, Blood, and Bone - Harry and the Potters
Dumbi vs. Voldi - Fresh Dumbledore
Hunt You Down - Oliver Boyd and the Remembralls
We R Death EateRs - the 8th Horcrux
I Think My Boyfriend’s a Death Eater - The House of Black
Death Eaters March On - The Cruciatus Curse
Don’t Wanna be a Deatheater - The Brothers Black
Stick it to Dolores - Harry and the Potters
Umbridge, Leave Them Kids Alone - The 8th Horcrux
Bellatrix’s Paramour - the 8th Horcrux
Bellatrix’s Lament - Bellarin Synthertix
Bellatrix has a Soft Spot - The Le Stranges
The Real Mad-Eye Moody - Philosopherrock
Ballad of Wormtail - Tom Riddle and Friends
What Lucius Say - The First Task is Dragons
Flash Bang Done - Oliver Boyd and the Remembralls
The Avada Kedavra Song - The 8th Horcrux

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The Witching Hour,
Season 7

Season 7. Episode 6.Who run the (wizarding) world?

In this episode we celebrate the lovely ladies of Harry Potter and the wrock community.

I’ve Just Seen A Witch- Madame Pince and the Librarians
Aurors for the Win- Tonks and the Aurors
Penelope- The Hermione Crookshanks Experience
Luna Lovegood- RiddleTM
Romilda’s Song (Move On)- Romilda Vane and the Chocolate Cauldrons
The Coolest Girl- A Very Potter Sequel
My Parents are Muggles- Seen and Unforseen
Hallows- Andy with an M
For Jo- Riddle TM
Dean Don’t Push Me- Ginny and the Weasleys
I’m Going to Hogwarts- Lauren Fairweather
Trains, Doubts, and Dreams- The Hermione Crookshanks Experience
In Which Tonks Loses Her Cool- Tonks and the Aurors
Ode to Minor Characters- Ginny and the Heartbreakers
Please Shut Up- Roonil Wazlib
Sorted This Way- Not Literally
Being in Slytherin Is Not Half Bad- The Parselmouths
Dumbledore’s Army- Ginny and the Weasleys
SPEW Anthem- The Hermione Crookshanks Experience
And Then I Died- The Moaning Myrtles
Helena’s Story- The Butterbeer Experience
Ariana- Roonil Wazlib
Gryffindors- Not Literally
Fleur Weasley- the Fleur Delacours
MollyWobbles- Roonil Wazlib
Revenge (Of the Best Kind)- Obliviate!

We’re doing an Honoring of the Minor Characters today on TWH! Tune in right now to hear this week’s show.