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March 13, 2020

Episode 5: Harry Potter and the Order to Sit Out the Game


In this episode, we talk about the casual child endangerment of the wizarding world's favorite full contact sport, Quidditch! Is Madam Hooch up to date with brain injury management guidelines? Does Hogwarts even have a concussion protocol if they don't have a "What to Do if He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named Shows Up at Hogwarts" protocol? Gravity still applies to magical worlds, and so does blunt force trauma. Which means that there is a woeful lack of helmets. What's the liability insurance sitch at Hogwarts?


  • During the recording, Jen's neighbor decided to run a leaf blower in the street on and off, so that's faintly in the background. Sorry about that.


Resources, Citations, and Mentions:


  • Deepa: 0 out of 5 for safety, 1 out of 5 for rules that make sense, 4 out of 5 for whimsy
  • Jen: 5 out of 5 for whimsy, 0 out of 5 for safety


Special thanks to Butterscotch Shenanigans for letting us use their podcast equipment! Check out their game dev comedy podcast Coffee with Butterscotch!

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