Zoe Chace Is Penelope Clearwater

OK, I know this isn’t dignified, but I’m just barely suppressing a complete fan-boy moment right now. Zoe friggin Chace of NPR’s Planet Money agreed to do Penelope Clearwater for the podcast! And then recorded the lines and sent them to me!

If you don’t know Planet Money, they’re an economics show on NPR with a twice-weekly podcast. Zoe Chace is a regular and she has the most amazing voice (I once geeked out and made a sample clip for people who haven’t heard her yet). The inflection and accent just pull me in, it’s a joy to listen to.

As Penelope only has a few lines I managed to drop them in over the weekend. You can hear them here:

Chap 70 at ~7:45 and 17:50
Chap 50 at ~15:30
Chap 21 at ~7:30
Chap 14 at ~24:30

Older Episodes Re-recorded

Chapters 1-6, and 9, have now been re-recorded and replaced. This was done in preparation for WorldCon 2012, both to bring the quality of the old episodes up to current standards, and to capture Eliezer’s recent re-writes. The break-neck pace of the past will not continue (2 episodes a week on top of a full time job is unsustainable), but I will continue to replace older episodes with new recordings over the next few months. The old files are still available in the Table of Contents, for the morbidly curious.

The Website Move

The iTunes feed has been updated, if anyone who was subscribed through iTunes isn’t getting new episodes, please let me know.

I had to get rid of the drop caps because they weren’t showing up in iTunes, resulting in the first letter of every description being dropped. That makes me sad, as I thought they were pretty, but c’est la vie.

LibSyn doesn’t support 301 redirects, so anyone who was using a non-iTunes feedreader will need to manually subscribe to the new feed. All the links are at the top of the sidebar (or near the bottom of the page if you’re viewing this on a mobile device).

Thanks for your support!

The New Website Is Live!

Welcome to the new home of HPMoR: The Podcast. I hope you like. In addition to posting a new episode every week, I’ll also be posting production notes for each chapter. I learned a lot while making the site, starting with basically no knowledge of website creation. I still don’t know much (WordPress is awesome), so I’m sure as I learn more it’ll get better. Much like the podcast. Which brings me to…

A couple months back I re-listened to a few of my very early episodes, and wow are they bad (comparatively). I didn’t know anything when I first started. I much prefer learning-by-doing, it’s a lot more fun and you get a feeling of accomplishment. On the other hand, people see the early things that you learned on. I have to thank all my long-time listeners for sticking with me. Therefore I will, over the next several months, be reworking the earlier episodes to bring them closer to the quality level of the current episodes. I plan on re-recording the first 9 episodes entirely (the first 2 are already done and updated), and then going back and re-editing up through 20-something. I can’t make them great and still stick with the one-new-episode-per-week schedule (which I refuse to abandon), but they’ll be a lot better than they are now.

I’m also bringing in more people to do voices! You’ll never have to hear my screeching McGonagall again! :) Or my horrific Weasley twins. Many roles are already spoken for, but if you’d like to contribute to the project I’m accepting submissions for minor roles. Ever thought Gregory Goyle doesn’t sound nearly ninja enough? Here’s your chance to make that better! Just send a few lines in any common audio format to hpmorpodcast@gmail.com with the character’s name in the subject line, or see the Contact page.

Hope you like the new site.