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It’s the English class you didn't know you missed and the meaningful conversations you didn't know you craved.

Join Vanessa Zoltan and Casper ter Kuile as they bring thought, reflection and laughter to Harry Potter; not just as novels, but as instructive and inspirational texts that will teach us about our own lives. Relive the magic chapter by chapter as they explore themes such as commitment, revenge and forgiveness.

This podcast creates time in your week to think about life’s big questions. Because reading fiction doesn’t just help us escape the world, it helps us live in it.
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Vanessa and Casper explore the theme of joy in chapter four of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. This week we discuss Horace’s supposed ‘cowardice’, Dumbledore’s good pedagogy, and the usefulness of inappropriate jokes. Throughout the episode we consider the question: is joy more likely in community?Thanks to Vivianna for this week's voicemail! Next week we’re reading chapter five, An Excess of Phlem, through the theme of Yearning. We’ll be joined by friend of the podcast, author John Green, who will tell our opening story.
Vanessa and Casper explore the theme of Skepticism in chapter three of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. This week we discuss Harry’s magical thinking, Kreacher’s humiliation, and Dumbledore’s relationship to lemon drops. Throughout the episode we consider the question: when do we need to trust authority and when should we be skeptical?Thanks to Nici for this week's voicemail! Next week we’re reading chapter four, Horace Slughorn, through the theme of Joy.
Vanessa and Casper explore the theme of Prudence in chapter two of Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince. This week we discuss Peter Pettigrew’s relationship to his hand, Narcissa and Bellatrix’s love for one another, and when to quit a job. Throughout the episode we consider the question: Can you only know prudence in hindsight?Thanks to K Doraiswamy for this week's voicemail! Next week we’re reading chapter three, Will and Won’t, through the theme of Skepticism.
Vanessa and Casper explore the theme of Helplessness in the first chapter of Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince. This week we discuss the election of Rufus Scrimgeour, all things related to the muggle Prime Minister, and whether Fudge is too polite for his own good. Throughout the episode we consider the question: How much information helps us during times of crisis and how much actually hurts us?Thanks to Marianna Hackney for this week's voicemail! Next week we’re reading chapter two, Spinner’s End, through the theme of Prudence.
Welcome to Season 6! This week, Vanessa and Casper get together to talk what they're looking forward to in Half Blood Prince. They discuss the complications of Slytherin identity, Vanessa’s feelings about Ron, and Harry’s evolution from the last book.Next week, we’re reading Chapter 1, The Other Minister, through the theme of Helplessness.’
Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince starts next week! As is our custom, we’ve released an animated YouTube video to celebrate the start of a new season. We’re sharing the audio here, but go check out Hannah O’Neal’s amazing animations on our youtube channel.
Introducing: Hot & Bothered

Introducing: Hot & Bothered

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Our new podcast, Hot & Bothered, officially launched today. We’re so proud to share our first episode with you: Justice for Dragons. This is the only episode of Hot & Bothered we’ll drop in this feed, so please go subscribe wherever you find your podcasts!—Vanessa Zoltan thinks that happy endings are the best part of romance novels. Bryce Gilfillian is writing his first romance novel and refuses to write a happy ending.On our very first episode of Hot & Bothered, we explore the trope of “Updated Fairytale.” Bryce sets out to write the gay fairytale he never had growing up. Meanwhile, Vanessa wrestles with her own princes, witches, and dragons.Along the way we get a little help from Professor of Folklore and Mythology at Harvard University, Maria Tatar, and receive our first writing assignment from our own fairy godmother, #1 New York Times best-selling author, Julia Quinn.You can follow along on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.
What does the 4th of July mean and what should it mean? It’s Independence Day in the United States and so Casper sits down again with Professor Matt Potts to talk about tradition. They touch on marriage equality, Lectio Divina, and Matt’s favorite Christian Theologian - Julian of Norwich.This episode we also hear owl post from Rachel, Emily Ross, Ariel Weeks, Rachel Quint, and Mike Murphy.We’re taking two weeks off before we start Season 6: Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince. But do check back July 16th to listen to our first episode of Hot & Bothered!
In the final episode of season five, Vanessa and Casper pull out a few key insights from Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. They give Luna Lovegood her due praise, analyze Harry’s relationship to gifts, and Vanessa comes around more to the importance of Quidditch. Throughout the episode they unpack the growing presence of death in Harry’s life and this series.Next week, we're rounding out the season with a final Owl Post and a conversation with our mentor, Matthew Potts. Don't forget to hop over to the Women of Harry Potter feed on July 1st, to hear our episode on Lily Potter.
Vanessa and Casper explore the theme of "love" in the final chapter of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. This week we come to you live from our London show, where we were very lucky to be joined by John Green. We discuss Luna’s lost objects, John’s history with bullying, and Vanessa’s perspective on the afterlife. Throughout the show we consider the question: How can we best meet people in their grief?Next week we're doing a wrap-up of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. Thanks to everyone who came out to the Indianapolis show. We have more events coming up in the fall; you can check them out at: http://www.harrypottersacredtext.com/live-events/
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Comments (21)

Silvia

Lumeria Star is Dumbledore's drag name in my mind

Aug 9th
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Tessa Eaton

Team Dumbledore because Fudge sent Hagrid to Azkaban (prison) for no apparent reason.

Jul 25th
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Owen Jenkins

Tessa Eaton :(

Jul 26th
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Tessa Eaton

I would still punch Draco

Jul 6th
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Tessa Eaton

if Hagrid had given Harry to Sirius he would have lived a happy loving life

Jul 5th
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EasedBreak

Was late to this podcast but when I found it on spotify..i was in love with it! ❤ really love their take on it. Definitely makes you think about things.

May 26th
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Nuage Laboratoire

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Jun 13th
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Nuage Laboratoire

text

May 24th
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Ojasvi Jain

Always love Vanessa's blessings!

May 13th
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Katelyn Mudry

my fav podcast EVER!!!! Love you Casper and Vanessa!!

Apr 30th
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Mateo Debray

Langue français

Apr 10th
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Willllllllway

nice

Mar 25th
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Krista Clark

i love learning about the town in france.

Mar 22nd
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TheUltimateNerd14

Krista Clark wut

Aug 6th
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Nuage Laboratoire

text

Mar 7th
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Elise O'Bryan Fraize

The female equivalent of a Knight is a Dame. AKA Dame Maggie Smith

Mar 6th
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Berenice Labasse

en français

Feb 23rd
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Amy3422

Another really outstanding discussion! I agreed with all of it, yet was left with a lot of questions.

Feb 7th
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Seni Blond

Just discovered this podcast and already love it..I found that it helps to look on the same things, characters from the book in different angle. It's really unusual (in good way). The final words about the professor Binns are inspiring!

Feb 3rd
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Elise O'Bryan Fraize

Jjust a fun aside: this ep is 3 minutes and 33 seconds long, was dropped on the 3rd of the month and is 3 MB in size.

Jan 25th
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Dela TheBookDragon

Elise O'Bryan Fraize illuminati confirmed

May 7th
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