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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 Normalcy in chapter eleven of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. This week we discuss the role of pain in Harry’s life, the changes being made at the Ministry, and why Lupin can’t come hunt horcruxes. Throughout the episode we consider the question: how do we notice what’s become normal, but needs to be changed? Thanks to Ava for this week's voicemail! Next week we’ll be doing an Owl Post episode with special guest Jackson Bird on the topic of J.K. Rowling’s recent transphobia. -- It’s two sickles to join S.P.E.W., and only a dollar to join our Patreon for extra bloopers every week! Please consider helping us fill our Gringotts vault so we can continue to make this show.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Vanessa and Casper explore the theme of Neglect in chapter ten of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. This week we discuss Sirius' childhood bedroom, the lack of stories that Harry has about his parents, and Harry's kindness towards Kreacher. Throughout the episode we consider the question: how do we take time for ourselves without neglecting the things that are important to us? Thanks to Culver for this week's voicemail! Next week we’re reading chapter eleven, The Bribe, through the theme of Normalcy. -- It’s two sickles to join S.P.E.W., and only a dollar to join our Patreon for extra bloopers every week! Please consider helping us fill our Gringotts vault so we can continue to make this show.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
We were lucky enough to get Hagrid and McGonagall in the studio this week! They're bringing you a special little infomercial for our HPST Summer Camp. We've been busy planning away across the past few months and really hope to see you there. Learn more at https://hpstsummer20.sched.com/tickets.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Vanessa and Casper explore the theme of Relief in chapter nine of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. This week we discuss Ron’s moving concern for his family, Harry’s persistant need to self-isolate, and how Hermione’s marginalized identity leads to her great foresight. Throughout the episode we consider the question: Is relief even possible in such a broken and complicated world? Thanks to Shannon who sent in this week's voicemail! Next week we’re reading chapter ten, Kreacher’s Tale, through the theme of Neglect. -- For the month of June we'll be raising money for organizations supporting Black lives. Please join us.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Hi all, Casper here. There are moments in life when you look around and wonder at the marvel of it all. Today my book is published - and it would never have happened without YOU, our dear listeners. Thank you for traveling with us through the books, for exploring new spiritual practices together, and for opening my heart and mind with your wisdom and encouragement. In many ways, I wrote this book for you. May it be a blessing in your life as it has been in mine!  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Vanessa and Casper explore the theme of Independence in chapter eight of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. This week Vanessa shares a cautionary tale of Crystal Light and we discuss the magic of wizard wedding, Luna’s relationship with her father, and Elphias Doge’s love for Dumbledore. Throughout the episode we consider the question: what do we risk by giving up our independence? Thanks to Selia who sent in this week's voicemail! Next week we’re reading chapter nine, A Place to Hide, through the theme of Relief. -- For the month of June we'll be raising money for organizations supporting Black lives. Please join us.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Vanessa and Casper explore the theme of Identity in chapter seven of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. This week we discuss the many gifts in this chapter: Harry’s birthday gifts, what Dumbledore leaves the trio in his will, and the gift of a new haircut. Throughout the episode we consider the question: how do we escape who we used to be? Thanks to the anonymous listener who sent in this week's voicemail! Next week we’re reading chapter eight, The Wedding, through the theme of Independence. -- For the month of June we'll be raising money for organizations supporting Black lives. Please join us.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
We’ve decided not to release an episode of Harry Potter and the Sacred Text today. Instead we have an episode of #WizardTeam from the brilliant women over at Black Girls Create.  #WizardTeam is a Harry Potter podcast housed under Black Girls Create, a hub for Black creators and critical fandom. The hosts Robyn Jordan and Bayana Davis close read and discuss the original Harry Potter series and post-canon from their perspectives as Black women and Potterheads. You can find their work at blackgirlscreate.org and #WizardTeam on a podcasting app near you. -- For the month of June we'll be raising money for organizations supporting Black lives. Please join us.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Black Lives Matter

Black Lives Matter

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A short note from Vanessa and Casper for our white listeners to step-up in this week of action in defense of Black lives.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Vanessa and Casper explore the theme of Hesitation in chapter six of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. This week we discuss the role of The Burrow in Harry’s life, why more people can’t hunt horcruxes, and the book’s conception of what souls are. Throughout the episode we consider the question: how do we introduce little moments of hesitation into our normal lives? Thanks to Kylie for this week's voicemail! Next week we’re reading chapter seven, The Will of Albus Dumbledore, through the theme of Identity. -- It’s two sickles to join S.P.E.W., and only a dollar to join our Patreon for extra bloopers every week! Please consider helping us fill our Gringotts vault so we can continue to make this show.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Hi everyone! Yesterday we released the latest Women of Harry Potter episode on Patreon. We make a new episode once a month and it’s our favorite Patreon perk. We've now released 30 episodes of our little spin-off show!  As a special treat today, we're releasing our March episode where Vanessa and Ariana blessed Aunt Muriel. If you haven't already, you can support us at https://www.patreon.com/harrypottersacredtext and hear all of our previous episodes, including this month's episode where we bless Katie Bell. We so appreciate all of your support on Patreon, we genuinely could not make our show without you.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Vanessa and Casper explore the theme of Health in chapter five of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. This week we take some time to discuss the incredible grace of three characters: George Weasley, Ted Tonks, and Molly Weasley. Throughout the episode we consider the question: how can we disrupt the binary of ‘healthy’ and ‘unhealthy’ bodies? Thanks to Cory for this week's voicemail! Next week we’re reading chapter six, The Ghoul in Pyjamas, through the theme of Hesitation. -- It’s two sickles to join S.P.E.W., and only a dollar to join our Patreon for extra bloopers every week! Please consider helping us fill our Gringotts vault so we can continue to make this show.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Vanessa and Casper explore the theme of Devotion in chapter four of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. This week we discuss Hedwig’s death and her role in Harry’s life, Petunia’s obsession with cleanliness, and Hagrid’s relationship with 4 Privet Drive. Throughout the episode we consider the question: what is the relationship between duty and devotion?  Thanks to Dani for this week's voicemail! Next week we’re reading chapter five, Fallen Warrior, through the theme of Health. -- It’s two sickles to join S.P.E.W., and only a dollar to join our Patreon for extra bloopers every week! Please consider helping us fill our Gringotts vault so we can continue to make this show.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Vanessa and Casper explore the theme of Growth in chapter three of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. This week we say goodbye to the Dursley’s and spend a little time talking about each of them. We look at how far Vernon has come in his grudging acceptance of Muggle/Wizard relations, celebrate Dudley’s steps away from his parents, and pity Petunia’s lack of strength. Throughout the episode we consider the question: where is growth happening that we cannot see? Thanks to Catie for this week's voicemail! Next week we’re reading chapter four, The Seven Potters, through the theme of Devotion. -- It’s two sickles to join S.P.E.W., and only a dollar to join our Patreon for extra bloopers every week! Please consider helping us fill our Gringotts vault so we can continue to make this show.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Vanessa and Casper explore the theme of Boldness in chapter two of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. This week we discuss and what Dumbledore really saw the Mirror of Erised, Dudley's attempt at an olive branch, and the politics of Dumbledore's obituary. Throughout the episode we consider the question: is boldness always a mistake? Thanks to Jess for this week's voicemail! Next week we’re reading chapter three, The Dursleys Departing, through the theme of Growth. -- It’s two sickles to join S.P.E.W., and only a dollar to join our Patreon for extra bloopers every week! Please consider helping us fill our Gringotts vault so we can continue to make this show.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Every season, we make an animated video to kick-off a new book. Each video is an exploration of one character in the text, their psychology, and why they make the decision they do. Our video this season is entitled “Are Harry and Hermione better off without Ron?” You can it here, with beautiful animations by Hannah O’Neal.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Vanessa and Casper explore the theme of Suspicion in the first chapter of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. This week we discuss Snape’s bravery, the team culture amongst death eaters, and how Voldemort builds the groundwork for Narcissa’s betrayal. Throughout the episode we consider the question: How are suspicion and humiliation tied together? Thanks to Miriam for this week's voicemail! Next week we’re reading chapter two, In Memoriam, through the theme of Boldness. -- It’s two sickles to join S.P.E.W., and only a dollar to join our Patreon for extra bloopers every week! Please consider helping us fill our Gringotts vault so we can continue to make this show.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Welcome to Season 7! This week, Vanessa and Casper get together to talk what they're looking forward to in Deathly Hallows. They discuss all the heroism to come: Ron’s great return, Narcissa’s daring betrayal, and Dobby’s selfish sacrifice.  Vanessa and Casper also reveal what’s in store for the future of Harry Potter and the Sacred Text now that we’ve reached the last book of the series. Next week, we’re reading Chapter 1, The Dark Lord Ascending, through the theme of Suspicion. -- It’s two sickles to join S.P.E.W., and only a dollar to join our Patreon for extra bloopers every week! Please consider helping us fill our Gringotts vault so we can continue to make this show.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Happy Friday everyone! We have a new project to keep you company while sheltering in place: Twilight in Quarantine. Is Twilight by Stephenie Meyer the best book of all time? No it’s not. Is it the kind of cotton candy escapism joy we need during these uncertain times? Hell yes it is.  We'll be publishing Monday, Wednesday and Friday in the Hot and Bothered feed. Go subscribe!  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Are ‘thoughts and prayers’ worth anything? This week, Casper is joined by our mentor Stephanie Paulsell to talk about the practice of prayer. Stephanie introduces us to ideas of prayer from theologians such as Evagrius Ponticus, Augustine of Hippo, Simone Weil, and Howard Thurman. And together, Stephanie and Casper talk about what prayer could look like during the Coronavirus. We’ve had a flood of voicemails in the wake of the Coronavirus! This week, we’ve decided to feature voicemails about how people are thinking about and handling their lives during the epidemic. Thanks to Jemma, Rachel, Camden, Kenna and Paige for their beautiful contributions.  Also, in case you missed it: - Casper has written a book: The Power of Ritual! - In July we’ll be doing a twenty-one city live show tour to celebrate the book and many tickets are already on sale. - We've launched several online classes. We have a new one starting Sunday just for kids!  We’re taking next week off! Season 7, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows starts April 16th.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
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Comments (56)

Allayney

im listening to this is march of 2020 and they started mentioning stuff about being in quarantine during the break and i was so confused about how they know about corona in 2017😂😂

Mar 31st
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Nuage Laboratoire

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Mar 2nd
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Romina Andrea C

Wow, does anyone else totally love the reading voice of Paulinie Marie Dias? I could listen to her all day!

Dec 9th
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Amy3422

I don't want to defend anything Ron does in this chapter, but I must resist the celebration of Ginny during their fight. What she says to him is as cruel and shaming as what he says to her.

Nov 15th
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Captain Jackson

8,,,Kl 8llllllll

Oct 30th
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Dryad “X'Nedra” P

so I learned that Dutch just sounds like someone talking backwards

Sep 23rd
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Dr. Thangkenstein

Ariana is so serious I would be scared to be facilitated by her! but she's awesome!

Sep 10th
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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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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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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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Amy3422

Another great one!

Apr 14th
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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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Frh Bri

"people of colour".

Mar 17th
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