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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 a…

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    Love: Owl Post Again (Book 3, Chapter 22)

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 4, 2022 51:57

    Vanessa and Matt explore the theme of Love in Chapter Twenty-Two of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban! This week they discuss Madam Pomfrey's attentive care, Harry's choice to save Peter Pettigrew's life, and Hagrid's faith in Buckbeak. Throughout the episode we consider the distinction between love as a responsibility vs. love as a feeling.Thank you to Eileen for this week's voicemail! Next week we're doing a wrap-up of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban!--It's two sickles to join S.P.E.W., and only two dollars 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.

    Revisionist History: I Was A Stranger And You Welcomed Me

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 1, 2022 34:11

    We're excited to share this special preview of Revisionist History with you today! In this episode Malcolm Gladwell tells the story of how his parents and their friends sponsored three Vietnamese refugees, in the aftermath of the Vietnam War. And wonders: do we underestimate the value of ordinary acts of kindness?You can hear the full episode, and more from Revisionist History, wherever you get your podcasts. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Anticipation: Hermione's Secret (Book 3, Chapter 21)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 28, 2022 55:04

    Vanessa and Matt explore the theme of Anticipation in Chapter Twenty-One of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban! This week they discuss Sirius waiting to face the dementors, Dumbledore's vague hint of a plan, and, of course, Hermione's big secret! Throughout the episode we consider the question: how can we form a healthy relationship with anticipation?Thank you to Ann for this week's voicemail! Next week we're reading Chapter 22, Owl Post Again, through the theme of Love.--It's two sickles to join S.P.E.W., and only two dollars 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.

    Confidence: The Dementor's Kiss (Book 3, Chapter 20)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 21, 2022 52:11

    Vanessa and Matt explore the theme of Confidence in Chapter Twenty of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban! This week they discuss Sirius offering Harry a new home, Harry's emergency Patronus, and Peter's escape. Throughout the episode we consider the question: when is confidence appropriate, and what are the limits of it?Thank you to Nicoletta for this week's voicemail! Next week we're reading Chapter 21, Hermione's Secret, through the theme of Anticipation.--It's two sickles to join S.P.E.W., and only two dollars 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.

    Virtue: The Servant of Lord Voldemort (Book 3, Chapter 19)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 14, 2022 49:23

    Vanessa and Matt explore the theme of Virtue in Chapter Nineteen of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban! This week they discuss Snape delivering wolfsbane to his nemesis, Peter's consistent alliance with power, and Harry summoning some of his father's virtue. Throughout the episode we consider the question: how do we live virtuously in morally complicated situations?Thank you to Jessica for this week's voicemail! Next week we're reading Chapter 20, The Dementor's Kiss, through the theme of Confidence.--It's two sickles to join S.P.E.W., and only two dollars 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.

    Friendship: Moony, Wormtail, Padfoot, and Prongs (Book 3, Chapter 18)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 7, 2022 51:58

    Vanessa and Matt explore the theme of Friendship in Chapter Eighteen of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban! This week they discuss Peter as a failed friend, Sirius & Lupin's renewed friendship, and some perspective from Aristotle. Throughout the episode we consider the question: what does it mean to be a good friend?Thank you to Bianca for this week's voicemail! Next week we're reading Chapter 19, The Servant of Lord Voldemort, through the theme of Virtue.--It's two sickles to join S.P.E.W., and only two dollars 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.

    Owl Post Edition: An Interview with Imara Jones!

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 30, 2022 50:48

    This week, Vanessa and Matt are joined by fellow podcaster and award-winning journalist Imara Jones to discuss her work founding Translash Media, a cross-platform journalism, personal storytelling and narrative effort, which produces content to shift the current culture of hostility towards transgender people in the US.Thanks to Barbara, Adeetee, Dasha, and our anonymous listener for their beautiful voicemail contributions. Next week we're reading Chapter 18, Moony, Wormtail, Padfoot, and Prongs, through the theme of Friendship.Listen to Imara on the Translash podcast here, and the Anti-Trans Hate Machine podcast here.A list of people, resources, and media Imara mentioned in the episode:Chase Strangio - Lawyer with the ACLUThe Trevor Project - Accurate information on gender identityLocal orgs in your state working to fight anti-trans bills - for example TENT in Texas Laverne Cox - actress Janet Mock - author and creator of PoseSarah McBride - Delaware state senator The historic Transgender District in San Francisco - the first legally recognized trans district in the worldThe Equality Federation  - for tracking anti-trans bills being introduced across the country--It's only two sickles to join S.P.E.W., and only two 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.

    Bonus! Patreon Blessing of a Woman

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 28, 2022 3:39

    Today, as part of our June 2022 Patreon push, we're previewing some of our bonus content with this month's blessing of a woman.If you enjoyed this segment and want to hear more, please check out our patreon here to learn more! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Partnership: Cat, Rat, and Dog (Book 3, Chapter 17)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 23, 2022 47:10

    Vanessa and Matt explore the theme of Partnership in Chapter Seventeen of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban! This week they discuss the difference between partnership and friendship, the trio's unwavering dedication to one another, and Crookshanks' role as intermediary. Throughout the episode we consider the question: what is required for a strong partnership?Thank you to James for this week's voicemail! Next week we're reading Chapter 18, Moony, Wormtail, Padfoot, and Prongs, through the theme of Friendship.--It's two sickles to join S.P.E.W., and only two dollars 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.

    Bonus! Every Flavor Bean Patreon Conversation with Jackson Bird

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 22, 2022 10:05

    Today, as part of our June 2022 Patreon push, we're previewing some of our bonus content with this special conversation we had a while back with guest host Jackson Bird.If you enjoyed this segment and want to hear more, please check out our patreon here to learn more! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Juneteenth Spotlight: The Final 5 Campaign

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 19, 2022 20:20

    This year in commemoration of Juneteenth, we're spotlighting The Final 5 Campaign, a coalition working to close the final five youth prisons in Illinois. We're joined in conversation by one of their leaders, Alicia Brown, who tells us about what it means to be a prison abolitionist and her work with the campaign. Please join us by making a donation, learning more about the failures of youth prisons, contacting your legislators about prisons in your state, and listening to their new podcast, Free The Youth. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Bonus! Harry Potter and the Sacred Text Bloopers

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 17, 2022 8:59

    Today, as part of our June 2022 Patreon push, we're previewing some of our bonus content with this week's blooper reel.If you enjoyed this segment and want to hear more, please check out our patreon here to learn more! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Rest: Professor Trelawney's Prediction (Book 3, Chapter 16)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 16, 2022 42:54

    Vanessa and Matt explore the theme of Rest in Chapter Sixteen of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban! This week they discuss end of year exams, Trelawney's mid-nap prediction, and the inefficient use of time-turners. Throughout the episode we consider the question: how can we embrace and account for rest as a necessity?Thank you to Tatiana for this week's voicemail! Next week we're reading Chapter 17, Cat, Rat, and Dog, through the theme of Partnership.--It's two sickles to join S.P.E.W., and only two dollars 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.

    Bonus! Every Flavor Bean Patreon Conversation with John Green [Explicit]

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 13, 2022 13:35

    Today, as part of our June 2022 Patreon push, we're previewing some of our bonus content with this special conversation we had a few months back with guest host John Green.If you enjoyed this segment and want to hear more, please check out our patreon here to learn more! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Introducing: Live From Pemberley

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 9, 2022 54:32

    We're taking a quick break from our usual programming to introduce the newest season of Hot and Bothered, where we're currently reading through Pride & Prejudice! Each week, Vanessa and Lauren Sandler will deep dive into a chapter (or two or three) of the novel. We are talking to Jane Austen scholars, fans, and skeptics and we are going to constantly be asking ourselves: Why is this the bible of the Romance genre? What does this book believe about love, marriage, and money? And are those things we still want to be passing on? We'll be back next week, with Chapter 16 of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban!--It's two sickles to join S.P.E.W., and only two dollars 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.

    Triumph: The Quidditch Final (Book 3, Chapter 15)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 2, 2022 51:23

    Vanessa and Matt explore the theme of Triumph in Chapter Fifteen of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban! This week they discuss Gryffindor's big win, Hermione's out of character behavior, and Trelawney's dedication to feuding with children. Throughout the episode we consider the question: how can we think of triumph in a way that doesn't put down others?Thank you to Amber for this week's voicemail! Next week we're reading Chapter 16, Professor Trelawney's Prediction, through the theme of Rest.--It's two sickles to join S.P.E.W., and only two dollars 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.

    Memorial for Uvalde, Texas

    Play Episode Listen Later May 31, 2022 3:32

    Every week during our episode, we dedicate some time to remembering members of our community who have been loved and lost. This week we are also remembering the 19 children and 2 teachers killed in Uvalde, Texas last week. May their memories be a blessing to us all. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Wisdom: Snape's Grudge (Book 3, Chapter 14)

    Play Episode Listen Later May 26, 2022 48:03

    Vanessa and Matt are joined by very special guest Casper ter Kuile to explore the theme of Wisdom in Chapter Fourteen of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban! This week they discuss increased security measures at Hogwarts, a timely piece of sage advice from Hagrid, and the teeny tiny delivery owls. Throughout the episode we consider the question: how can we combine our lived experiences and personal knowledge wisely?Thank you to Madi for this week's voicemail! Next week we're reading Chapter 15, The Quidditch Final, through the theme of Triumph. You can learn more about Casper's new project here! --It's two sickles to join S.P.E.W., and only two dollars 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.

    Independence: Gryffindor Versus Ravenclaw (Book 3, Chapter 13)

    Play Episode Listen Later May 19, 2022 47:56

    Vanessa and Matt explore the theme of Independence in Chapter Thirteen of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban! This week they discuss sports(!!!), Neville's exile, and the pros and cons of Hermione's current lack of dependence on the boys. Throughout the episode we consider the question: to what extent does independence truly exist in our interconnected lives and relationships?Thank you to Stephanie for this week's voicemail! Next week we're reading Chapter 14, Snape's Grudge, through the theme of Wisdom - with our ever-so-special guest host Casper ter Kuile!!--It's two sickles to join S.P.E.W., and only two dollars 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.

    Inspiration: The Patronus (Book 3, Chapter 12)

    Play Episode Listen Later May 12, 2022 49:44

    Vanessa and Matt explore the theme of Inspiration in Chapter Twelve of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban! This week they discuss the trio's ongoing friendship troubles, the proper inspiration behind a successful patronus, and the healing properties of Lupin's steady supply of chocolate. Throughout the episode we consider the question: what is inspiration and how can we persevere through the ebbs and flows of its presence?Thank you to Youval for this week's voicemail! Next week we're reading Chapter 13, Gryffindor Versus Ravenclaw, through the theme of Independence.--It's two sickles to join S.P.E.W., and only two dollars 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.

    Pride: The Firebolt (Book 3, Chapter 11)

    Play Episode Listen Later May 5, 2022 47:16

    Vanessa and Matt explore the theme of Pride in Chapter Eleven of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban! This week they discuss Harry's pride in his broom, the etymology of pride vs. how it is understood in the modern day, and the intersection of pride and recklessness inherent in Harry's pursuit of Sirius Black. Throughout the episode we consider the question: when is pride a display of excess self regard, and when is it a display of appropriate and necessary self regard?Thank you to Christin for this week's voicemail! Next week we're reading Chapter 12, The Patronus, through the theme of Inspiration.--It's two sickles to join S.P.E.W., and only two dollars 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.

    Confusion: The Marauder's Map (Book 3, Chapter 10)

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 28, 2022 45:12

    Vanessa and Matt explore the theme of Confusion in Chapter Ten of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban! This week they discuss the trio's stay at Hogwarts over the holidays, Harry's attachment to the shards of his broomstick, and the disruption that the dementors create on school grounds. Throughout the episode we consider the question: how can confusion contribute to isolation, and how do we overcome this barrier?Thank you to Erin for this week's voicemail! Next week we're reading Chapter 11, The Firebolt, through the theme of Pride.--It's two sickles to join S.P.E.W., and only two dollars 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.

    Rehabilitation: Grim Defeat (Book 3, Chapter 9)

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 21, 2022 48:26

    Vanessa and Matt explore the theme of Rehabilitation in Chapter Nine of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban! This week they discuss Harry's fall from his broomstick, the rehabilitation of Snape's image, and Cedric Diggory's good sportsmanship. Throughout the episode we consider the question: how can rehabilitation help us move forward, when we are not able to return to the way things were?Thank you to Isabelle for this week's voicemail! Next week we're reading Chapter 10, The Marauder's Map, through the theme of Confusion.--It's two sickles to join S.P.E.W., and only two dollars 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.

    Respect: Flight of the Fat Lady (Book 3, Chapter 8)

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 14, 2022 46:33

    Vanessa and Matt explore the theme of Respect in Chapter Eight of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban! This week they discuss Lupin's robes, the inkling of respect Peeves shows to Dumbledore, and Hermione's disdain for Trelawney. Throughout the episode we consider the question: how can we recognize and appreciate the different ways people may show respect?Thank you to Anjoli for this week's voicemail! Next week we're reading Chapter 9, Grim Defeat, through the theme of Rehabilitation.--It's two sickles to join S.P.E.W., and only two dollars 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.

    Burnout: The Boggart (Book 3, Chapter 7)

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 7, 2022 50:36

    Vanessa and Matt are joined by special guest Jackson Bird this week, as they explore the theme of Burnout in Chapter Seven of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban! This week they discuss the etymology of burnout, Snape's villain origin story, and the Boggart as an exercise in teamwork. Throughout the episode we consider the question: what resources can we draw upon to mitigate burnout?Thank you to Amy for this week's voicemail! Next week we're reading Chapter 8, Flight of the Fat Lady, through the theme of Respect.--It's two sickles to join S.P.E.W., and only two dollars 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.

    Joy: Talons and Tea Leaves (Book 3, Chapter 6)

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 31, 2022 47:03

    Vanessa and Matt explore the theme of Joy in Chapter Six of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban! This week they discuss Slytherin laughter, the joy of teaching, and McGonagall's take on Trelawney. Throughout the episode we consider the question: how can we find joy even during long periods of stress and unhappiness?Thank you to Sam for this week's voicemail! Next week we're reading Chapter 7, The Boggart, through the theme of Burnout, with special guest Jackson Bird!!--It's two sickles to join S.P.E.W., and only two dollars 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.

    Redemption: The Dementor (Book 3, Chapter 5)

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 24, 2022 44:24

    Vanessa and Matt explore the theme of Redemption in Chapter Five of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban! This week they discuss Scabbers vs. Crookshanks, Percy's love life, and Lupin's redemption arc. Throughout the episode we consider the question: who has the power to redeem us?Thank you to Hannah for this week's voicemail! Next week we're reading Chapter 6, Talons and Tea Leaves, through the theme of Anxiety.--It's two sickles to join S.P.E.W., and only two dollars 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.

    Home: The Leaky Cauldron (Book 3, Chapter 4)

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 17, 2022 50:46

    Matt and special guest Jolie Doggett (!!!) explore the theme of Home in Chapter Four of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban! This week they discuss Harry's newfound freedoms, the abundance of good meals in the chapter, and Crookshanks' new home. Throughout the episode we consider the question: what contributes to our sense of home?Thank you to Rhi for this week's voicemail! Next week we're reading Chapter 5, The Dementor, through the theme of Redemption.--It's two sickles to join S.P.E.W., and only two dollars 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.

    Effort: The Knight Bus (Book 3, Chapter 3)

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 10, 2022 44:55

    Vanessa and Matt explore the theme of Effort in Chapter Three of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban! This week they discuss the myth of effort as an unlimited resource, the Ministry's search for Sirius Black, and Stan's introduction to "Neville Longbottom". Throughout the episode we consider the question: how can we apply effort efficiently?Thank you to Anna for this week's voicemail! Next week we're reading Chapter 4, The Leaky Cauldron, through the theme of Home, with special guest Jolie Doggett!--It's two sickles to join S.P.E.W., and only two dollars 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.

    Ignorance: Aunt Marge's Big Mistake (Book 3, Chapter 2)

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 3, 2022 44:02

    Vanessa and Matt explore the theme of Ignorance in Chapter Two of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban! This week they discuss news coverage of Sirius Black, the ignorance of muggles, and, of course, Aunt Marge's Big Mistake. Throughout the episode we consider the question: at what point does ignorance become willful?Thank you to Millie for this week's voicemail! Next week we're reading Chapter 3, The Knight Bus, through the theme of Effort.--It's two sickles to join S.P.E.W., and only two dollars 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.

    Inclusion: Owl Post (Book 3, Chapter 1)

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 24, 2022 47:40

    Welcome back for Season 3! This week, Vanessa and Matt explore the theme of Inclusion in Chapter One of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban! They discuss Harry's special birthday celebration, Ron's fearless use of muggle technology, and the Weasleys' cute family vacation. Throughout the episode we consider the question: does inclusion necessitate exclusion, and how can we expand the community that we include?Thank you to Lois for this week's voicemail! Next week we're reading Chapter 2, Aunt Marge's Big Mistake, through the theme of Ignorance.Please consider making a donation to the Loveland Foundation here.--It's two sickles to join S.P.E.W., and only two dollars 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.

    Wrap-Up: The Chamber of Secrets

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 10, 2022 44:32

    Vanessa and Matt wrap up their their discussion of The Chamber of Secrets with a look back on the entire book! They discuss Harry's sense of belonging at Hogwarts, Dumbledore's flaws, and Hagrid's growing family of pets/friends.We're taking a quick break, but will be back in two weeks to discuss Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban!--It's two sickles to join S.P.E.W., and only two dollars 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.

    Love: Dobby's Reward (Book 2, Chapter 18)

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 3, 2022 50:30

    Vanessa and Matt explore the theme of Love in Chapter Eighteen of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets! This week they discuss the Weasley family's reunion, the pattern of Dumbledore's poor hiring decisions, and Dobby as free elf. Throughout the episode we consider the question: what must we add to our love (intention, reflection, justice?) in order to truly act lovingly?Thank you to Leah for this week's voicemail! Next week we're doing a wrap-up of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets!--It's two sickles to join S.P.E.W., and only two dollars 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.

    Compassion: The Heir of Slytherin (Book 2, Chapter 17)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 27, 2022 44:50

    Vanessa and Matt explore the theme of Compassion in Chapter Seventeen of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets! This week they discuss Harry's introduction to the real Tom Riddle, Fawkes's heroic entry, and the perils of journaling. Throughout the episode we consider the question: how does understanding the root of our compassion lead us to act in more kind and loving ways towards others?Thank you to Laura for this week's voicemail! Next week we're reading Chapter 18, Dobby's Reward, through the theme of Love.--It's two sickles to join S.P.E.W., and only two dollars 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.

    Yearning: The Chamber of Secrets (Book 2, Chapter 16)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 20, 2022 42:55

    Vanessa and Matt explore the theme of Yearning in Chapter Sixteen of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets! This week they discuss Moaning Myrtle's big reveal, Lockhart's (lack of) responsibility in crisis, and Hermione's scrunched up clue. Throughout the episode we consider the question: what does it mean to yearn, and how is this different from other forms of desire?Thank you to Kayla for this week's voicemail! Next week we're reading Chapter 17, The Heir of Slytherin, through the theme of Compassion.--It's two sickles to join S.P.E.W., and only two dollars 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.

    Charm: Aragog (Book 2, Chapter 15)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 13, 2022 38:32

    Vanessa and Matt explore the theme of Charm in Chapter Fifteen of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets! This week they discuss Matt's charming children, Ernie Macmillan's earnest apology, and the children's total inability to charm Aragog. Throughout the episode we consider the question: how is charm like a spell, and what conditions allow that spell to be successful?Thank you to BA for this week's voicemail! Next week we're reading Chapter 16, The Chamber of Secrets, through the theme of Yearning.--It's two sickles to join S.P.E.W., and only two dollars 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.

    Humility: Cornelius Fudge (Book 2, Chapter 14)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 6, 2022 52:20

    Vanessa and special guest Jackson Bird (!!) explore the theme of Humility in Chapter Fourteen of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets! This week they discuss the line between humility and humiliation, Hermione's petrification, and Hagrid's arrest. Throughout the episode we consider the question: how can humility help us to build stronger relationships and adapt to a changing world?Thank you to our anonymous listener for this week's voicemail! Next week we're reading Chapter 15, Aragog, through the theme of Charm.--It's two sickles to join S.P.E.W., and only two dollars 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.

    A Christmas Poem from Casper: Good Bones by Maggie Smith (Warning! Features a swear word!)

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 25, 2021 1:38

    Every Christmas, Casper likes to read us a poem. This year it's 'Good Bones' by Maggie Smith.We'll be back with our regularly scheduled episodes on January 6th. Happy Holidays! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Bonus Episode - Blessing Minerva McGonagall

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 21, 2021 28:41

    We're bringing back some of our Women of Harry Potter blessings as bonus episodes sprinkled into your feed. Enjoy this 2019 blessing of Minerva McGonagall (with special guest Margaret H. Willison!) with an intro from 2021 Vanessa!--It's two sickles to join S.P.E.W., and only two dollars 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.

    Community: The Very Secret Diary (Book 2, Chapter 13)

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 16, 2021 49:37

    Vanessa and Matt explore the theme of Community in Chapter Thirteen of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets! This week they discuss the wonderful HPST community, Lockhart's vision for Valentines Day, and Harry's introduction to Tom Riddle. Throughout the episode we consider the question: how can community help us through difficult times?Thank you to Raj for this week's voicemail! We'll be taking a break for the holidays, but we'll see you in the new year for Chapter 14, Cornelius Fudge, which we will be reading with very special guest Jackson Bird, through the theme of Humility.--It's two sickles to join S.P.E.W., and only two dollars 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.

    Guilt: The Polyjuice Potion (Book 2, Chapter 12)

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 9, 2021 47:01

    Vanessa and Matt explore the theme of Guilt in Chapter Twelve of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets! This week they discuss the intentions of the Sorting Hat, how having a sense of purpose can relieve us of feeling guilty, and Draco's passion for the news. Throughout the episode we consider the question: how are guilt (the feeling) and guilt (the fact) related?Thank you to Justus for this week's voicemail! Next week we're reading Chapter 13, The Very Secret Diary, through the theme of Community.--It's two sickles to join S.P.E.W., and only two dollars 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.

    Bonus Episode - Blessing Hannah Abbott

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 8, 2021 21:36

    We're bringing back some of our Women of Harry Potter blessings as bonus episodes sprinkled into your feed. Enjoy this 2019 blessing of Hannah Abbott with an intro from 2021 Vanessa!--It's two sickles to join S.P.E.W., and only two dollars 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.

    Shame: The Dueling Club (Book 2, Chapter 11)

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 2, 2021 44:51

    Vanessa and Matt explore the theme of Shame in Chapter Eleven of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, with special guest Casper ter Kuile! This week they discuss the highs and lows of sleep-away camp, Crabbe's potion-making skills, and Harry's newly discovered fluency in Parseltongue. Throughout the episode we consider the question: what lies on the other side of shame?Thank you to Prabhanjan for this week's voicemail! Next week we're reading Chapter 12, The Polyjuice Potion, through the theme of Guilt.--It's two sickles to join S.P.E.W., and only two dollars 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.

    Patreon Bonus - Matt & Vanessa's Every Flavored Bean!

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 1, 2021 12:16

    We hope you enjoy this sneak peak into our Patreon content! Each week patrons receive bloopers, a bonus discussion, and more. In this episode, Matt and Vanessa discuss ideas for their own Lockhart style memoirs.--It's two sickles to join S.P.E.W., and only two dollars 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.

    Dignity: The Rogue Bludger (Book 2, Chapter 10)

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 25, 2021 47:22

    Vanessa and Matt explore the theme of Dignity in Chapter Ten of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. This week they discuss Lockhart's dignity, or lack thereof, athletes practicing ballet, and Dobby's big reveal. Throughout the episode we consider the question: is there an inherent human dignity that cannot be stripped away by others?Thank you to MJ for this week's voicemail! Next week we're reading Chapter 11, The Dueling Club, with very special guest Casper Ter Kuile, through the theme of Shame.--It's two sickles to join S.P.E.W., and only two dollars 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.

    Bonus Episode - Blessing Cho Chang

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 23, 2021 19:14

    We're bringing back some of our Women of Harry Potter blessings as bonus episodes sprinkled into your feed. Enjoy this 2019 blessing of Cho Chang with an intro from 2021 Vanessa!--It's two sickles to join S.P.E.W., and only two dollars 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.

    Hate: The Writing On The Wall (Book 2, Chapter 9)

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 18, 2021 42:15

    Vanessa and Matt explore the theme of Hate in Chapter Nine of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. This week they discuss the discovery of Mrs. Norris's petrified body, Justin Finch-Fletchley's new fear of Harry, and the trio's Polyjuice Plan. Throughout the episode we consider the question: how is hatred a distinct and particular form of animosity?Thank you to Kate for this week's voicemail! Next week we're reading Chapter 10, The Rogue Bludger, through the theme of Dignity.--It's two sickles to join S.P.E.W., and only two dollars 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.

    Frustration: The Deathday Party (Book 2, Chapter 8)

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 11, 2021 45:08

    Vanessa and Matt explore the theme of Frustration in Chapter Eight of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. This week they discuss the difference in how Nearly Headless Nick and Argus Filch handle their respective frustrations, the Headless Hunt's rules and regulations, and Moaning Myrtle's exile. Throughout the episode we consider the question: is frustration the inability to close the gap between what you believe you should be able to do, and what you are actually able to do?Thank you to Emma for this week's voicemail! Next week we're reading Chapter 9, The Writing On The Wall, through the theme of Hate.--It's two sickles to join S.P.E.W., and only two dollars 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.

    Bonus Episode - Blessing Lily Potter

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 9, 2021 30:22

    We're bringing back some of our Women of Harry Potter blessings as bonus episodes sprinkled into your feed. Enjoy this 2019 blessing of Lily Potter with an intro from 2021 Vanessa!--It's two sickles to join S.P.E.W., and only two dollars 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.

    Forgiveness: Mudbloods and Murmurs (Book 2, Chapter 7)

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 4, 2021 44:22

    Vanessa and Matt explore the theme of Forgiveness in Chapter Seven of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. This week they discuss Ron's broken wand, the book's possible critiques of retaliation, and Hagrid's exile. Throughout the episode we consider the question: how can we understand forgiveness without putting an unfair burden on victims?Thank you to Sarah for this week's voicemail! Next week we're reading Chapter 8, The Deathday Party, through the theme of Frustration.--It's two sickles to join S.P.E.W., and only two dollars 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.

    Narcissism: Gilderoy Lockhart (Book 2, Chapter 6)

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 28, 2021 43:45

    Vanessa and Matt explore the theme of Narcissism in Chapter Six of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. This week they discuss the efficacy of Molly's Howler in teaching Ron his lesson, Justin Finch-Fletchley's introduction to the trio, and Lockhart's teaching style. Throughout the episode we consider the question: how can we better see and respond to the needs of those around us?Thank you to Maggie for this week's voicemail! Next week we're reading Chapter 7, Mudbloods and Murmurs, through the theme of Forgiveness.--It's two sickles to join S.P.E.W., and only two dollars 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.

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