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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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    Anxiety: The Whomping Willow (Book 2, Chapter 5)

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 21, 2021 43:22

    Vanessa and Matt explore the theme of Anxiety in Chapter Five of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. This week they discuss the enchanted Ford Anglia, McGonagall's lax punishment, and our introduction to the Whomping Willow. Throughout the episode we consider the question: how is anxiety relational?Thank you to Emily for this week's voicemail! Next week we're reading Chapter 6, Gilderoy Lockhart, through the theme of Narcissism.--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.

    Patience: At Flourish & Blotts (Book 2, Chapter 4)

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 14, 2021 40:34

    Vanessa and Matt explore the theme of Patience in Chapter Four of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. This week they discuss bliss at The Burrow, our introduction to Gilderoy Lockhart, and Lucius's parenting. Throughout the episode we consider the question: how does patience balance competing desires?Thank you to Oliver for this week's voicemail. Next week we're reading Chapter 5, The Whomping Willow, 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.

    Friendship: The Burrow (Book 2, Chapter 3)

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 7, 2021 45:34

    Vanessa is joined by dear friend and special guest Jolie Doggett as they explore the theme of Friendship in Chapter Three of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. This week they discuss Mr. Weasley's obsession with muggles, the ethics of de-gnoming, and Ron's confidence in his friendship with Harry. Throughout the episode we consider the question: what does it mean to be a good friend?Thank you to Amanda for this week's voicemail. Next week we're reading Chapter 4, At Flourish & Blotts, through the theme of Patience.--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.

    Health: Dobby's Warning (Book 2, Chapter 2)

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 30, 2021 48:48


    Vanessa and Matt are joined by special guest John Green as they explore the theme of Health in Chapter Two of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. This week we discuss the connection between individual and social health, the efficacy of Dobby's messaging, and Mrs. Mason's traumatic dinner party experience. Throughout the episode we consider the question: how can we support each other in building healthier communities?Thank you to Donovan for this week's voicemail. Next week we'll be joined by our wonderful friend Jolie Doggett, as we read Chapter 3, The Burrow, 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.


    Bravery: The Worst Birthday (Book 2, Chapter 1)

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 23, 2021 40:41


    Welcome back! In our first episode of Season 2, Vanessa and Matt explore the theme of Bravery in Chapter One of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. This week we discuss the difference between bravery and bravado, Vernon's drill salesmanship, and Harry's faith in his friendships. Throughout the episode we consider the question: does bravery require confidence, or is it even braver to act when you are unsure?Thank you to Hanna for this week's voicemail. Next week we'll be joined by special guest John Green, as we read Chapter 2, Dobby's Warning, through the theme of Health.--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: Grief with Chris Stedman

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 21, 2021 37:15

    This week, Vanessa is joined by fellow podcaster and author of IRL: Finding Realness, Meaning, and Belonging in Our Digital Lives, Chris Stedman, to discuss grief, fandom, and how online communities can help us process significant events in our lives.Thanks to Sam, Courtney, Brianna, Mallory, and Cathy for their beautiful voicemail contributions. On Thursday we'll be starting Book 2, Harry Potter & The Chamber of Secrets, and reading Chapter 1, The Worst Birthday, through the theme of bravery.Listen to Chris's podcast, Unread, and check out his new book here! --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.

    Wrap-Up: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 2, 2021 41:20

    Vanessa and Matt wrap up their first season together with a look back on all of Book 1! They discuss Harry's arc, Neville's role as a perpetual outsider, and the way that fantasy as a genre works withthe progressively more vivid violence in the books.We're taking a quick break, but will be back in two weeks to discuss 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.

    Love: The Man With Two Faces (Book 1, Chapter 17)

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 26, 2021 39:26

    Vanessa and Matt explore the theme of Love in Chapter Seventeen of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. This week we discuss the relationship between love and power, whether or not Quirrell can be classified as a victim, and the Power of Ritual (hi Casper) in creating and maintaining loving relationships. Throughout the episode we consider the question: how can we most lovingly take care of ourselves and others?Thank you to Kimmie for this week's voicemail. Join us next week for our Book 1 Wrap-Up episode!--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.

    Freedom: Through The Trapdoor (Book 1, Chapter 16)

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 19, 2021 45:55

    Vanessa and Matt explore the theme of Freedom in Chapter Sixteen of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. This week we discuss the obstacle course approach to security at Hogwarts, the children's successful journey to the stone, and McGonagall's inability to see the danger at hand. Throughout the episode we consider the question: what does it mean to be free when we are in relationship with others, and how can we become free to be our best selves?Thanks to Claire for this week's voicemail! Next week we're reading Chapter 17, The Man With Two Faces, 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.

    Potterless: Popular Harry Potter Fan Theories

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 17, 2021 47:56

    Vanessa had a blast on the Potterless podcast with Mike Schubert recently, discussing various Harry Potter fan theories!Together they unpack Disney villain prequels, Beowulf, the terrible Dursleys, Dumbledore's affair, The Bottlecap Game, Pet Watch 2021, The TJ Maxx of souls, Macklemore, SpongeBob, true & mean, 11/22/63, "everyone is Ron," and more!Learn more about Potterless and stream additional episodes here. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Punishment: The Forbidden Forest (Book 1, Chapter 15)

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 12, 2021 45:30

    Vanessa and Matt explore the theme of Punishment in Chapter Fifteen of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. This week we discuss Filch, McGonagall, and Hagrid's vastly different approaches to punishment, Harry's scary jaunt in the woods, and the centaurs' obsession with Mars. Throughout the episode we consider the question: what makes something a punishment, and what purpose does punishment serve?Thanks to Katie for this week's voicemail! Next week we're reading Chapter 16, Through The Trapdoor, through the theme of Freedom.--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.

    Obligation: Norbert the Norwegian Ridgeback (Book 1, Chapter 14)

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 5, 2021 46:49

    Vanessa and Matt are joined by special guest Jackson Bird as they explore the theme of Obligation in Chapter Fourteen of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. This week we discuss the children's sense of obligation towards Hagrid, Charlie's lawbreaking buddies, and how hard it is for us as muggles to gauge danger in the wizarding world. Throughout the episode we consider the question: how do we juggle our conflicting needs and obligations, and which should we prioritize?Thanks to Jessica for this week's voicemail! Next week we're reading Chapter 15, The Forbidden Forest, through the theme of Punishment.--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.

    Anger: Nicolas Flamel (Book 1, Chapter 13)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 29, 2021 41:32

    Vanessa and Matt explore the theme of Anger in Chapter Thirteen of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. This week we discuss Ron's fight with Crabbe and Goyle, Neville's justified rage, and Snape's unconventional refereeing tactics. Throughout the episode we consider the question: is anger the affective space between hurt and an outward act, and if so, how do we harness it most effectively?Thanks to Aidan for this week's voicemail! Next week we're reading Chapter 14, Norbert the Norwegian Ridgeback, through the theme of Obligation.--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.

    Wisdom: The Mirror of Erised (Book 1, Chapter 12)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 22, 2021 42:09

    Vanessa and Matt explore the theme of Wisdom in Chapter Twelve of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. This week we discuss Fred and George's intuition about Quirrell, what a happy person might see in the Mirror of Erised, and the Restricted Section of the library. Throughout the episode we consider the question: what's the difference between wisdom and knowledge?Thanks to Elena for this week's voicemail! Next week we're reading Chapter 13, Nicolas Flamel, through the theme of Anger.--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.

    Likability: Quidditch (Book 1, Chapter 11)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 15, 2021 40:17

    Vanessa and Matt explore the theme of likability in chapter eleven of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. This week we discuss how easy it would be to hate Harry at Hogwarts, how we feel about Hermione looking over the boy's homework, and Oliver Wood's pre-game pep talk. Throughout the episode we consider the question: How do we mitigate our initial attraction to (and repulsion from) other people?Thanks to Lauren for this week's voicemail! Next week we're reading Chapter 12, The Mirror of Erised, through the theme of Wisdom.--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.

    Introducing: On Eyre

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 13, 2021 21:44

    Big news, for those who haven't heard! Over on Hot and Bothered, we've launching a new series where we're reading through Jane Eyre! Each week, Vanessa and Lauren Sandler will deep dive into a chapter (or two or three) of Jane Eyre through the themes of power and desire. As we work through the book, we'll be asking ourselves whether Jane Eyre should stay in the canon of books passed down to the next generations of girls who love to read. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Protection: Hallowe'en (Book 1, Chapter 10)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 8, 2021 42:20

    Vanessa and Matt explore the theme of protection in chapter ten Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. This week we discuss why Hermione lies about the troll, why we like dangerous sports, and how the ‘damsel in distress' trope plays out in this chapter. Throughout the episode we consider the question: When is it okay for the maker of rules to break them?Thanks to Carol for this week's voicemail! Next week we're reading Chapter 11, Quidditch, through the theme of Likability.--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.

    Praying With Jane Eyre - Interview and Sneak Peek!

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 6, 2021 38:51

    Today is the day Vanessa's book is finally out in the world! Matt talks to her about her writing process, inspiration, and more and we share an exclusive sneak peek of the audio book. If you haven't already, you can order the book here! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Meanness: The Midnight Duel (Book 1, Chapter 9)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 1, 2021 43:53

    This week we're joined by THE Casper ter Kuile as we explore the theme of meanness in chapter nine of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. This week we discuss whether Harry acts too aggressively with Malfoy, whether McGonagall is treating Harry like a piece of meat, and whether Draco ever meant to go to the midnight duel. Throughout the episode we consider the question: how do you be anti-violence and still intervene in wrong-doing?Thanks to Brittany for this week's voicemail! Next week we're reading Chapter 10, Hallowe'en, through the theme of Protection.--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.

    Belonging: The Potions Master (Book 1, Chapter 8)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 24, 2021 45:10

    Vanessa and Matt explore the theme of belonging in chapter eight Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. This week we examine Hagrid's hut as a welcoming space, discuss how Snape's cruelty confirms Harry as special, and have our first conversation about pedagogy at Hogwarts. Throughout the episode we consider the question: How do we belong to another person without trying to possess them?Thanks to Katta for this week's voicemail! Next week we're reading Chapter 9, The Midnight Duel, through the theme of meanness.--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.

    Revenge: The Sorting Hat (Book 1, Chapter 7)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 17, 2021 40:21

    Vanessa and Matt explore the theme of revenge in chapter seven of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. This week we discuss Dumbledore's whimsy as a tool of hospitality, whether Peeves should be punished, and the context of Nearly Headless Nick's beheading.Throughout the episode we consider the question: is living well the best revenge?Thanks to Ashley for this week's voicemail! Next week we're reading Chapter 8, The Potions Master, through the theme of belonging.--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.

    Fear: The Journey from Platform Nine and Three-Quarters (Book 1, Chapter 6)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 10, 2021 39:47

    Vanessa and Matt explore the theme of fear in chapter six Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. This week we discuss how the Dursleys change (and don't change) towards Harry, Ron's role in his family, and how truly wonderful Molly is to Harry and her kids. Throughout the episode we consider the question: what makes someone a bully?Thanks to Amethyst for this week's voicemail! Next week we're reading Chapter 7, The Sorting Hat through the theme of revenge.--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.

    Awe: Diagon Alley (Book 1, Chapter 5)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 3, 2021 36:19

    Vanessa and Matt explore the theme of awe in chapter five Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. This week we discuss Harry’s fame, Draco’s relationship with his wand, and the joys and overwhelm of travel. Throughout the episode we consider the question: Can you be in awe of things that aren't 'good'?Thanks to Rachell for this week’s voicemail! Next week we’re reading Chapter 6, The Journey to Platform Nine and Three-Quarters through the theme of fear.--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: Wizard Supremacy with Naomi Westwater

    Play Episode Listen Later May 27, 2021 43:26

    This week, Vanessa and Matt are joined by Naomi Westwater to discuss how we see Wizard Supremacy operating in the text and how it helps us understand supremacy in our lives. Thanks to for their beautiful voicemail contributions. Next week we’ll be reading Book 1, Chapter 5, Diagon Alley, through the theme of awe.If you're interested in joining Naomi's class, you can sign up here! --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.

    Celebration: The Keeper of the Keys (Book 1, Chapter 4)

    Play Episode Listen Later May 20, 2021 40:19

    Vanessa and Matt explore the theme of celebration in chapter four Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. This week we discuss Harry’s birthday feast, the relentlessness of the Hogwarts letters, and the way that Hagrid intimidates the Dursleys. Throughout the episode we consider the question: Does celebration need to be joyful? Or is the ritual of it the important thing?Thanks to Did for this week’s voicemail! Next week we’re doing an Owl Post episode with Naomi Westwater on Wizard Supremacy.--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.

    What We Love About Regency with Julie Anne Long

    Play Episode Listen Later May 14, 2021 22:43

    We're between seasons of Hot and Bothered, but that doesn't mean we've stopped reading Romance novels. On the contrary, recently Vanessa has been binge reading The Pennyroyal Green Series by Julie Anne Long. And because Romance novelist are the nicest kind of people, we were lucky enough to get Julie on the phone. We asked her all of our questions about her books, how she got started writing, and regency romance. Enjoy this mini-episode! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Obedience: The Letters from No One (Book 1, Chapter 3)

    Play Episode Listen Later May 13, 2021 44:06

    This week we're lucky to be joined by Jolie Doggett as we explore the theme of obedience in chapter three Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. This week we discuss Vernon's toxic masculinity, Dumbledore's manipulation, and whether Petunia fell in love with Vernon because he's so dominant. Throughout the episode we consider the question: How do you choose what to be obedient (or disobedient) to?Thanks to Zoe for this week’s voicemail! Next week we’re reading Chapter 4, The Keeper of the Keys, through the theme of Celebration.--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.

    Hope: The Vanishing Glass (Book 1, Chapter 2)

    Play Episode Listen Later May 6, 2021 52:48

    Vanessa and Matt explore the theme of hope in chapter two Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. This week we discuss Harry's scar, descriptions of Dudley's body, and the 'foreignness' of the escaped boa constrictor. Throughout the episode we consider the question: Are small sources of hope helpful or cruel?Thanks to Olivia for this week’s voicemail! Next week we’re reading Chapter 3, The Letter's from No One, through the theme of Obedience.--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 Boy Who Lived (Book 1, Chapter 1)

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 29, 2021 49:40

    Vanessa and Matt explore the theme of frustration in the very first chapter of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. This week we discuss how the Dursley's are raising Dudley, why Vernon is so offended by seeing men in robes, and whether it's okay to just leave a baby on a doorstep (Spoiler: it's not). Throughout the episode we consider the question: How do we react to frustration productively?Thanks to Dallas for this week’s voicemail! Next week we’re reading Chapter 2, The Vanishing Glass, through the theme of Hope.--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.

    Special Edition: New Series, New Host, New Us

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 22, 2021 31:18

    We made it all the way back to Book 1 and there are some changes happening around Harry Potter and the Sacred Text! Namely, we have a brand new co-host: The brilliant and wise Matt Potts. This week, Vanessa and Matt get together to talk about what they’re excited for in the first book, share their thoughts about sacred reading, and introduce a new critical lens to our reading practice.Next week, we’re reading Chapter 1 of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, The Boy Who Lived, 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.

    Witch, Please: Queer Theory

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 15, 2021 58:03

    We have one more week off between seasons of Harry Potter and the Sacred Text! While we're off, we thought we'd share a recent episode from our sister show, the brilliant feminist Harry Potter podcast Witch, Please. --We have an episode for you that, in our professional opinion, is very gay. And by gay we mean inviting expansively, radically, resistantly queer readings of a text that is trying very very hard to perform heterosexuality and binary gender! We breeze by the obvious details—like Lockhart's character flaws as coded within his failure to correctly perform masculinity or Harry & Draco's flagrant obsession with each other—and into some of this text's more subversive queer potentials.This episode acknowledges the existence of sex, so use discretion if in the company of young ears! This episode also discusses the continued abuse of Harry by the Dursleys, so take care of yourselves. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    The Real Question: Grandparents

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 8, 2021 41:20

    We're taking a two week break between seasons of Harry Potter and the Sacred Text! While we're off, we thought we'd share a recent episode of The Real Question. Casper wants to feel closer to his paternal grandparents. But there’s a problem: they’ve been dead for a few years now. Is there a way, as he grows older, for him to keep his grandparents an active part of his life? Drawing upon The Suitcase by Frances Stoner Saunders and Children and Art from the musical Sunday in the Park with George, Casper and Vanessa think through how grief changes over time. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Transitions: The Boy Who Lived (Book 1, Chapter 1) - Live From Vanessa’s Living Room

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 1, 2021 52:14

    This week, Vanessa and Casper finish their time together by reading Book 1, Chapter 1 through the theme of Transitions. We recorded this episode live in front of a streaming audience in partnership with 6th and I in Washington, D.C. It's Casper's last episode and we love him so much!Thanks to everyone who made it to the live stream! We’ll be taking the next week off. Book one, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, starts April 22th with our new co-host, Matt Potts. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Special Edition: Whole Series Wrap-Up

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 25, 2021 43:15

    Vanessa and Casper look back at the past five years of making Harry Potter and the Sacred Text and their experience reading all seven Harry Potter books. What surprised them along the way? What do they wish they had done differently? And will they ever write that book about the failed pedagogy of Hogwarts? Next week, our final episode of the series! We'll be reading Book 1, Chapter 1 through the theme of transitions.--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: The Importance of Re-Reading with Stephanie Paulsell

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 18, 2021 44:38

    This week, Vanessa and Casper are joined by mentor Stephanie Paulsell to discuss why we re-read sacred texts and what we should keep in mind for starting again at Book 1.Thanks to Ali, Julianne, Scott, Melissa and anonymous for their beautiful voicemail contributions. Next week we’ll be doing a whole series wrap-up episode covering all seven books. --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.

    Wrap-Up: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 11, 2021 43:07

    Vanessa and Casper look back at all of Season 7 and pull out a few key insights from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. They explore the path of the Malfoys throughout this book, the blooming relationship between Ron and Hermione, and what they think the fate of Slytherin House should be. Throughout the episode they explore the question: What would change if this book was called Harry Potter and the Ministry of Magic? Next week, we're doing final Owl Post episode and a conversation with our mentor, Stephanie Paulsell. --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: Nineteen Years Later (Book 7, Epilogue)

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 4, 2021 47:37

    Vanessa and Casper explore the theme of love in the final chapter of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. This week we discuss Casper's criticisms of boarding school, Arthur Weasley's anti-pure-blood agenda, and why everyone should be giving Neville Longbottom their love. Throughout the episode we consider the question: How is love (and trauma) passed between generations?Thanks to Ania for this week’s voicemail! Next week we’re doing a wrap-up episode of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.--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.

    Introducing: The Real Question

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 1, 2021 44:23

    We're reaching the end of Casper's tenure here on Harry Potter and the Sacred Text, but never fear! You can still get your Casper and Vanessa fix over on our new show, The Real Question. Our first episode is out today, and Casper and Vanessa discuss all things Tooth Fairy. After playing the Tooth Fairy for her two step-daughters, Vanessa is having doubts about the appropriateness of this supposedly silly childhood ritual. Drawing up a recent article about the Marquis de Sade and the song Super Trouper from Mamma Mia, Vanessa and Casper try to wade through the fears that a parent can have for their kids.--The Real Question is a weekly podcast exploring life’s questions through a surprising mix of pop culture and academic insight. Vanessa Zoltan and Casper ter Kuile learned in divinity school about the art of paying attention. By paying attention to very specific things in our lives, we can begin to see something true about big, universal questions. In this podcast, they turn that attention to a variety of everyday scenarios in their own lives to see what’s really at stake. Questions about the tooth fairy can really be about the fear we have for our children. Questions about driving can really be about what it means to be a good partner. Each week, Vanessa and Casper walk each other through the process of figuring out what their ‘real’ questions are in conversations with texts ranging from movie musicals to theological treatises. In this intimate, thoughtful podcast we explore how friendship can be a tool for living a more intentional life. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Hope: The Flaw in the Plan - with John Green (Book 7, Chapter 36)

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 25, 2021 58:37


    Vanessa and Casper are joined by John Green to explore the theme of hope in the penultimate chapter of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. This week we discuss what to do with the Malfoys, what to do with Slytherin house, and how Neville finds the courage to be such hero. Throughout the episode we consider the question: is it worth it to have hope on a grand scale?Thanks to Phoebe for this week’s voicemail! Next week we’re reading the Epilogue, Nineteen Years Later, 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.


    Trust: King's Cross (Book 7, Chapter 35)

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 18, 2021 42:49


    Vanessa and Casper explore the theme of trust in chapter thirty-five of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. This week we discuss the landscape of this 'afterlife' for Harry, why Dumbledore is untrustworthy, and whether Voldemort's soul is redeemable. Throughout the episode we consider the question: is anything that happens in this chapter real?Thanks to Christine for this week’s voicemail! Next week we’re reading Chapter 36, The Flaw in the Plan, through the theme of hope with special guest John Green.--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.


    Reunion: The Forest Again (Book 7, Chapter 34)

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 11, 2021 41:55

    Vanessa and Casper explore the theme of reunion in chapter thirty-four of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. This week we discuss why Harry doesn't say goodbye to Ginny, why Harry is the natural inheritor of the Invisibility Cloak and why Hogwarts is an insufficient home for Harry. Throughout the episode we consider the question: Can we summon our lost loved ones without a resurrection stone?Thanks to Erik for this week’s voicemail! Next week we’re reading Chapter 35, King's Cross, through the theme of trust.--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.

    Accompaniment: The Prince's Tale (Book 7, Chapter 33)

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 4, 2021 45:28

    Vanessa and Casper explore the theme of accompaniment in chapter thirty-three of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. This week we discuss Dumbledore's solitude, Snape's courage, and an inspiring scene for Sex and the City. Throughout the episode we consider the question: Does accompaniment have to be passive? Thanks to Ingrid for this week’s voicemail! Next week we’re reading Chapter 34, The Forest Again, through the theme of reunion.--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.

    Contentment: The Elder Wand (Book 7, Chapter 32)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 28, 2021 44:57

    Vanessa and Casper explore the theme of contentment in chapter thirty-two of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. This week we discuss the impact of Fred’s death on the trio, Hermione’s quick thinking under pressure, and how amazing it is that Trelawney starts throwing crystal balls. Throughout the episode we consider the question: Is contentment possible after trauma?Thanks to Sam for this week’s voicemail! Next week we’re reading Chapter 33, The Prince’s Tale, through the theme of accompaniment.--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.

    Survival: The Battle of Hogwarts (Book 7, Chapter 31) - Part 2

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 21, 2021 44:45

    Vanessa and Casper continue exploring the theme of survival in part two of chapter thirty-one of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. This week we discuss Ron and Hermione's big kiss, Draco Malfoy's failure of choice, and some plot holes that Vanessa found in the text. Throughout the episode we consider the question: What happens to us when part of our identity doesn't survive?Thanks to Julia for this week’s voicemail! Next week we're reading Chapter 32, The Elder Wand, through the theme of contentment.--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.

    Survival: The Battle of Hogwarts (Book 7, Chapter 31) - Part 1

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 14, 2021 51:05

    Vanessa and Casper explore the theme of Survival in the first half of chapter thirty-one of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Yes, that's right, we've split a chapter in half for the first time in our whole show history!This week we are joined by Dr. Allie Bayne from HERstory on the Rocks, who shares an opening story about sexual abuse and how she sees herself in Helena Ravenclaw. Casper and Vanessa discuss the existential experience of ghosts, the behavior of Pansy Parkinson, and whether Albus Dumbledore would have taken hostages. Throughout the episode we consider the question: what actions are justifiable in order to survive?Thanks to Isabella for this week’s voicemail! Next week we’re reading Part 2 of Chapter 31, The Battle of Hogwarts, continuing through the theme of survival.--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.

    Reflections on the attack on the Capitol

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 13, 2021 11:58

    Casper, Matt and Vanessa don't have any brilliant insights about what happened last week. So in this conversation they turn to Harry Potter and each other to try to sit in the fear and discomfort of what is happening right now as a result of Trump's facism in the US. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Owl Post Edition: New Year's Traditions with Matt Potts

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 7, 2021 46:55

    This week, Vanessa and Matt discuss their own New Year's traditions and the language we use around this time of year.Thanks to Charity, Luna, TeaKay, Matías, and Zack for their beautiful voicemail contributions. Next week we’ll be reading part one of Chapter 31, The Battle of Hogwarts, through the theme of Survival. --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.

    A Christmas Poem: Ring Out, Wild Bells by Alfred, Lord Tennyson

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 25, 2020 2:58


    Every Christmas, Casper likes to read us a poem. This year it's 'Ring Out, Wild Bells' by Alfred, Lord Tennyson. We'll be back with our regularly scheduled episodes on January 7th. Happy Holidays! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


    Chaos: The Sacking of Severus Snape (Book 7, Chapter 30)

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 17, 2020 43:08

    Vanessa and Casper explore the theme of Chaos in chapter thirty of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (we're getting so close to the end!). This week we discuss Harry and McGonagall's use of unforgivable curses, generational differences in the fight for good, and Percy's return. Throughout the episode we consider the question: Is chaos clarifying?Thanks to Amanda for this week’s voicemail! We're taking two weeks off for the holidays, but you'll hear from us again on January 7th with an Owl Post episode.--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.

    Justice: The Lost Diadem (Book 7, Chapter 29)

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 10, 2020 51:18

    Vanessa and Casper explore the theme of Justice in chapter twenty-nine of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. This week we are joined by Vanessa's dear friend Amanda, who shares an opening story about a rediscovered document from her childhood. Casper and Vanessa discuss Neville's glow up, Ginny's jealousy, and the transformation of Hogwarts under the Carrow regime. Throughout the episode we consider the question: Is punishment a necessary part of justice?Thanks to Destinee for this week’s voicemail! Next week we’re reading Chapter 30, The Sacking of Severus Snape, through the theme of Chaos.--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.

    Fate: The Missing Mirror (Book 7, Chapter 28)

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 3, 2020 41:16

    Casper and Vanessa explore the theme of Fate in chapter twenty-eight of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. This week we discuss the similarities and differences between Albus and Aberforth Dumbledore and how nice it must be for the trio to have and adult to keep them safe. Throughout the episode we consider the question: Are we fated to be who we are? Thanks to Laura for this week's voicemail! Next week we'll be reading Chapter 29, The Lost Diadem, through the theme of Justice.--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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