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Harry Potter and the Sacred Text

Harry Potter and the Sacred Text

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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Introducing: Twilight in Quarantine

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!

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2020-04-03
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Owl Post Edition: How to Pray with Stephanie Paulsell

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.

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2020-04-02
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Wrap-Up: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Vanessa and Casper look back at all of Season 6, and pull out a few key insights from Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. They explore the deep similarities between this book and Book 2 of the series: comparing Slughorn to Lockhart, Snape's potions book to Tom Riddle's diary, and Tom Riddle to Draco Malfoy. Throughout the episode they explore the question: How much do we hold people accountable for their flaws, while knowing that we are all flawed?

Next week, we're rounding out the season with a final Owl Post and a conversation with our mentor, Stephanie Paulsell. 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 some tickets go on sale TODAY!

Another thing you can do during quarantine is join us at our 8-week online class: Together in Quarantine. We had our first gathering this week and it was so good to see you all we almost cried. The next class is Tuesday, March 31st.

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2020-03-26
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Love: The White Tomb (Book 6, Chapter 30)

Vanessa Casper explore the theme of Love in the last chapter of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. This week we praise Hagrid for his patient accompaniment throughout the series, defend Ginny and Harry's break-up, and examine the way that funerals fail us. Throughout the episode we consider the question: How do we bring discipline into our love?

We also announce some pretty big news this week! Casper has written a beautiful book, The Power of Ritual. In July we?ll be doing a twenty-one city live show tour to celebrate the book, but it?s available for pre-order right now! Stuck instead during this Coronavirus quarantine and looking for a way to give your days meaning? Do yourself a favor and go order a copy! Next week tickets will go on sale for our tour. We?d love to see you and celebrate with you in one of the cities we?ll be preforming in. 

Another thing you can do during quarantine is join us at our 8-week online class: Together in Quarantine. We'll be gathering to treat Harry Potter as a Sacred Text. The first class is this coming Tuesday, March 24th.

Thanks to Emma Boyd for this week's voicemail! Next week we?re doing a wrap-up of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.

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2020-03-19
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Coronavirus: Stay In and Reach Out

Friends, these are scary times and things have been feeling rather uncertain for us at Not Sorry Productions! So much of our revenue is based on travel for pilgrimages and live shows, and we?ve already had to postpone one pilgrimage and cancel two live events. If you want to support us, and have the means, we would be so grateful if you consider becoming a member of our Patreon. We?re doing a lot of number crunching right now, and any amount of support goes a long way towards protecting our staff. And if you sign up now or increase your membership, we?ll read your name at the end of an episode! 

We?ll keep you posted as we figure out what the future of our little podcast company is. We are brainstorming ways to better support you, our community, during this very anxiety producing time. In the meantime, please please take care of yourselves! So many people are feeling very alone in this time of social distancing. Remember to reach out to those you love, take deep breaths, and eat a lot of ice cream. We?ll be back on Thursday with the last chapter of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.

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2020-03-16
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Power: The Phoenix Lament (Book 6, Chapter 29)

Vanessa Casper explore the theme of Power in chapter twenty-nine (the penultimate chapter!) of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. This week we discuss Ginny?s strength, McGonagall?s leadership style and Fawkes? song. Throughout the episode we consider the question: What kind of leaders do we want to be?

Thanks to Hanna for this week's voicemail! Next week and we?re reading the final chapter of Half-Blood Prince, The White Tomb, through the theme of Love.

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2020-03-12
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Perfection: Flight of the Prince (Book 6, Chapter 28)

Vanessa and friend of the podcast Matt Potts explore the theme of Perfection in chapter twenty-eight of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. This week we discuss how Harry gently shepherds Hagrid into grief, why Hagrid still has to use an umbrella as a wand, and how Snape manages to take care of Harry despite his own deep brokenness. Throughout the episode we consider the question: How do we use imperfect tools to do good work?

Thanks to Steve for this week's voicemail! Casper is back next week and we?re reading chapter twenty-nine, The Phoenix Lament, through the theme of Power.

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.

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2020-03-05
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Earnestness: The Lightning-Struck Tower (Book 6, Chapter 27)

Vanessa and Casper explore the theme of Earnestness in the much-dreaded chapter twenty-seven of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. This week we celebrate Dumbledore's humanity, sympathize with Draco's impossible situation, and discuss why Vanessa doesn't like death bed confessions. Throughout the episode we consider the question: When is earnestness actually naiveté?

Thanks to Diana for this week's voicemail! Next week we?re reading chapter twenty-eight, Flight of the Prince, through the theme of Perfection with our friend Dr. Matt Potts.

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.

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2020-02-27
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Persistence: The Cave (Book 6, Chapter 26)

Vanessa and Casper explore the theme of Persistence in chapter twenty-six of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. This week we discuss Voldemort's fatal flaws, Harry's great strengths, and the imminent loss of Dumbledore will all its implications. Throughout the episode we consider the question: when do you know that you should persist on someone else's behalf?

Thanks to Katherine for this week's voicemail! Next week we?re reading chapter twenty-seven, The Lightning-Struck Tower, through the theme of Earnestness.

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2020-02-20
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Indignation: The Seer Overheard (Book 6, Chapter 25)

Vanessa and Casper explore the theme of Indignation in chapter twenty-five of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. This week Casper and Vanessa discuss Trelawney's defensiveness, Dumbledore's injured hand, and the sometimes cyclical nature of progress. Throughout the episode we consider the question: Can indignation be useful?

Thanks to Christie for this week's voicemail! Next week we?re reading chapter twenty-six, The Cave, through the theme of Persistence.

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2020-02-13
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Regret: Sectumsempra (Book 6, Chapter 24)

Vanessa and Casper explore the theme of Regret in chapter twenty-four of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. This week we are joined by writer, pastor, and theologian Nadia Bolz-Weber, who shares an opening story about the way that accidents weigh on us. Casper and Vanessa discuss how much they blame Harry for hurting Draco, Snape?s punishment, and Harry and Ginny?s first kiss. Throughout the episode we consider the question: what does it mean to live with no regrets?

Thanks to Rachel Friedensen for this week's voicemail! Next week we?re reading chapter twenty-five, The Seer Overheard, through the theme of Indignation. 

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2020-02-06
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Memory: Horcruxes (Book 6, Chapter 23)

Vanessa and Casper explore the theme of Memory in chapter twenty-three of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. This week Casper and Vanessa discuss Harry?s resemblance to Tom Riddle, Dumbledore?s impending doom, and their different theories of the soul. Throughout the episode we consider the question: what?s our theory of the difference between a memory and a story we tell ourselves?

Thanks to Clover for this week's voicemail! Next week we?re reading chapter twenty-four, Sectumsempra, through the theme of Regret with special guest Nadia Bolz-Weber.

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2020-01-30
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Bitterness: After the Burial (Book 6, Chapter 22)

Vanessa and Casper explore the theme of Bitterness in chapter twenty-two of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. This week Casper and Vanessa discuss why Hermione doesn?t want to go to Aragog?s funeral, whether Slughorn does a good eulogy, and Miriam from the story of Exodus. Throughout the episode we consider the question: Does bitterness have something to do with sorrow?

Thanks to Eve for this week's voicemail! Next week we?re reading chapter twenty-three, Horcruxes, through the theme of Memory.

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2020-01-23
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Affirmation: The Unknowable Room (Book 6, Chapter 21)

Vanessa and Casper explore the theme of Affirmation in chapter twenty-one of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. This week Casper and Vanessa discuss Harry and Hermione?s different relationships with house-elves, Ron?s sense of sufficiency, and some icky sexist moments that stuck out in this chapter. Throughout the episode we consider the question: Can you affirm yourself?

Thanks to Sam Blanckensee for this week's voicemail! If you want to read our response to J.K. Rowling?s tweet, you can find it here. Next week we?re reading Chapter twenty-two, After the Burial, through the theme of Bitterness.

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2020-01-16
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Owl Post Edition: How to Be in Community with Burns Stanfield

How and why should we be in community? This week, Vanessa and Casper are joined by Reverend Burns Stanfield from 4th Presbyterian Church in Boston. Together they discuss how community gets us better at loving one another and ourselves.

This episode we also hear owl post from Karen, Natalie, Cara, Christoffel, and Rachel. Next week we?re reading Chapter 21, The Unknowable Room, through the theme of Affirmation.

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2020-01-09
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A Christmas Poem: Sick by Shel Silverstein

Here's a little treat from Casper. You can find the poem in ?Where the Sidewalk Ends? by Shel Silverstein. Happy Holidays!

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2019-12-25
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Good Will: Lord Voldemort's Request (Book 6, Chapter 20)

Vanessa and Casper explore the theme of Good Will in chapter twenty of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. This week Casper and Vanessa discuss Dumbledore?s disappointment with Harry, Luna?s burgeoning friendship with Ron, and the backstory of Hepzibah Smith. Throughout the episode we consider the question: when does Good Will become naiveté?

Thanks to Jordan for this week's voicemail! We?re taking two weeks off for the holiday but we?ll be back on January 9th with an Owl Post episode.

Please consider supporting our Don?t Be A Dursley campaign. We?re in our last week of raising money for RAICES - an organization that helps immigrants and refugees struggling for rights in our country.

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2019-12-19
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Harmony: Elf Tails (Book 6, Chapter 19)

Vanessa and Casper explore the theme of Harmony in chapter nineteen of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. This week Casper and Vanessa discuss the downfall of Cormac McLaggen, Luna?s sports commentary, and Harry?s sense of home. Throughout the episode we consider the question: when is it important to blend in vs. stand out?

Thanks to Becca for this week's voicemail! Next week we?re reading chapter twenty, Lord Voldemort?s Request, through the theme of Good Will.

Please consider supporting our Don?t Be A Dursley campaign. We?ll be raising money through Christmas for RAICES - an organization that helps immigrants and refugees struggling for rights in our country.

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2019-12-12
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Recklessness: Birthday Surprises (Book 6, Chapter 18)

Vanessa and Casper explore the theme of Recklessness in chapter eighteen of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. This week Casper and Vanessa discuss Casper?s experience in graduate school, Harry?s privilege in Potion?s class, and the three ?D?s of apparition. Throughout the episode we consider the question: Is recklessness in the eye of the beholder?

Thanks to Brady Call for this week's voicemail! Next week we?re reading chapter nineteen, Elf Tails, through the theme of Harmony.

Please consider supporting our Don?t Be A Dursley campaign. We?ll be raising money through Christmas for RAICES - an organization that helps immigrants and refugees struggling for rights in our country.

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2019-12-05
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Attention: A Sluggish Memory (Book 6, Chapter 17) - Live from Washington, D.C.

Vanessa and Casper explore the theme of attention in chapter 17 of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. This week we come to you live from our show in Washington, D.C. We discuss how the Ministry treats Morfin, how Hermione ignores Ron, and the similarities between Voldemort and Dumbledore. We were so very lucky to have our dear friend, Ursa Ghazi, with us to tell a story from her experience.

Next week we're reading Chapter 18, Birthday Surprises, through the theme of Recklessness. Thanks to everyone who came out to the D.C. show.

Please consider supporting our Don?t Be A Dursley campaign. We?re trying to raise $35K by Christmas for RAICES - an organization that helps immigrants and refugees struggling for rights in our country.

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2019-11-28
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Erosion: A Very Frosty Christmas (Book 6, Chapter 16)

Vanessa and Casper explore the theme of Erosion in chapter sixteen of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. This week we are joined by writer and mentor Terry Tempest Williams, who shares an opening story about the landscape of Utah. Casper and Vanessa discuss Molly?s tireless work for her family, the way Harry stands up to Scrimgeour, and how Vanessa came to love musicals. Throughout the episode we consider the question: how do we stay open to change without degrading sense of self?

Thanks to Paulinie Marie Dias for this week's voicemail! Next week we?re reading chapter seventeen, A Sluggish Memory, live from Washington D.C., through the theme of Attention.

Don?t forget to check out Terry?s new book, Erosion: Essays of Undoing.

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2019-11-21
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Don?t be a Dursley by Harry and the Potters

Thank you so much to everyone who has donated to our Don?t Be a Dursley campaign! We have hit our goal of $25,000 a full month earlier than expected. But please, don?t stop donating! We?ll still be running our campaign through December 25th and hope to raise another $10k by then.

*Harry and the Potters *have so kindly donated this song, Don?t Be a Dursley, as a congratulations for hitting our goal! Please enjoy and if you want to purchase this song all proceeds will go to RAICES.

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2019-11-19
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Sacrifice: The Unbreakable Vow (Book 6, Chapter 15)

Vanessa and Casper explore the theme of sacrifice in chapter fifteen of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. This week Casper and Vanessa discuss Snape?s love of Draco, Luna?s calming presence, and Hermione?s date with McLaggen. Throughout the episode we consider the question: can someone force you to sacrifice? Or does it have to be a choice?

Thanks to Niya Kelly for this week's voicemail! Next week we?re reading chapter sixteen, A Very Frosty Christmas, through the theme of Erosion, with very special guest Terry Tempest Williams.

Please consider supporting our Don?t Be A Dursley campaign. We?re trying to raise $25K by Christmas for RAICES - an organization that helps immigrants and refugees struggling for rights in our country.

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2019-11-14
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Resistance: Felix Felicis (Book 6, Chapter 14)

Vanessa and Casper explore the theme of resistance in chapter fourteen of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. This week Casper and Vanessa discuss LARPing, Vanessa?s experience in Business School, and how the patriarchy acts on Ron. Throughout the episode we consider the question: how do our fears keep us from learning?

Thanks to Grace Carroll for this week's voicemail! Next week we?re reading chapter fifteen, The Unbreakable Vow, through the theme of Sacrifice.

Please consider supporting our Don?t Be A Dursley campaign. We?re trying to raise $25K by Christmas for RAICES - an organization that helps immigrants and refugees struggling for rights in our country.

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2019-11-07
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Superstition: The Secret Riddle (Book 6, Chapter 13)

Vanessa and Casper and special guest, Mike Schubert from the Potterless Podcast, explore the theme of superstition in chapter thirteen (spooky!) of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. They discuss Tom Riddle?s need for control, Dumbledore?s self-awareness, and the power of hindsight. Throughout the episode they consider the question: how do we acknowledge our own lack of control in a healthy way?

Next week we're reading chapter fourteen, Felix Felicis, through the theme of resistance. Our voicemail this week is thanks to Kimberley Moran.

Please consider supporting our Don?t Be A Dursley campaign. We?re trying to raise $25K by Christmas for RAICES - an organization that helps immigrants and refugees struggling for rights in our country.

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2019-10-31
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Resilience: Silver and Opals (Book 6, Chapter 12)

Vanessa and Casper explore the theme of resilience in chapter twelve of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. This week Casper and Vanessa discuss Harry?s obsession with Draco, why Filch is still at Hogwarts, and Katie?s amazing friend Leanne. Throughout the episode we consider the question: How do we know when to keep going and when to quit?

Thanks to Annie for this week's voicemail! Next week we?re reading chapter thirteen, The Secret Riddle, through the theme of Superstition, and we?ll be joined by special guest Mike Shubert from the Potterless Podcast!

Please consider supporting our Don?t Be A Dursley campaign. We?re trying to raise $25K by Christmas for RAICES - an organization that helps immigrants and refugees struggling for rights in our country.

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2019-10-24
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Pleasure: Hermione's Helping Hand (Book 6, Chapter 11)

Vanessa and Casper explore the theme of pleasure in chapter eleven of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. This week Casper and Vanessa discuss the ethics of Hermione confunding McLaggen, Hagrid?s fight with the trio, and Lavender?s crush on Ron. Throughout the episode we consider the question: Do we like things more when we get to experience them less?

Thanks to Emily Hilton for this week's voicemail! Next week we?re reading chapter twelve, Silver and Opals, through the theme of Resilience.

Please consider supporting our Don?t Be A Dursley campaign. We?re trying to raise $25K by Christmas for RAICES - an organization that helps immigrants and refugees struggling for rights in our country.

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2019-10-17
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Don't be a Dursley. Help us support the people on our doorstep.

The whole idea of this podcast is that we want to get ready for when tragedies happen near us. We want to make sure that if an opportunity to love a one year old, dropped off at our door were to ever happen to us, we won't be a Dursley.

Tragically, a vividly clear example of this is happening on our figurative doorstep; the American southern border with family separation, closing of borders from people feeling life-threatening conditions and more.

To that end, we have partnered with RAICES and set a goal that between today, Indigenous People?s Day, and Christmas, our loving community can raise $25,000 together. Please join us, and take one further step on your journey to not being a Dursley. You can donate at: give.classy.org/dontbeadursley

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2019-10-14
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Temptation: The House of Gaunt (Book 6, Chapter 10)

Vanessa and Casper explore the theme of temptation in chapter ten of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. This week Casper and Vanessa unpack the tragic story of Merope Gaunt, considering her abuse and the way she perpetuates it with Tom Riddle Sr. Throughout the episode we consider the question: how do we interrupt temptation when it leads us astray?

Thanks to our anonymous listener for this week's voicemail! Next week we?re reading chapter eleven, Hermione?s Helping Hand, through the theme of Pleasure.

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2019-10-10
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Owl Post Edition: Slytherin Pride with Travis McElroy

Why would anyone want to be a Slytherin? Vanessa and Casper to talk with Travis McElroy about his devotion to his Slytherin identity. They touch on the importance of pride, the difference between patriotism and nationalism, and whether we should just dismantle the whole house system.

This episode we also hear owl post from Laura, Harriet, an Anonymous caller, Sasha, and Tesla.

Next week, we?re reading chapter 10, The House of Gaunt, through the theme of Temptation.

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2019-10-03
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Friendship: The Half-Blood Prince (Book 6, Chapter 9)

Vanessa and Casper explore the theme of friendship in chapter nine of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. This week we are joined by internet super-star Gaby Dunn, who shares an opening story about a friendship break-up. Casper and Vanessa discuss McGonagall?s relationship with Neville, whether Ginny considers Harry ?family?, and why Harry isn?t friends with Ernie Macmillan. Throughout the episode we consider the question: Is it possible to become friends with your mentors?

Thanks to Nicole Engelhardt for this week's voicemail! Next week we?re doing an Owl Post episode where we discuss Slytherin identity with Travis McElroy.

Don?t forget to check out Gabby?s new book, Please Send Help.

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2019-09-26
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Anxiety: Snape Victorious (Book 6, Chapter 8)

Vanessa and Casper explore the theme of anxiety in chapter eight of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. This week we discuss Harry?s response to Snape, Hagrid?s imminent disappointment, and Ginny?s non-anxious presence. Throughout the episode we consider the question: how do we take care of ourselves and each other in moments of anxiety?

Thanks to Kent Stephenson for this week's voicemail! Next week we?re reading chapter nine, The Half-Blood Prince, through the theme of Friendship with special guest Gaby Dunn.

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2019-09-19
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Glamour: The Slug Club (Book 6, Chapter 7)

Vanessa and Casper explore the theme of glamour in chapter seven of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. This week we discuss Draco?s violence, Harry?s relationship with Neville and Luna, and how the members of the Slug Club are treated. Throughout the episode we consider the question: how do we embrace moments of glamour without objectifying ourselves?

Thanks to Hongyue Guo for this week's voicemail! Next week we?re reading chapter eight, Snape Victorious, through the theme of Anxiety.

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2019-09-12
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Stubbornness: Draco's Detour (Book 6, Chapter 6)

Vanessa and Casper explore the theme of stubbornness in chapter six of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. This week we discuss Draco?s need to be taken seriously, Molly?s fear for her children, and Ron?s eternal hope that he?s the same as Harry. Throughout the episode we consider the question: can there be ?big? stubbornness? Or is it always about small things?

Thanks to Kath for this week's voicemail! Next week we?re reading chapter seven, The Slug Club, through the theme of Glamour.

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2019-09-05
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Yearning: An Excess of Phlegm ? with John Green (Book 6, Chapter 5)

CW: This week?s voicemail is about the shooting in Dayton, Ohio. If you?d rather skip it, the blessing start around 48:30.

Vanessa and Casper explore the theme of yearning in chapter five of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. This week we?re joined by John Green, who tells an opening story about heart-break set in Alaska. Vanessa and Casper discuss Fleur?s feelings in the Burrow, Ron?s adorable bro-iness, and Hermione?s obsession with her grades.Throughout the episode we consider the question: when does yearning help us take action?

Thanks to Colton for this week's voicemail! Next week we?re reading chapter six, Draco?s Detour, through the theme of Stubbornness.

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2019-08-29
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Joy: Horace Slughorn (Book 6, Chapter 4)

Vanessa and Casper explore the theme of joy in chapter four of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. This week we discuss Horace?s supposed ?cowardice?, Dumbledore?s good pedagogy, and the usefulness of inappropriate jokes. Throughout the episode we consider the question: is joy more likely in community?

Thanks to Vivianna for this week's voicemail! Next week we?re reading chapter five, An Excess of Phlem, through the theme of Yearning. We?ll be joined by friend of the podcast, author John Green, who will tell our opening story.

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2019-08-22
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Skepticism: Will and Won't (Book 6, Chapter 3)

Vanessa and Casper explore the theme of Skepticism in chapter three of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. This week we discuss Harry?s magical thinking, Kreacher?s humiliation, and Dumbledore?s relationship to lemon drops. Throughout the episode we consider the question: when do we need to trust authority and when should we be skeptical?

Thanks to Nici for this week's voicemail! Next week we?re reading chapter four, Horace Slughorn, through the theme of Joy.

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2019-08-15
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Prudence: Spinner's End (Book 6, Chapter 2)

Vanessa and Casper explore the theme of Prudence in chapter two of Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince. This week we discuss Peter Pettigrew?s relationship to his hand, Narcissa and Bellatrix?s love for one another, and when to quit a job. Throughout the episode we consider the question: Can you only know prudence in hindsight?

Thanks to K Doraiswamy for this week's voicemail! Next week we?re reading chapter three, Will and Won?t, through the theme of Skepticism.

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2019-08-08
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Helplessness: The Other Minister (Book 6, Chapter 1)

Vanessa and Casper explore the theme of Helplessness in the first chapter of Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince. This week we discuss the election of Rufus Scrimgeour, all things related to the muggle Prime Minister, and whether Fudge is too polite for his own good. Throughout the episode we consider the question: How much information helps us during times of crisis and how much actually hurts us?

Thanks to Marianna Hackney for this week's voicemail! Next week we?re reading chapter two, Spinner?s End, through the theme of Prudence.

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2019-08-01
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Special Edition: What We?re Excited for in Half Blood Prince

Welcome to Season 6! This week, Vanessa and Casper get together to talk what they're looking forward to in Half Blood Prince. They discuss the complications of Slytherin identity, Vanessa?s feelings about Ron, and Harry?s evolution from the last book.

Next week, we?re reading Chapter 1, The Other Minister, through the theme of Helplessness.

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2019-07-25
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Season Six Trailer: Whose Hard Work Makes Your Life Possible?

Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince starts next week! As is our custom, we?ve released an animated YouTube video to celebrate the start of a new season. We?re sharing the audio here, but go check out Hannah O?Neal?s amazing animations on our youtube channel.

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2019-07-18
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Introducing: Hot & Bothered

Our new podcast, Hot & Bothered, officially launched today. We?re so proud to share our first episode with you: Justice for Dragons. This is the only episode of Hot & Bothered we?ll drop in this feed, so please go subscribe wherever you find your podcasts!

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Vanessa Zoltan thinks that happy endings are the best part of romance novels. Bryce Gilfillian is writing his first romance novel and refuses to write a happy ending.

On our very first episode of Hot & Bothered, we explore the trope of ?Updated Fairytale.? Bryce sets out to write the gay fairytale he never had growing up. Meanwhile, Vanessa wrestles with her own princes, witches, and dragons.

Along the way we get a little help from Professor of Folklore and Mythology at Harvard University, Maria Tatar, and receive our first writing assignment from our own fairy godmother, #1 New York Times best-selling author, Julia Quinn.

You can follow along on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

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2019-07-16
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Owl Post Edition: Reclaiming Tradition with Professor Matt Potts

What does the 4th of July mean and what should it mean? It?s Independence Day in the United States and so Casper sits down again with Professor Matt Potts to talk about tradition. They touch on marriage equality, Lectio Divina, and Matt?s favorite Christian Theologian - Julian of Norwich.

This episode we also hear owl post from Rachel, Emily Ross, Ariel Weeks, Rachel Quint, and Mike Murphy.

We?re taking two weeks off before we start Season 6: Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince. But do check back July 16th to listen to our first episode of Hot & Bothered!

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2019-07-04
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Wrap-Up: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

In the final episode of season five, Vanessa and Casper pull out a few key insights from Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. They give Luna Lovegood her due praise, analyze Harry?s relationship to gifts, and Vanessa comes around more to the importance of Quidditch. Throughout the episode they unpack the growing presence of death in Harry?s life and this series.

Next week, we're rounding out the season with a final Owl Post and a conversation with our mentor, Matthew Potts. Don't forget to hop over to the Women of Harry Potter feed on July 1st, to hear our episode on Lily Potter.

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2019-06-27
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Love: The Second War Begins (Book 5, Chapter 38) ? Live from Indianapolis with John Green

Vanessa and Casper explore the theme of "love" in the final chapter of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. This week we come to you live from our London show, where we were very lucky to be joined by John Green. We discuss Luna?s lost objects, John?s history with bullying, and Vanessa?s perspective on the afterlife. Throughout the show we consider the question: How can we best meet people in their grief?

Next week we're doing a wrap-up of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. Thanks to everyone who came out to the Indianapolis show. We have more events coming up in the fall; you can check them out at: http://www.harrypottersacredtext.com/live-events/

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2019-06-20
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Patience: The Lost Prophecy (Book 5, Chapter 37)

Vanessa and Casper explore the theme of Patience in chapter thirty-seven of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. This week we discuss occlumency lessons, waiting rooms, and how we feel about Dumbledore locking Harry in his office. Throughout the episode we consider the question: Can you force someone to be patient?

Thanks to Kailina Mills for this week's voicemail! Next week we?ll be coming to you live from our Indianapolis show with John Green for the last chapter of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, The Second War Begins, through the theme of love.

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2019-06-13
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Jealousy: The Only One He Ever Feared (Book 5, Chapter 36)

Vanessa and Casper explore the theme of Jealousy in chapter thirty-six of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. This week we discuss our love for Dumbledore and his relationships with Voldemort, Fudge, and Harry. Throughout the episode we consider the question: What other emotion is Jealousy hiding?

Thanks to Ann-Mary Cloutier for this week's voicemail! Next week we?ll be reading chapter thirty-seven, The Lost Prophecy, through the theme of Patience.

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2019-06-06
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Blessing Minerva McGonagall

We have two special guest on this week?s episode of Women of Harry Potter and the Sacred Text - our friends from Reading Glasses Podcast, Brea Grant and Mallory O?Meara. They have chosen to bless McGonagall for being a great Boss Lady and maternal without having her own children. Vanessa invents a game about badass Scottish women.

You can hear Vanessa on Reading Glasses Podcast here.

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2019-06-03
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Home: Beyond the Veil (Book 5, Chapter 35)

Vanessa and Casper explore the theme of Home in chapter thirty-five of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. This week we discuss the individuality of the Death Eaters, Harry?s relationship to Sirius, and the realities of war. Throughout the episode we consider the question: how do we appreciate a piece of text we hate?

Thanks to Sarah-Jane Hasenauer-Kinsley for this week's voicemail! Next week we?ll be reading chapter thirty-six, The Only One He Ever Feared, through the theme of Jealousy.

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2019-05-30
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Concealment: The Department of Mysteries (Book 5, Chapter 34)

Vanessa and Casper explore the theme of Concealment in chapter thirty-four of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. This week we discuss Ron?s comment about the prophecy, whether Harry is fooling himself about Sirius, and the physical landscape of The Department of Mysteries. Throughout the episode we consider the question: If you could know when you die, would you want to?

Thanks to Lorraine Haymen for this week's voicemail! Next week we?ll be reading chapter thirty-five, Beyond the Veil, through the theme of Home.

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2019-05-23
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