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Harry Potter and the Sacred Text

Panoply

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 Matt Potts 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. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

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 Matt Potts 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. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

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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 Matt Potts 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. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

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English


Episodes

Healing: Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes (Book 4, Chapter 5)

9/29/2022
This week, Vanessa and Matt are joined by special guest Casper ter Kuile (!!) as they explore the theme of Healing in Chapter Five of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire! They discuss Arthur's work in Wizard/Muggle relations, Fred and George's burgeoning business venture, and poor, poor Bertha Jorkins. Throughout the episode we consider the question: how do we properly assess and cherish relationships that were broken in some way but have since been healed? Thank you to our anonymous...

Duration:00:54:47

Fun: Back To The Burrow (Book 4, Chapter 4)

9/22/2022
This week, Vanessa and Matt explore the theme of Fun in Chapter Four of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire! They discuss the fun had at Dudley's expense, Harry's return to the Burrow, and a cramped moment in the Dursley fireplace. Throughout the episode we consider the question: how can we learn to find and cherish the fun in unplanned situations? Thank you to Michael for their voicemail! Next week we're reading Book 4 Chapter 5, Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes, through the theme of Healing with...

Duration:00:49:54

Relief: The Invitation (Book 4, Chapter 3)

9/15/2022
This week, Vanessa and Matt explore the theme of Relief in Chapter Three of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire! They discuss Harry's stash of birthday cakes, Vernon's opposition to difference, and the relief of Harry's upcoming reunion with the Weasleys. Throughout the episode we consider the question: how can we create a sense of relief for ourselves? Thank you to our anonymous voicemail contributor! Next week we're reading Book 4 Chapter 4, Back to the Burrow, through the theme of...

Duration:01:01:22

Earnestness: The Scar (Book 4, Chapter 2)

9/8/2022
This week, Vanessa and Matt explore the theme of Earnestness in Chapter Two of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire! They discuss the peek into Voldemort's perspective, the many earnest desires revealed through Harry's thoughts in this chapter, and the abundance of pen pals. Throughout the episode we consider the question: when and how can we be earnest while also being considerate of how people receive our honest thoughts? Thank you to Ruth for this week’s voicemail! Next week we're reading...

Duration:01:00:04

Tradition: The Riddle House (Book 4, Chapter 1)

9/1/2022
Welcome back for Season 4! This week, Vanessa and Matt explore the theme of Tradition in Chapter One of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire! They discuss life in Little Haggleton, Voldemort's return, and Frank's unfortunate existence as the town's scapegoat. Throughout the episode we consider the question: how do we change traditions over time, and how do they in turn change us? Thank you to Clare for this week’s voicemail! Next week we're reading Chapter 2, The Scar, through the theme of...

Duration:00:58:37

Wrap-Up: The Prisoner of Azkaban

8/11/2022
Vanessa and Matt wrap up their their discussion of The Prisoner of Azkaban with a look back on the entire book! They discuss Voldemort's absence, the fleshing out of Harry's parents' personalities, and the growing distrust we as readers have for the Ministry of Magic. We're taking a quick break, but will be back in two weeks to discuss Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire! -- It’s two sickles to join S.P.E.W., and only two dollars to join our Patreon for extra bloopers every week! Please...

Duration:00:53:49

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

8/4/2022
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...

Duration:01:01:41

Revisionist History: I Was A Stranger And You Welcomed Me

8/1/2022
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. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Duration:00:34:12

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

7/28/2022
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...

Duration:00:58:20

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

7/21/2022
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...

Duration:00:53:47

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

7/14/2022
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...

Duration:00:54:42

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

7/7/2022
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...

Duration:00:59:06

Owl Post Edition: An Interview with Imara Jones!

6/30/2022
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...

Duration:00:53:55

Bonus! Patreon Blessing of a Woman

6/28/2022
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.

Duration:00:03:38

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

6/23/2022
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,...

Duration:00:54:52

Bonus! Every Flavor Bean Patreon Conversation with Jackson Bird

6/22/2022
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.

Duration:00:10:05

Juneteenth Spotlight: The Final 5 Campaign

6/19/2022
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,...

Duration:00:20:20

Bonus! Harry Potter and the Sacred Text Bloopers

6/17/2022
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.

Duration:00:09:00

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

6/16/2022
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...

Duration:00:51:31

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

6/13/2022
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.

Duration:00:13:36