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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 of Harry Potter chapter by chapter as Matt and Vanessa 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. Harry Potter and the Sacred Text is produced by Not Sorry Productions, a feminist organization that produces podcasts, educational content, live shows, and immersive experiences with the explicit goal of addressing the spiritual needs of its participants. Through community, rigor, and ritual, we treat traditionally secular things as if they were sacred. To learn more about what we do, visit https://notsorryworks.com/. 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 of Harry Potter chapter by chapter as Matt and Vanessa 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. Harry Potter and the Sacred Text is produced by Not Sorry Productions, a feminist organization that produces podcasts, educational content, live shows, and immersive experiences with the explicit goal of addressing the spiritual needs of its participants. Through community, rigor, and ritual, we treat traditionally secular things as if they were sacred. To learn more about what we do, visit https://notsorryworks.com/. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

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English


Episodes
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Control: The Lost Prophecy (Book 5, Chapter 37)

5/16/2024
This week, Vanessa and special guest Micaela Blei explore the theme of Control in Chapter 37 of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix! They discuss Dumbledore’s disclosures, Harry’s anger, and Trelawney’s gift! Throughout the episode we consider the question: what is actually within our control? Thank you to Marie for this week’s voicemail! Next week we're reading Chapter 38, The Second War Begins, through the theme of Love with Nathalie Folkerts! -- 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. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Duration:00:49:31

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Mercy: The Only One He Ever Feared (Book 5, Chapter 36)

5/9/2024
This week, Vanessa and Casper explore the theme of Mercy in Chapter 36 of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix! They discuss Dumbledore’s grand return, Lupin’s gentle explanation, and Bellatrix’s punishment! Throughout the episode we consider the question: what distinguishes mercy from things like compassion or care? Thank you to Eva for this week’s voicemail! Next week we're reading Chapter 37, The Lost Prophecy, through the theme of Control with special guest Micaela Blei! -- 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. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Duration:00:38:20

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Desire: Beyond the Veil (Book 5, Chapter 35)

5/2/2024
This week, Vanessa and Matt explore the theme of Desire in Chapter 35 of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix! They discuss the Deatheaters’ true desires, the prophecy, and the Ministry’s denial. Throughout the episode we consider the question: what underlies our surface desires? Thank you to Yvette for this week’s voicemail! Next week we're reading Chapter 36, The Only One He Ever Feared, through the theme of Mercy with Casper ter Kuile! -- It’s two sickles to join S.P.E.W., and only two dollars to join our Patreon for extra bloopers every week! Please consider helping us fill our Gringotts vault so we can continue to make this show. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Duration:00:41:35

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Success: The Department of Mysteries (Book 5, Chapter 34)

4/25/2024
This week, Vanessa and Jolie explore the theme of Success in Chapter 34 of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix! They discuss Harry’s plan, the Deatheaters’ success, and Ron as an engine. Throughout the episode we consider the question: what are the many possible ways in which we can measure success? Thank you to Emily for this week’s voicemail! Next week we're reading Chapter 35, Beyond the Veil, through the theme of Desire with Matt Potts! -- 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. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Duration:00:42:07

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Anger: Fight and Flight (Book 5, Chapter 33)

4/18/2024
This week, Vanessa and Matt are joined by special guest Neil J. Young as they explore the theme of Anger in Chapter 33 of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix! They discuss Grawp’s big feelings, Harry’s outburst, and the Centaurs’ generational anger! Throughout the episode we consider the question: how does our anger guide us? Thank you to Brittany for this week’s voicemail! Next week we're reading Chapter 34, The Department of Mysteries, through the theme of Success with Jolie Doggett! Check out Neil’s upcoming book, “Coming Out Republican: A History of the Gay Right,” and more of his work on his website at https://neiljyoung.com/ ! -- 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. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Duration:00:52:03

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Isolation: Out of the Fire (Book 5, Chapter 32)

4/11/2024
This week, Vanessa and Casper explore the theme of Isolation in Chapter 32 of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix! They discuss Umbridge’s leadership, Hermione’s master plan, and Snape’s code! Throughout the episode we consider the question: how can we get creative to combat isolation? Thank you to Annalisa for this week’s voicemail! Next week we're reading Chapter 33, Fight and Flight, through the theme of Anger with Matt Potts! -- 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. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Duration:00:40:23

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Naivete: O.W.L.s (Book 5, Chapter 31)

4/4/2024
This week, Vanessa and Matt explore the theme of Naivete in Chapter 31 of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix! They discuss Hagrid’s arrest, Harry’s big plan, and the end of Occlumency lessons! Throughout the episode we consider the question: how does naivete leave us more vulnerable? Thank you to Alex for this week’s voicemail! Next week we're reading Chapter 32, Out of the Fire, through the theme of Isolation with Casper ter Kuile! -- It’s two sickles to join S.P.E.W., and only two dollars to join our Patreon for extra bloopers every week! Please consider helping us fill our Gringotts vault so we can continue to make this show. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Duration:00:36:15

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Determination: Grawp (Book 5, Chapter 30)

3/28/2024
This week, Vanessa and special guest Jackson Bird explore the theme of Determination in Chapter 30 of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix! They discuss the titular Grawp, Peeves’ newfound determination, and times the word actually comes up in the text! Throughout the episode we consider the question: how are sacrifice and determination intertwined? Thank you to Grace for this week’s voicemail! Next week we're reading Chapter 31, O.W.L.s, through the theme of Naivete with Matt Potts! -- 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. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Duration:00:46:29

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Community: Careers Advice (Book 5, Chapter 29)

3/21/2024
This week, Vanessa and Matt are joined by Delphene Mooney of On The Rise as they explore the theme of Community in Chapter 29 of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix! They discuss Fred & George’s departure, Draco’s (lack of) community, and the various sub-communities of Hogwarts. Throughout the episode we consider the question: what does it mean to be a good community? Thank you to Janie for this week’s voicemail! Next week we're reading Chapter 30, Grawp, through the theme of determination with Jackson Bird! You can learn more about On The Rise and their Empty Bowls fundraiser by going to https://www.ontherise.org/emptybowls , and you can help us in our fundraising efforts by visiting notsorryworks.com ! -- 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. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Duration:00:48:36

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Special Recipe Bonus: On The Rise Fundraiser!

3/18/2024
We're still in the middle of our March fundraiser for On The Rise, but thanks to you all, we've already reached our initial 10k goal! As a special thanks to our listeners for helping us reach this point, Matt and Vanessa have recorded this bonus conversation discussing their favorite spring recipes. We've extended our goal to 15k, visit https://notsorryworks.com/ to learn more about the fundraiser and donate to help us raise even more to support On The Rise's work. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Duration:00:05:49

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Kindness: Snape’s Worst Memory (Book 5, Chapter 28)

3/14/2024
This week, Vanessa and Casper explore the theme of Kindness in Chapter 28 of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix! They discuss James and Snape and Lily, oh my! Throughout the episode we consider the question: where can we attempt to employ more kindness? Thank you to Shruti for this week’s voicemail! Next week we're reading Chapter 29, Careers Advice, through the theme of Community with Matt Potts and Delphene Mooney from On the Rise. Visit www.notsorryworks.com to learn about our annual fundraiser and www.ontherise.org to learn more about the work that they do! -- 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. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Duration:00:40:45

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Special Patronus Bonus: On The Rise Fundraiser!

3/11/2024
We're currently in the middle of our March fundraiser for On The Rise, a great organization that supports people experiencing homelessness. As a special thanks to our listeners for helping us get halfway to our fundraising goal of 10k this month, Matt and Vanessa have recorded this special bonus conversation discussing which baby animals they would assign as patronuses to Hogwarts professors. Visit https://notsorryworks.com/ to learn more about the fundraiser and donate to help us meet our goal! Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Duration:00:07:39

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Discernment: The Centaur and the Sneak (Book 5, Chapter 27)

3/7/2024
This week, Vanessa and Matt explore the theme of Discernment in Chapter 27 of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix! They discuss Firenze’s newfound employment at Hogwarts, Hagrid’s autonomy, and the chaotic scene in Dumbledore’s office. Throughout the episode we consider the question: how do we practice discernment in moments of crisis? Thank you to Sophie for this week’s voicemail! Next week we're reading Chapter 28, Snape’s Worst Memory, through the theme of Kindness with Casper ter Kuile. -- It’s two sickles to join S.P.E.W., and only two dollars to join our Patreon for extra bloopers every week! Please consider helping us fill our Gringotts vault so we can continue to make this show. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Duration:00:47:18

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Doubt: Seen and Unforeseen (Book 5, Chapter 26)

2/29/2024
This week, Vanessa and Matt explore the theme of Doubt in Chapter 26 of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix! They discuss Ron’s game day performance, Trelawney’s firing, and Harry’s ongoing Occlumency lessons. Throughout the episode we consider the question: when is doubt a useful tool, and when does it hold us back? Thank you to Zeph for this week’s voicemail! Next week we're reading Chapter 27, The Centaur and the Sneak, through the theme of discernment with Matt Potts. -- 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. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Duration:00:44:45

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Attention: The Beetle at Bay (Book 5, Chapter 25)

2/22/2024
This week, Vanessa and special guest Hope Rehak explore the theme of Attention in Chapter 25 of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix! They discuss Harry and Cho’s date, Umbridge’s surveillance, and Wizarding journalism. Throughout the episode we consider the question: how is attention a loving act? Thank you to Nat for this week’s voicemail! Next week we're reading Chapter 26, Seen and Unforeseen, through the theme of Doubt with Matt Potts. Sign up for Hope’s class by visiting www.notsorryworks.com -- 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. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Duration:00:40:37

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Release: Occlumency (Book 5, Chapter 24)

2/15/2024
This week, Vanessa and Casper explore the theme of Release in Chapter 24 of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix! They discuss Sirius’s imprisonment, Harry’s first Occlumency lesson, and Hermione’s assistance. Throughout the episode we consider the question: what does it mean to release something? Thank you to Ian for this week’s voicemail! Next week we're reading Chapter 25, The Beetle at Bay, through the theme of Attention with Hope Rehak. -- 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. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Duration:00:38:50

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Vulnerability: Christmas on the Closed Ward (Book 5, Chapter 23)

2/8/2024
This week, Vanessa and Matt explore the theme of Vulnerability in Chapter 23 of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix! They discuss our reintroduction to Gilderoy Lockhart, Neville’s parents, and Mr. Weasley’s experiments in muggle medicine. Throughout the episode we consider the question: how does vulnerability affect our decision-making capabilities? Thank you to Jamie for this week’s voicemail! Next week we're reading Chapter 24, Occlumency, through the theme of Release with Casper. -- 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. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Duration:00:42:21

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Individuality: St. Mungo’s Hospital for Magical Maladies (Book 5, Chapter 22)

2/1/2024
This week, Vanessa and Mauricio Bruce explore the theme of Individuality in Chapter 22 of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix! They discuss Harry’s dream, the Weasley clan, and Dumbledore’s wall of support. Throughout the episode we consider the question: how do we focus in and out of our own individuality? Thank you to Jessie for this week’s voicemail! Next week we're reading Chapter 23, Christmas on the Closed Ward, through the theme of Vulnerability with Matt. -- 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. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Duration:00:37:06

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Special Edition: Reading as Sacred!

1/25/2024
Every once in a while we like to take a step back from our current chapter, and appreciate some overarching themes from the series and our approach to the podcast! This week, Matt and Vanessa are talking about treating books as sacred, some of their favorite authors, and the role reading currently plays in their lives. -- 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. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Duration:00:42:46

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Care: The Eye of the Snake (Book 5, Chapter 21)

1/18/2024
This week, Vanessa and Matt explore the theme of Care in Chapter 21 of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix! They discuss Hagrid’s return to teaching, Hermione’s attempts to aid Hagrid’s return to teaching, and ~young love~. Throughout the episode we consider the question: what are the many ways we show care to one another? Thank you to Jamie for this week’s voicemail. If you or someone you know needs crisis intervention, please reach out to the Crisis Text Line. Next week we're reading Chapter 22, St. Mungo's Hospital for Magical Maladies and Injuries, through the theme of Individuality with Mauricio. -- 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. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Duration:00:46:12