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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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United States

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Panoply

Description:

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.

Language:

English


Episodes

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

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

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

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

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

Heartbreak: Hagrid’s Tale (Book 5, Chapter 20)

1/11/2024
This week, Vanessa and Casper explore the theme of Heartbreak in Chapter 20 of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix! They discuss Hagrid’s mother, the new Gurg, and the healing powers of dragon meat. Throughout the episode we consider the question: how do we carry on after a heartbreak? Thank you to Therisa for this week’s voicemail! Next week we're reading Chapter 21, The Eye of the Snake, through the theme of Care 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:00:39:52

Grace: The Lion and the Serpent (Book 5, Chapter 19)

1/4/2024
This week, Vanessa and Matt explore the theme of Grace in Chapter 19 of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix! They discuss Harry’s game-saving capture of the snitch, Ron’s first big match, and Hermione’s magical talent. Throughout the episode we consider the question: what are the conditions which allow us to be graceful? Thank you to Emily for this week’s voicemail! Next week we're reading Chapter 20, Hagrid’s Tale, through the theme of heartbreak 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:00:45:57

A Christmas Poem from Matt: The Magi, by William Butler Yeats

12/25/2023
Every Christmas, we like to share a favorite poem. This year it's 'The Magi' by William Butler Yeats. We'll be back with our regularly scheduled episodes on January 5th. Happy Holidays! Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Duration:00:01:56

Intellectual Humility: Throughout the Series

12/14/2023
This week we're concluding our collaboration with The Greater Good Science Center, examining the theme of Intellectual Humility as Vanessa and Matt look back at key moments in the entire Harry Potter Series! They discuss the lack of overlap between Wizard and Muggle worlds, the unraveling of the Ministry, and Neville's blossoming self confidence. We're taking a quick break for the holidays, but will be back in two weeks with Book 5 Chapter 19, The Lion and the Serpent, through the theme of Grace! -- 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:00:38:25

Possibility: Dumbledore's Army (Book 5, Chapter 18)

12/7/2023
This week, Vanessa and Jackson Bird explore the theme of Possibility in Chapter Eighteen of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix! They discuss the Room of Requirement, Dobby's newly free life, and Umbridge's stifling oversight. Throughout the episode we consider the question: how do we discern what kinds of change are possible in our current stage of life? Thank you to Serena for this week’s voicemail! Next week we're looking at the entire series through the theme of Intellectual Humility. -- It’s two sickles to join S.P.E.W., and only two dollars to join our Patreon for extra bloopers every week! Please consider helping us fill our Gringotts vault so we can continue to make this show. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Duration:00:50:58

Refuge: Educational Decree Number Twenty-Four (Book 5, Chapter 17)

11/30/2023
This week, Vanessa and Matt explore the theme of Refuge in Chapter Seventeen of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix! They discuss the clubs at Hogwarts, Umbridge's emerging strategies, and Harry's relationship with Hedwig. Throughout the episode we consider the question: how do different places take on or lose their status as a refuge? Thank you to Audrey for this week’s voicemail! Next week we're reading Chapter 18, Dumbledore’s Army, through the theme of possibility with Jackson Bird. -- It’s two sickles to join S.P.E.W., and only two dollars to join our Patreon for extra bloopers every week! Please consider helping us fill our Gringotts vault so we can continue to make this show. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Duration:00:41:19

Satisfaction: The Hog's Head (Book 5, Chapter 16)

11/23/2023
This week, Vanessa and Matt explore the theme of Satisfaction in Chapter Sixteen of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix! They discuss Zacharias Smith's intro to the DA, Hermione's leadership, and Harry's chance to finally speak about what happened to him last year. Throughout the episode we consider the question: are we allowing ourselves to be satisfiable? Thank you to Sunanda for this week’s voicemail! Next week we're reading Chapter 17, Educational Decree Number Twenty-Four, through the theme of Refuge. -- 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:00:39:06

Charisma: The Hogwarts High Inquisitor (Book 5, Chapter 15)

11/16/2023
This week, Vanessa and Matt explore the theme of Charisma in Chapter Fifteen of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix! They discuss Umbridge's selective appeal, Mcgonagall's confidence, and Harry's reluctance towards leading the DA. Throughout the episode we consider the question: when is charisma an authentic way of forming meaningful connection? Thank you to Shana for this week’s voicemail! Next week we're reading Chapter 16, The Hog's Head, through the theme of Satisfaction, 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:00:47:31

Resentment: Percy and Padfoot (Book 5, Chapter 14)

11/9/2023
This week, Vanessa and Margaret H. Willison explore the theme of Resentment in Chapter Fourteen of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix! They discuss Harry's newfound empathy for Ron & Hermione's silence over the summer, one of Sirius's most questionable lines, and Ron's new position on the Quidditch team. Throughout the episode we consider the question: how can better communication help us avoid resentment? Thank you to Dani for this week’s voicemail! Next week we're reading Chapter 15, The Hogwarts High Inquisitor, through the theme of Charisma. -- 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:00:48:16

Pressure: Detention With Dolores (Book 5, Chapter 13)

11/2/2023
This week, Vanessa and Matt explore the theme of Pressure in Chapter Thirteen of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix! They discuss Fred & George's pressure points, the titular detention, and upcoming O.W.L.s. Throughout the episode we consider the question: how do different forms of pressure help/hinder us? Thank you to Emily for this week’s voicemail! Next week we're reading Chapter 14, Percy and Padfoot, through the theme of Resentment with the lovely Margaret H. Willison. -- 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:00:40:36

Context: Professor Umbridge (Book 5, Chapter 12)

10/26/2023
This week, Vanessa and Casper explore the theme of Context in Chapter Twelve of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix! They discuss the showdown in Umbridge's classroom, McGonagall's biscuit offering, and whether the Divination classroom can be a safe space for anyone. Throughout the episode we consider the question: how does context affect us even when we're not actively considering it? Thank you to Maria for this week’s voicemail! Next week we're reading Chapter 13, Detention with Dolores, through the theme of Pressure. -- 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:00:45:48

Blame: The Sorting Hat's New Song (Book 5, Chapter 11)

10/19/2023
This week, Vanessa and Matt explore the theme of Blame in Chapter Eleven of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix! They discuss the titular song, the wisdom of Neville's Gram, and Hagrid's flawlessness. Throughout the episode we consider the question: how can we appropriately and responsibly shoulder blame? Thank you to Ava for this week’s voicemail! Next week we're reading Chapter 12, Professor Umbridge, through the theme of Context with our dear pal 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:00:39:20

Beauty: Luna Lovegood (Book 5, Chapter 10)

10/12/2023
This week, Vanessa and special guest Jolie Doggett explore the theme of Beauty in Chapter Ten of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix! They, of course, discuss our new friend Luna(!), our introduction to Thestrals, and Draco's new position as prefect. Throughout the episode we consider the question: how are we redefining what beauty looks like in our own lives? Thank you to Nicki for this week’s voicemail! Next week we're reading Chapter 11, The Sorting Hat's New Song, through the theme of Blame. -- 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:00:46:35

Intimacy: The Woes of Mrs. Weasley (Book 5, Chapter 9)

10/5/2023
This week, Vanessa and Matt explore the theme of Intimacy in Chapter Nine of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix! They discuss meal sharing as a catalyst for closeness, Harry's unwanted intimacy with Lucius Malfoy, and the entitlement of close friends! Throughout the episode we consider the question: what are the tradeoffs, strengths, and limitations of intimate relationships? Thank you to Russell for this week’s voicemail! Next week we're reading Chapter 10, Luna Lovegood, through the theme of Beauty with special guest Jolie Doggett! -- It’s two sickles to join S.P.E.W., and only two dollars to join our Patreon for extra bloopers every week! Please consider helping us fill our Gringotts vault so we can continue to make this show. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Duration:00:41:58

Tension: The Hearing (Book 5, Chapter 8)

9/28/2023
This week, Vanessa and Casper explore the theme of Tension in Chapter Eight of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix! They discuss Harry's hearing, Percy's dedication to his new role, and Dumbledore's chintz chair! Throughout the episode we consider the question: when is tension a useful tool? Thank you to Madison for this week’s voicemail! Next week we're reading Chapter 9, The Woes of Mrs. Weasley, through the theme of Intimacy. -- 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:00:39:49