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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 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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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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By team_crookshanks - May 18 2020
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Omg. This is the best podcast ever! It makes me laugh while I do my schoolwork, and I listen to it all the time! It helps me de-stress during quarantine, and Casper and Vanessa bring joy into my day. The stories and experiences that they share are so relatable, and I’m dreading the day that I will finally catch up and have to wait a whole week before getting a new episode. Thank you Casper, Vanessa and Ariana for being the best people EVER!!🌸🌸

Harry Potter

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This is the best podcast I’ve ever listened to

iTunes Ratings

5185 Ratings
Average Ratings
4748
210
80
52
95

Love It!!

By team_crookshanks - May 18 2020
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Omg. This is the best podcast ever! It makes me laugh while I do my schoolwork, and I listen to it all the time! It helps me de-stress during quarantine, and Casper and Vanessa bring joy into my day. The stories and experiences that they share are so relatable, and I’m dreading the day that I will finally catch up and have to wait a whole week before getting a new episode. Thank you Casper, Vanessa and Ariana for being the best people EVER!!🌸🌸

Harry Potter

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This is the best podcast I’ve ever listened to
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Harry Potter and the Sacred Text

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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 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.

Rank #1: Loyalty: The Second Task (Book 4, Chapter 26) – Live from Minneapolis

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For the first time on the podcast, we're bringing you your weekly episode from one of our live shows! Live from Minneapolis, Vanessa and Casper explore the theme of "loyalty" in chapter twenty-six of "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire." This week we discuss the root of Harry's heroism, the fish in the Great Lake, and why Hermione trusts Severus Snape. We return to the question: How do you have loyalty and maintain integrity?


Next week we're reading chapter twenty-seven, Padfoot Returns, through the theme of corruption! Thanks this week to everyone who came out to the Minneapolis show, our special guest storyteller, Travis Salisbury, and the whole team at The Basilica of St. Mary. Also a special thanks to Jeff Emtman for composing our live show music.

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Apr 19 2018

1hr 9mins

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Rank #2: Helplessness: The Other Minister (Book 6, Chapter 1)

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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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Aug 01 2019

46mins

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Rank #3: Fear: The Letters From No One (Book 1, Chapter 3)

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Vanessa and Casper explore the theme of fear in chapter three of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. They discuss Vernon Dursley's illusion of control, the psychology of bullies, and climate change. 

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Jun 03 2016

26mins

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Rank #4: Erosion: A Very Frosty Christmas (Book 6, Chapter 16)

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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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Nov 21 2019

54mins

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Rank #5: Resilience: Silver and Opals (Book 6, Chapter 12)

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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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Oct 24 2019

41mins

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Rank #6: Corruption: Padfoot Returns (Book 4, Chapter 27)

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Vanessa and Casper explore the theme of "corruption" in chapter twenty-seven of "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire." This week we discuss Barty Crouch’s governing tactics, praise Hermione for her bravery, and have a debate about one of the most quotable lines of the series. Our question this week is: When do we want people to be corruptible? 


Next week we're reading chapter twenty-eight, The Madness of Mr. Crouch, through the theme of Inspiration - with special guest John Green! Thanks this week to Wesley Cheney for our voicemail. 

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Apr 26 2018

31mins

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Rank #7: Good Will: Lord Voldemort's Request (Book 6, Chapter 20)

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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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Dec 19 2019

38mins

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Rank #8: Belief: Dudley Demented (Book 5, Chapter 1)

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Vanessa and Casper dive into Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix with the theme of belief. They discuss the breakdown of trust between Harry and the Dursleys, between Harry and his friends, and Harry and himself. Throughout the episode they consider the question: what makes us believe things, beyond just 'the facts'? This week, we're trying out a new spiritual practice: Marginalia

This week's voicemail is thanks to Emily Anderson. Be sure to check out our website harrypottersacredtext.com to buy tickets for our upcoming live shows and Vanessa's pilgrimage to Japan!

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Aug 23 2018

35mins

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Rank #9: Failure: Dumbledore's Army (Book 5, Chapter 18) — Live from Cambridge, MA

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Vanessa and Casper explore the theme of “failure" in chapter 18 of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. This week we come to you live from our Cambridge show. We discuss whether Angela Johnson fails as a quidditch caption, what Hermione learns from S.P.E.W, and the brilliant women of the DA. We were so very lucky to have our dear friend and mentor, Dr. Matthew Potts, with us to tell a story from her experience.

Next week we're reading Chapter 19, The Lion and the Serpent, through the theme of distraction. Thanks to everyone who came out to the Cambridge show. You can see David’s incredible painting at harrypottersacredtext.com/daphatplay

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Jan 17 2019

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Rank #10: Instinct: The Riddle House (Book 4, Chapter 1)

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Vanessa and Casper dive into Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire with The Riddle House - perhaps one of the most incongruous chapter in the the whole Harry Potter series. They discuss Frank's PTSD, Nagini's anatomy, and how Voldemort is just a big baby. Throughout the episode they consider the question: How do we avoid prejudice while following our instincts? 

This week we're sponsored by Audible and Care/Of and our voicemail is thanks to Katie Kelly-Hankin. Next week we're reading The Scar, through the theme of destruction. You can take the Panoply Survey at survey.panoply.fm. Be sure to check out our website harrypottersacredtext.com to buy tickets for our live shows in Somerville, MA and Atlanta, GA. 

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Oct 05 2017

37mins

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Rank #11: Generosity: The Keeper of the Keys (Book 1, Chapter 4)

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Vanessa and Casper explore the theme of generosity in chapter four of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. Casper demonstrates his excellent Hagrid impression and Vanessa addresses whether we can or should empathize with the Dursleys. 

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Jun 11 2016

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

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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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Nov 28 2019

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Rank #13: Honesty: The Eye of the Snake (Book 5, Chapter 21)

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Vanessa and Casper explore the theme of Honesty in chapter twenty-one of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. This week, Vanessa and Casper are joined by Nora McInerny, the host of one of our favorite podcasts: Terrible, Thanks for Asking. We discuss Ron’s bro-iness, Harry’s kiss with Cho, and the Thestrals as witnesses of grief. Our question this week is: When is honesty actually the best policy?


This week’s voicemail is thanks to Ricker Bailey. Next week we're reading chapter twenty-two, St. Mungo’s Hospital for Magical Maladies and Injuries, through the theme of Distance.

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Feb 14 2019

47mins

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Rank #14: Inspiration: The Madness of Mr. Crouch — With John Green (Book 4, Chapter 28)

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Vanessa and Casper and special guest, John Green, explore the theme of "inspiration" in chapter twenty-eight of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. They discuss fainting in public, Dobby's humanity, and some of the sadness of parenthood. Throughout the episode they consider the question: How do we commit ourself to doing work after the inspiration happens?

Next week we're reading chapter twenty-nine, The Dream, through the theme of "chance" with special guest Melissa Anelli. Our voicemail this week is thanks to Bronwyn Toth. Don't forget to buy tickets for the live show in London and Pittsburgh: harrypottersacredtext.com/live-show

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May 03 2018

48mins

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Rank #15: Love: The Second War Begins (Book 5, Chapter 38) – Live from Indianapolis with John Green

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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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Jun 20 2019

1hr 2mins

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Rank #16: Mercy: Owl Post (Book 3, Chapter 1)

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Vanessa and Casper dive into Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban with the theme of mercy. They discuss Ron's difficulty with telephones, Errol the owl, and return to the spiritual practice of Florilegia. Throughout the episode they consider the question: how much does intention matter when offering mercy? 

This week we're sponsored by Squarespace and Blue Apron. This week's voicemail is thanks to Jenn Radtke. Be sure to check out our website harrypottersacredtext.com to buy tickets for our live tour this summer! 

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Mar 28 2017

35mins

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Rank #17: Hope: Nicolas Flamel (Book 1, Chapter 13)

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Vanessa and Casper explore the theme of hope in chapter thirteen of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. They discuss Neville's brawl with the Slytherins, the sacred space of quidditch, and whether a rhetoric of hope can be exploitative.

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Aug 13 2016

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Rank #18: Transformation: The Unforgiveable Curses (Book 4, Chapter 14)

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Vanessa and Casper explore the theme of transformation in chapter fourteen of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. This week, our opening story is told by Mike McHargue, host of Ask Science Mike and The Liturgists. We discuss the ways that Neville as like Christ, Moody is like the Buddha, and Snape is maybe, possibly pitiable. Our question this week is: Can transformation ever be complete?


Our voicemail this week is thanks to Bethy Crowe. Next week we're reading chapter fifteen, Beauxbatons and Durmstrang, through the theme of trauma. 

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Jan 18 2018

47mins

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Rank #19: Revenge: Career Advice (Book 5, Chapter 29)

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Vanessa and Casper explore the theme of Revenge in chapter twenty-nine of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. This week we discuss the tension between Umbridge and Mcgonagall, the brilliance of Fred and George, and Harry’s dream to be an Auror. Throughout the episode they consider the question: How do we dissipate our need for revenge?

Thanks to Kat Zdan for this week's voicemail! Next week we’ll be reading chapter thirty, Grawp, through the theme of familiarity.

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Apr 11 2019

41mins

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Rank #20: Control: Christmas on the Closed Ward (Book 5, Chapter 23)

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Vanessa and Casper explore the theme of Control in chapter twenty-three of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. They discuss Molly’s anxiety over Arthur, Neville’s relationship with his grandmother, and poor sad Professor Lockhart. Throughout the episode they consider the question: How do we recognize when we’re telling distorted stories about ourselves?

Thanks to Kelsi Moore for this week's voicemail! Next week we’ll be reading chapter twenty-four, Occlumency, through the theme of curiosity.

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Feb 28 2019

48mins

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Health: Fallen Warrior (Book 7, Chapter 5)

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Vanessa and Casper explore the theme of Health in chapter five of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. This week we take some time to discuss the incredible grace of three characters: George Weasley, Ted Tonks, and Molly Weasley. Throughout the episode we consider the question: how can we disrupt the binary of ‘healthy’ and ‘unhealthy’ bodies?


Thanks to Cory for this week's voicemail! Next week we’re reading chapter six, The Ghoul in Pyjamas, through the theme of Hesitation.


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May 21 2020

39mins

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Devotion: The Seven Potters (Book 7, Chapter 4)

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Vanessa and Casper explore the theme of Devotion in chapter four of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. This week we discuss Hedwig’s death and her role in Harry’s life, Petunia’s obsession with cleanliness, and Hagrid’s relationship with 4 Privet Drive. Throughout the episode we consider the question: what is the relationship between duty and devotion? 


Thanks to Dani for this week's voicemail! Next week we’re reading chapter five, Fallen Warrior, through the theme of Health.


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May 14 2020

38mins

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Growth: The Dursleys Departing (Book 7, Chapter 3)

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Vanessa and Casper explore the theme of Growth in chapter three of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. This week we say goodbye to the Dursley’s and spend a little time talking about each of them. We look at how far Vernon has come in his grudging acceptance of Muggle/Wizard relations, celebrate Dudley’s steps away from his parents, and pity Petunia’s lack of strength. Throughout the episode we consider the question: where is growth happening that we cannot see?


Thanks to Catie for this week's voicemail! Next week we’re reading chapter four, The Seven Potters, through the theme of Devotion.


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May 07 2020

35mins

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Boldness: In Memoriam (Book 7, Chapter 2)

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Vanessa and Casper explore the theme of Boldness in chapter two of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. This week we discuss and what Dumbledore really saw the Mirror of Erised, Dudley's attempt at an olive branch, and the politics of Dumbledore's obituary. Throughout the episode we consider the question: is boldness always a mistake?


Thanks to Jess for this week's voicemail! Next week we’re reading chapter three, The Dursleys Departing, through the theme of Growth.


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Apr 30 2020

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Season 7 Trailer: When Have You Let a Bad Thought Lead You to Make a Bad Decision?

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Every season, we make an animated video to kick-off a new book. Each video is an exploration of one character in the text, their psychology, and why they make the decision they do. Our video this season is entitled “Are Harry and Hermione better off without Ron?” You can it here, with beautiful animations by Hannah O’Neal. 

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Apr 27 2020

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Suspicion: The Dark Lord Ascending (Book 7, Chapter 1)

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Vanessa and Casper explore the theme of Suspicion in the first chapter of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. This week we discuss Snape’s bravery, the team culture amongst death eaters, and how Voldemort builds the groundwork for Narcissa’s betrayal. Throughout the episode we consider the question: How are suspicion and humiliation tied together?


Thanks to Miriam for this week's voicemail! Next week we’re reading chapter two, In Memoriam, through the theme of Boldness.


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Apr 23 2020

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Special Edition: What We’re Excited for in Deathly Hallows

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Welcome to Season 7! This week, Vanessa and Casper get together to talk what they're looking forward to in Deathly Hallows. They discuss all the heroism to come: Ron’s great return, Narcissa’s daring betrayal, and Dobby’s selfish sacrifice. 


Vanessa and Casper also reveal what’s in store for the future of Harry Potter and the Sacred Text now that we’ve reached the last book of the series.


Next week, we’re reading Chapter 1, The Dark Lord Ascending, through the theme of Suspicion.


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Apr 16 2020

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Introducing: Twilight in Quarantine

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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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Apr 03 2020

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Owl Post Edition: How to Pray with Stephanie Paulsell

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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. 


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We’re taking next week off! Season 7, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows starts April 16th.

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Apr 02 2020

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Wrap-Up: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

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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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Mar 26 2020

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Love: The White Tomb (Book 6, Chapter 30)

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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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Mar 19 2020

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Coronavirus: Stay In and Reach Out

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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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Mar 16 2020

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Power: The Phoenix Lament (Book 6, Chapter 29)

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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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Mar 12 2020

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Perfection: Flight of the Prince (Book 6, Chapter 28)

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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.


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Mar 05 2020

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

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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.


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Feb 27 2020

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Persistence: The Cave (Book 6, Chapter 26)

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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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Feb 20 2020

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Indignation: The Seer Overheard (Book 6, Chapter 25)

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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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Feb 13 2020

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Regret: Sectumsempra (Book 6, Chapter 24)

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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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Feb 06 2020

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Memory: Horcruxes (Book 6, Chapter 23)

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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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Jan 30 2020

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Bitterness: After the Burial (Book 6, Chapter 22)

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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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Jan 23 2020

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By team_crookshanks - May 18 2020
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Omg. This is the best podcast ever! It makes me laugh while I do my schoolwork, and I listen to it all the time! It helps me de-stress during quarantine, and Casper and Vanessa bring joy into my day. The stories and experiences that they share are so relatable, and I’m dreading the day that I will finally catch up and have to wait a whole week before getting a new episode. Thank you Casper, Vanessa and Ariana for being the best people EVER!!🌸🌸

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By jkdjdhdhbg - Apr 21 2020
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This is the best podcast I’ve ever listened to