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Harry Potter and the Sacred Text

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Rank #29 in Religion & Spirituality category

Religion & Spirituality
Society & Culture
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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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My favorite podcast

By amimizee - Jun 05 2019
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I adore this podcast. I love hearing the in-depth analyses offered by Vanessa and Casper. The podcast is a delightful mix of plentiful levity and fun where it can be had, but without being afraid to probe uncomfortable sociopsychologial issues where they arise. As their reading of the fifth book comes to an end, I’m already preemptively missing when the series concludes!

The "I usually don't write reviews" review

By estherkim15 - Jun 05 2019
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So I don't usually write reviews, but I really love this podcast. I think the people who come together who make this podcast happen are all incredibly intellectual, down to earth, and insightful. When you read Harry Potter as a kid, you don’t think about these underlying themes or about life. But I think the way this podcast dissects everything is done really well. It’s really endearing to connect to the hard difficult things of life with something like Harry Potter. It’s hard for me to put to words how this podcast makes me feel, but it’s honestly one of the nicest break I get in my day. There are some episodes that are light and some that are heavy and have caused a lot of gears to start working in my head. I’m really grateful for this work of art and I would highly recommend it.

iTunes Ratings

3987 Ratings
Average Ratings
3669
164
50
33
71

My favorite podcast

By amimizee - Jun 05 2019
Read more
I adore this podcast. I love hearing the in-depth analyses offered by Vanessa and Casper. The podcast is a delightful mix of plentiful levity and fun where it can be had, but without being afraid to probe uncomfortable sociopsychologial issues where they arise. As their reading of the fifth book comes to an end, I’m already preemptively missing when the series concludes!

The "I usually don't write reviews" review

By estherkim15 - Jun 05 2019
Read more
So I don't usually write reviews, but I really love this podcast. I think the people who come together who make this podcast happen are all incredibly intellectual, down to earth, and insightful. When you read Harry Potter as a kid, you don’t think about these underlying themes or about life. But I think the way this podcast dissects everything is done really well. It’s really endearing to connect to the hard difficult things of life with something like Harry Potter. It’s hard for me to put to words how this podcast makes me feel, but it’s honestly one of the nicest break I get in my day. There are some episodes that are light and some that are heavy and have caused a lot of gears to start working in my head. I’m really grateful for this work of art and I would highly recommend it.
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Harry Potter and the Sacred Text

Updated about 1 month ago

Rank #29 in Religion & Spirituality category

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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 and Ariana Nedelman for producing and editing as usual, but also for playing the music at the show.

We've extended the timeline for our fundraiser! If you can, please support us so we can read Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix! 

Apr 19 2018
1 hour 9 mins
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Rank #2: 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. 

Apr 26 2018
31 mins
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Rank #3: 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

May 03 2018
48 mins
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Rank #4: Loneliness: The Vanishing Glass (Book 1, Chapter 2)

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Vanessa and Casper explore the theme of loneliness in chapter two of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. They discuss the Dursleys' parenting choices, the significance of numbers, and the birthday blues. 

A small correction: In this week’s epsiode, Vanessa says that the letters for chai are יה (yud hay), when they are actually חי (chet yud).

May 27 2016
30 mins
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Rank #5: 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!

Aug 23 2018
35 mins
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Rank #6: Preciousness: The Egg and the Eye (Book 4, Chapter 25)

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Vanessa and Casper explore the theme of "preciousness" in chapter twenty-five of "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire." This week we discuss Moaning Myrtle's voyeurism, Harry's fatal flaws, and Mad Eye Moody's good luck. Our question this week is: How do we appreciate the things that are precious to us without coveting them?

Next week we're reading chapter twenty-six, The Second Task, through the theme of loyalty - live from Minneapolis! Thanks this week to Lyra Hara for our voicemail.

We've extended the timeline for our fundraiser! If you can, please support us so we can read Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix! 

Apr 12 2018
34 mins
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Rank #7: Inheritance: Fight and Flight (Book 5, Chapter 33)

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Vanessa and Casper explore the theme of Inheritance in chapter thirty-three of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. This week discuss Centaurs as isolationists, Neville’s wand, and Luna’s redemption in Vanessa’s eyes. Throughout the episode we consider the question: What’s the relationship between inheritance and loss?

Thanks to Kimia for this week's voicemail! Next week we’ll be reading chapter thirty-four, The Department of Mysteries, through the theme of Concealment.

May 16 2019
41 mins
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Rank #8: 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

Jan 17 2019
1 hour 1 min
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Rank #9: Integrity: Rita Skeeter's Scoop (Book 4, Chapter 24)

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Vanessa and Casper explore the theme of "integrity" in chapter twenty-four of "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire." This week we discuss Professor Grubbly-Plank's unicorn, Hagrid's doom spiral, and Fleur's disadvantage in the second task. Our question this week is: Are loyalty and integrity always in conflict?

Next week we're reading chapter twenty-five, The Egg and the Eye, through the theme of preciousness. Thanks this week to Margot Zarin-Pass for our voicemail.

We've extended the timeline for our fundraiser! If you can, please support us so we can read Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix! 

Apr 05 2018
33 mins
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Rank #10: 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. 

Jun 03 2016
26 mins
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Rank #11: Redemption: Out of the Fire (Book 5, Chapter 32)

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Vanessa and Casper explore the theme of Redemption in chapter thirty-two of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. This week we look at a few characters and their possible arcs of redemption: Dolores Umbridge, Severus Snape, Kreacher, and Ron Weasley. Throughout the episode we consider the question: Do we feel comfortable saying that certain people are irredeemable?

Thanks to Leah Holleran for this week's voicemail! Next week we’ll be reading chapter thirty-three, Fight and Flight, through the theme of Inheritance.

May 09 2019
40 mins
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Rank #12: 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. 

Oct 05 2017
37 mins
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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.

Feb 14 2019
47 mins
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Rank #14: Guilt: The Yule Ball (Book 4, Chapter 23)

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Vanessa and Casper explore the theme of "guilt" in chapter twenty-three of "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire." This week we discuss Viktor Krum's classiness, Dobby's love of languages, and the pervasiveness of gift-giving in our culture. Our question this week is: How do we protect ourselves from turning guilt into shame?

Next week we're reading chapter twenty-four, Rita Skeeter's Scoop, through the theme of integrity. Thanks this week to Topher Soltys for our voicemail.

We only have a few days left in our fundraiser. If you can, please support us so we can read Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix! 

Mar 29 2018
31 mins
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Rank #15: Supremacy: Educational Decree Number Twenty-Four (Book 5, Chapter 17)

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Vanessa and Casper explore the theme of Supremacy in chapter seventeen of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. They discuss Angelina Johnson’s prophetic position, how The Patriarchy shapes the actual building of Hogwarts, and the enduring grace of Helga Hufflepuff. Throughout the episode they consider the question: how do we celebrate ourselves without wanting to be better than others?

Thanks to Hannah Ricks for this week's voicemail! Next week we’re coming to you live from our Cambridge show with chapter eighteen, Dumbledore's Army, through the theme of failure.

Jan 10 2019
31 mins
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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! 

Mar 28 2017
35 mins
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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.

Aug 13 2016
25 mins
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Rank #18: Healing: The Hogwarts High Inquisitor (Book 5, Chapter 15)

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Vanessa and Casper explore the theme of Healing in chapter fifteen of "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix". This week, Vanessa and Casper are joined by Artie Wu, the founder of Preside Meditation and a dear friend of Casper's. We discuss Umbridge's use of silence, Harry's perception of his own survival, and the importance of a diagnosis. Our question this week is: what is the relationship between individual and collective healing?

Thanks this week to Charlyn for our voicemail. Next week we're reading chapter sixteen, In the Hog's Head, through the theme of respite. 

Dec 13 2018
38 mins
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Rank #19: Compassion: The Advance Guard (Book 5, Chapter 3)

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Vanessa and Casper return to the theme of "compassion" in chapter three of "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix." This week we discuss Tonk's hair, Moody's eyeball, and how Harry really needs a meditation practice. Our question this week is: How do we be compassionate to someone who doesn't want to receive it? 

Next week we're reading chapter four, Number Twelve Grimmauld Place, through the theme of Anger. Thanks this week to Nikki Spencer for our voicemail.

Sep 06 2018
37 mins
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Rank #20: 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. 

Jan 18 2018
47 mins
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