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Harry Potter and the Sacred Text

By Vanessa Zoltan, Casper ter Kuile & Ariana Nedelman

Rank #35 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.

iTunes Ratings

3337 Ratings
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Politics killed this one for me

By Jared M.D. in Lostology - Dec 09 2018
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Virtue signaling all over the place. Republicans buy sneakers, read Harry Potter, and listen to podcast.

HPST ruined me for all other podcasts

By The Aunt - Dec 08 2018
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Thoughtful, well-produced, organized, and encouraging, this podcast engages a chapter a week through a theme. Now well into the 5th book, the deep well of content provides not only rich insight into the Harry Potter books, but also facilitates mindful reflection on how we choose to live in the world around us. I’ve personally found laughter, consolation, strength, and an ability to be more purposeful in being more kind and loving. That’s a lot to ask for from a podcast! But they do it, and make me smile, too. Thanks, HPST team!

iTunes Ratings

3337 Ratings
Average Ratings
3086
132
41
19
59

Politics killed this one for me

By Jared M.D. in Lostology - Dec 09 2018
Read more

Virtue signaling all over the place. Republicans buy sneakers, read Harry Potter, and listen to podcast.

HPST ruined me for all other podcasts

By The Aunt - Dec 08 2018
Read more

Thoughtful, well-produced, organized, and encouraging, this podcast engages a chapter a week through a theme. Now well into the 5th book, the deep well of content provides not only rich insight into the Harry Potter books, but also facilitates mindful reflection on how we choose to live in the world around us. I’ve personally found laughter, consolation, strength, and an ability to be more purposeful in being more kind and loving. That’s a lot to ask for from a podcast! But they do it, and make me smile, too. Thanks, HPST team!

Top 10 Episode of Harry Potter and the Sacred Text

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

Apr 19 2018
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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! 

Rank #2: Corruption: Padfoot Returns (Book 4, Chapter 27)

Apr 26 2018
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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. 

Rank #3: Commitment: The Boy Who Lived (Book 1, Chapter 1)

May 19 2016
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In the premiere episode of Harry Potter and the Sacred Text, Casper and Vanessa talk about why they are starting this project and analyze the first chapter of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone through the theme of commitment. 

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

May 03 2018
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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

Rank #5: Preciousness: The Egg and the Eye (Book 4, Chapter 25)

Apr 12 2018
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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! 

Rank #6: Belief: Dudley Demented (Book 5, Chapter 1)

Aug 23 2018
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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!

Rank #7: Loneliness: The Vanishing Glass (Book 1, Chapter 2)

May 27 2016
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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. 

Rank #8: Integrity: Rita Skeeter's Scoop (Book 4, Chapter 24)

Apr 05 2018
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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! 

Rank #9: Hope: Nicolas Flamel (Book 1, Chapter 13)

Aug 13 2016
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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.

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

Oct 05 2017
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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.