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Harry Potter and the Sacred Text

Rank #28 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

3587 Ratings
Average Ratings
3317
142
45
21
62

Harry Potter will be studied in divinity schools in the future

By Sam.Hanks - Feb 15 2019
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This podcast will be a foundational text.

Two enthusiastic thumbs up

By Kal's Gal - Jan 23 2019
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I’m in love with everything about this show!

iTunes Ratings

3587 Ratings
Average Ratings
3317
142
45
21
62

Harry Potter will be studied in divinity schools in the future

By Sam.Hanks - Feb 15 2019
Read more

This podcast will be a foundational text.

Two enthusiastic thumbs up

By Kal's Gal - Jan 23 2019
Read more

I’m in love with everything about this show!

Cover image of Harry Potter and the Sacred Text

Harry Potter and the Sacred Text

Rank #28 in Religion & Spirituality category

Read more

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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Most Popular Episodes 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! 

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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. 

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Rank #3: 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

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Rank #4: 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. 

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Rank #5: New Podcast Network Announcement!

Jan 03 2019
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A few months ago we learned that our podcast network was shutting down. You may remember we made a panicked announcement in the feed, unsure of whether we could continue the show. Today, we're back with a much happier announcement. Spoiler alert: Harry Potter and the Sacred Text lives and all was well.

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Rank #6: Respite: In the Hog's Head (Book 5, Chapter 16)

Dec 20 2018
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Vanessa and Casper explore the theme of Respite in chapter sixteen of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. They discuss Aberforth living in Dumbledore's shadow, Ron wanting to step out of his prefect roll, and Harry needing a break from his trauma. Throughout the episode they consider the question: Can respite be healing? Thanks to Maloy Moore for this week's voicemail. We're taking two weeks off for the holidays, but we'll be back on January 10th with Chapter 17, Educational Decree Number Twenty-four, through the theme of supremacy. 

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Rank #7: 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! 

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Rank #8: 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!

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Rank #9: Healing: The Hogwarts High Inquisitor (Book 5, Chapter 15)

Dec 13 2018
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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. 

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Rank #10: Compassion: The Advance Guard (Book 5, Chapter 3)

Sep 06 2018
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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.

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Rank #11: Fear: The Letters From No One (Book 1, Chapter 3)

Jun 03 2016
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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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Rank #12: Mercy: Owl Post (Book 3, Chapter 1)

Mar 28 2017
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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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Rank #13: Anger: Number Twelve Grimmauld Place (Book 5, Chapter 4)

Sep 13 2018
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Vanessa and Casper examine the theme of "Anger" in chapter four of "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix." This week we discuss Percy's betrayal, Ginny's coolness, and how badly Harry is treating his friends. Our question this week is: Is anger ever a productive emotion? Next week we're reading chapter five, The Order of the Phoenix, through the theme of Gratitude. Thanks this week to Beth Strickland for our voicemail.

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

Jan 18 2018
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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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Rank #15: Guilt: The Yule Ball (Book 4, Chapter 23)

Mar 29 2018
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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! 

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Rank #16: 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.

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Rank #17: 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! 

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Rank #18: 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. 

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Rank #19: Hospitality: The Leaky Cauldron (Book 3, Chapter 4)

Apr 18 2017
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Vanessa and Casper explore the theme of hospitality in chapter four of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. They consider the ways in which Hermione is diplomatic, do the Jewish practice of PaRDeS for the first time on their own, and grudgingly admit that maybe Percy has the right idea for once. Throughout the episode they consider the question: What's the relationship between capitalism and altruism? This episode is sponsored by Spotify Showstopper and Blue Apron. Next week we're reading chapter five, The Dementor, through the theme of foresight. Our donor of the week is Marilyn Pukkila and our voicemail this week is thanks to Abigail Smith. If you want to take the audience survey, you can go to panoply.fm/survey.

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Rank #20: Faith: The House-Elf Liberation Front (Book 4, Chapter 21)

Mar 15 2018
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Vanessa and Casper explore the theme of "faith" in chapter twenty-one of "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire." This week we discuss Vanessa's first celebrity crush, the separation of church and state in the US, and the internalized oppression of house-elves. Our question this week is: What does faith look like when it's not religious? Next week we're reading chapter twenty-two, The Unexpected Task, through the theme of Happiness. Thanks this week to Austin Bucholtz for our voicemail. We have officially launched our fundraiser. If you can, please support us so we can read Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix! 

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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. 

May 27 2016
30 mins
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Rank #5: New Podcast Network Announcement!

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A few months ago we learned that our podcast network was shutting down. You may remember we made a panicked announcement in the feed, unsure of whether we could continue the show. Today, we're back with a much happier announcement. Spoiler alert: Harry Potter and the Sacred Text lives and all was well.

Jan 03 2019
3 mins
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Rank #6: Respite: In the Hog's Head (Book 5, Chapter 16)

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Vanessa and Casper explore the theme of Respite in chapter sixteen of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. They discuss Aberforth living in Dumbledore's shadow, Ron wanting to step out of his prefect roll, and Harry needing a break from his trauma. Throughout the episode they consider the question: Can respite be healing? Thanks to Maloy Moore for this week's voicemail. We're taking two weeks off for the holidays, but we'll be back on January 10th with Chapter 17, Educational Decree Number Twenty-four, through the theme of supremacy. 

Dec 20 2018
34 mins
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Rank #7: 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 #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!

Aug 23 2018
35 mins
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Rank #9: 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 #10: 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 #11: 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 #12: 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 #13: Anger: Number Twelve Grimmauld Place (Book 5, Chapter 4)

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Vanessa and Casper examine the theme of "Anger" in chapter four of "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix." This week we discuss Percy's betrayal, Ginny's coolness, and how badly Harry is treating his friends. Our question this week is: Is anger ever a productive emotion? Next week we're reading chapter five, The Order of the Phoenix, through the theme of Gratitude. Thanks this week to Beth Strickland for our voicemail.

Sep 13 2018
37 mins
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Rank #14: 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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Rank #15: 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 #16: 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 #17: 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 #18: 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 #19: Hospitality: The Leaky Cauldron (Book 3, Chapter 4)

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Vanessa and Casper explore the theme of hospitality in chapter four of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. They consider the ways in which Hermione is diplomatic, do the Jewish practice of PaRDeS for the first time on their own, and grudgingly admit that maybe Percy has the right idea for once. Throughout the episode they consider the question: What's the relationship between capitalism and altruism? This episode is sponsored by Spotify Showstopper and Blue Apron. Next week we're reading chapter five, The Dementor, through the theme of foresight. Our donor of the week is Marilyn Pukkila and our voicemail this week is thanks to Abigail Smith. If you want to take the audience survey, you can go to panoply.fm/survey.

Apr 18 2017
38 mins
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Rank #20: Faith: The House-Elf Liberation Front (Book 4, Chapter 21)

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Vanessa and Casper explore the theme of "faith" in chapter twenty-one of "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire." This week we discuss Vanessa's first celebrity crush, the separation of church and state in the US, and the internalized oppression of house-elves. Our question this week is: What does faith look like when it's not religious? Next week we're reading chapter twenty-two, The Unexpected Task, through the theme of Happiness. Thanks this week to Austin Bucholtz for our voicemail. We have officially launched our fundraiser. If you can, please support us so we can read Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix! 

Mar 15 2018
29 mins
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