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Harry Potter and the Sacred Text

Vanessa Zoltan

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Harry Potter and the Sacred Text
Harry Potter and the Sacred Text

Harry Potter and the Sacred Text

Vanessa Zoltan

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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. B

Latest Episodes

Wrap-Up: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

In the final episode of season five, Vanessa and Casper pull out a few key insights from Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. They give Luna Lovegood her due praise, analyze Harry’s relationship to gifts, and Vanessa comes around more to the importance of Quidditch. Throughout the episode they unpack the growing presence of death in Harry’s life and this series. Next week, we're rounding out the season with a final Owl Post and a conversation with our mentor, Matthew Potts. And don't forget to hop over to the Women of Harry Potter feed on July 1st, to hear our episode on Lily Potter.

39 MIN2 d ago
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Wrap-Up: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Jealousy: The Only One He Ever Feared (Book 5, Chapter 36)

Vanessa and Casper explore the theme of Jealousy in chapter thirty-six of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. This week we discuss our love for Dumbledore and his relationships with Voldemort, Fudge, and Harry. Throughout the episode we consider the question: What other emotion is Jealousy hiding? Thanks to Ann-Mary Cloutier for this week's voicemail! Next week we’ll be reading chapter thirty-seven, The Lost Prophecy, through the theme of Patience.

41 MIN2 d ago
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Jealousy: The Only One He Ever Feared (Book 5, Chapter 36)

Home: Beyond the Veil (Book 5, Chapter 35)

Vanessa and Casper explore the theme of Home in chapter thirty-five of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. This week we discuss the individuality of the Death Eaters, Harry’s relationship to Sirius, and the realities of war. Throughout the episode we consider the question: how do we appreciate a piece of text we hate? Thanks to Sarah-Jane Hasenauer-Kinsley for this week's voicemail! Next week we’ll be reading chapter thirty-six, The Only One He Ever Feared, through the theme of Jealousy.

42 MIN2 d ago
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Home: Beyond the Veil (Book 5, Chapter 35)

Redemption: Out of the Fire (Book 5, Chapter 32)

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.

42 MIN2 d ago
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Redemption: Out of the Fire (Book 5, Chapter 32)

Celebration: O.W.L.S (Book 5, Chapter 31)

Vanessa and Casper explore the theme of Celebration in chapter thirty-one of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. This week we discuss Ron’s victory in the quidditch match, Harry’s opportunity to show off his Patronus skills, and joy as a tool of resistance. Throughout the episode we consider the question: How do we make celebration about collection triumph rather than individual superiority? Thanks to Erik for this week's voicemail! Next week we’ll be reading chapter thirty-two, Out of the Fire, through the theme of redemption.

43 MIN2 d ago
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Celebration: O.W.L.S (Book 5, Chapter 31)

Familiarity: Grawp (Book 5, Chapter 30)

Vanessa and Casper explore the theme of Familiarity in chapter thirty of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. This week we really pick apart Hagrid’s decision to ask the kids to take care of Grawp. Throughout the episode we consider the question: When does familiarity keep us from seeing the dangers around us? Thanks to Tess Schleitwiler for this week's voicemail! Next week Vanessa will be joined by Professor Matt Potts to talk about the apocalypse and answer some Owl Post.

43 MIN2 d ago
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Familiarity: Grawp (Book 5, Chapter 30)

Blessing Ginny Weasley

It’s Vanessa’s turn to bless a female character of Harry Potter, and she’s chosen to bless Ginny for her trauma at the hands of Lord Voldemort. Ariana invents a game about youngest members of famous groups.

27 MIN2 d ago
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Blessing Ginny Weasley

Hate: The Centaur and the Sneak (Book 5, Chapter 27)

Vanessa and Casper explore the theme of Hate in chapter twenty-seven of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. This week we discuss Umbridge’s hate of non-human creatures, Harry’s relationship to Draco, and Dobby’s attempts at self-harm. Throughout the episode they consider the question: what do the things we hate mean about ourselves? Thanks to Shannon Budelman for this week's voicemail! Next week we’ll be reading chapter twenty-eight, Snape’s Worst Memory, through the theme of Entitlement live from San Francisco. NB: During this week’s episode, Casper tells a story about self-harm and Vanessa tells a story about assault. If you’d like to skip those topics, our spiritual practice starts around minute 26.

46 MIN2 d ago
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Hate: The Centaur and the Sneak (Book 5, Chapter 27)

Obligation: Seen and Unforseen (Book 5, Chapter 26)

Vanessa and Casper explore the theme of Obligation in chapter twenty-six of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. This week, Vanessa starts to feel bad for Harry in his Occlumency lessons, Casper talks about the best and worst moments in his marriage, and they both gush over Seamus Finnigan. Throughout the episode they consider the question: When is a little obligation actually liberating? Thanks to Iris Gonzalez for this week's voicemail! Next week we’ll be reading chapter twenty-seven, The Centaur and the Sneak, through the theme of Hate.

45 MIN3 d ago
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Obligation: Seen and Unforseen (Book 5, Chapter 26)

Curiosity: Occlumency (Book 5, Chapter 24)

Vanessa and Casper explore the theme of Curiosity in chapter twenty-four of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. They really zoom in on the Harry/Snape dynamic in this chapter: discussing the first Occlumency lesson, examining Snape’s motivations, and as always, finding a way to blame Dumbledore. Throughout the episode they consider the question: How much curiosity do we owe people? Thanks to Trey Lyon for this week's voicemail! Next week we’ll be reading chapter twenty-five, The Beetle at Bay, through the theme of defiance.

44 MIN3 d ago
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Curiosity: Occlumency (Book 5, Chapter 24)

Latest Episodes

Wrap-Up: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

In the final episode of season five, Vanessa and Casper pull out a few key insights from Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. They give Luna Lovegood her due praise, analyze Harry’s relationship to gifts, and Vanessa comes around more to the importance of Quidditch. Throughout the episode they unpack the growing presence of death in Harry’s life and this series. Next week, we're rounding out the season with a final Owl Post and a conversation with our mentor, Matthew Potts. And don't forget to hop over to the Women of Harry Potter feed on July 1st, to hear our episode on Lily Potter.

39 MIN2 d ago
Comments
Wrap-Up: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Jealousy: The Only One He Ever Feared (Book 5, Chapter 36)

Vanessa and Casper explore the theme of Jealousy in chapter thirty-six of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. This week we discuss our love for Dumbledore and his relationships with Voldemort, Fudge, and Harry. Throughout the episode we consider the question: What other emotion is Jealousy hiding? Thanks to Ann-Mary Cloutier for this week's voicemail! Next week we’ll be reading chapter thirty-seven, The Lost Prophecy, through the theme of Patience.

41 MIN2 d ago
Comments
Jealousy: The Only One He Ever Feared (Book 5, Chapter 36)

Home: Beyond the Veil (Book 5, Chapter 35)

Vanessa and Casper explore the theme of Home in chapter thirty-five of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. This week we discuss the individuality of the Death Eaters, Harry’s relationship to Sirius, and the realities of war. Throughout the episode we consider the question: how do we appreciate a piece of text we hate? Thanks to Sarah-Jane Hasenauer-Kinsley for this week's voicemail! Next week we’ll be reading chapter thirty-six, The Only One He Ever Feared, through the theme of Jealousy.

42 MIN2 d ago
Comments
Home: Beyond the Veil (Book 5, Chapter 35)

Redemption: Out of the Fire (Book 5, Chapter 32)

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.

42 MIN2 d ago
Comments
Redemption: Out of the Fire (Book 5, Chapter 32)

Celebration: O.W.L.S (Book 5, Chapter 31)

Vanessa and Casper explore the theme of Celebration in chapter thirty-one of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. This week we discuss Ron’s victory in the quidditch match, Harry’s opportunity to show off his Patronus skills, and joy as a tool of resistance. Throughout the episode we consider the question: How do we make celebration about collection triumph rather than individual superiority? Thanks to Erik for this week's voicemail! Next week we’ll be reading chapter thirty-two, Out of the Fire, through the theme of redemption.

43 MIN2 d ago
Comments
Celebration: O.W.L.S (Book 5, Chapter 31)

Familiarity: Grawp (Book 5, Chapter 30)

Vanessa and Casper explore the theme of Familiarity in chapter thirty of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. This week we really pick apart Hagrid’s decision to ask the kids to take care of Grawp. Throughout the episode we consider the question: When does familiarity keep us from seeing the dangers around us? Thanks to Tess Schleitwiler for this week's voicemail! Next week Vanessa will be joined by Professor Matt Potts to talk about the apocalypse and answer some Owl Post.

43 MIN2 d ago
Comments
Familiarity: Grawp (Book 5, Chapter 30)

Blessing Ginny Weasley

It’s Vanessa’s turn to bless a female character of Harry Potter, and she’s chosen to bless Ginny for her trauma at the hands of Lord Voldemort. Ariana invents a game about youngest members of famous groups.

27 MIN2 d ago
Comments
Blessing Ginny Weasley

Hate: The Centaur and the Sneak (Book 5, Chapter 27)

Vanessa and Casper explore the theme of Hate in chapter twenty-seven of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. This week we discuss Umbridge’s hate of non-human creatures, Harry’s relationship to Draco, and Dobby’s attempts at self-harm. Throughout the episode they consider the question: what do the things we hate mean about ourselves? Thanks to Shannon Budelman for this week's voicemail! Next week we’ll be reading chapter twenty-eight, Snape’s Worst Memory, through the theme of Entitlement live from San Francisco. NB: During this week’s episode, Casper tells a story about self-harm and Vanessa tells a story about assault. If you’d like to skip those topics, our spiritual practice starts around minute 26.

46 MIN2 d ago
Comments
Hate: The Centaur and the Sneak (Book 5, Chapter 27)

Obligation: Seen and Unforseen (Book 5, Chapter 26)

Vanessa and Casper explore the theme of Obligation in chapter twenty-six of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. This week, Vanessa starts to feel bad for Harry in his Occlumency lessons, Casper talks about the best and worst moments in his marriage, and they both gush over Seamus Finnigan. Throughout the episode they consider the question: When is a little obligation actually liberating? Thanks to Iris Gonzalez for this week's voicemail! Next week we’ll be reading chapter twenty-seven, The Centaur and the Sneak, through the theme of Hate.

45 MIN3 d ago
Comments
Obligation: Seen and Unforseen (Book 5, Chapter 26)

Curiosity: Occlumency (Book 5, Chapter 24)

Vanessa and Casper explore the theme of Curiosity in chapter twenty-four of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. They really zoom in on the Harry/Snape dynamic in this chapter: discussing the first Occlumency lesson, examining Snape’s motivations, and as always, finding a way to blame Dumbledore. Throughout the episode they consider the question: How much curiosity do we owe people? Thanks to Trey Lyon for this week's voicemail! Next week we’ll be reading chapter twenty-five, The Beetle at Bay, through the theme of defiance.

44 MIN3 d ago
Comments
Curiosity: Occlumency (Book 5, Chapter 24)
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