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First Years is a podcast for adult first-time readers of Harry Potter, who need a space to enjoy each book and have adult conversations about it. Join us for literary discussions along your journey! Spoiler free! Read Harry Potter before? This is a perfect excuse to reread the series. Come join us!

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#15: A Darker Beginning...

EToday we're going over chapters 1-4 of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban! We'll be discussing character shifts from previous books, Sirius Black, and Harry's uncontrolled magic. We'll also analyze the Firebolt broomstick and Ron's new wand! We may have also figured out the beef between Acromantulas and Basilisks?! Please remember to subscribe, rate, and review us whatever you listen to your podcasts. If you leave your name and Hogwarts house, you'll win a shoutout on here as well as earn house points toward the 2nd House Cup! Instagram & Twitter: @FirstYearsPod Email us: firstyearspodcast @ gmail . com My cats really like running around while I podcast, so don't mind them in this episode if you can hear them :) SOURCES: “#22 Birch Tree Symbolism & Meaning.” TreeSymbolism.com, treesymbolism.com/birch-tree-symbolism-meaning.html. “Birch”, “Ash.” Cunningham's Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs, by Scott Cunningham, Llewellyn Publications, 2016, pp. 39–56. Caro, Tina. “Ash Tree Symbolism and Meaning Explained [With Magical Uses].” Magickal Spot, 4 June 2020, magickalspot.com/ash-tree-symbolism-meaning/. Kendall, Paul. “Ash Mythology and Folklore.” Trees for Life, 30 July 2019, treesforlife.org.uk/into-the-forest/trees-plants-animals/trees/ash/ash-mythology-and-folklore/. Kendall, Paul. “Birch Mythology and Folklore.” Trees for Life, 30 July 2019, treesforlife.org.uk/into-the-forest/trees-plants-animals/trees/birch/birch-mythology-and-folklore/. Lawson, MD, Karen. “How Do Thoughts and Emotions Affect Health?” Taking Charge of Your Health & Wellbeing, University of Minnesota, www.takingcharge.csh.umn.edu/how-do-thoughts-and-emotions-affect-health. Nall, Rachel. “What to Know About Being Unable to Control Emotions.” Healthline, Healthline Media, 4 Oct. 2008, www.healthline.com/health/unable-to-control-emotions. https://www.wizardingworld.com/writing-by-jk-rowling/wand-woods https://www.wizardingworld.com/writing-by-jk-rowling/wand-cores

28 MIN1 w ago
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#15: A Darker Beginning...

#14: Discussing Racism and Injustice Through Harry Potter

TRIGGER WARNING: 56:15-56:35 -- there is discussion of sexual assault and terminology regarding sexual assault. This is the time stamp if you would like to skip it. Today's episode we've taken a break from our reading of Harry Potter and have two guests on to discuss where we see racism and injustice within the Potter series, relate it to our world today, and discuss how Harry Potter can be used as a tool to have these incredibly important discussions with our children, friends, and family members. THIS EPISODE IS NOT SPOILER FREE. Thank you to my guests @racheal_carrillo and @mus.moiz for helping me have this discussion. Reach out with your thoughts on @firstyearspod (Twitter and Insta) or email us at firstyearspodcast @ gmail . com BLACK LIVES MATTER TRANS LIVES MATTER BLACK TRANS LIVES MATTER RESOURCES: https://blacklivesmatter.com https://www.instagram.com/rachel.cargle/ https://twitter.com/DrIbram https://www.instagram.com/mspackyetti/

62 MIN3 w ago
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#14: Discussing Racism and Injustice Through Harry Potter

#13: MOVIE Analysis: Chamber of Secrets

Today we're going over the movie version of Chamber of Secrets. We'll discuss changes made, the quality of it as an adaptation, question what a stick shift has to do with flying, and ANNOUNCE THE HOUSE WINNERS OF OUR FIRST HOUSE CUP TOURNAMENT! For next episode, you need to read chapters 1-4 of Prisoner of Azkaban! Follow us at @firstyearspod on Twitter and Instagram Email us: firstyearspodcast @ gmail . com Thank you again so much to everyone who participated in the House Cup Tournament! www.authorsarahjonesdittmeier.info/firstyearspodcast Sources: Columbus, Chris, director. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. Warner Brothers, 2002.

53 MINJUN 2
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#13: MOVIE Analysis: Chamber of Secrets

#12: Phoenixes and Basilisks

We are going over CHAPTERS 16-THE END of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets! We're joined by special guest, Karissa Marston. We discuss Gilderoy Lockhart, Tom Riddle, memory and loyalty, phoenixes, basilisks, and the overarching symbols of Gryffindor and Slytherin within this book. Tonight 5/19/2020 on Instagram Live! Join @firstyearspod and @karissamarston for house cup cocktail making. We'll be talking all things HP while making house inspired cocktails and giving away house points toward the house cup! The House Cup will be awarded NEXT EPISODE! All members of the winning house will be entered into a giveaway -- more details will be found on our Instagram @firstyearspod. Twitter: @firstyearspod Email us: firstyearspodcast @ gmail . com Follow Karissa for some more geeky cocktail making: @karissamarston https://www.authorsarahjonesdittmeier.info/firstyearspodcast SOURCES: Alexander, R. McN. “The Evolution of the Basilisk.” Greece & Rome, Vol. 10, No. 2 (Oct., 1963), pp. 170-181. Cambridge University Press on behalf of The Classical Association. JSTOR. https://www.jstor.org/stable/642817 Editors of EncyclopædiaBritannica, The. “Phoenix.” Encyclopædia Britannica. Encyclopædia Britannica, Inc., 19 Feb. 2020. https://www.britannica.com/topic/phoenix-mythological-bird Gregory, Joshua C. “Magic, Fascination, and Suggestion.” Folklore, Vol. 63, No. 3 (Sep., 1952), pp. 143-151. Taylor & Francis, Ltd. on behalf of Folklore Enterprises, Ltd. JSTOR. https://www.jstor.org/stable/1256932 Robinson, Margaret. “Some Fabulous Beasts.” Folklore, Vol. 76, No. 4 (Winter, 1965), pp. 273-287. Taylor & Francis, Ltd. on behalf of Folklore Enterprises, Ltd. JSTOR. https://www.jstor.org/stable/1258298 Rowling, J. K., and Newt Scamander. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Bloomsbury Childrens Books, 2020. Senter, Phil, Uta Mattox and Eid. E. Haddad. “Snake to Monster: Conrad Gessner’s Schlangenbuch and the Evolution of the Dragon in the Literature of Natural History.” Journal of Folklore Research, Vol. 53, No. 1 (January/April 2016), pp. 67-124. Indiana University Press. JSTOR. https://www.jstor.org/stable/10.2979/jfolkrese.53.1-4.67 Thompson, Dorothy Burr. “The Phoenix.” Phoenix, Vol. 1, No. 1 (1946-1947), pp. 2-3. Classical Association of Canada. JSTOR. https://www.jstor.org/stable/1085964 Writers and Editors of the New World Encyclopedia, The. “Phoenix (mythology)”. Mar. 2019. https://www.newworldencyclopedia.org/entry/phoenix_(mythology)

84 MINMAY 19
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#12: Phoenixes and Basilisks

#11: Mandrakes!

We are going over CHAPTERS 12-15 of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets! We're discussing the events of the chapters, fear, acromantulas, and of course, MANDRAKES! This is our second to last episode of Chamber of Secrets -- which means there's only a few weeks left to earn house points for your house before we give away the house cup! Be sure to follow us on instagram at @FirstYearsPod -- we're going to have a day for each house to earn house points. At the end, all members of the house who wins will be entered into a giveaway! You can also earn points by rating and reviewing us and leaving your name and Hogwarts house! Twitter & Instagram: @FirstYearsPod Email us at: firstyearspodcast @ gmail . com https://www.authorsarahjonesdittmeier.info/firstyearspodcast SOURCES: Brussell, David Eric. “Medicinal Plants of Mt. Pelion, Greece.” Economic Botany, Vol. 58, Supplement (Winter, 2004), pp. S174-S202. Springer on behalf of New York Botanical Garden Press. JSTOR. https://www.jstor.org/stable/4256917 Carter, Anthony John. “Narcosis and Nightshade.” British Medical Journal,Vol. 313, No. 7072 (Dec. 21-28, 1996), pp. 1630-1632. BMJ. JSTOR. https://www.jstor.org/stable/29733893 Clark, H.F. “The Mandrake Fiend.” Folklore, Vol. 73, No. 4 (Winter, 1962). pp. 257-269. Taylor & Francis, Ltd. on behalf of Folklore Enterprises, Ltd. JSTOR. https://www.jstor.org/stable/1258504 Cunningham, Scott. Cunningham’s Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs. Llewellyn, 2016. Fleisher, Alexander, and Zhenia Fleisher. “The Fragrance of Biblical Mandrake.” Economic Botany, Vol. 48, No. 3 (Jul. -Sep. 1994), pp 243-251. Springer on behalf of New York Botanical Garden Press. JSTOR. https://www.jstor.org/stable/4255636 Westcott, William Wynn. “The Mandrake.” The British Medical Journal, Vol. 1, No. 1524 (Marc. 15, 1890), pp. 620-621. BMJ. JSTOR. https://www.jstor.org/stable/20238505 Wikipedia contributors. "Mandrake."Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, 16 Apr. 2020. Web. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mandrake

28 MINMAY 5
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#11: Mandrakes!

#10: The Chamber of Secrets Has Been Opened...with Megan Roads!

EIn this episode we go through CHAPTERS 6-11 of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets with our lovely guest, Megan Roads! We discuss the history of the Chamber of Secrets, facts vs myth, fear and the spread of rumors, and pureblood privilege. HOUSE POINTS: HUFFLEPUFF IS NOW IN THE LEAD. Shoutouts go to those who earned their houses house points via instagram: starry.eyed.one, karissamarston, thepreppywitch, coldblooded.slytherin, katek2010, mpinedo9, samanthaferry.jpg. Be sure to follow us on Twitter and Instagram for more house point opportunities: @FirstYearsPod Go follow Megan! @meg_roads Email us at: firstyearspodcast @ gmail . com https://www.authorsarahjonesdittmeier.info/firstyearspodcast

51 MINAPR 21
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#10: The Chamber of Secrets Has Been Opened...with Megan Roads!

#9: Best Not to Fight with the Whomping Willow

In this episode you need to have read through CHAPTER FIVE of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. We go over the Whomping Willow and the idea of barriers Harry has had to get through in this book so far. Note: Apologies for the squeaky stool noise in the background. Oy! Thank you for bearing with us regarding audio issues the past couple episodes! HOUSE POINTS: SLYTHERIN IS IN THE LEAD WITH HUFFLEPUFF ONLY FIVE POINTS BEHIND! It's anyone's game! Connect with us on Twitter and Instagram (and be on the look out for house point opportunities!): @FirstYearsPod Email us at: firstyearspodcast @ gmail . com https://authorsarahjonesdittmeier.info/firstyearspodcast SOURCES: “#10: Willow Tree: Symbolism and Meaning.” TreeSymbolism.com https://treesymbolism.com/willow-tree-symbolism-meaning.html “Barrier.”Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/barrier. Gifford, Jane. “Lesson of the Willow.” The Wisdom of Trees. From source: “Willow.” Thegoddesstree.com http://www.thegoddesstree.com/trees/Willow.htm Koehn, Alfred. “Chinese Flower Symbolism.” Monumenta Nipponica, Vol. 8, No. 1/2 (1952), pp. 121-146 Sophia University. JSTOR. https://www.jstor.org/stable/2383008 Lindahl, Carl. “Transition Symbolism on Tombstones.” Western Folklore, Vol. 45, No. 3 (Jul., 1986), pp. 165-185 Western States Folklore Society. JSTOR. https://www.jstor.org/stable/1499433 Ronnberg, Ami, and Kathleen Martin, editors. The Book of Symbols: Reflections on Archetypal Images. Taschen. “Car.” pp. 442-443. “Train.” pp. 444-445. “Tree.” pp. 128-130. Rowling, J.K. “Wand Woods.” Wizardingworld.com https://www.wizardingworld.com/writing-by-jk-rowling/wand-woods “Wall.”Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wall. “Willow Tree Symbolism – Find Strength in Being Adaptable.” SpiritualUnite.com https://www.spiritualunite.com/articles/willow-tree-symbolism-find-strength-in-being-adaptable/

20 MINAPR 7
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#9: Best Not to Fight with the Whomping Willow

#8: Elves and Eyes

In this episode you need to have read through CHAPTER FOUR (again!). There wasn't enough time last episode to go over Dobby so we'll be doing that today, focusing mainly on chapter two! We'll be going over the symbolism of eyes and the folklore of elves, and what it means in the context of this chapter/book. With the coronavirus pandemic going on, please don't hesitate to reach out to us for how we can be of service to you during this time. We know many are struggling and would love to be there for you in any way that we can. Connect with us on Instagram and Twitter: @FirstYearsPod Email us at: firstyearspodcast @ gmail . com https://authorsarahjonesdittmeier.info/firstyearspodcast SOURCES: Bensimon, Marc. “The Significance of Eye Imagery in the Renaissance from Bosch to Montaigne.”Yale French Studies, No. 47, Image and Symbol in the Renaissance (1972), pp. 266-290. Yale University Press.JSTOR. https://www.jstor.org/stable/2929415 Editors ofEncyclopædiaBritannica, “Elf.”Encyclo...

21 MINMAR 24
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#8: Elves and Eyes

#7: Isolation and Familial Relationships

Welcome to episode SEVEN of First Years! This is the first episode of Chamber of Secrets! You have to have read through CHAPTER FOUR of Chamber of Secrets for this episode. We go over parallels between books one and two, Harry's feelings of isolation, and the different family dynamics present in these chapters. Please rate & review us if you have spare moment-- leaving your name and Hogwarts house will earn you a shoutout and house points! We're giving away a House Cup at the end of this book, so be sure to earn your points! Follow us on insta and twitter: @FirstYearsPod Email us your thoughts and questions: firstyearspodcast @ gmail . com https://www.authorsarahjonesdittmeier.info/firstyearspodcast Sources for this episode: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by JK Rowling

31 MINMAR 10
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#7: Isolation and Familial Relationships

#6: MOVIE Analysis: Sorcerer's Stone

Today's episode we go over the movie version of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. We discuss changes made between page and screen, what makes a good adaptation, and discuss a LOT how much we miss Alan Rickman and Richard Harris. EMAIL US: firstyearspodcast @ gmail . com --Let us know what you thought of the movie! Did you love it? Hate it? Do you wish certain things were included that weren't? INSTA & TWITTER: @FirstYearsPod -- We have LOTS of opportunities to win house points over on Instagram, so be sure to follow us and check our stories! https://www.authorsarahjonesdittmeier.info/firstyearspodcast If you like what you hear, please consider taking a moment to rate and review us on whatever platform you're listening on. It helps us reach more people who are on their Potter journeys! Plus if you leave your name and Hogwarts house, you'll get a shoutout on the podcast and win house points toward the house cup!

45 MINFEB 21
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#6: MOVIE Analysis: Sorcerer's Stone

Latest Episodes

#15: A Darker Beginning...

EToday we're going over chapters 1-4 of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban! We'll be discussing character shifts from previous books, Sirius Black, and Harry's uncontrolled magic. We'll also analyze the Firebolt broomstick and Ron's new wand! We may have also figured out the beef between Acromantulas and Basilisks?! Please remember to subscribe, rate, and review us whatever you listen to your podcasts. If you leave your name and Hogwarts house, you'll win a shoutout on here as well as earn house points toward the 2nd House Cup! Instagram & Twitter: @FirstYearsPod Email us: firstyearspodcast @ gmail . com My cats really like running around while I podcast, so don't mind them in this episode if you can hear them :) SOURCES: “#22 Birch Tree Symbolism & Meaning.” TreeSymbolism.com, treesymbolism.com/birch-tree-symbolism-meaning.html. “Birch”, “Ash.” Cunningham's Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs, by Scott Cunningham, Llewellyn Publications, 2016, pp. 39–56. Caro, Tina. “Ash Tree Symbolism and Meaning Explained [With Magical Uses].” Magickal Spot, 4 June 2020, magickalspot.com/ash-tree-symbolism-meaning/. Kendall, Paul. “Ash Mythology and Folklore.” Trees for Life, 30 July 2019, treesforlife.org.uk/into-the-forest/trees-plants-animals/trees/ash/ash-mythology-and-folklore/. Kendall, Paul. “Birch Mythology and Folklore.” Trees for Life, 30 July 2019, treesforlife.org.uk/into-the-forest/trees-plants-animals/trees/birch/birch-mythology-and-folklore/. Lawson, MD, Karen. “How Do Thoughts and Emotions Affect Health?” Taking Charge of Your Health & Wellbeing, University of Minnesota, www.takingcharge.csh.umn.edu/how-do-thoughts-and-emotions-affect-health. Nall, Rachel. “What to Know About Being Unable to Control Emotions.” Healthline, Healthline Media, 4 Oct. 2008, www.healthline.com/health/unable-to-control-emotions. https://www.wizardingworld.com/writing-by-jk-rowling/wand-woods https://www.wizardingworld.com/writing-by-jk-rowling/wand-cores

28 MIN1 w ago
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#15: A Darker Beginning...

#14: Discussing Racism and Injustice Through Harry Potter

TRIGGER WARNING: 56:15-56:35 -- there is discussion of sexual assault and terminology regarding sexual assault. This is the time stamp if you would like to skip it. Today's episode we've taken a break from our reading of Harry Potter and have two guests on to discuss where we see racism and injustice within the Potter series, relate it to our world today, and discuss how Harry Potter can be used as a tool to have these incredibly important discussions with our children, friends, and family members. THIS EPISODE IS NOT SPOILER FREE. Thank you to my guests @racheal_carrillo and @mus.moiz for helping me have this discussion. Reach out with your thoughts on @firstyearspod (Twitter and Insta) or email us at firstyearspodcast @ gmail . com BLACK LIVES MATTER TRANS LIVES MATTER BLACK TRANS LIVES MATTER RESOURCES: https://blacklivesmatter.com https://www.instagram.com/rachel.cargle/ https://twitter.com/DrIbram https://www.instagram.com/mspackyetti/

62 MIN3 w ago
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#14: Discussing Racism and Injustice Through Harry Potter

#13: MOVIE Analysis: Chamber of Secrets

Today we're going over the movie version of Chamber of Secrets. We'll discuss changes made, the quality of it as an adaptation, question what a stick shift has to do with flying, and ANNOUNCE THE HOUSE WINNERS OF OUR FIRST HOUSE CUP TOURNAMENT! For next episode, you need to read chapters 1-4 of Prisoner of Azkaban! Follow us at @firstyearspod on Twitter and Instagram Email us: firstyearspodcast @ gmail . com Thank you again so much to everyone who participated in the House Cup Tournament! www.authorsarahjonesdittmeier.info/firstyearspodcast Sources: Columbus, Chris, director. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. Warner Brothers, 2002.

53 MINJUN 2
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#13: MOVIE Analysis: Chamber of Secrets

#12: Phoenixes and Basilisks

We are going over CHAPTERS 16-THE END of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets! We're joined by special guest, Karissa Marston. We discuss Gilderoy Lockhart, Tom Riddle, memory and loyalty, phoenixes, basilisks, and the overarching symbols of Gryffindor and Slytherin within this book. Tonight 5/19/2020 on Instagram Live! Join @firstyearspod and @karissamarston for house cup cocktail making. We'll be talking all things HP while making house inspired cocktails and giving away house points toward the house cup! The House Cup will be awarded NEXT EPISODE! All members of the winning house will be entered into a giveaway -- more details will be found on our Instagram @firstyearspod. Twitter: @firstyearspod Email us: firstyearspodcast @ gmail . com Follow Karissa for some more geeky cocktail making: @karissamarston https://www.authorsarahjonesdittmeier.info/firstyearspodcast SOURCES: Alexander, R. McN. “The Evolution of the Basilisk.” Greece & Rome, Vol. 10, No. 2 (Oct., 1963), pp. 170-181. Cambridge University Press on behalf of The Classical Association. JSTOR. https://www.jstor.org/stable/642817 Editors of EncyclopædiaBritannica, The. “Phoenix.” Encyclopædia Britannica. Encyclopædia Britannica, Inc., 19 Feb. 2020. https://www.britannica.com/topic/phoenix-mythological-bird Gregory, Joshua C. “Magic, Fascination, and Suggestion.” Folklore, Vol. 63, No. 3 (Sep., 1952), pp. 143-151. Taylor & Francis, Ltd. on behalf of Folklore Enterprises, Ltd. JSTOR. https://www.jstor.org/stable/1256932 Robinson, Margaret. “Some Fabulous Beasts.” Folklore, Vol. 76, No. 4 (Winter, 1965), pp. 273-287. Taylor & Francis, Ltd. on behalf of Folklore Enterprises, Ltd. JSTOR. https://www.jstor.org/stable/1258298 Rowling, J. K., and Newt Scamander. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Bloomsbury Childrens Books, 2020. Senter, Phil, Uta Mattox and Eid. E. Haddad. “Snake to Monster: Conrad Gessner’s Schlangenbuch and the Evolution of the Dragon in the Literature of Natural History.” Journal of Folklore Research, Vol. 53, No. 1 (January/April 2016), pp. 67-124. Indiana University Press. JSTOR. https://www.jstor.org/stable/10.2979/jfolkrese.53.1-4.67 Thompson, Dorothy Burr. “The Phoenix.” Phoenix, Vol. 1, No. 1 (1946-1947), pp. 2-3. Classical Association of Canada. JSTOR. https://www.jstor.org/stable/1085964 Writers and Editors of the New World Encyclopedia, The. “Phoenix (mythology)”. Mar. 2019. https://www.newworldencyclopedia.org/entry/phoenix_(mythology)

84 MINMAY 19
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#12: Phoenixes and Basilisks

#11: Mandrakes!

We are going over CHAPTERS 12-15 of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets! We're discussing the events of the chapters, fear, acromantulas, and of course, MANDRAKES! This is our second to last episode of Chamber of Secrets -- which means there's only a few weeks left to earn house points for your house before we give away the house cup! Be sure to follow us on instagram at @FirstYearsPod -- we're going to have a day for each house to earn house points. At the end, all members of the house who wins will be entered into a giveaway! You can also earn points by rating and reviewing us and leaving your name and Hogwarts house! Twitter & Instagram: @FirstYearsPod Email us at: firstyearspodcast @ gmail . com https://www.authorsarahjonesdittmeier.info/firstyearspodcast SOURCES: Brussell, David Eric. “Medicinal Plants of Mt. Pelion, Greece.” Economic Botany, Vol. 58, Supplement (Winter, 2004), pp. S174-S202. Springer on behalf of New York Botanical Garden Press. JSTOR. https://www.jstor.org/stable/4256917 Carter, Anthony John. “Narcosis and Nightshade.” British Medical Journal,Vol. 313, No. 7072 (Dec. 21-28, 1996), pp. 1630-1632. BMJ. JSTOR. https://www.jstor.org/stable/29733893 Clark, H.F. “The Mandrake Fiend.” Folklore, Vol. 73, No. 4 (Winter, 1962). pp. 257-269. Taylor & Francis, Ltd. on behalf of Folklore Enterprises, Ltd. JSTOR. https://www.jstor.org/stable/1258504 Cunningham, Scott. Cunningham’s Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs. Llewellyn, 2016. Fleisher, Alexander, and Zhenia Fleisher. “The Fragrance of Biblical Mandrake.” Economic Botany, Vol. 48, No. 3 (Jul. -Sep. 1994), pp 243-251. Springer on behalf of New York Botanical Garden Press. JSTOR. https://www.jstor.org/stable/4255636 Westcott, William Wynn. “The Mandrake.” The British Medical Journal, Vol. 1, No. 1524 (Marc. 15, 1890), pp. 620-621. BMJ. JSTOR. https://www.jstor.org/stable/20238505 Wikipedia contributors. "Mandrake."Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, 16 Apr. 2020. Web. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mandrake

28 MINMAY 5
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#11: Mandrakes!

#10: The Chamber of Secrets Has Been Opened...with Megan Roads!

EIn this episode we go through CHAPTERS 6-11 of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets with our lovely guest, Megan Roads! We discuss the history of the Chamber of Secrets, facts vs myth, fear and the spread of rumors, and pureblood privilege. HOUSE POINTS: HUFFLEPUFF IS NOW IN THE LEAD. Shoutouts go to those who earned their houses house points via instagram: starry.eyed.one, karissamarston, thepreppywitch, coldblooded.slytherin, katek2010, mpinedo9, samanthaferry.jpg. Be sure to follow us on Twitter and Instagram for more house point opportunities: @FirstYearsPod Go follow Megan! @meg_roads Email us at: firstyearspodcast @ gmail . com https://www.authorsarahjonesdittmeier.info/firstyearspodcast

51 MINAPR 21
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#10: The Chamber of Secrets Has Been Opened...with Megan Roads!

#9: Best Not to Fight with the Whomping Willow

In this episode you need to have read through CHAPTER FIVE of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. We go over the Whomping Willow and the idea of barriers Harry has had to get through in this book so far. Note: Apologies for the squeaky stool noise in the background. Oy! Thank you for bearing with us regarding audio issues the past couple episodes! HOUSE POINTS: SLYTHERIN IS IN THE LEAD WITH HUFFLEPUFF ONLY FIVE POINTS BEHIND! It's anyone's game! Connect with us on Twitter and Instagram (and be on the look out for house point opportunities!): @FirstYearsPod Email us at: firstyearspodcast @ gmail . com https://authorsarahjonesdittmeier.info/firstyearspodcast SOURCES: “#10: Willow Tree: Symbolism and Meaning.” TreeSymbolism.com https://treesymbolism.com/willow-tree-symbolism-meaning.html “Barrier.”Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/barrier. Gifford, Jane. “Lesson of the Willow.” The Wisdom of Trees. From source: “Willow.” Thegoddesstree.com http://www.thegoddesstree.com/trees/Willow.htm Koehn, Alfred. “Chinese Flower Symbolism.” Monumenta Nipponica, Vol. 8, No. 1/2 (1952), pp. 121-146 Sophia University. JSTOR. https://www.jstor.org/stable/2383008 Lindahl, Carl. “Transition Symbolism on Tombstones.” Western Folklore, Vol. 45, No. 3 (Jul., 1986), pp. 165-185 Western States Folklore Society. JSTOR. https://www.jstor.org/stable/1499433 Ronnberg, Ami, and Kathleen Martin, editors. The Book of Symbols: Reflections on Archetypal Images. Taschen. “Car.” pp. 442-443. “Train.” pp. 444-445. “Tree.” pp. 128-130. Rowling, J.K. “Wand Woods.” Wizardingworld.com https://www.wizardingworld.com/writing-by-jk-rowling/wand-woods “Wall.”Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wall. “Willow Tree Symbolism – Find Strength in Being Adaptable.” SpiritualUnite.com https://www.spiritualunite.com/articles/willow-tree-symbolism-find-strength-in-being-adaptable/

20 MINAPR 7
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#9: Best Not to Fight with the Whomping Willow

#8: Elves and Eyes

In this episode you need to have read through CHAPTER FOUR (again!). There wasn't enough time last episode to go over Dobby so we'll be doing that today, focusing mainly on chapter two! We'll be going over the symbolism of eyes and the folklore of elves, and what it means in the context of this chapter/book. With the coronavirus pandemic going on, please don't hesitate to reach out to us for how we can be of service to you during this time. We know many are struggling and would love to be there for you in any way that we can. Connect with us on Instagram and Twitter: @FirstYearsPod Email us at: firstyearspodcast @ gmail . com https://authorsarahjonesdittmeier.info/firstyearspodcast SOURCES: Bensimon, Marc. “The Significance of Eye Imagery in the Renaissance from Bosch to Montaigne.”Yale French Studies, No. 47, Image and Symbol in the Renaissance (1972), pp. 266-290. Yale University Press.JSTOR. https://www.jstor.org/stable/2929415 Editors ofEncyclopædiaBritannica, “Elf.”Encyclo...

21 MINMAR 24
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#8: Elves and Eyes

#7: Isolation and Familial Relationships

Welcome to episode SEVEN of First Years! This is the first episode of Chamber of Secrets! You have to have read through CHAPTER FOUR of Chamber of Secrets for this episode. We go over parallels between books one and two, Harry's feelings of isolation, and the different family dynamics present in these chapters. Please rate & review us if you have spare moment-- leaving your name and Hogwarts house will earn you a shoutout and house points! We're giving away a House Cup at the end of this book, so be sure to earn your points! Follow us on insta and twitter: @FirstYearsPod Email us your thoughts and questions: firstyearspodcast @ gmail . com https://www.authorsarahjonesdittmeier.info/firstyearspodcast Sources for this episode: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by JK Rowling

31 MINMAR 10
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#7: Isolation and Familial Relationships

#6: MOVIE Analysis: Sorcerer's Stone

Today's episode we go over the movie version of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. We discuss changes made between page and screen, what makes a good adaptation, and discuss a LOT how much we miss Alan Rickman and Richard Harris. EMAIL US: firstyearspodcast @ gmail . com --Let us know what you thought of the movie! Did you love it? Hate it? Do you wish certain things were included that weren't? INSTA & TWITTER: @FirstYearsPod -- We have LOTS of opportunities to win house points over on Instagram, so be sure to follow us and check our stories! https://www.authorsarahjonesdittmeier.info/firstyearspodcast If you like what you hear, please consider taking a moment to rate and review us on whatever platform you're listening on. It helps us reach more people who are on their Potter journeys! Plus if you leave your name and Hogwarts house, you'll get a shoutout on the podcast and win house points toward the house cup!

45 MINFEB 21
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#6: MOVIE Analysis: Sorcerer's Stone
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