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Harry Potter and the Sacred Text

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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.

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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Episodes

Corruption: Padfoot Returns (Book 4, Chapter 27)

4/26/2018
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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...

Duration:00:35:20

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

4/19/2018
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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,...

Duration:01:10:47

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

4/12/2018
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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...

Duration:00:37:11

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

4/5/2018
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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...

Duration:00:38:14

Special Edition: Crowdfunder Update + Poem

4/3/2018
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Just a little note to let you know how our fundraiser is going. We're more than halfway there! Thank you to all who have donated. For those who want to help us get to Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, we're keeping the crowdfunder open until April 21st. You can donate here: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/harry-potter-and-the-sacred-text-2018-crowdfunder#/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:01:51

Guilt: The Yule Ball (Book 4, Chapter 23)

3/29/2018
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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...

Duration:00:36:26

Special Edition: Extended Conversation with Gretchen Rubin

3/23/2018
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We could only include a few minutes of Vanessa's conversation with Gretchen Rubin into the main episode this week, but we wanted to share an extended cut of their interview. Hear Vanessa and Gretchen nerd out about this week's chapter and learn more about her theory of The Four Tendencies. Happy Friday! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:18:06

Happiness: The Unexpected Task (Book 4, Chapter 22)

3/22/2018
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Vanessa and Casper explore the theme of Happiness in chapter twenty-two of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. This week, Vanessa and Casper are joined by Gretchen Rubin, host of Happier with Gretchen Rubin. Gretchen tells our opening story, sharing from her experience switching career paths. Our question this week is: What is the difference between procrastination and time for 'self-care'? Next week we're reading chapter twenty-three, The Yule Ball, through the theme of Guilt. Our...

Duration:00:43:49

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

3/15/2018
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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...

Duration:00:33:47

Opportunity: The First Task (Book 4, Chapter 21)

3/8/2018
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Vanessa and Casper explore the theme of "opportunity" in chapter twenty of "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire." This week we discuss Cedric's wholeness, Harry's brokenness, and what Vanessa thinks about "Fifty Shades of Grey." Our question this week is: How do we create our own opportunities in the world? Next week we're reading chapter twenty-one, The House-Elf Liberation Front, through the theme of faith. Thanks this week to Hannah Burgess for our voicemail. We have officially...

Duration:00:41:41

Delight: The Hungarian Horntail (Book 4, Chapter 19)

3/1/2018
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Vanessa and Casper explore the theme of "delight" in chapter nineteen of "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire." This week we discuss Harry's vulnerability with Sirius, Charlie's love of Hagrid, and Madame Maxime's potential manipulation. Our question this week is: What's the purpose of delight? Next week we're reading chapter twenty, The First Task, through the theme of opportunity. Thanks this week to Kelly Petrauskas for our voicemail. We have officially launched our fundraiser. If you...

Duration:00:35:57

Special Edition: Owl Post and Broderick Greer

2/22/2018
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Vanessa is sick today, so Casper is taking over our much-anticipated "owl" themed owl post. We hear from listeners Stefanie French, Ali Ribe, Camille Knox and Sophie Ralph. Casper also has the opportunity to learn a new spiritual practice, Marginalia, from the charming and wise Reverend Canon Broderick Greer. This episode is sponsored by Care/Of. Next week, we'll be reading Chapter 19, The Hungarian Horntail, through the theme of delight. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit...

Duration:00:36:52

Glory: The Weighing of the Wands (Book 4, Chapter 18)

2/15/2018
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Vanessa and Casper explore the theme of "glory" in chapter eighteen of "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire." This week we discuss Draco's "Potter Stinks" badges, Hermione's toast, and Snape's empty threats. Our question this week is: Does glory require sacrifice? Next week we're reading chapter nineteen, The Hungarian Horntail, through the theme of delight. Thanks this week to Lia Hagan for our voicemail. Two big things coming in March: Our show in Holyoke, MA, and our annual...

Duration:00:33:54

Unity: The Four Champions (Book 4, Chapter 17)

2/9/2018
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Note: We discuss sexual assault and suicidal ideation in this episode. If these topics are something you want to avoid, we understand. Here's a funny picture of a walrus to hold you over until next week. Vanessa and Casper explore the theme of, "unity" in chapter seventeen of, "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire." This week we ask: Why is Snape in the back room? Why is Ron so mad? Why can’t Hagrid wave hello? Our philosophical question this week is: When is the dissolution of difference...

Duration:00:38:08

Technical Difficulties: Episode Coming Tomorrow!

2/8/2018
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Sorry, no episode today! We're re-recording and it will be out tomorrow. In the meantime, here's a quote from William Shakespeare. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:00:43

Resentment: The Goblet of Fire (Book 4, Chapter 16)

2/1/2018
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Vanessa and Casper explore the theme of, "resentment" in chapter sixteen of, "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire." This week we discuss Hermione's jealousy, Hagrid's hypocrisy, and Dumbledore's hospitality. Our question this week is: whose responsibility is it to correct for resentment? Next week we're reading chapter seventeen, The Four Champions, through the theme of unity. Unfortunately, the episode will be out a day late, so look out! Two big things coming in March: Our show in...

Duration:00:40:41

Trauma: Beauxbatons and Durmstrang (Book 4, Chapter 15)

1/25/2018
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Vanessa and Casper explore the theme of trauma in chapter fifteen of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. This week we discuss returning home, acknowledging pain, and the BAMF known as Madame Maxime. Our question this week is: how do you integrate trauma into your personal narrative? Next week we're reading chapter sixteen, The Goblet and Fire, through the theme of resentment. Two big things coming in march: Our show in Holyoke, MA, and our annual crowdfunder! Learn more about your ad...

Duration:00:41:01

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

1/18/2018
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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,...

Duration:00:49:02

Judgment: Mad-Eye Moody (Book 4, Chapter 13)

1/11/2018
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Vanessa and Casper explore the theme of judgement in chapter thirteen of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. This week we discuss blind love, alcoholism at Hogwarts, and why we all take such joy in Draco being turned into a ferret. Our question this week is: how do we learn to value things based on their inherent worth, rather than their functionality? Our voicemail this week is thanks to Bri Anele. Next week we're reading chapter fourteen, The Unforgivable Curse, through the theme of...

Duration:00:36:13

Excitement: The Triwizard Tournament (Book 4, Chapter 12)

1/4/2018
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Vanessa and Casper explore the theme of excitement in chapter twelve of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. This week, we admire the Creevey brothers, interrogate Harry's blasé attitude, and wonder what Barty Crouch Jr. must be feeling. Our question this week is: Are formal ceremonies impersonal or transcendent? Our voicemail this week is thanks to Charlotte Binks. Next week we're reading chapter thirteen, Mad-Eye Moody, through the theme of judgement.. Stay warm! Learn more about your...

Duration:00:34:41

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