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Harry Potter and the Sacred Text

Panoply

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 Matt Potts 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. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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 Matt Potts 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. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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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 Matt Potts 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. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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English


Episodes

Owl Post Edition: An Interview with Imara Jones!

6/30/2022
This week, Vanessa and Matt are joined by fellow podcaster and award-winning journalist Imara Jones to discuss her work founding Translash Media, a cross-platform journalism, personal storytelling and narrative effort, which produces content to shift the current culture of hostility towards transgender people in the US. Thanks to Barbara, Adeetee, Dasha, and our anonymous listener for their beautiful voicemail contributions. Next week we're reading Chapter 18, Moony, Wormtail, Padfoot, and...

Duration:00:53:55

Bonus! Patreon Blessing of a Woman

6/28/2022
Today, as part of our June 2022 Patreon push, we're previewing some of our bonus content with this month's blessing of a woman. If you enjoyed this segment and want to hear more, please check out our patreon here to learn more! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Duration:00:03:38

Partnership: Cat, Rat, and Dog (Book 3, Chapter 17)

6/23/2022
Vanessa and Matt explore the theme of Partnership in Chapter Seventeen of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban! This week they discuss the difference between partnership and friendship, the trio's unwavering dedication to one another, and Crookshanks' role as intermediary. Throughout the episode we consider the question: what is required for a strong partnership? Thank you to James for this week’s voicemail! Next week we're reading Chapter 18, Moony, Wormtail, Padfoot, and Prongs,...

Duration:00:54:52

Bonus! Every Flavor Bean Patreon Conversation with Jackson Bird

6/22/2022
Today, as part of our June 2022 Patreon push, we're previewing some of our bonus content with this special conversation we had a while back with guest host Jackson Bird. If you enjoyed this segment and want to hear more, please check out our patreon here to learn more! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Duration:00:10:05

Juneteenth Spotlight: The Final 5 Campaign

6/19/2022
This year in commemoration of Juneteenth, we’re spotlighting The Final 5 Campaign, a coalition working to close the final five youth prisons in Illinois. We’re joined in conversation by one of their leaders, Alicia Brown, who tells us about what it means to be a prison abolitionist and her work with the campaign. Please join us by making a donation, learning more about the failures of youth prisons, contacting your legislators about prisons in your state, and listening to their new podcast,...

Duration:00:20:20

Bonus! Harry Potter and the Sacred Text Bloopers

6/17/2022
Today, as part of our June 2022 Patreon push, we're previewing some of our bonus content with this week's blooper reel. If you enjoyed this segment and want to hear more, please check out our patreon here to learn more! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Duration:00:09:00

Rest: Professor Trelawney’s Prediction (Book 3, Chapter 16)

6/16/2022
Vanessa and Matt explore the theme of Rest in Chapter Sixteen of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban! This week they discuss end of year exams, Trelawney's mid-nap prediction, and the inefficient use of time-turners. Throughout the episode we consider the question: how can we embrace and account for rest as a necessity? Thank you to Tatiana for this week’s voicemail! Next week we're reading Chapter 17, Cat, Rat, and Dog, through the theme of Partnership. -- It’s two sickles to join...

Duration:00:51:31

Bonus! Every Flavor Bean Patreon Conversation with John Green [Explicit]

6/13/2022
Today, as part of our June 2022 Patreon push, we're previewing some of our bonus content with this special conversation we had a few months back with guest host John Green. If you enjoyed this segment and want to hear more, please check out our patreon here to learn more! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Duration:00:13:36

Introducing: Live From Pemberley

6/9/2022
We're taking a quick break from our usual programming to introduce the newest season of Hot and Bothered, where we're currently reading through Pride & Prejudice! Each week, Vanessa and Lauren Sandler will deep dive into a chapter (or two or three) of the novel. We are talking to Jane Austen scholars, fans, and skeptics and we are going to constantly be asking ourselves: Why is this the bible of the Romance genre? What does this book believe about love, marriage, and money? And are those...

Duration:00:54:32

Triumph: The Quidditch Final (Book 3, Chapter 15)

6/2/2022
Vanessa and Matt explore the theme of Triumph in Chapter Fifteen of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban! This week they discuss Gryffindor's big win, Hermione's out of character behavior, and Trelawney's dedication to feuding with children. Throughout the episode we consider the question: how can we think of triumph in a way that doesn't put down others? Thank you to Amber for this week’s voicemail! Next week we're reading Chapter 16, Professor Trelawney’s Prediction, through the theme...

Duration:00:52:25

Memorial for Uvalde, Texas

5/31/2022
Every week during our episode, we dedicate some time to remembering members of our community who have been loved and lost. This week we are also remembering the 19 children and 2 teachers killed in Uvalde, Texas last week. May their memories be a blessing to us all. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Duration:00:03:33

Wisdom: Snape's Grudge (Book 3, Chapter 14)

5/26/2022
Vanessa and Matt are joined by very special guest Casper ter Kuile to explore the theme of Wisdom in Chapter Fourteen of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban! This week they discuss increased security measures at Hogwarts, a timely piece of sage advice from Hagrid, and the teeny tiny delivery owls. Throughout the episode we consider the question: how can we combine our lived experiences and personal knowledge wisely? Thank you to Madi for this week’s voicemail! Next week we're reading...

Duration:00:50:34

Independence: Gryffindor Versus Ravenclaw (Book 3, Chapter 13)

5/19/2022
Vanessa and Matt explore the theme of Independence in Chapter Thirteen of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban! This week they discuss sports(!!!), Neville's exile, and the pros and cons of Hermione's current lack of dependence on the boys. Throughout the episode we consider the question: to what extent does independence truly exist in our interconnected lives and relationships? Thank you to Stephanie for this week’s voicemail! Next week we're reading Chapter 14, Snape's Grudge, through...

Duration:00:53:33

Inspiration: The Patronus (Book 3, Chapter 12)

5/12/2022
Vanessa and Matt explore the theme of Inspiration in Chapter Twelve of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban! This week they discuss the trio's ongoing friendship troubles, the proper inspiration behind a successful patronus, and the healing properties of Lupin's steady supply of chocolate. Throughout the episode we consider the question: what is inspiration and how can we persevere through the ebbs and flows of its presence? Thank you to Youval for this week’s voicemail! Next week we're...

Duration:00:56:26

Pride: The Firebolt (Book 3, Chapter 11)

5/5/2022
Vanessa and Matt explore the theme of Pride in Chapter Eleven of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban! This week they discuss Harry's pride in his broom, the etymology of pride vs. how it is understood in the modern day, and the intersection of pride and recklessness inherent in Harry's pursuit of Sirius Black. Throughout the episode we consider the question: when is pride a display of excess self regard, and when is it a display of appropriate and necessary self regard? Thank you to...

Duration:00:54:44

Confusion: The Marauder's Map (Book 3, Chapter 10)

4/28/2022
Vanessa and Matt explore the theme of Confusion in Chapter Ten of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban! This week they discuss the trio's stay at Hogwarts over the holidays, Harry's attachment to the shards of his broomstick, and the disruption that the dementors create on school grounds. Throughout the episode we consider the question: how can confusion contribute to isolation, and how do we overcome this barrier? Thank you to Erin for this week’s voicemail! Next week we're reading...

Duration:00:51:32

Rehabilitation: Grim Defeat (Book 3, Chapter 9)

4/21/2022
Vanessa and Matt explore the theme of Rehabilitation in Chapter Nine of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban! This week they discuss Harry's fall from his broomstick, the rehabilitation of Snape's image, and Cedric Diggory's good sportsmanship. Throughout the episode we consider the question: how can rehabilitation help us move forward, when we are not able to return to the way things were? Thank you to Isabelle for this week’s voicemail! Next week we're reading Chapter 10, The...

Duration:00:56:44

Respect: Flight of the Fat Lady (Book 3, Chapter 8)

4/14/2022
Vanessa and Matt explore the theme of Respect in Chapter Eight of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban! This week they discuss Lupin's robes, the inkling of respect Peeves shows to Dumbledore, and Hermione's disdain for Trelawney. Throughout the episode we consider the question: how can we recognize and appreciate the different ways people may show respect? Thank you to Anjoli for this week’s voicemail! Next week we're reading Chapter 9, Grim Defeat, through the theme of...

Duration:00:54:18

Burnout: The Boggart in the Wardrobe (Book 3, Chapter 7)

4/7/2022
Vanessa and Matt are joined by special guest Jackson Bird this week, as they explore the theme of Burnout in Chapter Seven of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban! This week they discuss the etymology of burnout, Snape's villain origin story, and the Boggart as an exercise in teamwork. Throughout the episode we consider the question: what resources can we draw upon to mitigate burnout? Thank you to Amy for this week’s voicemail! Next week we're reading Chapter 8, Flight of the Fat Lady,...

Duration:00:56:23

Joy: Talons and Tea Leaves (Book 3, Chapter 6)

3/31/2022
Vanessa and Matt explore the theme of Joy in Chapter Six of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban! This week they discuss Slytherin laughter, the joy of teaching, and McGonagall's take on Trelawney. Throughout the episode we consider the question: how can we find joy even during long periods of stress and unhappiness? Thank you to Sam for this week’s voicemail! Next week we're reading Chapter 7, The Boggart, through the theme of Burnout, with special guest Jackson Bird!! -- It’s two...

Duration:00:54:13