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Harry Potter and the Sacred Text

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What if we read the books we love as if they were sacred texts? What would we learn? How might they change us? Harry Potter and the Sacred Text is a podcast reading Harry Potter, the best-selling series of all time, as if it was a sacred text. Just as Christians read the Bible, Jews the Torah and Muslims read the Quran, we will embark on a 199-episode journey (one chapter an episode, to be released weekly) to glean what wisdom and meaning J.K. Rowling’s beloved novels have for us today. We will read Harry Potter, not just as novels, but as instructive and inspirational texts that will teach us about our own lives.

What if we read the books we love as if they were sacred texts? What would we learn? How might they change us? Harry Potter and the Sacred Text is a podcast reading Harry Potter, the best-selling series of all time, as if it was a sacred text. Just as Christians read the Bible, Jews the Torah and Muslims read the Quran, we will embark on a 199-episode journey (one chapter an episode, to be released weekly) to glean what wisdom and meaning J.K. Rowling’s beloved novels have for us today. We will read Harry Potter, not just as novels, but as instructive and inspirational texts that will teach us about our own lives.
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What if we read the books we love as if they were sacred texts? What would we learn? How might they change us? Harry Potter and the Sacred Text is a podcast reading Harry Potter, the best-selling series of all time, as if it was a sacred text. Just as Christians read the Bible, Jews the Torah and Muslims read the Quran, we will embark on a 199-episode journey (one chapter an episode, to be released weekly) to glean what wisdom and meaning J.K. Rowling’s beloved novels have for us today. We will read Harry Potter, not just as novels, but as instructive and inspirational texts that will teach us about our own lives.

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Episodes

Fandom: The Quidditch World Cup (Book 4, Chapter 8)

11/23/2017
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Vanessa and Casper explore the theme of fandom in chapter eight of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. This week, our opening story is told by Kevin T. Porter, host of Gilmore Guys and Good Christian Fun. We discuss Veeela, nationalism, and Krum's decision to catch the snitch. Our question this week is: Is there a difference between sports fans and other fans? Next week we're reading chapter nine, The Dark Mark, through the theme of grudges. Our voicemail this week is thanks to Fran Smith....

Duration: 00:40:30


Beauty: Bagman and Crouch (Book 4, Chapter 7)

11/16/2017
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Vanessa and Casper explore the theme of beauty in chapter seven of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. This week, we discuss Mr. Weasley's exoticization of muggles, Harry's generosity towards Ron, and why Fred and George gamble their whole life savings. Our question this week is: Can you disentangle beautiful things from the sometimes ugly situations (and people) that create them? Next week we're reading chapter eight, The Quidditch World Cup, through the theme of fandom. Our voicemail...

Duration: 00:31:59


Acceptance: The Portkey (Book 4, Chapter 6)

11/9/2017
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Vanessa and Casper explore the theme of acceptance in chapter six of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. This week, Vanessa and Casper discuss different parent/child relationships as they manifest in Amos and Cedric Diggory and The Weasleys. Our question this week is: How do we know when to accept someone else's choice, even if we think it's the wrong one? Next week we're reading chapter seven, Bagman and Crouch, through the theme of beauty. Our voicemail this week is thanks to Leena...

Duration: 00:35:10


Masculinity: Weasleys' Wizard Wheezes

11/2/2017
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Vanessa and Casper explore the theme of Masculinity in chapter five of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. This week, Vanessa and Casper discuss Ron's love of quidditch, Bill's gender performance, and Mr. Weasley's Oedipal conflict. Our question this week is: How does one actually get outside the boundaries of gender? Next week we're reading chapter six, The Portkey, through the theme of Acceptance. Our voicemail this week is thanks to Weronika Bartczak. Don't forget to buy tickets for...

Duration: 00:40:00


Mystery: Back to the Burrow (Book 4, Chapter 4)

10/26/2017
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Vanessa and Casper explore the theme of Mystery in chapter four of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. This week, Vanessa and Casper are joined by Zach Kerzee, the founding pastor of Simple Church. Zach tells our opening story, shares from his experience with the foster care system, and deconstructs what Arthur Weasley does right in this chapter. Our question this week is: How do we manage our fear of the unknown? Next week we're reading chapter five, Weasley's Wizard Wheezes, through...

Duration: 00:51:07


Awareness: The Invitation (Book 4, Chapter 3)

10/19/2017
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Vanessa and Casper explore the theme of Awareness in chapter three of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. This week, Vanessa and Casper talk about Dudley's weight problems, Molly Weasley's perfect letter to the Dursleys, and why Muggles can't go to The Quidditch World Cup. The burning question this week is: Who is the narrator of this text? Next week we're reading chapter four, Back to the Burrow, through the theme of mystery. Our sponsor this week is Care/Of and our voicemail this week...

Duration: 00:37:45


Destruction: The Scar (Book 4, Chapter 2)

10/12/2017
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Vanessa and Casper explore the theme of destruction in chapter two of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. This week, Vanessa and Casper negotiate their different theological perspectives, discuss the nature of confidentiality, and celebrate a non-present Hermione. Throughout the episode they consider the question: Can destruction be a force for good? Next week we're reading chapter three, The Invitation, through the theme of awareness. Our sponsor this week is Blue Apron and our...

Duration: 00:36:13


Instinct: The Riddle House (Book 4, Chapter 1)

10/5/2017
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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...

Duration: 00:41:42


Season Four Announcements + Trailer

9/26/2017
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Just a few updates on live shows (we're coming for you, Atlanta!) and our next season. Casper and Vanessa share what they're excited for in Goblet of Fire and we give you a preview of our new video. Check out the beautiful animation, by Hannah O'Neal at: https://youtu.be/CZMUSLepuLs Somerville Show: October 18th, The Somerville Armory Atlanta Show: November 8th, Park Avenue Baptist Church Next week, we'll be reading Chapter 1 of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, The Riddle House,...

Duration: 00:12:05


Trust: Cat, Rat and Dog (Book 3, Chapter 17) — Live from Washington, DC

9/19/2017
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Thank you so much to everyone who came out for our tour this summer and made it such a success! Here's the audio from our DC show, with special guest Scott Perlo. For our East Coast tour, we read Prisoner of Azkaban chapter 17, Cat, Rat and Dog, through the theme of trust. We'll be back to our regular episode on October 5th with Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration: 01:20:54


Special Edition: Owl Post and Sejal Patel

9/12/2017
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In our final episode of Season 3, we have a chance to sit down with lawyer and fellow divinity school graduate, Sejal Patel. She chats with us about justice, Hinduism, and the Niebuhr brothers. We also do a last round of owl posts for Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, hearing your thoughts about friendship, trauma, isolation, and spiritual practices. Our sponsor this week is Blue Apron. Check out this week’s menu and get your first three meals free —with free shipping—by going to...

Duration: 00:33:51


Wrap-Up: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

9/5/2017
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In the final episode of season three, Vanessa and Casper pull out a few key insights from Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. They take some time to talk about Harry Potter himself, reflect on Voldemort's absence, and compare Draco to a young white supremacist. Throughout the episode they come back to ideas about purity, justice, and identity formation. This episode is sponsored by Audible. Audible has the best audiobook performances, the largest library and the most exclusive...

Duration: 00:46:26


Love: Owl Post Again (Book 3, Chapter 22)

8/29/2017
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Vanessa and Casper explore the theme of love in the final chapter of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. This is our third time discussing love of the podcast, but we still have so many questions: Where does overwhelming love come from? Should we try to be selfless in our love? Is the tooth fairy a fraud? Our voicemail this week is thanks to Colin Holden. Next week we're doing a full book review of Prisoner of Azkaban! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration: 00:35:07


Crisis: Hermione's Secret (Book 3, Chapter 21)

8/22/2017
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Vanessa and Casper explore the theme of crisis in chapter twenty-one of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. This week, they discuss Snape's existential crisis, Dumbledore's rebellious streak, and Madame Pomfrey's delicious boulder of chocolate. Throughout the episode they consider the question: How do we find meaning in this time-turner business? Our sponsor this week is Away and our voicemail was thanks to Ameenah Wallace. Next week we're reading chapter twenty-two (the last...

Duration: 00:36:59


Charlottesville: Call it what it is

8/16/2017
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Today was our first day back in the studio after the white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, VA this past weekend. We wanted to share a few thoughts from the team. You can access the Charlottesville Syllabus that Casper mentions here. We've also put it as a button on the top of our website: harrypottersacredtext.com.

Duration: 00:02:26


Justice: The Dementors' Kiss (Book 3, Chapter 20)

8/15/2017
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Vanessa and Casper explore the theme of Justice in chapter twenty of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. This week, they discuss justice in all its forms: poetic, divine, restorative and insufficient. Throughout the episode they consider the question: Can an injustice ever be rectified? This week's voicemail was thanks to Peighton Whaley. Next week we're reading chapter twenty-one, Hermione's Secret, through the theme of crisis.

Duration: 00:36:32


Forgiveness: Owl Post with Professor Stephanie Paulsell

8/8/2017
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This week, Casper's out of town so Vanessa sits down with Stephanie Paulsell, Professor of Ministry Studies at Harvard Divinity School, to talk forgiveness and answer some owl post. Our regular scheduled programing will be back next week with Chapter 20, The Dementor's Kiss through the theme of Justice. Much thanks to Bri, Elizabeth, Abby, and Seth for their voicemails.

Duration: 00:38:26


Mercy: Snape's Grudge (Book 3, Chapter 19)

8/1/2017
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Vanessa and Casper explore the theme of mercy in chapter nineteen of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. This week, they discuss Snape's dual identity, Pettigrew's shrewd manipulations, and the legacy of Lily and James Potter. Throughout the episode they consider the question: What's the differing between mercy and forgiveness? This week's voicemail was thanks to Blair Boudreaux. Next week we're reading chapter twenty, The Dementors' Kiss, through the theme of justice.

Duration: 00:39:05


Isolation: Moony, Wormtail, Padfoot, and Prongs (Book 3, Chapter 18)

7/25/2017
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Vanessa and Casper explore the theme of isolation in chapter eighteen of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. This week, they pity Peter Pettigrew, wonder about The Whomping Willow and solve the problem of suffering. (Just kidding on that last one.) Throughout the episode they consider the question: What stories do the buildings and objects around us have to tell? This week's voicemail was thanks to Keeley Harris. Next week we're reading chapter nineteen, The Servant of Lord...

Duration: 00:32:42


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

7/20/2017
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Vanessa and Casper explore the theme of innocence in chapter seventeen of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. They bemoan how the criminal justice system has betrayed Sirius Black, discuss Ron's prejudice again werewolves, and try and come up with a good metaphor for the chaos of this chapter. Throughout the episode they consider the question: Who do we normally suspect of guilt? This week's story was told by Kathy Tu, the brilliant host of the Nancy Podcast from WNYC Studios. This...

Duration: 00:36:51

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