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Episode 13 — Roughin’ It

Hello again, and welcome to another episode of the Harry Potter show that just won’t quit — except when it does, eventually. In this episode, Dayle was out sick (#rememberDayle #RIPDayle) but will return resplendent for our next foray. In her place is The Sorting Chat superfan, Lauren’s brother-in-law Ian! And also Lauren’s sister Hayley, who tolerates us all. We’re discussing The Sorting at Hogwarts, The Houses, and The Lighting of Juvenile Fires In Yards. This episode also includes the...


Episode 12 — My Patronus Is a Turkey Leg

Bonjour dudes, and welcome back to this podcast where adults talk about Harry Potter and other things with a startling lack of clarity! We are back from our holiday hiatus, and — look, we’ve done our best here. We took suggestions from a few listeners and from our own brains for discussion topics, threw them into a hat and pulled some out at random. What follows is just shy of 45 minutes of listing things and trying to sing in sync over webchat. Two thirds of us were under the weather and...


The Third Floor Corridor — Trout Sniffer

Happy Holiday times and welcome to another episode of our occasional sub-podcast, The Third Floor Corridor, where we veer wildly off course to talk about something that is not Harry Potter. In this very merry ’sode, we talk about everybody’s favorite film franchise about an aspiring young sociopath, “Home Alone.” We will cover some of the bases, leave others entirely unexplored and maybe even slip in a little Potter talk with us. Merry Christmas, you filthy animals! Visit us at...


Episode 11 — The Biggerstaff-Wood Connection

Hello everyone, and welcome back to the only Harry Potter Podcast produced by people who would definitely get on your nerves in a bar. This week — despite the misleading title — we’ll be talking about everybody’s (least?) favorite bad boy, Draco Carl Malfoy. And, of course, we’ll also spend a prodigious amount of time talking about other things: horse girls, Amy Grant, HP/OW fan fiction. And So. Much. LESS. So strap in and do the dang thing with us! Visit us at and...


Episode 10 — Walkin’ Into Spiderwebs

Hey guys! A brand new episode has come down the pike for you — and what a doozy. This time, we spend a while trying to talk about privilege in the Wizarding World and Hogwarts pedagogy, before eventually spending the rest of our time making up Harry Potter fan fiction based on pop songs. It’s a pre-Thanksgiving miracle! Visit us at and send us all your favorite Evanescence lyrics at or Thanks as always to Zach...


The Third Floor Corridor — Curiosity Door

Hello, and welcome to the inaugural episode of The Sorting Chat’s sub-podcast, The Third Floor Corridor, where we very occasionally will veer dangerously off-track and talk about things that are not Harry Potter. In this episode, we’re talking about Stranger Things, mainly season 2, in the way that only we can: in long strings of uninterrupted stream-of-consciousness. Listen as we spend at least 20 minutes gushing and complaining, and then spend basically the rest of our time playing a...


Minisode 6 — Harry Potter and a Lady of a Chance

Happy Harry-ween, everyfolk! Here’s our sixth mini-sode, wherein we talk about wizard fine dining, wizard Halloween costumes and that age-old question: is Harry Potter a subject of The Queen? Inquiring minds want to know! And we give them very, very unsatisfactory answers. That’s just what we’re into here at The Sorting Chat! This episode’s title came from listener Stephanie, who had the most votes in our “generate a HP title with your dang auto-fill” contest. Please share your thoughts...


Episode 9 — These Are Their Stories

Welcome back to your only source for online Harry Potter tomfoolery commentary that I know of at this time! We’re talking about the wizarding legal and criminal justice system, as only three people who are relatively uninformed on such a topic can! We also talk about a few other things here and there, just to pull the ol’ switcheroo on ya. So come, enjoy yourselves on this especially heinous ride! Please share your thoughts and Harry Potter/Law and Order crossover fan fiction with us at...


Minisode 5 — The Gute’ll Getcha

Hello people friends — and other friends? — and welcome to a new minisode. We’re talking about squibs, the Harry Potter Universe’s most unfortunate souls, and what kind of jobs they might do. (Thanks, superfan Jordan Haggerty, for reminding us that squibs exist and getting this talk-ball rolling.) We then catch that slammin’ tangent wave into discussing theme park rides and our ideal Wizarding World attractions. Ride this wave with us, friends. Ride it all the way home.


Episode 7 — Pajorts

In this episode, we talk about the cruel enslavement of house elves, wizard farm-to-table, fan fiction and the feasibility of interspecies intercourse in the wizarding world — all the stuff that’s hot with kids these days! Joining us is our special guest, Robert/Dub, who also happens to be Cherie’s “less cool” brother — his words, not mine. But also mine. Sprinkled in there is some other stuff that I can’t remember because, geez Louise it takes forever to edit these things. Enjoy! Email...


Episode 6 — Friendship Fest, Part 2: Ranch It Up or Bleu Cheese It

In this episode, we continue chatting with our Best Friend Forever Leah. Lauren attempts to reconstruct the plot of a lost piece of HP fanfiction written long ago. Cherie talks about her fantasy friendship with Shane, and grown man and high school photographer. Dayle talks about her salad-dressing-inspired personal mantra. Leah keeps supplying Dayle with alcoholic beverages. We sink into a long tangent about our middle and high school years and that wackiest of weeds. And what’s this? We...


Episode 5 — Friendship Fest, Part 1: Jude Lawd

Welcome to Episode 5! In this one, Cherie, Dayle and Lauren are joined by their old friend Leah, as they discuss the casting of Jude Law as young Dumbledore in the “Fantastic Beasts” films and his role in “The Young Pope.” Join them as they also read their very first fan email — which was actually sent in error and intended for another, similarly (identically?!) named podcast. This episode is part one of two; come back for the exciting* conclusion! *Excitement not guaranteed. Visit us at...


Minisode 3 — Full Circle

In this, our third deliciously bite-sized minisode, we mention Harry Potter between discussion of mermaids, fictional boob injuries, fraudulent book reports and whether or not “Center Stage” is a good movie. Spoiler alert: um, it’s not. Also, Cillian Murphy slips back in there somehow. This minisode consists of bonus material from our fourth episode, “Jezebel Spirit.” Email us at or visit us at We can basically almost guarantee you...


Episode 4 — Jezebel Spirit

In this fresh, hot and ready new episode, we have our first guests — a couple of teenagers who are moderately cooperative with our process. Everything turns to hell as we try to discuss wizard rock bands and Harry Potter-themed escape rooms and end up talking an awful lot about “Beauty and the Beast.” Listen and cringe as we desperately try and get the teens to just engage with us for God’s sake. Thanks, as always, to Zach Stidham for “The Sorting Chat” theme. Find him at...


Minisode 2 — Crumpet

This mini-sode consists of unused material from our second episode — some of which I specifically said I was going to edit out of the episode, which I did, but am now sharing with you, our fine listeners, because we love you and we want you to live your best lives. We share more thoughts about “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” sandwiched between tangents about Prince William, Lauren’s weird kid and buttery, flaky crusts. Thanks, as always, to Zach Stidham for “The Sorting Chat”...


Episode 3 — What Would You Live In If You Could Live In Anything?

In this episode: is Snape a good guy? Two of your hosts go to the proverbial mats on this issue while the third drinks herself into a diabetic coma. Then we talk about wizard birth control and whether or not Madam Pomfrey is a feminist. Note: Lauren’s audio got jacked up toward the end, so apologies for the slight buzzing noise that accompanies her usually dulcet tones. As always, thanks to Zach Stidham for “The Sorting Chat” theme. Find him at or on Instagram...


Minisode 1 — Brandy, You’re a Fine Girl

In this, our first mini-sode, we talk about poop, animagi, food magic and Irish setters. This mini-sode consists of material that was edited out of our first episode — which means it is, of course, super choice. Thanks to Zach Stidham for our theme song, “The Sorting Chat Theme.” You can find Zach on Band Camp at or on Instagram


Episode 2 — Cillian Murphy is Walmart

In this episode, Cherie, Dayle and Lauren discuss “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.” Cherie attempts to cast young Dumbledore. Dayle revisits accents. Lauren still thinks Molly Weasley needs to get a job. Note: this episode was recorded in late 2016, before the role of young Dumbledore was cast. “The Sorting Chat Theme” written and recorded by Zach Stidham. Find him at or on Instagram


Episode 1 — These Dreams

Welcome to the inaugural episode of “The Sorting Chat,” where three adult women, Dayle, Cherie and Lauren, talk about Harry Potter via Google Hangout. In this episode, we discuss the audiobooks, Draco/Hermione, poor Scottish accents and Manischewitz. Note: this podcast is not intended for children and contains profanity. (Music: “The Snow Queen,” by Kevin MacLeod,