Harry Potter and the Sacred Text

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. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

http://harrypottersacredtext.com

Eine durchschnittliche Folge dieses Podcasts dauert 37m. Bisher sind 376 Folge(n) erschienen. Jede Woche gibt es eine neue Folge dieses Podcasts.

Gesamtlänge aller Episoden: 9 days 7 hours 52 minutes

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episode 4: Fun: Back To The Burrow (Book 4, Chapter 4)


This week, Vanessa and Matt explore the theme of Fun in Chapter Four of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire! They discuss the fun had at Dudley's expense, Harry's return to the Burrow, and a cramped moment in the Dursley fireplace...


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episode 3: Relief: The Invitation (Book 4, Chapter 3)


This week, Vanessa and Matt explore the theme of Relief in Chapter Three of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire! They discuss Harry's stash of birthday cakes, Vernon's opposition to difference, and the relief of Harry's upcoming reunion with the Weasleys...


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episode 2: Earnestness: The Scar (Book 4, Chapter 2)


This week, Vanessa and Matt explore the theme of Earnestness in Chapter Two of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire! They discuss the peek into Voldemort's perspective, the many earnest desires revealed through Harry's thoughts in this chapter, and the abundance of pen pals...


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episode 1: Tradition: The Riddle House (Book 4, Chapter 1)


Welcome back for Season 4! This week, Vanessa and Matt explore the theme of Tradition in Chapter One of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire! They discuss life in Little Haggleton, Voldemort's return, and Frank's unfortunate existence as the town's scapegoat...


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episode 23: Wrap-Up: The Prisoner of Azkaban


Vanessa and Matt wrap up their their discussion of The Prisoner of Azkaban with a look back on the entire book! They discuss Voldemort's absence, the fleshing out of Harry's parents' personalities, and the growing distrust we as readers have for the Ministry of Magic. We're taking a quick break, but will be back in two weeks to discuss Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire!

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It’s two sickles to join S.P.E.W...


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 2022-08-11  47m
 
 

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


Vanessa and Matt explore the theme of Love in Chapter Twenty-Two of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban! This week they discuss Madam Pomfrey's attentive care, Harry's choice to save Peter Pettigrew's life, and Hagrid's faith in Buckbeak. Throughout the episode we consider the distinction between love as a responsibility vs. love as a feeling...


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 2022-08-04  51m
 
 

Revisionist History: I Was A Stranger And You Welcomed Me


We're excited to share this special preview of Revisionist History with you today! In this episode Malcolm Gladwell tells the story of how his parents and their friends sponsored three Vietnamese refugees, in the aftermath of the Vietnam War. And wonders: do we underestimate the value of ordinary acts of kindness?


You can hear the full episode, and more from Revisionist History, wherever you get your podcasts.









 2022-08-01  34m
 
 

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


Vanessa and Matt explore the theme of Anticipation in Chapter Twenty-One of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban! This week they discuss Sirius waiting to face the dementors, Dumbledore's vague hint of a plan, and, of course, Hermione's big secret! Throughout the episode we consider the question: how can we form a healthy relationship with anticipation?


Thank you to Ann for this week’s voicemail! Next week we're reading Chapter 22, Owl Post Again, through the theme of Love...


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 2022-07-28  55m
 
 

Confidence: The Dementor's Kiss (Book 3, Chapter 20)


Vanessa and Matt explore the theme of Confidence in Chapter Twenty of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban! This week they discuss Sirius offering Harry a new home, Harry's emergency Patronus, and Peter's escape. Throughout the episode we consider the question: when is confidence appropriate, and what are the limits of it?


Thank you to Nicoletta for this week’s voicemail! Next week we're reading Chapter 21, Hermione's Secret, through the theme of Anticipation...


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 2022-07-21  52m
 
 

Virtue: The Servant of Lord Voldemort (Book 3, Chapter 19)


Vanessa and Matt explore the theme of Virtue in Chapter Nineteen of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban! This week they discuss Snape delivering wolfsbane to his nemesis, Peter's consistent alliance with power, and Harry summoning some of his father's virtue...


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 2022-07-14  49m