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 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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Honesty: The Eye of the Snake (Book 5, Chapter 21)


Vanessa and Casper explore the theme of Honesty in chapter twenty-one of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.


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   47m
 
 

Blessing Fleur


Ariana and Vanessa sit down for the first episode of Women of Harry Potter and the Sacred Text


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   21m
 
 

Owl Post and Other Journeys with Professor Stephanie Paulsell


Vanessa sits down with Professor Stephanie Paulsell to discuss the theology of pilgrimages and answer some owl post.


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   39m
 
 

Peace: Hagrid's Tale (Book 5, Chapter 20)


Vanessa and Casper explore the theme of Peace in chapter twenty of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.


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   33m
 
 

Distraction: The Lion and the Serpent (Book 5, Chapter 19)


Vanessa and Casper explore the theme of Distraction in chapter nineteen of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.


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   33m
 
 

Failure: Dumbledore's Army (Book 5, Chapter 18) — Live from Cambridge, MA


Vanessa and Casper explore the theme of “failure" in chapter 18 of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.


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 2019-01-17  1h1m
 
 

Supremacy: Educational Degree Number Twenty-Four (Book 5, Chapter 17)


Vanessa and Casper explore the theme of Supremacy in chapter seventeen of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.


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 2019-01-10  31m
 
 

New Podcast Network Announcement!


A few months ago we learned that our podcast network was shutting down. You may remember we made a panicked announcement in the feed, unsure of whether we could continue the show. Today, we're back with a much happier announcement.

Spoiler alert: Harry Potter and the Sacred Text lives and all was well.


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 2019-01-03  3m
 
 

A Christmas Poem: Goldilocks and the Three Bears


Every Christmas Casper likes to read us a Roald Dahl poem. This year it's Goldilocks and the Three Bears. You can find the poem in Revolting Rhymes. Happy Holidays!




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 2018-12-25  4m
 
 

Respite: In the Hog's Head (Book 5, Chapter 16)


Vanessa and Casper explore the theme of Respite in chapter sixteen of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. They discuss Aberforth living in Dumbledore's shadow, Ron wanting to step out of his prefect roll, and Harry needing a break from his trauma. Throughout the episode they consider the question: Can respite be healing?

Thanks to Maloy Moore for this week's voicemail...


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 2018-12-20  38m