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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      Calling all Hufflepuffs! Only 1 Day Left in our Crowdfunder!


      Are you a Hufflepuff? It's your time to shine! Today we're asking all of our Hufflepuff listeners to go and donate a dollar or two to our crowdfunder. We're only a few days away from the end, and we're so close to our goal of two thousand donations! 



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      Calling all Slytherins! Only 2 Days Left in our Crowdfunder!


      Are you a Slytherin? We're very sorry to hear that. But today, you can redeem yourself! We're asking all of our Slytherin listeners to go and donate a dollar or two to our crowdfunder today. We're only a few days away from the end, and we're so close to our goal of two thousand donations! 

      Joke of the day:



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      Loyalty: The Second Task (Book 4, Chapter 26) – Live from Minneapolis


      For the first time on the podcast, we're bringing you your weekly episode from one of our live shows! Live from Minneapolis, Vanessa and Casper explore the theme of "loyalty" in chapter twenty-six of "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire." This week we discuss the root of Harry's heroism, the fish in the Great Lake, and why Hermione trusts Severus Snape. We return to the question: How do you have loyalty and maintain integrity?

      Next week we're reading chapter twenty-seven, Padfoot...


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      Calling all Ravenclaws! Only 4 Days Left in our Crowdfunder!


      Are you a Ravenclaw? It's your time to shine! Today we're asking all of our Ravenclaw listeners to go and donate a dollar or two to our crowdfunder. We're only a few days away from the end, and we're so close to our goal of two thousand donations! 







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      Calling all Gryffindors! Crowdfunder ask.


      We're just a few days away from the end of our 2018 crowdfunder! If you're a Gryffindor, today is your day to help us reach our goal of two thousand donations. Step into your common room and hear Vanessa and Casper's invitation for you. Even a dollar helps!

      Joke of the day: 
      Q: how many Gryffindors does it take to change a light bulb?
      A: One. She holds the bulb and the world revolves around her.


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      Preciousness: The Egg and the Eye (Book 4, Chapter 25)


      Vanessa and Casper explore the theme of "preciousness" in chapter twenty-five of "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire." This week we discuss Moaning Myrtle's voyeurism, Harry's fatal flaws, and Mad Eye Moody's good luck. Our question this week is: How do we appreciate the things that are precious to us without coveting them?

      Next week we're reading chapter twenty-six, The Second Task, through the theme of loyalty - live from Minneapolis! Thanks this week to Lyra Hara for our...


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      Integrity: Rita Skeeter's Scoop (Book 4, Chapter 24)


      Vanessa and Casper explore the theme of "integrity" in chapter twenty-four of "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire." This week we discuss Professor Grubbly-Plank's unicorn, Hagrid's doom spiral, and Fleur's disadvantage in the second task. Our question this week is: Are loyalty and integrity always in conflict?

      Next week we're reading chapter twenty-five, The Egg and the Eye, through the theme of preciousness. Thanks this week to Margot Zarin-Pass for our voicemail.

      We've...


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      Special Edition: Crowdfunder Update + Poem


      Just a little note to let you know how our fundraiser is going. We're more than halfway there!

      Thank you to all who have donated. For those who want to help us get to Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, we're keeping the crowdfunder open until April 21st. You can donate here: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/harry-potter-and-the-sacred-text-2018-crowdfunder#/





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      Guilt: The Yule Ball (Book 4, Chapter 23)


      Vanessa and Casper explore the theme of "guilt" in chapter twenty-three of "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire." This week we discuss Viktor Krum's classiness, Dobby's love of languages, and the pervasiveness of gift-giving in our culture. Our question this week is: How do we protect ourselves from turning guilt into shame?

      Next week we're reading chapter twenty-four, Rita Skeeter's Scoop, through the theme of integrity. Thanks this week to Topher Soltys for our voicemail.

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      Special Edition: Extended Conversation with Gretchen Rubin


      We could only include a few minutes of Vanessa's conversation with Gretchen Rubin into the main episode this week, but we wanted to share an extended cut of their interview. Hear Vanessa and Gretchen nerd out about this week's chapter and learn more about her theory of The Four Tendencies. Happy Friday!


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