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


      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...


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      Acceptance: The Portkey (Book 4, Chapter 6)


      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...


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      Masculinity: Weasleys' Wizard Wheezes (Book 4, Chapter 5)


      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...


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


      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,...


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      Awareness: The Invitation (Book 4, Chapter 3)


      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...


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      Destruction: The Scar (Book 4, Chapter 2)


      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...


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      35m
       2017-10-12

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


      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...


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      40m
       2017-10-05

      Season Four Announcements + Trailer


      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...


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      12m
       2017-09-26

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


      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! 






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      1h20m
       2017-09-19

      Special Edition: Owl Post and Sejal Patel


      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 goi...


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      33m
       2017-09-12