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Harry Potter and the Sacred Text podcast

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.

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.

 

#302

Patience: At Flourish & Blotts (Book 2, Chapter 4)

Vanessa and Matt explore the theme of Patience in Chapter Four of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. This week they discuss bliss at The Burrow, our introduction to Gilderoy Lockhart, and Lucius's parenting. Throughout the episode we consider the question: how does patience balance competing desires? Thank you to Oliver for this week’s voicemail. Next week we’re reading Chapter 5, The Whomping Willow, through the theme of Anxiety. -- It’s two sickles to join S.P.E.W., and only two dollars to join [our Patreon] (https://www.patreon.com/harrypottersacredtext) for extra bloopers every week! Please consider helping us fill our Gringotts vault so we can continue to make this show. &#10; See <a style='color: grey; ' target='_blank' rel='noopener noreferrer' href='https://acast.com/privacy'>acast.com/privacy</a> for privacy and opt-out information. ... Read more

14 Oct 2021

40 MINS

40:34

14 Oct 2021


#301

Friendship: The Burrow (Book 2, Chapter 3)

Vanessa is joined by dear friend and special guest Jolie Doggett as they explore the theme of Friendship in Chapter Three of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. This week they discuss Mr. Weasley's obsession with muggles, the ethics of de-gnoming, and Ron's confidence in his friendship with Harry. Throughout the episode we consider the question: what does it mean to be a good friend? Thank you to Amanda for this week’s voicemail. Next week we’re reading Chapter 4, At Flourish &amp; Blotts, through the theme of Patience. -- It’s two sickles to join S.P.E.W., and only two dollars to join [our Patreon] (https://www.patreon.com/harrypottersacredtext) for extra bloopers every week! Please consider helping us fill our Gringotts vault so we can continue to make this show. &#10; See <a style='color: grey; ' target='_blank' rel='noopener noreferrer' href='https://acast.com/privacy'>acast.com/privacy</a> for privacy and opt-out information. ... Read more

07 Oct 2021

45 MINS

45:34

07 Oct 2021


#300

Health: Dobby's Warning (Book 2, Chapter 2)

Vanessa and Matt are joined by special guest [John Green] (https://www.johngreenbooks.com/the-anthropocene-reviewed-book) as they explore the theme of Health in Chapter Two of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. This week we discuss the connection between individual and social health, the efficacy of Dobby's messaging, and Mrs. Mason's traumatic dinner party experience. Throughout the episode we consider the question: how can we support each other in building healthier communities? Thank you to Donovan for this week’s voicemail. Next week we’ll be joined by our wonderful friend Jolie Doggett, as we read Chapter 3, The Burrow, through the theme of Friendship. -- It’s two sickles to join S.P.E.W., and only two dollars to join [our Patreon] (https://www.patreon.com/harrypottersacredtext) for extra bloopers every week! Please consider helping us fill our Gringotts vault so we can continue to make this show. &#10; See <a style='color: grey; ' target='_blank' rel='noopener noreferrer' href='https://acast.com/privacy'>acast.com/privacy</a> for privacy and opt-out information. ... Read more

30 Sep 2021

48 MINS

48:48

30 Sep 2021


#299

Bravery: The Worst Birthday (Book 2, Chapter 1)

Welcome back! In our first episode of Season 2, Vanessa and Matt explore the theme of Bravery in Chapter One of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. This week we discuss the difference between bravery and bravado, Vernon's drill salesmanship, and Harry's faith in his friendships. Throughout the episode we consider the question: does bravery require confidence, or is it even braver to act when you are unsure? Thank you to Hanna for this week’s voicemail. Next week we’ll be joined by special guest John Green, as we read Chapter 2, Dobby's Warning, through the theme of Health. -- It’s two sickles to join S.P.E.W., and only two dollars to join [our Patreon] (https://www.patreon.com/harrypottersacredtext) for extra bloopers every week! Please consider helping us fill our Gringotts vault so we can continue to make this show. &#10; See <a style='color: grey; ' target='_blank' rel='noopener noreferrer' href='https://acast.com/privacy'>acast.com/privacy</a> for privacy and opt-out information. ... Read more

23 Sep 2021

40 MINS

40:41

23 Sep 2021


#298

Owl Post Edition: Grief with Chris Stedman

This week, Vanessa is joined by fellow podcaster and author of IRL: Finding Realness, Meaning, and Belonging in Our Digital Lives, Chris Stedman, to discuss grief, fandom, and how online communities can help us process significant events in our lives. Thanks to Sam, Courtney, Brianna, Mallory, and Cathy for their beautiful voicemail contributions.On Thursday we’ll be starting Book 2, Harry Potter &amp; The Chamber of Secrets, and reading Chapter 1, The Worst Birthday, through the theme of bravery. Listen to Chris's podcast, [Unread] (https://chrisstedmanwriter.com/unread/) , and check out his new book [here] (https://chrisstedmanwriter.com/irl/) ! -- It’s only two sickles to join S.P.E.W., and only two dollar [ to join our Patreon] (https://www.patreon.com/harrypottersacredtext) for extra bloopers every week! Please consider helping us fill our Gringotts vault so we can continue to make this show. &#10; See <a style='color: grey; ' target='_blank' rel='noopener noreferrer' href='https://acast.com/privacy'>acast.com/privacy</a> for privacy and opt-out information. ... Read more

21 Sep 2021

37 MINS

37:15

21 Sep 2021


#297

Wrap-Up: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

Vanessa and Matt wrap up their first season together with a look back on all of Book 1! They discuss Harry's arc, Neville's role as a perpetual outsider, and the way that fantasy as a genre works with the progressively more vivid violence in the books. We're taking a quick break, but will be back in two weeks to discuss Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets! -- It’s two sickles to join S.P.E.W., and only two dollars to join [our Patreon] (https://www.patreon.com/harrypottersacredtext) for extra bloopers every week! Please consider helping us fill our Gringotts vault so we can continue to make this show. &#10; See <a style='color: grey; ' target='_blank' rel='noopener noreferrer' href='https://acast.com/privacy'>acast.com/privacy</a> for privacy and opt-out information. ... Read more

02 Sep 2021

41 MINS

41:20

02 Sep 2021


#296

Love: The Man With Two Faces (Book 1, Chapter 17)

Vanessa and Matt explore the theme of Love in Chapter Seventeen of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. This week we discuss the relationship between love and power, whether or not Quirrell can be classified as a victim, and the Power of Ritual (hi Casper) in creating and maintaining loving relationships. Throughout the episode we consider the question: how can we most lovingly take care of ourselves and others? Thank you to Kimmie for this week’s voicemail. Join us next week for our Book 1 Wrap-Up episode! -- It’s two sickles to join S.P.E.W., and only two dollars to join [our Patreon] (https://www.patreon.com/harrypottersacredtext) for extra bloopers every week! Please consider helping us fill our Gringotts vault so we can continue to make this show. &#10; See <a style='color: grey; ' target='_blank' rel='noopener noreferrer' href='https://acast.com/privacy'>acast.com/privacy</a> for privacy and opt-out information. ... Read more

26 Aug 2021

39 MINS

39:26

26 Aug 2021


#295

Freedom: Through The Trapdoor (Book 1, Chapter 16)

Vanessa and Matt explore the theme of Freedom in Chapter Sixteen of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. This week we discuss the obstacle course approach to security at Hogwarts, the children's successful journey to the stone, and McGonagall's inability to see the danger at hand. Throughout the episode we consider the question: what does it mean to be free when we are in relationship with others, and how can we become free to be our best selves? Thanks to Claire for this week’s voicemail! Next week we’re reading Chapter 17, The Man With Two Faces, through the theme of Love. -- It’s two sickles to join S.P.E.W., and only two dollars to join [our Patreon] (https://www.patreon.com/harrypottersacredtext) for extra bloopers every week! Please consider helping us fill our Gringotts vault so we can continue to make this show. &#10; See <a style='color: grey; ' target='_blank' rel='noopener noreferrer' href='https://acast.com/privacy'>acast.com/privacy</a> for privacy and opt-out information. ... Read more

19 Aug 2021

45 MINS

45:55

19 Aug 2021


#294

Potterless: Popular Harry Potter Fan Theories

Vanessa had a blast on the Potterless podcast with Mike Schubert recently, discussing various Harry Potter fan theories! Together they unpack Disney villain prequels, Beowulf, the terrible Dursleys, Dumbledore’s affair, The Bottlecap Game, Pet Watch 2021, The TJ Maxx of souls, Macklemore, SpongeBob, true &amp; mean, 11/22/63, "everyone is Ron," and more! Learn more about Potterless and stream additional episodes [here] (https://www.potterlesspodcast.com/) . &#10; See <a style='color: grey; ' target='_blank' rel='noopener noreferrer' href='https://acast.com/privacy'>acast.com/privacy</a> for privacy and opt-out information. ... Read more

17 Aug 2021

47 MINS

47:56

17 Aug 2021


#293

Punishment: The Forbidden Forest (Book 1, Chapter 15)

Vanessa and Matt explore the theme of Punishment in Chapter Fifteen of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. This week we discuss Filch, McGonagall, and Hagrid's vastly different approaches to punishment, Harry's scary jaunt in the woods, and the centaurs' obsession with Mars. Throughout the episode we consider the question: what makes something a punishment, and what purpose does punishment serve? Thanks to Katie for this week’s voicemail! Next week we’re reading Chapter 16, Through The Trapdoor, through the theme of Freedom. -- It’s two sickles to join S.P.E.W., and only two dollars to join [our Patreon] (https://www.patreon.com/harrypottersacredtext) for extra bloopers every week! Please consider helping us fill our Gringotts vault so we can continue to make this show. &#10; See <a style='color: grey; ' target='_blank' rel='noopener noreferrer' href='https://acast.com/privacy'>acast.com/privacy</a> for privacy and opt-out information. ... Read more

12 Aug 2021

45 MINS

45:30

12 Aug 2021


#292

Obligation: Norbert the Norwegian Ridgeback (Book 1, Chapter 14)

Vanessa and Matt are joined by special guest [Jackson Bird] (https://www.jacksonbird.cool/) as they explore the theme of Obligation in Chapter Fourteen of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. This week we discuss the children's sense of obligation towards Hagrid, Charlie's lawbreaking buddies, and how hard it is for us as muggles to gauge danger in the wizarding world. Throughout the episode we consider the question: how do we juggle our conflicting needs and obligations, and which should we prioritize? Thanks to Jessica for this week’s voicemail! Next week we’re reading Chapter 15, The Forbidden Forest, through the theme of Punishment. -- It’s two sickles to join S.P.E.W., and only two dollars to join [our Patreon] (https://www.patreon.com/harrypottersacredtext) for extra bloopers every week! Please consider helping us fill our Gringotts vault so we can continue to make this show. &#10; See <a style='color: grey; ' target='_blank' rel='noopener noreferrer' href='https://acast.com/privacy'>acast.com/privacy</a> for privacy and opt-out information. ... Read more

05 Aug 2021

46 MINS

46:49

05 Aug 2021


#291

Anger: Nicolas Flamel (Book 1, Chapter 13)

Vanessa and Matt explore the theme of Anger in Chapter Thirteen of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. This week we discuss Ron's fight with Crabbe and Goyle, Neville's justified rage, and Snape's unconventional refereeing tactics. Throughout the episode we consider the question: is anger the affective space between hurt and an outward act, and if so, how do we harness it most effectively? Thanks to Aidan for this week’s voicemail! Next week we’re reading Chapter 14, Norbert the Norwegian Ridgeback, through the theme of Obligation. -- It’s two sickles to join S.P.E.W., and only two dollars to join [our Patreon] (https://www.patreon.com/harrypottersacredtext) for extra bloopers every week! Please consider helping us fill our Gringotts vault so we can continue to make this show. &#10; See <a style='color: grey; ' target='_blank' rel='noopener noreferrer' href='https://acast.com/privacy'>acast.com/privacy</a> for privacy and opt-out information. ... Read more

29 Jul 2021

41 MINS

41:32

29 Jul 2021


#290

Wisdom: The Mirror of Erised (Book 1, Chapter 12)

Vanessa and Matt explore the theme of Wisdom in Chapter Twelve of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. This week we discuss Fred and George’s intuition about Quirrell, what a happy person might see in the Mirror of Erised, and the Restricted Section of the library. Throughout the episode we consider the question: what’s the difference between wisdom and knowledge? Thanks to Elena for this week’s voicemail! Next week we’re reading Chapter 13, Nicolas Flamel, through the theme of Anger. -- It’s two sickles to join S.P.E.W., and only two dollars to join [our Patreon] (https://www.patreon.com/harrypottersacredtext) for extra bloopers every week! Please consider helping us fill our Gringotts vault so we can continue to make this show. &#10; See <a style='color: grey; ' target='_blank' rel='noopener noreferrer' href='https://acast.com/privacy'>acast.com/privacy</a> for privacy and opt-out information. ... Read more

22 Jul 2021

42 MINS

42:09

22 Jul 2021


#289

Likability: Quidditch (Book 1, Chapter 11)

Vanessa and Matt explore the theme of likability in chapter eleven of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. This week we discuss how easy it would be to hate Harry at Hogwarts, how we feel about Hermione looking over the boy's homework, and Oliver Wood's pre-game pep talk. Throughout the episode we consider the question: How do we mitigate our initial attraction to (and repulsion from) other people? Thanks to Lauren for this week’s voicemail! Next week we’re reading Chapter 12, The Mirror of Erised, through the theme of Wisdom. -- It’s two sickles to join S.P.E.W., and only two dollars to join our Patreon for extra bloopers every week! Please consider helping us fill our Gringotts vault so we can continue to make this show. &#10; See <a style='color: grey; ' target='_blank' rel='noopener noreferrer' href='https://acast.com/privacy'>acast.com/privacy</a> for privacy and opt-out information. ... Read more

15 Jul 2021

40 MINS

40:17

15 Jul 2021


#288

Introducing: On Eyre

Big news, for those who haven't heard! Over on Hot and Bothered, we've launching a new series where we're reading through Jane Eyre! Each week, Vanessa and Lauren Sandler will deep dive into a chapter (or two or three) ofJaneEyrethrough the themes of power and desire. As we work through the book, we'll be asking ourselves whetherJaneEyreshould stay in the canon of books passed down to the next generations of girls who love toread. &#10; See <a style='color: grey; ' target='_blank' rel='noopener noreferrer' href='https://acast.com/privacy'>acast.com/privacy</a> for privacy and opt-out information. ... Read more

13 Jul 2021

21 MINS

21:44

13 Jul 2021


#287

Protection: Hallowe'en (Book 1, Chapter 10)

Vanessa and Matt explore the theme of protection in chapter ten Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. This week we discuss why Hermione lies about the troll, why we like dangerous sports, and how the ‘damsel in distress’ trope plays out in this chapter. Throughout the episode we consider the question: When is it okay for the maker of rules to break them? Thanks to Carol for this week’s voicemail! Next week we’re reading Chapter 11, Quidditch, through the theme of Likability. -- It’s two sickles to join S.P.E.W., and only two dollars to join our Patreon for extra bloopers every week! Please consider helping us fill our Gringotts vault so we can continue to make this show. &#10; See <a style='color: grey; ' target='_blank' rel='noopener noreferrer' href='https://acast.com/privacy'>acast.com/privacy</a> for privacy and opt-out information. ... Read more

08 Jul 2021

42 MINS

42:20

08 Jul 2021


#286

Praying With Jane Eyre - Interview and Sneak Peek!

Today is the day Vanessa's book is finally out in the world! Matt talks to her about her writing process, inspiration, and more and we share an exclusive sneak peek of the audio book. If you haven't already, you can order the book [here] (https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/623433/praying-with-jane-eyre-by-vanessa-zoltan/) ! &#10; See <a style='color: grey; ' target='_blank' rel='noopener noreferrer' href='https://acast.com/privacy'>acast.com/privacy</a> for privacy and opt-out information. ... Read more

06 Jul 2021

38 MINS

38:51

06 Jul 2021


#285

Meanness: The Midnight Duel (Book 1, Chapter 9)

This week we're joined by THE Casper ter Kuile as we explore the theme of meanness in chapter nine of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. This week we discuss whether Harry acts too aggressively with Malfoy, whether McGonagall is treating Harry like a piece of meat, and whether Draco ever meant to go to the midnight duel. Throughout the episode we consider the question: how do you be anti-violence and still intervene in wrong-doing? Thanks to Brittany for this week’s voicemail! Next week we’re reading Chapter 10, Hallowe'en, through the theme of Protection. -- It’s two sickles to join S.P.E.W., and only two dollars to join our Patreon for extra bloopers every week! Please consider helping us fill our Gringotts vault so we can continue to make this show. &#10; See <a style='color: grey; ' target='_blank' rel='noopener noreferrer' href='https://acast.com/privacy'>acast.com/privacy</a> for privacy and opt-out information. ... Read more

01 Jul 2021

43 MINS

43:53

01 Jul 2021


#284

Belonging: The Potions Master (Book 1, Chapter 8)

Vanessa and Matt explore the theme of belonging in chapter eight Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. This week we examine Hagrid’s hut as a welcoming space, discuss how Snape’s cruelty confirms Harry as special, and have our first conversation about pedagogy at Hogwarts. Throughout the episode we consider the question: How do we belong to another person without trying to possess them? Thanks to Katta for this week’s voicemail! Next week we’re reading Chapter 9, The Midnight Duel, through the theme of meanness. -- It’s two sickles to join S.P.E.W., and only two dollars to join our Patreon for extra bloopers every week! Please consider helping us fill our Gringotts vault so we can continue to make this show. &#10; See <a style='color: grey; ' target='_blank' rel='noopener noreferrer' href='https://acast.com/privacy'>acast.com/privacy</a> for privacy and opt-out information. ... Read more

24 Jun 2021

45 MINS

45:10

24 Jun 2021


#283

Revenge: The Sorting Hat (Book 1, Chapter 7)

Vanessa and Matt explore the theme of revenge in chapter seven of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. This week we discuss Dumbledore's whimsy as a tool of hospitality, whether Peeves should be punished, and the context of Nearly Headless Nick’s beheading.Throughout the episode we consider the question: is living well the best revenge? Thanks to Ashley for this week’s voicemail! Next week we’re reading Chapter 8, The Potions Master, through the theme of belonging. -- It’s two sickles to join S.P.E.W., and only two dollars to join our Patreon for extra bloopers every week! Please consider helping us fill our Gringotts vault so we can continue to make this show. &#10; See <a style='color: grey; ' target='_blank' rel='noopener noreferrer' href='https://acast.com/privacy'>acast.com/privacy</a> for privacy and opt-out information. ... Read more

17 Jun 2021

40 MINS

40:21

17 Jun 2021


#282

Fear: The Journey from Platform Nine and Three-Quarters (Book 1, Chapter 6)

Vanessa and Matt explore the theme of fear in chapter six Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. This week we discuss how the Dursleys change (and don't change) towards Harry, Ron's role in his family, and how truly wonderful Molly is to Harry and her kids. Throughout the episode we consider the question: what makes someone a bully? Thanks to Amethyst for this week’s voicemail! Next week we’re reading Chapter 7, The Sorting Hat through the theme of revenge. -- It’s two sickles to join S.P.E.W., and only two dollars to join our Patreon for extra bloopers every week! Please consider helping us fill our Gringotts vault so we can continue to make this show. &#10; See <a style='color: grey; ' target='_blank' rel='noopener noreferrer' href='https://acast.com/privacy'>acast.com/privacy</a> for privacy and opt-out information. ... Read more

10 Jun 2021

39 MINS

39:47

10 Jun 2021


#281

Awe: Diagon Alley (Book 1, Chapter 5)

Vanessa and Matt explore the theme of awe in chapter five Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. This week we discuss Harry’s fame, Draco’s relationship with his wand, and the joys and overwhelm of travel. Throughout the episode we consider the question: Can you be in awe of things that aren't 'good'? Thanks to Rachell for this week’s voicemail! Next week we’re reading Chapter 6, The Journey to Platform Nine and Three-Quarters through the theme of fear. -- It’s two sickles to join S.P.E.W., and only two dollars to join our Patreon for extra bloopers every week! Please consider helping us fill our Gringotts vault so we can continue to make this show. &#10; See <a style='color: grey; ' target='_blank' rel='noopener noreferrer' href='https://acast.com/privacy'>acast.com/privacy</a> for privacy and opt-out information. ... Read more

03 Jun 2021

36 MINS

36:19

03 Jun 2021