66 episodes

A fortnightly podcast about the Harry Potter world by two lady scholars

Witch, Please Not Sorry Productions

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.9 • 309 Ratings

A fortnightly podcast about the Harry Potter world by two lady scholars

    Class

    Class

    Dearest Witches, gather round for some lessons in class solidarity! In this episode, we'll discuss the formation of class structure in Western society, the inherent relationship between race and class, and the ways in which the Harry Potter books reach for but don't quite deliver a vision for a cross-class uprising against the powers that be. How do some characters occupy complicated or shifting class positions? What would it take for Harry, or other characters of privilege to be true class traitors?


    Content warning: at 01:06:30, there is a brief mention of the history of eugenics as it pertains to Neville Longbottom's early childhood.
     
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    • 1 hr 10 min
    Animals

    Animals

    Snuggle up to your familiars, Witches, because today's episode is all about animals (and critical animal studies!). What distinguishes the "animal" from the "human" and why did Western society come to arrive at that distinction? How does separating humans from their fellow animals work to enforce destructive social, political, and ecological power dynamics? What do we make of the way magical and non-magical creatures (and the humans who care for them, commune with them, or use them) are portrayed throughout the Harry Potter books?


    Content warning: This episode includes discussion of anti-Black racism including racial stereotyping, dehumanization, and physical violence. This discussion largely occurs in the Transfiguration segment of the episode (24:22 to 39:57) and is marked by a content warning at the beginning of the episode and at the beginning of the Transfiguration segment. Please take care of yourselves and feel free to skip all or parts of this episode as needed.
     
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    • 58 min
    Orientalism

    Orientalism

    In this episode, we unravel the many layers of Orientalist tropes that permeate the Harry Potter world. How do some not-so-subtle visual and narrative cues--turbans, hooked noses, and mysterious powers from the "East" tell readers who to fear, dislike, and distrust in these books? How can we heighten our awareness of tropes like these and call out these negative portrayals when we see them?
     
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    • 57 min
    The Chosen One

    The Chosen One

    Our first episode goes back to the very beginning–to the concept of origin stories themselves–to explore how and why Harry Potter fits into a long tradition of “chosen one” narratives.


    Our first episode goes back to the very beginning–to the concept of origin stories themselves–to explore how and why Harry Potter fits into a long tradition of “chosen one” narratives. Harry, we learn, is a very special boy in all the ways English literature tells us special boys ought to be. Harry is a hero, following the tidy path of the classical hero’s journey. But what are the limitations of building characters and building worlds this way? What kinds of stories and perspectives are missing when authors rely on such tried tropes? Join us for a thorough unpacking of Harry’s special-boy-hero-complex and don’t forget to prepare your quills and parchment–you may want to take notes. 
     
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    • 1 hr 1 min
    Announcing the Witch, Please Reboot!

    Announcing the Witch, Please Reboot!

    BIG NEWS, WITCHES! Through a brand new partnership with Not Sorry Productions (the brilliant team behind Harry Potter and the Sacred Text), we’re coming back! New and better than ever, which is to say, produced by somebody else and not actively losing money. W O W.
    Speaking of not losing money, if you’d like to support this reboot, check out our new Patreon! Rewards include unedited audio from the first season, bonus interviews, Q&As, and movie watch-alongs!
    Enjoy our extremely goofy teaser/reboot announcement, and meet us back here on September 1 for the first episode of the brand new Witch, Please!
     
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    • 7 min
    S3E3: Witch, Please Goes Rogue on Prequels

    S3E3: Witch, Please Goes Rogue on Prequels

    WE ARE GETTING ROGUER EVERY EPISODE TBQH

    So this one’s on time, but witches? It is pretty. silly. We sat down, in the same room, with our favourite guy-with-a-film-degree, and we talked about the fan-made prequel film Voldemort: Origins of the Heir. If you don’t mind spoilers, this Telegraph review will set the tone for the episode.

    This episode contains fewer sound effects than usual because it was too hard to fit them in between all the laughter. It also contains an above average amount of us being delighted with ourselves. Strap in!

    OH P.S. there is brand new merch in our store with more to come, so go get your Malcoy and #NoTallMen swag and hold out for even more in the future!

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    • 50 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
309 Ratings

309 Ratings

Dria92 ,

Wow this REBOOT

I loved Witch Please before, and was sad to be without new episodes, so I was already very excited about the reboot. But this deep dive format is excellent and I’m relishing the juicy mix of nerdy Harry Potter stuff with solid academic analysis and conversations about important topics and theoretical frameworks. So good.

TheodoreJulian ,

Whimsical, Witchy, and Wise

The relationship these ladies have is a delight to behold, along with their smarts and sass. They reintroduced HP literature to me in a refreshing way, and have helped me identify some of the reasons why I enjoyed (or disliked) this book series. I also appreciate the guests and editing (new and old!). Would definitely agree to offering some queer perspectives, as a pansexual transman (although I am white and cis-assumed, and don’t want to take opportunities from people with additional intersections). Thanks, Witches!

Sydney Slymm ,

Get ready to learn folks

I learn more from this podcast than I did from all of my English courses throughout the years. Hannah and Marcelle are smart, funny, considerate, and just wonderful to listen to. I’m so proud that this is a representation of Canadian content; it makes this girl from the prairies aspire to big things.

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