72 episodes

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

Witch, Please Not Sorry Productions

    • Society & Culture
    • 5.0 • 23 Ratings

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

    Book 2, Episode 3 | The Gothic

    Book 2, Episode 3 | The Gothic

    Beware, Witches! Deep in the belly of a dark and chilly castle lurks an abundance of secrets! In case you hadn't noticed, the Harry Potter books are chocked full of Gothic literary devices. Unraveling the mysteries of the Hogwarts castle and the cast of characters inside reveals new insights about the concepts of monstrosity, disgust, and the boundaries of social acceptability.
     
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    • 1 hr
    A Holiday Special from the Archives featuring Neale Barnholden!

    A Holiday Special from the Archives featuring Neale Barnholden!

    Season's Greetings Witches!


    In this most magical of seasons, we are bringing you a bright star from our archives—a holiday special featuring Neale Barnholden! We hope this fun, slightly chaotic episode brings some warmth and joy to your hearts. As this episode comes from an earlier era of Witch Please, there are some things you should know:


    1. Recorded back in 2015, this episode is a goofy mix of genuine and deeply ironic commentary. For example, our remarks about The Fellowship of the Ring being racist are all genuine; our remarks that a woman riding a horse unaccompanied by a man is unrealistic and lewd are DEEPLY ironic.
     
    2. There are a number of references to and discussion of drinking (we were drinking when we recorded this episode).


    3. Some of our language is more ableist than we would use today (e.g. "crazy," "dumb," "blind").


    4. I (Marcelle) refer to baby hippogriff using the pronoun "he," which is incorrect. Eliot uses she/her pronouns.
     
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    • 45 min
    Book 2, Episode 2 | Queer Theory

    Book 2, Episode 2 | Queer Theory

    We have an episode for you that, in our professional opinion, is very gay. And by gay we mean inviting expansively, radically, resistantly queer readings of a text that is trying very very hard to perform heterosexuality and binary gender! We breeze by the obvious details—like Lockhart's character flaws as coded within his failure to correctly perform masculinity or Harry & Draco's flagrant obsession with each other—and into some of this text's more subversive queer potentials.


    This episode acknowledges the existence of sex, so use discretion if in the company of young ears! This episode also discusses the continued abuse of Harry by the Dursleys, so take care of yourselves.
     
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    • 57 min
    Book 2, Ep.1 | Feminist Theory

    Book 2, Ep.1 | Feminist Theory

    Greetings Witches! We're so excited to be moving on to Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets with you! Break out your feminist reading glasses, because we're approaching this text with the tried and true (but also ever evolving) principles of feminist theory. We're returning to the origins of Witch Please and pulling from feminism's foundational texts to guide us through this second Harry Potter installment (which, by the way, contains several issues—including: parental neglect and abuse, starvation, gendered violence, violence against animals, violation of bodily autonomy, and death—so please take care of yourselves).


    Also, a note about feminism, women, and girls: In this episode, we'll be talking about the experiences of characters this text presents as women and girls. But when we talk about women and girls we want to make very clear that we at Witch Please have an expansive definition of what that means and are working, in our own vocabulary to find ways of talking about feminist issues without automatically centering cis women. Trans women are women. People of marginalized genders across a variety of experiences may resonate with characters presented in this text as women and girls, and we support those readings. We've received some very generous feedback from listeners as to how we can use more inclusive and affirming language around gender, and we always welcome these critiques!
     
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    • 55 min
    Book 1, Ep.6. | Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone Wrap-Up

    Book 1, Ep.6. | Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone Wrap-Up

    We've arrived at the end of our journey though Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, but before we dig into the Chamber of Secrets, we have a few loose ends to tie up! This episode is full of some brand new segments that help us work through questions, concerns, musings, and future directions for discussion. We bring back a much beloved segment: Granger Danger (!!!!!!!!) in order to give some airtime to the greatest witch of her age. We spend some time unpacking a metaphorical suitcase full of wizarding fashions and Marcelle presents us with a handful of FUN!FACTS! that may or may not be true of the wizarding world. And there's more. There's always more.


    Thank you for sticking with us as we renewed the Witch Please spirit and found new ways of viewing this book. We look forward to having you with us as we explore book two!
     
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    • 54 min
    Book 1, Ep.5 | Trauma with Lucia M. Lorenzi, PhD.

    Book 1, Ep.5 | Trauma with Lucia M. Lorenzi, PhD.

    Special guest, Lucia M. Lorenzi, PhD, joins us to unpack trauma theory and helps us understand both the characters in Harry Potter and the world they inhabit as affected by traumatic events. We also explore the narrative form of the text itself—its gaps, inconsistencies, and unreliable narration as sites where trauma lives.


    Content warning: this episode, broadly, discusses various experiences and consequences of trauma throughout. Of particular note are discussions around child abuse and neglect, starvation, parental death, nightmares, and flashbacks. Please take care of yourselves and feel free to skip this episode if you need.
     
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Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
23 Ratings

23 Ratings

Maria Saerkjaer ,

Simply Perfection

That’s it. That’s all to say about it.
Now read my name Marcelle :)

EnnaSø ,

Love it!!

You guys are brilliant. Shocked that there isn't more reviews here! All Potter fans should hear this.

laybourn.stine ,

Amazing

I love this podcast. So intelligent and funny!

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