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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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    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 4.7 • 391 Ratings

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.

    Knowledge: The Deathly Hallows (Book 7, Chapter 22)

    Knowledge: The Deathly Hallows (Book 7, Chapter 22)

    Casper and Vanessa explore the theme of Knowledge in chapter twenty-two of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. This week we discuss Ron's new-found maturity, Harry's newest obsession, and why Hermione doesn't believe in the Hallows. Throughout the episode we consider the question: how do we move from knowledge to belief?
     
    Thanks to Vickela for this week's voicemail! Next week we'll be doing an Owl Post episode with Jolie Doggett where we discuss beauty and representation in Book 7.


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    • 45 min
    Dreams: The Tale of the Three Brothers (Book 7, Chapter 21)

    Dreams: The Tale of the Three Brothers (Book 7, Chapter 21)

    Casper and Vanessa explore the theme of Dreams in chapter twenty-one of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. This week we discuss Luna’s beautiful mural of friends, Hermione’s small preparations for emergency situations, and whether we forgive Xenophilius for betraying the trio. Throughout the episode we consider the question: how do we continue to dream of a better world during seemingly hopeless times?
     
    Thanks to Weston for this week's voicemail! Next week we’re be reading Chapter 22, The Deathly Hallows, through the theme of Knowledge.


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    • 40 min
    Reality: Xenophilius Lovegood (Book 7, Chapter 20)

    Reality: Xenophilius Lovegood (Book 7, Chapter 20)

    Casper and Vanessa explore the theme of Reality in chapter twenty of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. This week we discuss a lot of things about Ron! We discuss Ron's separation from the trio, the reasons he didn't go back to the Burrow, and his attempts to get Hermione back. Throughout the episode we consider the question: how do we make room for subjectivity without degrading the importance of facts?
     
    Thanks to Angela for this week's voicemail! Next week we’re be reading Chapter 21, The Tale of the Three Brothers, through the theme of Dreams.


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    • 39 min
    Courage: The Silver Doe (Book 7, Chapter 19)

    Courage: The Silver Doe (Book 7, Chapter 19)

    Casper and Vanessa explore the theme of Courage in chapter nineteen of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. This week we discuss Hermione’s grief after Ron leaves, Ron’s courage in coming back, and the importance of mentorship. Throughout the episode we consider the question: how do you hold space for the vulnerability and uncomfortableness of courage?
     
    Thanks to Odelya for this week's voicemail! Next week we’re be reading Chapter 20, Xenophilius Lovegood, through the theme of Reality.


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    • 37 min
    Youth: The Life and Lies of Albus Dumbledore (Book 7, Chapter 18)

    Youth: The Life and Lies of Albus Dumbledore (Book 7, Chapter 18)

    Casper and Vanessa explore the theme of Youth in chapter eighteen of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. This week we discuss Dumbledore’s relationship with Grindelwald, Rita Skeeter’s offensive nicknames for people, and the parallels to the Holocaust in this chapter. Throughout the episode we consider the question: How do we allow people to change and also hold them accountable for their previous actions? 
     
    Thanks to Anisa for this week's voicemail! Next week we’re be reading Chapter 19, The Silver Doe, through the theme of Courage.


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    • 43 min
    Faith: Bathilda’s Secret (Book 7, Chapter 17)

    Faith: Bathilda’s Secret (Book 7, Chapter 17)

    Casper and Matt Potts explore the theme of Faith in chapter seventeen of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. This week we discuss singing as a sacred practice, the locket as a metaphor for trauma, and the sign in front of Potter Cottage. Throughout the episode we consider the question: How can we build faith in each other rather than in facts? 
     
    Thanks to Bronwyn for this week's voicemail! Next week Vanessa’s back and we’ll be reading Chapter 18, The Life and Lies of Albus Dumbledore, through the theme of Youth.
     
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Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
391 Ratings

391 Ratings

Han_______ ,

Wonderful

I discovered this podcast in July and have had a wonderful time binge listening!! I’m all caught up! Such a fabulous podcast, thank you so much for giving me extra tools to reflect on the books and on the world. Casper and Vanessa you feel like my friends and your voices are so calming and lovely, especially when you’re dealing with difficult issues and topics. Thank you.
I’m so glad I caught up before the end, glad you’re going to continue after this season, Casper you will be missed! Hannah in Liverpool, UK

Goth goggle geek ,

Such a magical podcast ✨ A must hear for all fans ❤️

I found this podcast through a list of recommended shows in a magazine, and I could not be more thankful!
Each episode changes my perspective, broadens my mind, and helps me see these (truly sacred) books in a new way.

I love the personal anecdotes and stories which assist in bringing alive the true spirit of the Wizarding World!!

Congrats: from one Harry Potter to an other ✨✨

Soph_Jarz ,

This podcast is good for my soul

Harry Potter and the Sacred Text is my favourite podcast, I count the days until a new episode is released and I go back and listen to old episodes too. Casper and Vanessa add meaning and insight into the texts that I already love, validating and articulating the depth of meaning I get from the HP books in such a beautiful way.

Having not been brought up with a religion, nor studied religion beyond RE in secondary school, the sacred reading practices have taught me new ways to read and respond to fiction.

This podcast is good for my soul and I’m so thankful it exists.

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