This is a show where your hosts, David and Madeline, analyze and discuss each chapter of the Harry Potter series from a literary perspective. We look at writing style, character development, plot, and connections between moments. We give you our own ideas, perspective, and questions about the text, and urge you to ask questions and come up with your own analysis as well.
Episode 59: In Support of the Trans Community
Madeline and David briefly discuss JK Rowling's recent online posts where she outed herself as a transphobe and a bigot. Having wrestled with this for some time, we have come to the conclusion that we can condemn her personally while still upholding the Harry Potter series as an example of everything she is speaking out against--inclusivity, opposition to bigotry and hatred, and solidarity with the downtrodden. We understand if you believe it is wrong to support a bigot by buying HP books, or films. We believe it is okay to continue discussing them on their literary merits, and we hope you'll stay awhile and listen. If not, best of luck to you. We're glad you stopped by.
Episode 58: Harry Podcast and Owl Post Again
In this final episode of season three of the show, David and Madeline discuss Pettigrew’s legacy, the loss of Harry’s father figures, and where Prisoner of Azkaban fits into the Harry Potter series as a whole.
Episode 57: Harry Podcast and Hermione's Secret
In this hour-long episode, the hosts, along with special returning guest Corey Thibodeau (https://www.ritualsweatsociety.com/ ) discuss one of their very favorite chapters in the series, covering everything from the complex nature of time-travel and paradoxes, to Dumbledore’s seeming omniscience, to how Harry found the inner strength to conjure a true Patronus.
Episode 56: Harry Podcast and The Dementor's Kiss
Madeline & David discuss the way the author plays with emotions to give the conflict in this chapter even more weight, as well as the metaphorical significance of the dementors trying to kill Harry.
Episode 55: Harry Podcast and The Servant of Lord Voldemort
In this episode, covering one of the best chapters in the series, your hosts discuss the theme of Revenge in the book overall and in this chapter specifically. What kind of revenge does each character want, and what is the author trying to say about revenge in general? Harry’s change of heart in particular is a pivotal moment in the series.
Episode 54: Harry Podcast and Moony, Wormtail, Padfoot, and Prongs
In this episode, David and Madeline closely examine Lupin’s tale, how Harry, Ron, and Hermione each react to the revelation that Scabbers is not a rat but a man in animal form, and Snape’s pivotal, dramatic entrance at the end of the chapter.