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

Witch, Please Not Sorry Productions

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.9 • 201 Ratings

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

    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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    Book 1, Ep. 4 | Class

    Book 1, Ep. 4 | 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
    Book 1, Ep. 3 | Animals

    Book 1, Ep. 3 | 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
    Book 1, Ep. 2 | Orientalism

    Book 1, Ep. 2 | 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

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
201 Ratings

201 Ratings

Lucyfhw ,

The world is broken and Witch Please is the cure

This podcast had got me through some tough times, and I'm beyond delighted that it's back, this time with RESEARCH! These guys are the dream team, get them in your ears.

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Academic Potter for the Win!

Witch, Please is a top notch podcast! I love listening to the exploration of different academic discourses and how they relate to of the Harry Potter books. I learn something new in every episode and often listen to them more than once.

Thanks for bringing smart, funny academic Potter into my life!

Ellie Drover ,

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Magical and joyous, just the best podcast!

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