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It's Tea Time at Hogwarts. Each episode, special guests join stand up comedian and actor Katie Johantgen (The Office Musical, Friends the Musical), to spill the tea on their biggest gripes with the beloved Harry Potter universe. Do you think Michael Gambon was a trash Dumbledore? That Snape is a queer icon and his last-minute romantic infatuation with Lily Potter is lazy writing? That J.K. Rowling is a TERF monster who needs to be stopped?! Listen to what happens when you force someone to talk smack about the thing they love most. No one is safe, not even Dobby. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/hphottakes/support

Harry Potter and the Hot Takes Katie Johantgen

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It's Tea Time at Hogwarts. Each episode, special guests join stand up comedian and actor Katie Johantgen (The Office Musical, Friends the Musical), to spill the tea on their biggest gripes with the beloved Harry Potter universe. Do you think Michael Gambon was a trash Dumbledore? That Snape is a queer icon and his last-minute romantic infatuation with Lily Potter is lazy writing? That J.K. Rowling is a TERF monster who needs to be stopped?! Listen to what happens when you force someone to talk smack about the thing they love most. No one is safe, not even Dobby. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/hphottakes/support

    "Obliviate Should Be Illegal" w/ Carrie Wittmer

    "Obliviate Should Be Illegal" w/ Carrie Wittmer

    After a brief (9 month) hiatus, Harry Potter and the Hot Takes is back, baby! First, we will release previously unreleased episodes, and then we will be kicking off Season 2 with brand new episodes with HOT HOT TAKES and HOT HOT GUESTS!

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    Enjoy this episode recorded back in February 2019 with the brilliant Carrie Wittmer, co-author of 'New Erotica for Feminists'. Carrie is a Brooklyn-based comedy writer, entertainment journalist, and critic. By day, she writes about television and "Paddington 2" for Business Insider's entertainment team. On nights and Saturdays, she writes jokes. On Sundays, she sings songs she made up about her dog to her dog.

    She's been published in McSweeney’s, The New Yorker, and Refinery29 and her work has been syndicated on sites including The Independent.

    Twitter + Instagram @carriesnotscary

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    Hosted, Produced, Edited by Katie Johantgen, Twitter + Instagram +TikTok @katiejoyofosho

    Theme Song by Sean Wilcox, Instagram @wilcoxmusic, Twitter @wilcox_music

    Cover Art by Maggie Brownstone


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    • 57 min
    "Hermione is Black" w/ Jordan Pesci

    "Hermione is Black" w/ Jordan Pesci

    Actress/Writer Jordan Pesci (@pescilovesyou) combines her knowledge and passion for Harry Potter, history, and black feminist theory for the woke-est episode of Harry Potter and the Hot Takes yet.

    Katie and Jordan kick things off by confirming their chosen combo Hogwarts houses are spot on according to their Myers Briggs Personality Types. They discuss their irrational, yet incredibly rational (and topical) fear of black holes, and the role of magic in universe theory.

    If you believe that Hermione, Jesus, and Santa are black, and have no time for genocidal hate crime snakes, this episode is for you!

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    Cover Art: Maggie Brownstone
    Theme Song: Sean Wilcox


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    • 1 hr 6 min
    "Quidditch Makes No Sense" w/ Ian Mather

    "Quidditch Makes No Sense" w/ Ian Mather

    It's time to address the broomstick in the room... Quidditch makes absolutely no G-D sense. This week Katie chats with Author/Comedian Ian Mather (@ianxmather) about the dirty, sticky frat house that is the Gryffindor Common Room, the fact that wizards are low key old school and seem to all get married immediately out of high school (do they go to wizard college?!), and of course, SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS.

    Check out Ian's satirical "children's" book, 'Mean Mr. Trump', and catch him in Sketchy History: A History Sketch Show, every month at The PIT Loft!

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    • 1 hr 5 min
    "Have You Heard of A Very Potter Musical?" w/ Paris Adkins

    "Have You Heard of A Very Potter Musical?" w/ Paris Adkins

    In episode 7 aka The Time That Dobby Died, Katie is joined by UCB improv queen Paris Adkins (@paris.adkins) who at her peak HP crazy read the entire series 27 times. In one year. Yes, you read that correctly.

    Katie and Paris discuss being a middle school Potterhead, new fanfic ideas, Katie's post-apocalyptic Harry Potter as a religion theory, and Paris finally brings up Katie's high school obsession, 'A Very Potter Musical' (we love you Lauren Lopez).

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    • 54 min
    "Harry and Ron Are F*ckboys" w/ Kelsey Caine

    "Harry and Ron Are F*ckboys" w/ Kelsey Caine

    Episode 6 is here, aka Harry Potter Spring Break. This week's guest is the brilliant Kelsey Caine (@kelsey_caine), mastermind behind the Chrissy Teigen approved, controversial satirical character, Penis C.K.

    Katie and Kelsey do their best to get sued this episode, hoping to get some more publicity. They chat about Katie's stint in Friends! The Musical Parody, Kelsey's current comedy tour, and eventually, Harry Potter. They ask the questions everyone has been thinking.... do we....like Ron? Do we like Snape?! 

    Catch Kelsey coming to a city near you, check out her tour dates on Twitter!

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    Cover Art: Maggie Brownstone
    Theme Song: Sean Wilcox


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    • 40 min
    "A Bottom's Worst Nightmare" w/ Zach Teague

    "A Bottom's Worst Nightmare" w/ Zach Teague

    In Episode 5 aka The One Where Harry Desperately Needs A Therapist, Katie has a blast with comedian Zach Teague (@zachteague), host of the monthly comedy shows Haus Party @ Chelsea Music Hall and Bottomless @ Westside Comedy Club.

    They play fun games like 'Dumbledore Approved Drag Names', and 'How Much Credit Card Debt Do YOU Have?!' They discuss whether being scared of riding roller coasters as a kid disqualifies you from being a Gryffindor, and the fact that Hogwarts had a MAJOR bullying problem!! If you think the fact that all Disney movies start by killing off the parents is f*cked up, and that the power of love is corny AF, this episode is for you.


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    Cover Art: Maggie Brownstone
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    • 53 min

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