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

Witch, Please Not Sorry Productions

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

    Book 3, Ep. 5 | Werewolves: A Metaphor?

    Book 3, Ep. 5 | Werewolves: A Metaphor?

    Greetings, Witches!


    Our last two episode on Animal Studies and Disability Studies laid the groundwork for this week's episode all about how to read Remus Lupin and his Lycanthropy. In an ebook released on Pottermore, J.K. Rowling stated that she meant Lupin's werewolf condition to be a metaphor for AIDS. This week we look at the way that metaphors of illness circulate ideologies about those who are ill - implying certain truths about their worthiness, deviance, and threat to society. We discuss specifically the history of AIDS and its metaphors, and examine how reading Lupin as a character with AIDS reinforces rather than challenges dangerous narratives about queer and disabled folks.


    Resources:


    How She Read by Chantal Gibson


    Illness as Metaphor + AIDS and its Metaphors by Susan Sontag
     
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    Book 3, Ep.4 | Disability and Resistant Readings with with Tea Gerbeza

    Book 3, Ep.4 | Disability and Resistant Readings with with Tea Gerbeza

    Greetings, Witches!


    In this episode, we're once again applying a disability studies lens to the wizarding world. This time, we're looking at questions of access, accommodation, and community support for characters we might read as disabled in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. We're joined by disabled poet and visual artist, Tea Gerbeza, who is an MFA in Writing candidate at the University of Saskatchewan. With Tea, we dive deep into the interpretation of Remus Lupin as a disabled character whose existence and bodily difference as a werewolf marks him in sharp contrast to normative wizarding society. We explore alternate futures for Lupin where, instead of social isolation and mistreatment, Lupin is met with the resources and accommodation he needs. We discuss the vital importance of community support for disabled people that goes beyond the limitations of formal institutions. For Tea, to read Lupin as disabled is to resist the failure of this text to meaningfully include disabled perspectives, and we invite you to join us in this expansive, resistant reading!
     
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    Book 3, Ep. 3 | Animal Studies Revisited

    Book 3, Ep. 3 | Animal Studies Revisited

    Witches, meet us at the edge of the Forbidden Forest.


    We're returning to the rich territory of animal studies to understand the limitations of human vs. animal hierarchies. We'll spend some time with marginal figures in the wizarding world who cross the human/animal divide, challenge social and political norms, and invite us into new ways of being. In particular, we'll be spending quite some time with Remus Lupin and his fellow marauders. We'll also discuss how systemic dehumanization, or the rendering of certain people as animalistic or less than human, is a tool of state violence.


    Content note: Throughout this episode, there are references to historical and contemporary instances of racism, violence, and dehumanization as enacted upon Black people and Indigenous people.
     
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    Book 3, Episode 2 | Time Travel

    Book 3, Episode 2 | Time Travel

    Greetings, Witches!


    As always, we're eternally grateful for the time you spend listening with us. In this episode, we're unpacking the mechanics of time and time-travel as they play out in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. We identify the connections between western time-travel narratives and the industrial revolution and the infinitely insidious force of capitalism. We plunge into the philosophical implications of this book's particular kind of time-travel narrative, which desires to predict the future and to change the past. How fixed is our reality? How much agency do we have over our fates?
     
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    Book 3, Ep. 1 | Pedagogy

    Book 3, Ep. 1 | Pedagogy

    Attention, class!


    This is the episode all of you superbly studious witches have been waiting for! We draw upon our own expertise as longtime students and educators to discuss the, frankly, wild and unpredictable pedagogical approaches of Hogwarts faculty. Have any Hogwarts faculty managed to create affirming and generative learning environments, even within a school that routinely places students in dangerous circumstances, wields discipline unevenly, and lacks student support services of any kind? How can looking at Hogwarts help us to understand our own educational institutions and our place within them (or outside of them)? Ready your quills and refer to your books, witches, because we've got a lot to say on this topic!
     
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    Introducing: The Real Question

    Introducing: The Real Question

    Greetings, Witches!
    We’re excited to bring you a special something from our partners at Not Sorry Productions. The Real Question is a new podcast from Vanessa Zoltan and Casper ter Kuile, the magical minds behind Harry Potter and the Sacred Text. Like us, they’re two friends who like to put their heads together and pour over their favorite texts as they navigate life’s questions. In every episode of The Real Question, Vanessa and Casper will investigate one of their own questions through the lenses of two texts. They'll reach far and wide, across the broad spectrum of media that's touched them—using shared dialog to uncover new meaning. We hope you'll listen along side us!
     
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