Hosts Adri and Helene bring their lived experience and close-read every chapter of Harry Potter discussing the politics that shape the action of the Wizarding World.
622: Felix Felicis (Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, Chapter 22)
In this chapter, Ron and Hermione have to take their apparition exams and Hermione passes but Ron fails by an eyebrow technicality. Harry finally uses some gulps of his Felix Felicis to get the memory from Slughorn and sets off to *checks notes* Hagrid’s. The way the potion works is not necessarily straightforward, as it confidently guides him to do and say things that will get him his desired result.
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621: The Politics of Surveillance & Priorities (Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, Chapter 21)
In this chapter, Ron can’t find a way to break up with Lavender, Harry is still trying to figure out what Draco is all about, and Hermione keeps reminding Harry that his priorities are all out of whack. With this in mind, we talk about the politics of surveillance and priorities, including a discussion on if a certain plot point of the chapter could have given us some clues as to the author’s TERF beliefs before she was vocal about them.
620: The Politics of Goals/Ambition (Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, Chapter 20)
Happy New Year, everybody! As we take on 2022, we talk all about how everyone is pursuing a goal (or rather, is being very ambitious in this chapter). Harry wants to find out what’s going on with Ginny and Dean, Dumbledore wants to find Slughorn’s real memory, Ron desperately wants to keep the status quo with Lavender, and we see a glint of Voldemort’s ambition through memories.
619: The Politics of Theories/Arrogance (Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, Chapter 19)
Harry gets hounded all over Hogwarts, ends up having a nasty head injury, and solves a plot hole all on his own! Helene talks all about theorizing and how it’s the main action that builds the chapter, while Adri talks about arrogance (and the lack thereof) in the chapter and how that trait in characters dictates what happens in the chapters.
BONUS/RECAST: A Calendar Can be Political (+ Patreon Exclusive)
Happy Holidays! With the Christmas holiday upon us, we thought we should re-release our conversation about what it's like to be a Jewish person living in a majority Christian world with special guest Shoshana, who gives us glimpses of being Jewish in the UK, and with our own Helene, who gives us glimpses of growing up Jewish in the U.S.
618: The Politics of Determination and Autonomy (Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, Chapter 18)
Ron ate the wrong chocolates and got poisoned (twice!). Adri and Helene talk about the politics of Determination and Autonomy, respectively, as they dissect the events of the chapter through their specific lenses.
We also read some of the answers we got to last episode’s question of the week: Do you think Slughorn was more ashamed of Voldemort’s actions (morality) or the optics of being associated with Voldemort (perception)?
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