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It’s the English class you didn't know you missed and the meaningful conversations you didn't know you craved. Join Vanessa Zoltan and Casper ter Kuile as they bring thought, reflection and laughter to Harry Potter; not just as novels, but as instructive and inspirational texts that will teach us about our own lives. Relive the magic chapter by chapter as they explore themes such as commitment, revenge and forgiveness. This podcast creates time in your week to think about life’s big questions. Because reading fiction doesn’t just help us escape the world, it helps us live in it.

Harry Potter and the Sacred Text Not Sorry Productions

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 4.8 • 5.7K Ratings

It’s the English class you didn't know you missed and the meaningful conversations you didn't know you craved. Join Vanessa Zoltan and Casper ter Kuile as they bring thought, reflection and laughter to Harry Potter; not just as novels, but as instructive and inspirational texts that will teach us about our own lives. Relive the magic chapter by chapter as they explore themes such as commitment, revenge and forgiveness. This podcast creates time in your week to think about life’s big questions. Because reading fiction doesn’t just help us escape the world, it helps us live in it.

    Survival: The Battle of Hogwarts (Book 7, Chapter 31) - Part 2

    Survival: The Battle of Hogwarts (Book 7, Chapter 31) - Part 2

    Vanessa and Casper continue exploring the theme of survival in part two of chapter thirty-one of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. This week we discuss Ron and Hermione's big kiss, Draco Malfoy's failure of choice, and some plot holes that Vanessa found in the text. Throughout the episode we consider the question: What happens to us when part of our identity doesn't survive?


    Thanks to Julia for this week’s voicemail! Next week we're reading Chapter 32, The Elder Wand, through the theme of contentment.


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    Survival: The Battle of Hogwarts (Book 7, Chapter 31) - Part 1

    Survival: The Battle of Hogwarts (Book 7, Chapter 31) - Part 1

    Vanessa and Casper explore the theme of Survival in the first half of chapter thirty-one of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Yes, that's right, we've split a chapter in half for the first time in our whole show history!


    This week we are joined by Dr. Allie Bayne from HERstory on the Rocks, who shares an opening story about sexual abuse and how she sees herself in Helena Ravenclaw. Casper and Vanessa discuss the existential experience of ghosts, the behavior of Pansy Parkinson, and whether Albus Dumbledore would have taken hostages. Throughout the episode we consider the question: what actions are justifiable in order to survive?


    Thanks to Isabella for this week’s voicemail! Next week we’re reading Part 2 of Chapter 31, The Battle of Hogwarts, continuing through the theme of survival.


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    Reflections on the attack on the Capitol

    Reflections on the attack on the Capitol

    Casper, Matt and Vanessa don't have any brilliant insights about what happened last week. So in this conversation they turn to Harry Potter and each other to try to sit in the fear and discomfort of what is happening right now as a result of Trump's facism in the US.
     
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    Owl Post Edition: New Year's Traditions with Matt Potts

    Owl Post Edition: New Year's Traditions with Matt Potts

    This week, Vanessa and Matt discuss their own New Year's traditions and the language we use around this time of year.


    Thanks to Charity, Luna, TeaKay, Matías, and Zack for their beautiful voicemail contributions. Next week we’ll be reading part one of Chapter 31, The Battle of Hogwarts, through the theme of Survival.
     
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    A Christmas Poem: Ring Out, Wild Bells by Alfred, Lord Tennyson

    A Christmas Poem: Ring Out, Wild Bells by Alfred, Lord Tennyson

    Every Christmas, Casper likes to read us a poem. This year it's 'Ring Out, Wild Bells' by Alfred, Lord Tennyson.


    We'll be back with our regularly scheduled episodes on January 7th. Happy Holidays!
     
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    Chaos: The Sacking of Severus Snape (Book 7, Chapter 30)

    Chaos: The Sacking of Severus Snape (Book 7, Chapter 30)

    Vanessa and Casper explore the theme of Chaos in chapter thirty of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (we're getting so close to the end!). This week we discuss Harry and McGonagall's use of unforgivable curses, generational differences in the fight for good, and Percy's return. Throughout the episode we consider the question: Is chaos clarifying?


    Thanks to Amanda for this week’s voicemail! We're taking two weeks off for the holidays, but you'll hear from us again on January 7th with an Owl Post episode.


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Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
5.7K Ratings

5.7K Ratings

terracottawarriorprincess ,

Optimistic and healing

Love the podcast! I’m only on season 3 and I’m always amazed with how insightful Vanessa and Casper are with the details of the books and connecting them to themes as well as translating them to real life scenarios. I usually just listen to true crime podcasts so this is a nice change. I find their perspectives therapeutic and brilliant. Thank you for all that you do! A blessing for you both for creating something so beautiful together and a blessing to the new host that I haven’t met yet because being new is hard!

I Love The Spree ,

Brilliant!

I’ve waited so close to the end of Casper’s tenure to finally write a review. Suffice to say if you love Harry Potter or spirituality or both, this is a must listen. It has been a balm for me at times when traditional religious settings didn’t quite cut it. Blessings to the whole team and give it a listen if you haven’t.

🧗‍♀️🧗‍♀️🧗‍♀️😜😜😜 ,

Hi hp sacred text!

Hi guys! Just FYI if this seems familiar, I am editing it for the third time as things keep happening.

Thank you for doing such an awesome podcast. I was really upset about the new tweets that JK Rowling did, and how hurtful they can be for the trans and non binary members of the community. I have always looked up to JK and as a little kid I just thought she was the greatest. I am imperfectly struggling about how to be able to live the books, while also addressing the problematic parts, and also trying to grapple with the separating the author from the book.

Please continue the podcast. I believe that the Harry Potter community has helped so many people, and changed so many lives, and the books, and the community can still be amazing, without the author. Most of the past year of the Harry Potter community has come from the fandom, not from the author. It is okay to love a book, and still treat it as sacred, while also completely shutting out the author.

I completely support your decision to not financially support her at all, and I think that that is a hard choice that you guys are very brave to make. I would love if you could do some maybe fan fiction or fan made stuff.

I recommend maybe getting Mike Schubert on the pod to discuss it with you.

I was listening to the last episode on the theme of peace, and wanted to share what I thought in the sacred imagination. In the sacred imagination, I was Hermione. I was completely insecure and nervous and just awkward. I wasn’t sure if you should give Harry a hug, or put my hand on his shoulder, or keep quiet and just not knowing how to handle it. I was in someone else’s body, in a place that I had never been, and I just felt so out of place.

Thank you so much!

-Anonymous

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