16 episodes

Welcome to the Glittering Bell Jar, a Harry Potter podcast, where we explore the Harry Potter series by reading it backward.

As you might recall, Harry and his friends discover the power of the glittering bell jar in the Department of Mysteries as it causes objects to move backward and forwards through time.

We’re Brie & Valerie, two writers and Harry Potter fans who want to take you through the Harry Potter series in a way in which no one has done.

Come along with us as we dissect each character and try to understand all the magic and common threads we may have missed!

Follow us on Instagram, Twitter, Tiktok, and check our site at followthebutterflies.com/podcast

The Glittering Bell Jar: A Harry Potter Podcast Valerie Stimac/Brie Goumaz

    • Arts
    • 5.0 • 23 Ratings

Welcome to the Glittering Bell Jar, a Harry Potter podcast, where we explore the Harry Potter series by reading it backward.

As you might recall, Harry and his friends discover the power of the glittering bell jar in the Department of Mysteries as it causes objects to move backward and forwards through time.

We’re Brie & Valerie, two writers and Harry Potter fans who want to take you through the Harry Potter series in a way in which no one has done.

Come along with us as we dissect each character and try to understand all the magic and common threads we may have missed!

Follow us on Instagram, Twitter, Tiktok, and check our site at followthebutterflies.com/podcast

    Deathly Hallows Film Discussion {Part 1 & 2}

    Deathly Hallows Film Discussion {Part 1 & 2}

    Here we are at last... It's the grand finale of our first season of The Glittering Bell Jar: A Harry Potter Podcast.

    In this episode, we're joined by listener – and uber Harry Potter nerd (aka our favorite kind of people) – Samantha. We discuss the two Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows films as a way of wrapping up our backward reading of the book.

    Join us for a fun conversation with new insights into both the Harry Potter films and Harry Potter book series, as well as some mic-drop moments as we connect the dots in the amazing universe of the Wizarding world.

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    • 51 min
    The Beginning of The End {Chapter 4, 3, 2 & 1}

    The Beginning of The End {Chapter 4, 3, 2 & 1}

    Here we are, at the beginning of the end – or is it the end of the beginning for our little Harry Potter podcast? 

    In this week's episode of The Glittering Bell Jar, we discuss the first four chapters of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: The Seven Potters (ch. 4), The Dursleys Departing (ch. 3), In Memorium (ch. 2), and The Dark Lord Ascending (ch. 1). There's a lot to unpack, from the cultishness of Death Eaters to Dudley's unique way of showing his cousinly love for Harry. 

    We also chat about important Deep Magic (to borrow a phrase from CS Lewis, which we think JK Rowling would approve of) like the charm that protects Harry at Privet Drive and the opposing magics of Occlumency and Legilimency. 

    This episode wraps up our backward reading of Deathly Hallows, and we'll be back next week with a special guest and discussion of the two Deathly Hallows films.

    Don't forget to support our podcast by subscribing, leaving us a rating, and giving us a five-star review.
     
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    • 59 min
    A Wedding, A Will & Merlin’s Saggy Left... {Chapter 8, 7, 6 & 5}

    A Wedding, A Will & Merlin’s Saggy Left... {Chapter 8, 7, 6 & 5}

    Sure it's a 700-page book, but how about we cover 100+ pages of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows in this week's episode of the Glittering Bell Jar!


    To be fair, all four of the chapters covered in this week's episode – The Wedding (ch. 8), The Will of Albus Dumbledore (ch. 7), The Ghoul in Pyjamas (ch. 6), and Fallen Warrior (ch. 5) – take place at Ron's childhood home, the Burrow, in the last moments of peace, normalcy, and joy before the dark events to come. Join us as we go through each of these chapters, examining each character, tracking different threads of the book and the entire Harry Potter series, and making our way to the final episode of this backward reading of Deathly Hallows – aka the beginning of the book.


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    • 53 min
    Once Upon a Time at Grimmauld Place {Chapter 11, Chapter 10, Chapter 9}

    Once Upon a Time at Grimmauld Place {Chapter 11, Chapter 10, Chapter 9}

    While it might not be the most pleasant place, in this episode of the Glittering Bell Jar, we discuss how Grimmauld Place becomes a safe haven for Harry Potter, Ron, and Hermione after they flee a surprise attack by the Death Eaters. 


    In our backward exploration of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, we cover The Bribe (ch. 11), Kreacher's Tale (ch. 10), and A Place to Hide (ch. 9), and discuss such things as the magic of house elves, the Taboo and Fidelius Charms, and Sirius Black's teenage dating habits. 


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    • 47 min
    Spoilers: It Begins and Ends with Umbridge {Chapter 13, Chapter 12}

    Spoilers: It Begins and Ends with Umbridge {Chapter 13, Chapter 12}

    Do villains think they're really villains?


    Could Sirius have reconciled with Kreacher?


    Did Harry live in No. 12 Grimmauld Place after Hogwarts? 


    Such are the questions we ponder in this week's episode of the Glittering Bell Jar. As we read Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows backward, we've discovered new details and pondered the arcs and themes of characters at length; now as we approach the end – er, the beginning – of the book, things are moving quite quickly – but it's not too late to join in if you're new to the show! 


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    • 46 min
    #TentLife {Chapter 15, Chapter 14}

    #TentLife {Chapter 15, Chapter 14}

    Nomad life is so in right now, until it's because you accidentally revealed the secret location of your home, exposed your only-recently-loyal house elf to Death Eaters, and ended up living from an un-heated tent with no food supplies... But we're getting ahead of ourselves!


    In this week's episode of The Glittering Bell Jar, we're exploring The Goblin's Revenge (ch. 15) and The Thief (ch. 14) during our backward exploration of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. So while we don't officially know why Harry, Ron, and Hermione are on the run with a giant, nasty horcrux, we do know they've got some tough times ahead (in past episodes) and give us plenty to discuss no matter which way you're reading the series. (Getting confused yet???)


    Sit back, relax, and enjoy this week's episode – or join the conversation @BellJarPod.


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    • 45 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
23 Ratings

23 Ratings

srichie847 ,

Have a listen! You won’t regret it!

Entertaining to say the least. These two know what they are doing. Harry Potter fans, this is where you belong.

mahoward35 ,

YES!!

A must listen for all HP fans 🙌🏾

hickskjh ,

Great show!

The hosts have a great back and forth, and you can tell they really love the books. Give it a listen!

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