283 episodes

Two real weird sisters break down the Harry Potter series chapter by chapter and delve into special topics related to the Harry Potter universe.

Character studies are released every Monday. Special topics episodes are released periodically.

Book club episodes for Chamber of Secrets, Prisoner of Azkaban, Goblet of Fire, Order of the Phoenix, Half-Blood Prince, and Deathly Hallows as well as special topics shows recorded from September 2016 through December 2019 can be listened to on the feed titled The Real Weird Sisters: The Archive.

The Real Weird Sisters: A Harry Potter Podcast Alice Asleson & Martha Krebill

    • Arts
    • 4.8 • 1.2K Ratings

Two real weird sisters break down the Harry Potter series chapter by chapter and delve into special topics related to the Harry Potter universe.

Character studies are released every Monday. Special topics episodes are released periodically.

Book club episodes for Chamber of Secrets, Prisoner of Azkaban, Goblet of Fire, Order of the Phoenix, Half-Blood Prince, and Deathly Hallows as well as special topics shows recorded from September 2016 through December 2019 can be listened to on the feed titled The Real Weird Sisters: The Archive.

    Seamus Finnigan: Character Study, Part 1

    Seamus Finnigan: Character Study, Part 1

    Kaboom! It's time to blow some things up! Alice and Martha deviate from the official Real Weirdos list to cover Me Cousin Fergus's cousin, Seamus Finnigan (not Finnegan) in the first three books. His "arc" may leave something to be desired, but Harry's still all about those Seamus winks! 

    Please consider supporting us on Patreon! www.patreon.com/realweirdsistersNew episodes are released every Monday and special topics shows are released periodically. Don’t forget to subscribe to our show to make sure you never miss an episode!

    • 56 min
    Into the Pensieve: Curious George

    Into the Pensieve: Curious George

    Alice and Martha discuss Curious George, the Man in the Yellow Hat, and H.A. and Margret Rey. Though he may not have a tail, Curious George proves to be a much more endearing main character than Stuart Little, and thankfully, he would almost certainly beat Stuart in a fight! 

    In this series, Alice and Martha reminisce on shared memories, inside jokes, and experiences reading both classic and lesser-known children's books, including favorite segments such as Quora Question of the Week, and Sorting Hat! Take Fives and character studies will continue, with this new episode format being added to the rotation with the other two formats. 

    Please consider supporting us on Patreon! www.patreon.com/realweirdsisters

    New episodes are released every Monday and special topics shows are released periodically. Don't forget to subscribe to our show to make sure you never miss an episode!

    • 1 hr 1 min
    The Muggle Prime Minister: Character Study

    The Muggle Prime Minister: Character Study

    Alice and Martha discuss the first unnamed character to win the Real Weirdo, Canonical John Major! This isn't a Fudge character study, and this isn't a Scrimgeour character study, and it isn't about the froglike man in the painting, either, although Mary GrandPre might lead us to believe otherwise.

    Please consider supporting us on Patreon! www.patreon.com/realweirdsisters

    New episodes are released every Monday and special topics shows are released periodically. Don’t forget to subscribe to our show to make sure you never miss an episode!

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Take Five, Take 4.12: Goblet of Fire, 55:01-60:00

    Take Five, Take 4.12: Goblet of Fire, 55:01-60:00

    Well done, Dragon! Alice, Martha, and special guest Shut Up Tim have made it through the first hour of Goblet of Fire... oooOOOhhhh! Harry fights the Horntail (what's that, boy??), Krum fights Rita, and Alice fights to understand perspective and time jumps!  

    Please consider supporting us on Patreon! www.patreon.com/realweirdsisters

    New episodes are released every Monday and special topics shows are released periodically. Don’t forget to subscribe to our show to make sure you never miss an episode!

    • 1 hr 31 min
    Into the Pensieve: Stuart Little

    Into the Pensieve: Stuart Little

    Alice and Martha enter a world which is entirely E.B. White's own, which may or may not be a good thing. Is Stuart a mouse or not? What ever happened to Margolo? And what exactly were the publishers thinking? Stuart Little is quite the canoe ride and is nothing like the sisters remembered. 

    In this series, Alice and Martha reminisce on shared memories, inside jokes, and experiences reading both classic and lesser-known children's books, including favorite segments such as Quora Question of the Week, and Sorting Hat! Take Fives and character studies will continue, with this new episode format being added to the rotation with the other two formats.

    Please consider supporting us on Patreon! www.patreon.com/realweirdsisters

    New episodes are released every Monday and special topics shows are released periodically. Don't forget to subscribe to our show to make sure you never miss an episode!

    • 1 hr 10 min
    Neville Longbottom: Character Study, Part 7

    Neville Longbottom: Character Study, Part 7

    Alice, Martha, and Jim Dale are back to finish discussing Neville. In the seventh book, Neville becomes--there's no other word for it--cool. As usual, this is obvious to readers through his long hair, his casual demeanor, and his habit of calling people by the first syllable of their name. Neville's arc is one of the best of the series, and Alice and Martha do take a break from mocking him to praise his final moments. 

    Please consider supporting us on Patreon! www.patreon.com/realweirdsistersNew episodes are released every Monday and special topics shows are released periodically. Don’t forget to subscribe to our show to make sure you never miss an episode!

    • 1 hr 10 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
1.2K Ratings

1.2K Ratings

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Quora-length second review/interrogation

I’ve reviewed this podcast before but I though I’d review it again, mostly for some comments and questions of my own but also to encourage all of the newbies who are listening to the Weird Sisters for the first time! Also, not sure if the user name will be the same, but last time I reviewed I was something with a bunch of symbols, I think the euro sign, but that’s because there is some weird security adjustment. Anyways, onto the important stuff. Sorry in advance if this review turns out to be as long as some Quora answers. First off, Martha, I too am a lover of broccoli and I don’t know why more people don’t like it. I also love you Jim Dale and Peeves impressions. Second, I feel like an idiot, but who’s Bim? I’ve been trying to figure it out and I’m stumped. And would you please do a sorting hat of Survivor: Kaôh Rōng? (Aka brains vs brawn vs Beaty). It’s one of my favorite seasons so far. Also, I’m sure you’re at least somewhat aware of the Dumbledore and McGonagall ship. Even though Dumbledore was announced as gay there are still shipers out there so I’m just curious about your thoughts on them. One last thing, if you haven’t seen the ‘gen z’ Harry Potter meme, it’s a must see. Thanks for the amazing podcast!! (And my “review” was as long as a Quora answer. That made me laauf)

xhillsr ,

Smartest Harry Potter podcast

I won't own up to this in a court of law, but I’m an avid listener to multiple Harry Potter podcasts. Alice and Martha are by far the best hosts out of all the others. They offer the smartest takes and their in depth looks at various characters is so fun. Also the Jim Dale impersonation is lovely and always great for a good lauuff.

Philly1690 ,

Favorite podcast

This is my favorite podcast! I absolutely love listening to Alice and Martha, especially their impressions. They know the Harry Potter books forward and backward and I love hearing their opinions about my favorite book series. I’m so glad they decided to do character studies so I still have new shows to listen to each week. I also love the Take 5 series even though we all have to suffer with Tim. I would like to formally apologize for the first review I left many years ago where I praised Tim and said I enjoyed learning about film techniques which I think lead to the thankfully-now-over segment on the Take 5 series. I had just started the podcast at the time and didn’t realize the mistake I made including that in my review. To the sisters and everyone who suffered as a result, I’m so sorry. I will continue to listen to this podcast for as long as the sisters make new episodes!

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