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Harry Potter and the Sacred Text

Religion-and-spirituality • Arts • Society-and-culture

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 Matt Potts as they bring thought, reflection and laughter to Harry Potter; not just as novels, but as instructive and inspirational texts that will teach us aboutRead more

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Patreon Bonus - Matt & Vanessa's Every Flavored Bean!

Dec 1 • 12:16

We hope you enjoy this sneak peak into our Patreon content! Each week patrons receive bloopers, a bonus discussion, and more. In this episode, Matt and Vanessa discuss ideas for their own Lockhart style memoirs....

Dignity: The Rogue Bludger (Book 2, Chapter 10)

Nov 25 • 47:22

Vanessa and Matt explore the theme of Dignity in Chapter Ten of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. This week they discuss Lockhart's dignity, or lack thereof, athletes practicing ballet, and Dobby's big reveal. Throughout the episode we consider the question: is there an inherent human dignity that cannot be stripped away by others?...

Bonus Episode - Blessing Cho Chang

Nov 23 • 19:14

We're bringing back some of our Women of Harry Potter blessings as bonus episodes sprinkled into your feed. Enjoy this 2019 blessing of Cho Chang with an intro from 2021 Vanessa!...

Hate: The Writing On The Wall (Book 2, Chapter 9)

Nov 18 • 42:15

Vanessa and Matt explore the theme of Hate in Chapter Nine of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. This week they discuss the discovery of Mrs. Norris's petrified body, Justin Finch-Fletchley's new fear of Harry, and the trio's Polyjuice Plan. Throughout the episode we consider the question: how is hatred a distinct and particular form of animosity?...

Frustration: The Deathday Party (Book 2, Chapter 8)

Nov 11 • 45:08

Vanessa and Matt explore the theme of Frustration in Chapter Eight of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. This week they discuss the difference in how Nearly Headless Nick and Argus Filch handle their respective frustrations, the Headless Hunt's rules and regulations, and Moaning Myrtle's exile. Throughout the episode we consider the question: is frustration the inabi...

Bonus Episode - Blessing Lily Potter

Nov 9 • 30:22

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Forgiveness: Mudbloods and Murmurs (Book 2, Chapter 7)

Nov 4 • 44:22

Vanessa and Matt explore the theme of Forgiveness in Chapter Seven of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. This week they discuss Ron's broken wand, the book's possible critiques of retaliation, and Hagrid's exile. Throughout the episode we consider the question: how can we understand forgiveness without putting an unfair burden on victims?...

Narcissism: Gilderoy Lockhart (Book 2, Chapter 6)

Oct 28 • 43:45

Vanessa and Matt explore the theme of Narcissism in Chapter Six of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. This week they discuss the efficacy of Molly's Howler in teaching Ron his lesson, Justin Finch-Fletchley's introduction to the trio, and Lockhart's teaching style. Throughout the episode we consider the question: how can we better see and respond to the needs of thos...

Bonus Q&A Episode!

Oct 26 • 32:21

In this special bonus episode, Vanessa and Matt answer some questions sent in by listeners. Thank you so much to everyone who wrote in! We hope you enjoy this look into the show & our dear hosts. ...

Anxiety: The Whomping Willow (Book 2, Chapter 5)

Oct 21 • 43:22

Vanessa and Matt explore the theme of Anxiety in Chapter Five of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. This week they discuss the enchanted Ford Anglia, McGonagall's lax punishment, and our introduction to the Whomping Willow. Throughout the episode we consider the question: how is anxiety relational?...

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