Harry Potter and the Sacred Text

135 EpisodesProduced by Vanessa Zoltan, Casper ter Kuile & Ariana Nedelman

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 a… read more

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Partnership: The Hearing (Book 5, Chapter 8)

October 11th, 2018

47:28
Vanessa and Casper explore the theme of Partnership in chapter eight of "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix". This week, Vanessa and Casper are joined by Lauren Taylor, co-author of The American Healthcare …

Progress: The Ministry of Magic (Book 5, Chapter 7)

October 4th, 2018

37:57
Vanessa and Casper examine the theme of "Progress" in chapter seven of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. This week we discuss whether owls …

Memory: The Noble and Most Ancient House of Black (Book 5, Chapter 6)

September 27th, 2018

37:44
Vanessa and Casper examine the theme of "memory" in chapter six of "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix." This week we discuss Kreacher's institutional memory, Sirius's family tapestry, and whether or not you …

Gratitude: The Order of the Phoenix (Book 5, Chapter 5)

September 20th, 2018

35:44
Vanessa and Casper examine the theme of "gratitude" in chapter five of "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix." This week we discuss Mundugus …

Anger: Number Twelve Grimmauld Place (Book 5, Chapter 4)

September 13th, 2018

40:29
Vanessa and Casper examine the theme of "Anger" in chapter four of "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix." This week we discuss Percy's …

Brief Note: News about the future of HPST

September 12th, 2018

0:54
Hi friends, we heard from our podcast network, Panoply, today that they will be dissolving their network. This means they'll no longer be selling ads …

Compassion: The Advance Guard (Book 5, Chapter 3)

September 6th, 2018

42:30
Vanessa and Casper return to the theme of "compassion" in chapter three of "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix." This week we discuss Tonk's hair, Moody's eyeball, and how Harry really needs a meditation …

Frustration: A Peck of Owls (Book 5, Chapter 2)

August 30th, 2018

34:11
Vanessa and Casper return to the theme of "frustration" in chapter two of "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix." This week we discuss the …

Belief: Dudley Demented (Book 5, Chapter 1)

August 23rd, 2018

39:32
Vanessa and Casper dive into Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix with the theme of belief. They discuss the breakdown of trust between Harry and the Dursleys, between Harry and his friends, and Harry and himself. …

Special Edition: What We’re Excited for in Order of the Phoenix

August 9th, 2018

22:28
Season 5, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, launches on August 23rd. Vanessa and Casper get together to talk what they're looking forward to …

Special Edition: Catching up on the Owl Post

August 20th, 2016

29:23
Vanessa recounts how she came to read literature as sacred and, in Casper’s absence, uses voicemails from the audience as her conversation partners …

Commitment: The Boy Who Lived (Book 1, Chapter 1)

May 19th, 2016

27:32
In the premiere episode of Harry Potter and the Sacred Text, Casper and Vanessa talk about why they are starting this project and analyze the first chapter of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone through the theme of …

Harry Potter and the Sacred Text - Teaser

March 21st, 2016

3:06
What if we read the books we love as if they were sacred texts? What would we learn? How might they change us? Harry Potter and the Sacred Text is a …
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