Harry Potter and the Sacred Text
Harry Potter and the Sacred Text
Not Sorry Productions
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 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.
Anxiety: The Whomping Willow (Book 2, Chapter 5)
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? Thank you to Emily for this week’s voicemail! Next week we’re reading Chapter 6, Gilderoy Lockhart, through the theme of Narcissism. -- It’s two sickles to join S.P.E.W., and only two dollars to join our Patreon for extra bloopers every week! Please consider helping us fill our Gringotts vault so we can continue to make this show. 
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Oct 21
43 min
Patience: At Flourish & Blotts (Book 2, Chapter 4)
Vanessa and Matt explore the theme of Patience in Chapter Four of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. This week they discuss bliss at The Burrow, our introduction to Gilderoy Lockhart, and Lucius's parenting. Throughout the episode we consider the question: how does patience balance competing desires? Thank you to Oliver for this week’s voicemail. Next week we’re reading Chapter 5, The Whomping Willow, through the theme of Anxiety. -- It’s two sickles to join S.P.E.W., and only two dollars to join our Patreon for extra bloopers every week! Please consider helping us fill our Gringotts vault so we can continue to make this show. 
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Oct 14
40 min
Friendship: The Burrow (Book 2, Chapter 3)
Vanessa is joined by dear friend and special guest Jolie Doggett as they explore the theme of Friendship in Chapter Three of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. This week they discuss Mr. Weasley's obsession with muggles, the ethics of de-gnoming, and Ron's confidence in his friendship with Harry. Throughout the episode we consider the question: what does it mean to be a good friend? Thank you to Amanda for this week’s voicemail. Next week we’re reading Chapter 4, At Flourish & Blotts, through the theme of Patience. -- It’s two sickles to join S.P.E.W., and only two dollars to join our Patreon for extra bloopers every week! Please consider helping us fill our Gringotts vault so we can continue to make this show. 
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Oct 7
45 min
Health: Dobby's Warning (Book 2, Chapter 2)
Vanessa and Matt are joined by special guest John Green as they explore the theme of Health in Chapter Two of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. This week we discuss the connection between individual and social health, the efficacy of Dobby's messaging, and Mrs. Mason's traumatic dinner party experience. Throughout the episode we consider the question: how can we support each other in building healthier communities? Thank you to Donovan for this week’s voicemail. Next week we’ll be joined by our wonderful friend Jolie Doggett, as we read Chapter 3, The Burrow, through the theme of Friendship. -- It’s two sickles to join S.P.E.W., and only two dollars to join our Patreon for extra bloopers every week! Please consider helping us fill our Gringotts vault so we can continue to make this show. 
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Sep 30
48 min
Bravery: The Worst Birthday (Book 2, Chapter 1)
Welcome back! In our first episode of Season 2, Vanessa and Matt explore the theme of Bravery in Chapter One of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. This week we discuss the difference between bravery and bravado, Vernon's drill salesmanship, and Harry's faith in his friendships. Throughout the episode we consider the question: does bravery require confidence, or is it even braver to act when you are unsure? Thank you to Hanna for this week’s voicemail. Next week we’ll be joined by special guest John Green, as we read Chapter 2, Dobby's Warning, through the theme of Health. -- It’s two sickles to join S.P.E.W., and only two dollars to join our Patreon for extra bloopers every week! Please consider helping us fill our Gringotts vault so we can continue to make this show. 
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Sep 23
40 min
Owl Post Edition: Grief with Chris Stedman
This week, Vanessa is joined by fellow podcaster and author of IRL: Finding Realness, Meaning, and Belonging in Our Digital Lives, Chris Stedman, to discuss grief, fandom, and how online communities can help us process significant events in our lives. Thanks to Sam, Courtney, Brianna, Mallory, and Cathy for their beautiful voicemail contributions. On Thursday we’ll be starting Book 2, Harry Potter & The Chamber of Secrets, and reading Chapter 1, The Worst Birthday, through the theme of bravery. Listen to Chris's podcast, Unread, and check out his new book here!   -- It’s only two sickles to join S.P.E.W., and only two dollar to join our Patreon for extra bloopers every week! Please consider helping us fill our Gringotts vault so we can continue to make this show. 
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Sep 21
37 min
Wrap-Up: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
Vanessa and Matt wrap up their first season together with a look back on all of Book 1! They discuss Harry's arc, Neville's role as a perpetual outsider, and the way that fantasy as a genre works with the progressively more vivid violence in the books. We're taking a quick break, but will be back in two weeks to discuss Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets! -- It’s two sickles to join S.P.E.W., and only two dollars to join our Patreon for extra bloopers every week! Please consider helping us fill our Gringotts vault so we can continue to make this show. 
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Sep 2
41 min
Love: The Man With Two Faces (Book 1, Chapter 17)
Vanessa and Matt explore the theme of Love in Chapter Seventeen of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. This week we discuss the relationship between love and power, whether or not Quirrell can be classified as a victim, and the Power of Ritual (hi Casper) in creating and maintaining loving relationships. Throughout the episode we consider the question: how can we most lovingly take care of ourselves and others? Thank you to Kimmie for this week’s voicemail. Join us next week for our Book 1 Wrap-Up episode! -- It’s two sickles to join S.P.E.W., and only two dollars to join our Patreon for extra bloopers every week! Please consider helping us fill our Gringotts vault so we can continue to make this show. 
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Aug 26
39 min
Freedom: Through The Trapdoor (Book 1, Chapter 16)
Vanessa and Matt explore the theme of Freedom in Chapter Sixteen of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. This week we discuss the obstacle course approach to security at Hogwarts, the children's successful journey to the stone, and McGonagall's inability to see the danger at hand. Throughout the episode we consider the question: what does it mean to be free when we are in relationship with others, and how can we become free to be our best selves? Thanks to Claire for this week’s voicemail! Next week we’re reading Chapter 17, The Man With Two Faces, through the theme of Love. -- It’s two sickles to join S.P.E.W., and only two dollars to join our Patreon for extra bloopers every week! Please consider helping us fill our Gringotts vault so we can continue to make this show. 
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Aug 19
45 min
Potterless: Popular Harry Potter Fan Theories
Vanessa had a blast on the Potterless podcast with Mike Schubert recently, discussing various Harry Potter fan theories! Together they unpack Disney villain prequels, Beowulf, the terrible Dursleys, Dumbledore’s affair, The Bottlecap Game, Pet Watch 2021, The TJ Maxx of souls, Macklemore, SpongeBob, true & mean, 11/22/63, "everyone is Ron," and more! Learn more about Potterless and stream additional episodes here. 
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Aug 17
47 min
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