Harry Potter and the Sacred Text

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 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.


All Episodes

Fate: The Missing Mirror (Book 7, Chapter 28)

Casper and Vanessa explore the theme of Fate in chapter twenty-eight of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. This week we discuss the similarities and differences between Albus and Aberforth Dumbledore and how nice it must be for the trio to have and …

Loneliness: The Final Hiding Place (Book 7, Chapter 27)

Casper and Vanessa explore the theme of Loneliness in chapter twenty-seven of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. This week we discuss Voldemort’s relationship with Nagini, the freedom of the Gringott’s dragon, and how to make friends in an…

Time: Gringotts (Book 7, Chapter 26)

Casper and Vanessa explore the theme of Time in chapter twenty-six of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. This week we discuss how hard it must be for Hermione to look like Bellatrix, the dragon in the belly of Gringotts, and the many parallels in th…

A New Podcast with Casper and Vanessa?(!)

It’s official: We can’t break up the band! With Casper leaving Harry Potter and the Sacred Text on the horizon, we’ve dreamt up a new podcast with Casper and Vanessa to keep you company in your earbuds. But we need your help to make it h…

Doubt: Shell Cottage (Book 7, Chapter 25)

Casper and Vanessa explore the theme of Doubt in chapter twenty-five of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. This week we appreciate Ron’s role in the trio, debate the effectiveness of eye contact, and continue to grapple with what this book is t…

Mystery: The Wandmaker (Book 7, Chapter 24)

Vanessa and Casper explore the theme of mystery in chapter twenty-four of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. This week we are joined by the brilliant Dr. Hannah McGregor, co-host of the podcast Witch, Please, who shares an opening story about her re…

Legacy: Malfoy Manor (Book 7, Chapter 23)

Casper and Vanessa explore the theme of Legacy in chapter twenty-three of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. This week we discuss the ambivalence of Draco Malfoy, the divinity of Luna Lovegood, and the sexiness of Ron Weasley. Throughout the episode…

Owl Post Edition: “Hairy” Potter with Jolie Doggett

This week, Casper and Vanessa are joined by cultural critic Jolie Doggett to discuss representation, appearance, and body positivity in Book 7. Together, they explore how we conceptualize “good” and “bad” bodies, and how those stereotypes show up in th…

Knowledge: The Deathly Hallows (Book 7, Chapter 22)

Casper and Vanessa explore the theme of Knowledge in chapter twenty-two of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. This week we discuss Ron’s new-found maturity, Harry’s newest obsession, and why Hermione doesn’t believe in the Hallows. Th…

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