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During this episode, we talk about Jeffrey Toobin's (accidental?) sexual assault/harassment via Zoom work meeting (Adri finds it implausible that work could turn someone on so much) and Dr. Fauci's plea for this election season to usher in a new president (this didn't happen, but we're reading between the lines here). Speaking of reading between th…
 
We're coming at you with hot takes about Ginny and Hermione's treatment of Luna, as well as questioning why Harry is so worried about Cho when he's got bigger fish to fry. We also talk about the difference between intent and outcome, and whether intent justifies certain outcomes. Support our podcast and get bonus content: www.patreon.com/acciopolit…
 
On this episode, Adri, Helene, and K. Alex talk about school rivalries, Lucius Malfoy's fantastic hairdresser, Harry's mental health and emotional growth, Ron's lack of qualifications for the Prefect role (even noted Ron apologist Adri agrees), and our media picks of the week. This week, our lovely patrons get more content in this version because A…
 
It is a truth universally acknowledged that all our hosts aspire to levels of petty displayed by one Albus Dumbledore in this chapter of OoTP. As Harry faces trial by the Wizengamot led by one very insecure Minister of Magic who just wants people to let him have power in peace even as the Wizarding World is shifting due to Voldy's return, Professor…
 
Adri and Helene scream into the void once again (for two and a half hours), thanks to JK Rowling's twitter and recent/current events shaping the dystopic YA novel no one asked for and that we're currently inhabiting (seriously, at least most of those had a juicy love triangle, can someone tell me that they've been embroiled in a juicy love triangle…
 
Join Adri and Helene as they talk about the Politics of Legacy, what legacy means to each of them, and how it informs how we view characters in the series and how legacy shifts how they think about themselves and each other. Here's the drawbridge exercise Adri alludes to when it comes to unmasking biases https://carterclasschs.weebly.com/drawbridge…
 
This episode was a wild one to edit because Julianna's microphone decided to act as if it was in some sort of cave! If you've ever tried to edit audio, you would know that taking echo out of audio is a BEAST of a feat. I'm not quite sure I succeeded in this, but never fear, episode 506 will be out on Monday to make sure our schedule is back on trac…
 
Here's a snippet of our Patreon-exclusive episode of The Girl Who Lived! Want to hear the rest of the episode? Become a Patron for as little as $2/month at www.patreon.com/acciopolitics Send us your thoughts on how the Potter series has influenced the way you view and understand the world: info@acciopolitics.com or leave us a voice mail at 915-996-…
 
Julianna and Adri talk about the politics of secrecy and how secrets can be manifestations of people's power over each other. Secrets can shut people out from obtaining power because knowledge is something that can be wielded against someone. Conversely, limited sharing of information can persuade someone to take actions against their own self-inte…
 
In this installment of our lovely podcast, Julianna and Adri chat about the importance of kindness and gratitude, parliaments of owls, assumption and how it manifests itself in the chapter, and we drop some intel on upcoming Patreon rewards. Support our podcast on Patreon: www.patreon.com/acciopolitics Find us online: www.acciopolitics.com Socializ…
 
On this special episode of Accio Politics, Adri and producer Helene scream into the void, but first we: 1. Sort current Democratic Presidential Nominees and learn more about their stances. 2. Break our vow to not directly equate our politicians to actual Harry Potter characters. 3. Discuss JK's trans-phobic tweet. Support this podcast on Patreon: w…
 
In the Summary episode for GoF, Julianna and I talk about white male privilege and what that has to with a certain spell that Harry Favors, how we stan a queen, and how Voldemort has a definite fan club in the series. Support the podcast on Patreon: www.Patreon.com/acciopoliticsBy Adriana Wilson / MuggleNet
 
Seth, the most reluctant of readers, joins me in talking about chapter 36, "The Parting of the Ways," of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. We talk about wizarding justice *insert Law & Order sound* and how Cornelius (Bob) Fudge is the absolute woooooorst. We also talk about grassroot resistance and Dumbledore.…
 
Julianna Coughlin from the Speak Beasty podcast joins me to talk about the politics of loyalty and ambition. We talk about Barty Crouch Junior's loyalty to Voldemort, Wormtail's ambition, and how Voldemort is the least charismatic leader in the world EVER.By Adriana Wilson / MuggleNet
 
Cassie from the Podrificus Totalus Podcast joins me to talk about the politics of loss in chapter 34 of GoF. We talk about Voldemort, Harry, Cedric, and all the things that make us think about loss. Support this podcast for as little as $2/month on Patreon. Find us online: www.patreon.com/acciopolitics www.acciopolitics.com Twitter: @acciopolitics …
 
Megan and Katie from the Swish & Flick podcast join me to talk about the politics of Family, specifically how Voldemort views family in chapter 33 of GoF. We ask ourselves if the Death Eaters really are Voldemort's family. Does Voldemort even understand what family means? Listen to us talk about family dynamics, Voldemort's paternalistic streak, an…
 
We don't have enough Hufflepuff representation on this show, so Helene Karp joins me to talk about the most un-Hufflepuff thing we could gather: Violence. Well, that and Sacrifice. This small little chapter in the Potter series is jam-packed with the intersection between Violence and Sacrifice. It made us think about gun culture, the military, and …
 
My reluctant Harry Potter reader (and husband), Seth, joins me to talk about the politics of equity in chapter 31 "The Third Task" of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. We answer the following questions: How does equity differ from equality? What do the characters in this chapter prefer, equity or equality? How are Harry's views on what he consti…
 
The Girl Who Lived is a Patreon exclusive podcast series that imagines how the Harry Potter series would have been different if all the genders were reversed. This week, we have a sneak peek for you of one Minerva McGonagall (or is it, Marvin?). Want access to the full episode? Become a Patron for as little as $2/month: www.patreon.com/acciopolitic…
 
Fellow Gryffindor, Madison Ford from MuggleNet's Beyond the Veil Podcast joins me to talk about the place memory has in our politics (and in the Wizarding World's politics, of course). We talk about how the first step of indoctrination is ensuring the history we teach in schools, muggle and wizard alike, reflects the truths that those in power want…
 
The funniest Ravenclaw I know, Alex DeGraw, joins me to talk about the politics of reputation on chapter 29, "The Dream," of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. We talk about how reputation is subjective and not based on the actual truth of what's in people's hearts, and even how sometimes reputation is also linked to prejudice (aka Fudge is the w…
 
Information is a form of currency. If it weren't, then there wouldn't be such concern around our social security numbers being hacked, right? On this episode, Sam Mattos (@dontpanicllama) from the Me vs You Podcast (@mevsyoupodcast) joins me to talk about information, Justin and Britney's denim days, astrological placements, Ron's take on informati…
 
This episode was recorded at my panel at the Leviosa Convention! I loved being able to present and engage in conversations with fans of all ages. I based my discussion on the book Emergent Strategy: Shaping Change, Changing Worlds by adrienne maree brown. The book highlights the strategies that are useful for grassroots/community organizing, which …
 
This week, instead of episode 428, we're bringing you the first installment of the Patron-exclusive series, The Girl Who Lived! My producer Helene Karp (@helenekarp) and I will bring you bi-weekly episodes where we talk about how the series would be if the genders of all the characters were reversed! This week, we tackle the Dursleys and how their …
 
This is a re-release! I just found out the other file had absolutely no sound, so I uploaded the Patron-exclusive episode. Delete the previous file from your podcast app, please and thank you! On this episode, Liz Whitaker (@waitaduneminute) and I talk about the politics of the patriarchy. Unsurprisingly, this is a very rich topic that makes us thi…
 
On this episode, Claudia from the Have a Biscuit, Potter (@haveabiscuitpod) podcast joins me to talk about all things heroic, patriarchal, and much more. We talk about British food, prefects, what Puerto Rico and Wales have in common, Cauldron Cakes, Brexit, and her Ukulele rendition of the Hogwarts School Song. Support the podcast and get some awe…
 
The sweetest Hufflepuff in the land, Dr. Alysa Lucas of the Best Forevers podcast and Fataliteas podcast, joins me to talk about the Politics of Suspicion in this very suspicious chapter of GoF. We also sort Veronica Mars characters, talk about envy, and which characters may or may not need therapy to overcome their suspicious ways. Also, does Harr…
 
Courtney from the Cult of Domesticity Podcast and I cover the politics of Legacy as it pertains to Harry, Draco, and Hagrid. We ask ourselves what it would be like to live up to the legacy of parents you didn't even meet, deeds you don't remember performing, and the pressure of being the chosen one. We also talk about how certain characters lean in…
 
Hufflepuff Talee Mabe (@talee_fm) and I chatted about jealousy, Brooklynn 99, being Type As, among other things in this chapter with Hermione's makeover and the Yule Ball. We talked about how emotions like jealousy only have power over us when we keep them secret, how Ron needs to manage his emotions better, and the supposedly Professor Moody's pro…
 
What is it about dating and the unwritten rules that trips up so many of us (hello, my name is Adri and I'm awkward as hell and I'm glad I'm not dating anymore)? The lovely Melissa from The Podcast that Must Not Be Named joins me to talk about Harry, Ron, Fred, Hermione, Neville, and company in chapter 22 through the politics of dating. Spoiler ale…
 
I'm joined by the lovely and witty Jessica from the 3 Spooked Girls podcast to talk about Chapter 21 of GoF through the lens of uncertain freedom. We talk about many wizarding world-related topics, including: What kinds of safety nets could be put in place for House Elves that have been freed? What can Hermione do better to make sure House Elves fe…
 
Seth's back and he's not afraid to make reaching conclusions, folks! My non-Harry Potter reading husband joins me to talk about the Politics of Determination in Chapter 20 of Goblet of Fire and how the hero's journey is about fate. We also talk about the Ministry of Magic as a political entity that is thrust upon wizards, how being a wizard is not …
 
Why do some people want to win at all costs? What do people do in order to get what they want? One of the best Ravenclaws I've had the privilege to work with, Paige Martin from the Rape Crisis Center (www.rapecrisis.com), comes over to my house for some Prosecco and Harry Potter talk as we discuss the Politics of Subterfuge in Chapter 19 of GoF. We…
 
In this episode, Heather Roberts of the Wine Mind podcast joins me to talk about spectacle. We talk about how Snape is a character that would refuse therapy, Ron and his need for recognition, Harry's longing for a normal life, Rita Skeeter's penchant for the dramatic, and the use of spectacle as a distraction in politics. Rita, in particular, remin…
 
Yes, you're listening to the right podcast right now. The podcast has new music and I have an announcement for you! I just restrained myself from using 10 exclamation points just there. Luke Hogan from The Podcast the Must Not be Named joins me to talk about he politics of truth, and how our individual truths affect our politics, which affect polic…
 
Alyssa Loebig from the Overenthusiastic Underprepared Podcast joins me to talk about Seeking Recognition on chapter 16 of GoF. We talk about Kakaroff and Ron, and how they both seem to want attention/ recognition from the celebrity that is Viktor Krum. We also talk about "Moody," Barty Crouch Sr, Dumbledore, and Ludo Bagman and how they seek or avo…
 
This is a mega-sized episode! Terrorist attacks at two mosques in New Zealand, J.K. Rowling speaks out about Dumbledore and Grindlewald's "intense" relationship, and exciting Hufflepuff news! I am joined by Lauren DeGraw, a wonderful Ravenclaw, from the Elixir of Life Podcast to talk about the politics of community in chapter 15 of GoF. In dissecti…
 
Ben Hogan, fellow Gryffindor and one of the hosts of The Podcast that Must Not Be Named (twitter.com/notnamedpodcast), joins me to talk about the politics of Tragedy in chapter 14 of GoF. For instance, Professor Moody (well, Barty Crouch Jr. if we're being precise) seems to be using trauma/tragedy to get the students' attention and loyalty. Harry a…
 
Gryffinclaw extraordinaire Adrienne White, host of the She’s So Cool Podcast, joins me to talk about Pottermore, Minerva McGonagall, reading the series as an adult, and the Politics of Humiliation. Humiliation made me think about that early 2000s MTV show The Pickup Artist and negging. Adrienne focuses on Draco’s humiliation tactics, while I zero i…
 
Gretchen Roesch (@gretchasketcha), Mugglenet Journalist and co-host of the Hogwarts Radio podcast is here to talk about labor of all kinds, visible and invisible. In this chapter, Harry seems more preoccupied with Cho and the TriWizard Tournament than with the epic revelation that Hogwarts has the most house elves of any property in Britain. Hermio…
 
Madison Goddyn from the Flippendo Podcast joins me to chat about the politics of concealment. This includes the pronunciation of various Harry Potter-related words, the statute of secrecy, problematic Dumbledore, and a brave Molly Weasley, among other things. We also ask ourselves if there is truly one wand per wizard, or can there be more than jus…
 
Oh, so you thought you were only going to get one episode this week? No, dear listener, you're getting TWO! Sequoia Thomas (@sassquoia) from Fanatical Fics and Where to Find Them (@fanaticalfics) joins me in talking about expectation in this chapter. We tackle all the important questions: Why does Percy Weasley suck more than usual, and why is he t…
 
The cyber pixies did not strike this time around *proceeds to parade around in a victory lap*. Episode 409 is here and special guest Julian Escobedo III (@julesthehuman) joins me in discussing symbols of terrorism in Chaper 9, "The Dark Mark," and why they have such a hold on both us and the wizards that lived through Voldermort's terror. But this …
 
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