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In the hallowed halls of Potterversity, hosts Katy McDaniel (Marietta College) and Emily Strand (Mt. Carmel College and Signum University) explore the Harry Potter series and wider Wizarding World from a critical academic perspective with scholars from a variety of fields, finding new ways to read and opening new doors. Made in association with http://MuggleNet.com.
 
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Due to scheduling conflicts, we couldn’t record a new episode of the show this week. We didn’t want the feed to go empty this week, so please enjoy this re-release of our episode from earlier this year plus a bonus segment that was only available for Patrons of the show until now. Become a Patron for as little as $2/month by heading over to www.pat…
 
Adri is joined by special guest Laurie, the producer for the Potterversity podcast to discuss chapter 12 of Half Blood Prince. We talk about how this chapter intersects with the politics of suspicion and consent, including the imperiused Katie Bell and Hermione’s skepticism about the character of the Half Blood Prince. We also talk about the nature…
 
Investigate bullying at Hogwarts on this month’s episode. In this episode, Emily and Katy talk with Ithaca College’s Katharine Kittredge and Carolyn Rennie about the history of bullying and how it relates to the social and educational environment at Hogwarts. We talk about what makes a bully and how that conception has perhaps changed over time in …
 
On Episode 332 we discuss... → Katy calls out to all cosplayers with a mighty need → The trio are royalty → A 'Sirius' discussion... what the pandemic has taught us → Angelina is a BOSS → Would anything have changed if Harry had confided in Dumbledore? → FB3: Shame On Dumbledore → The weapon is a lie → Voldymood recaps and which events they match u…
 
This week, we talk about that chapter where Hermione helps Ron, unbeknownst to him, get into the Gryffindor Quidditch team. When we were thinking about which politics were driving the chapter, we thought about the politics of attention and preferential treatment. We’re also featuring the best answers to our question of the week! This week, the ques…
 
This week, we talk about that chapter where Harry met Voldemort’s extended family via Pensieve. When we were thinking about which politics were driving the chapter, we thought about the politics of ancestry and supremacism. One is based upon who your family was or what they did being an indicator of success (or failure) and the other is based on ho…
 
It’s the first day of classes at Hogwarts, and we are talking about the politics of cheating and the myth of self-sufficiency. This week we have a ton of questions that we try to answer as best as possible. Was Harry was cheating by following the hand-written instructions in the Half-Blood Prince’s Potions book? Why did Snape never share his potion…
 
Decode magical numbers on this month's episode! Katy and Emily talk with Dr. Lana Whited (Ferrum College) about one of the more mysterious of the magical subjects at Hogwarts: Arithmancy. We discuss where this subject fits in the Hogwarts core curriculum, its historical and etymological roots, and its meaning within the Harry Potter series. And, fo…
 
On Episode 330 we discuss… → Half of the Swish and Flick Podcast quartet, Tiffany O’Malley and Katie Petras, join us as guests hosts! → Hermione casting spells from the start – not a movieism! → When do you think Harry realized each House was more than the Sorting Song? → The Sorting Hat: biased to Gryffindor → Hogwarts should have waited to sort u…
 
Harry’s finally back at Hogwarts and he is in for a surprise when it comes to staff appointments for the coming school year. Adri and Helene talk about the politics of School Administration and Bullying when it comes to what is influencing the events of this chapter. We also talk about the restrictive and cruel law regarding reproductive rights tha…
 
Well, we’re back on the Hogwarts Express! This time, Helene and Adri talk about the many ways that they see the politics of nepotism and privilege interact in this chapter, as well as in the rest of the book. We talk about Slughorn’s favoritism of those associated with prestige and power, Draco’s lack of growth as a boy who insists you remember who…
 
On Episode 329 we discuss... → No wizards in the Mediterranean? → Canon: Beauxbatons closed in 2000 → Joker, Ilvermorny student → A plus for name creativity → Other schools, deep in stereotype? → Hogwarts: racist → Hugo Award-winning co-founder of The Book Smugglers and author of "Cooking for Wizards, Warriors and Dragons" (available August 31, 202…
 
Join us as the trio venture into Diagon Alley for the first time since the ministry has openly admitted that Lord Voldemort is back. Helene and Adri discuss the politics of Public Security and the politics of Commodities as it relates to both the ministry’s actions and how capitalism is alive and well, even in grim circumstances. Patrons get a bonu…
 
Harry gets to the Burrow earlier than scheduled and we get a glimpse into Arthur’s dearest ambition and Molly’s favorite nickname. Adri is joined by guest host Ann from the Speak Beasty podcast and they talk about the politics of tribalism and family, including why oh why Ginny Weasley loses her perpetual cool when it comes to Fleur joining the fam…
 
On Episode 328 we discuss... → Has time changed our feelings on the Epilogue? → Is all really well? → Cursed Child - wants vs. reality → Do some people not deserve a “Nineteen Years Later?” → Did “Cursed Child” ruin everything? Alison says no. → Like father, like son - tea with Hagrid → Head canon - Weasley family back to school hangout → Ron and H…
 
Harry’s explorations of loss, grief, and the nature of death borrow heavily from classical visions of the underworld, especially Virgil's Aeneid. In this episode, Katy and Emily talk to Dr. Vassiliki (Lily) Panoussi, Chancellor Professor of Classical Studies at William and Mary, about references in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows to Virgil's A…
 
Harry is off to the Burrow under Dumbledore’s chaperonage, but before we pop in to see our favorite red-headed family, we’ve got a side quest to complete. Yes, you read that right, Dumbledore has one more trick up his sleeve (presumably the one with complete mobility): popping in to see a professor about leaving retirement. Helene and Adri talk abo…
 
Finally, a chapter with Harry in it! In between headlines and narrative paywalls (what did the rest of those articles say anyway?) Harry is snoozing away until Dumbledore appears in the Dursley’s home, just as he promised he would. Perhaps it’s the realization that Harry didn’t quite trust Dumbledore to show up, or it’s the weight of benign neglect…
 
Join us as we talk about chapter 2, "Spinner’s End" and its politics (alongside some talk about Bellatrix, Narcissa, Sirius, Severus, and Wormtail). We also talk about this insight into Snape’s humble abode and whether or not he wanted Sirius dead. Bonus Segment for Patrons: A look into MACUSA. Want access to bonus content and more? Become a Patron…
 
We're already on HBP (which is, incidentally, Helene's favorite book in the series). Helene and Adri talk about the politics of Foreign Affairs and Public Relations when it comes to the two ministers (one muggle, one wizard) and wonder about how we're supposed to feel about Dementors "breeding" (in a nutshell: not good). Bonus Segment for Patrons: …
 
On Episode 326 we discuss... → The only chapter 2 that's not from Harry's POV → What line of work was Snape's father in? → Possible early clues that Snape was the Half-Blood Prince → So much booze in this book! → Humanizing Narcissa - the Lady of the Lake → Bella's scrap of love → Who is the spinner and what is their end? → The unbreakable vow: man…
 
On this episode, we're reading Harry Potter through trauma theory, Fat Studies, and semiotics - and from the perspective of a nonbinary trans scholar of young adult literature. What does it meant to be a Potter scholar? Get a glimpse of one academic's research into a variety of topics in the Harry Potter books. In this episode, Emily and Katy talk …
 
On Episode 325 we discuss... → Why are they called Death Eaters? → The lack of math strikes again → Death Eater dynasties → Irvin's Death Eater essays - 1 | 2 | 3 → Picking things up and putting them down → The Battle of the Department of Mysteries: An Analysis of the Chase and Battle, June 1996 → Oh baby, baby…
 
The last episode of season 5 is upon us! On this episode, Adri and Helene talk about the movie adaptation, discussing the various elements that make up a film. Want more exclusive content? Become a Patron of the show and get bonus content while supporting the show! Become a Patron for as little as $2/month by heading over to www.patreon.com/acciopo…
 
On Episode 324, we discuss… → OotP has the best chapter titles → The five stages of grief in ONE chapter → Bargaining flipped: We start with a death and end with a life → Voldy was right about Dumbledore's willingness to sacrifice Harry! → Harry feels love most acutely through overwhelming grief → Movie adaptations... the good, the bad, the terribl…
 
Universes collide as we imagine the story of the founding of Hogwarts in the form of a Shakespeare play. In this episode, we're joined by Ian Doescher, author of William Shakespeare's Star Wars as well as Shakespearean retellings other of modern tales. He tells us about how he first embarked on this project and what made Star Wars a natural fit for…
 
We did it. We did it, Joe! We're done with Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, so you know what that means: one whole episode devoted to the entire novel. Your hosts Adri and Helene zoomed out from our chapter to chapter format to bring you all the piping hot takes that can only be given after we read the books as adults through a different …
 
We've come to the end... The end of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, that is! Hosts Helene and Adri talk about the final chapter of book 5 in the Harry Potter series through the lens of Grief and the Price of War. Helene delves deeply into the stages of grief, as Harry is personifying them in this chapter (so very well, may we add), while…
 
On Episode 323 we discuss... → Fairy tales, fairytales, wonder tales, magic tales, fairy stories, and Märchen → "In the old times when wishing was still effective"... and how → The Dewey Decimal System for fairytales is... woah → How many of these classifications match up with Potter? Hint: a lot! → Motifs which are the foundation for all fantasy →…
 
Helene and special guest Kat from the Alohomora! podcast talk about chapter 37 of Order of the Phoenix: "The Lost Prophecy." Join us as we discuss the politics of premeditation and strategy, along with Dumbledore and Harry’s complicated relationship and the potential motivations behind Dumbledore’s actions throughout the series. We also take a look…
 
On Episode 322 we discuss... → "Those who ask will always be given help... I think... maybe..." → Why does a second year discover what the beast is when nobody else can? → It must be nice, it must be nice... to have Ernie Mac on your side → Does anyone actually feed Fang while Hagrid is gone? → Aragog is sending mass emails "on the web" → Spiders a…
 
Helene and Adri talk about how things are not looking up for Matt Gaetz, as well as chapter 36 of OotP. In discussing this chapter, we talk about the politics of pain and retributive justice as the ministry becomes a bit more crowded than anticipated. We also cover how Voldemort and Dumbledore come face to face in the Ministry of Magic while Harry …
 
Well, we're finally here. We're at that chapter in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix where Sirius is hit by a curse and disappears into the Veil at the Department of Mysteries. Someone give Adri all the tissues, please and thank you. When we read this chapter, we had very different takes on what the politics of the chapter were. Helene talk…
 
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