Harry Potter and the Sacred Text
About This Show
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.
Most Recent Episode
Faith: The House-Elf Liberation Front (Book 4, Chapter 21)
3 days ago
Vanessa and Casper explore the theme of "faith" in chapter twenty-one of "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire." This week we discuss Vanessa's first celebrity crush, the separation of church and state in the US, and the internalized oppression of house-elves. Our question this week is: What does faith look like when it's not religious?Next week we're reading chapter twenty-two, The Unexpected Task, through the theme of Happiness. Thanks this week to Austin Bucholtz for our voicemail. We have officially launched our fundraiser. If you can, please support us so we can read Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix!
Rated 5 out of
I'm Addicted to this Amazing Podcast!
An enormous thanks to the makers of this podcast for helping me realize that the Harry Potter series is truly a safe space where I can dive in and feel comforted, loved, and be reminded of the magic of these books. This podcast is for book nerds everywhere! Anyone who finds joy and satisfaction in closely examining literary works for deeper themes and connections to his/her life will love this podcast.
Since graduating from college a few years ago, I haven't exerted the energy to actively and critically read a book like I used to. This show gives me the pleasure that practice used to bring, but with added fun (because the two hosts are awesome and hilarious!).
As a resolutely non-religious person, I found the inclusion of spiritual practices and methodology not intrusive or annoying in the least (no offense, Casper and Vanessa, I swear), and I actually found the hosts' spiritual perspectives extremely though-provoking. They truly bring so much wisdom, fun, and love to reading the Harry Potter books, and I can't wait for more episodes! Actually, I can't wait, I'm dying!!
Date published: 2016-09-16
Rated 5 out of
Incredible, thoughtful, a Harry Potter fan staple
I am so in love with this show. Each episode is not only is delightful and entertaining but the content often resonates with me on a spiritual level. The hosts, Vanessa and Casper respectfully and carefully explore the world of Harry Potter chapter by chapter as a means to better connect with the world around us. The result is an intelligent and meaningful discussion that truly blurs the boundaries between J.K. Rowling's brilliant wizarding world and current (Muggle) affairs. It often serves as my pep talk on my way into work.
Date published: 2018-01-04
Rated 5 out of
My favorite podcast of all time
If you love Harry Potter, you will LOVE this podcast. Casper and Vanessa are incredibly insightful and funny. This is a perfect way to engage with the series in a way that is both filled with nostalgia and an opportunity for new learning. While there are some religious themes, and as an atheist with a general dislike of religion and the harm it's caused, I don't always necessarily appreciate them, they are presented in a spiritual, not dogmatic sense. I do think the religious aspects can be toned down a bit (I know I know, it has 'sacred text' right in the title) but the joy and meaning in this podcast far outweigh any negatives. I'd also recommend seeing Casper and Vanessa live. I saw their live show in NY and it was SO much fun. I look forward to listening to this podcast more than any other.
Date published: 2018-01-26