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Women of Harry Potter
16 minutes | Dec 23, 2019
The Fat Lady
Ariana blesses The Fat Lady for having to work all the time. Vanessa provides a quiz on The Second Shift by Arlie Russell Hochschild with Anne Machung. Unfortunately this will be the last Women of Harry Potter episode that you'll be able to find here in our feed. If you can't live without us, we'll still be putting out an episode once a month on the Harry Potter Sacred Text Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/harrypottersacredtext
36 minutes | Dec 9, 2019
Ginny Weasley with Mike Schubert
On this episode we invite Mike Schubert of the Potterless Podcast to bless one of his favorite characters, Ginny Weasley for doing an excellent job of being the youngest in a large and incredible family. Vanessa provides Ariana and Mike with a quiz on some lesser-known facts about Virginia Woolf.
16 minutes | Nov 25, 2019
Vanessa blesses Professor Pomona Sprout for setting a beautiful example of finding and living out one's calling. Ariana provides a most excellent quiz on everyone's favorite plant - the mandrake.
21 minutes | Nov 11, 2019
Cho Chang With Kathy Tu
Kathy Tu, co-host of WNYC's Nancy podcast joins Vanessa this week to bless the nearly-perfect Cho Chang for her immense talent, her hard work and for living up to the incredibly high standards put upon her by others. Vanessa gives Kathy a quiz about historic, emotional moments in Olympic history.
27 minutes | Oct 28, 2019
Parvati Patil with Proma Khosla
Proma Khosla, a culture writer for Mashable, dancer, and professional Harry Potter fan, joins Ariana to bless Parvati Patil and set the record straight on exactly how her name is pronounced. Ariana gives Proma a quiz on the annual "Twins Days" event in Twinsburg, Ohio.
29 minutes | Oct 14, 2019
Angelina Johnson with Bayana Davis
We are kicking off a series of WOHP episodes lifting up and shedding light on the women of color in the Harry Potter series with this first episode on Angelina Johnson featuring Bayana Davis of the #WizardTeam podcast. Vanessa provides Bayana with a quiz on Serena Williams.
35 minutes | Sep 30, 2019
In this special episode Ariana airs her grievances with Ron Weasley's inconsiderate behavior in defense of Hermione Granger, Luna Lovegood and others. She then with the help of a listener voicemail contemplates a blessing for him. Vanessa provides a quiz on the women of the Kennedy family.
27 minutes | Sep 16, 2019
This week Vanessa blesses secret spy and squib, Mrs. Arabella Figg, for her great ability to lie in the most ethical circumstance - in order to protect someone else. Ariana delivers a curious quiz about spinsters and cats. We do hope you will join our Thornback Society!
28 minutes | Sep 2, 2019
Minerva McGonagall with Margaret H. Willison
This week Vanessa is joined by Margaret H. Willison to bless our favorite educator - Minerva McGonagall. Margaret and Vanessa compare and contrast McGonagall and Dumbledore's pedagogical strategies and praise her for being the moral center of Hogwarts. We end this week with a quiz on everyone's favorite Scottish underdog, Susan Boyle.
25 minutes | Aug 19, 2019
This week Vanessa chooses an unlikely character to bless - Slytherin's Queen Bee, Pansy Parkinson. Ariana and Vanessa discuss finding forgiveness and extending empathy toward young people who've made bad choices based on the influence of their mentors and peers. Ariana tests Vanessa's knowledge of Mean Girls.
19 minutes | Aug 5, 2019
This week we're joined by Jewish educator and friend of the podcast, the brilliant Brigid Goggin. Brigid has chosen to bless local sad girl and absolute badass - Cho Chang. She blesses her for her tears, for her friendship with Marietta, and for dumping Harry. Vanessa makes up a quiz about Dylan Thomas.
18 minutes | Jul 15, 2019
Ariana has chosen to bless the resident teenage bathroom ghost known as Moaning Myrtle and to offer her some empathy for her tragic fate and to all of those who've known the pain of depression. *Trigger warning* - mention of depression and suicide.
28 minutes | Jul 1, 2019
It’s Vanessa's turn to bless a female character of Harry Potter, and she’s chosen to bless Lily Potter for the incredible love and restraint she shows during her short moments with Harry. Ariana quizzes Vanessa about some famous but unlikely friends in history.
1 minutes | Jun 7, 2019
Introducing: Women of Harry Potter
Join Vanessa Zoltan and Ariana Nedelman from Harry Potter and the Sacred Text as they bless women from the Harry Potter series.
22 minutes | Jun 3, 2019
Minerva McGonagall with Brea Grant and Mallory O’Meara
We have two special guests on this week’s episode of Women of Harry Potter and the Sacred Text - our friends from Reading Glasses Podcast, Brea Grant and Mallory O’Meara. They have chosen to bless McGonagall for being a great Boss Lady and maternal without having her own children. Vanessa invents a game about badass Scottish women.
19 minutes | May 6, 2019
Molly Weasley with Dr. Chloe Angyal
We have a special guest on this week’s episode of Women of Harry Potter and the Sacred Text - our dear friend Dr. Chloe Angyal. Chloe has chosen to bless Molly for invisible labor during this war. Vanessa invents a game about great animal moms.
21 minutes | Apr 8, 2019
It’s Vanessa’s turn to bless a female character of Harry Potter, and she’s chosen to bless Ginny for her trauma at the hands of Lord Voldemort. Ariana invents a game about youngest members of famous groups.
21 minutes | Mar 25, 2019
It’s Ariana’s turn to bless a female character of Harry Potter, and she’s chosen to bless Luna Lovegood for changing her mind about Ron. Vanessa invents a game about aptronyms (which means names that are well-suited to their bearers).
22 minutes | Mar 11, 2019
It’s Vanessa’s turn to bless a female character of Harry Potter, and she’s chosen to bless Madam Pomfrey for her invisible labor. Ariana invents a game about woman doctors in America. NB: Ariana’s ‘fact’ about Disneyland is, of course, an urban legend. It’s quoted as being true in a few Disney related biographies, but pretty easily proved otherwise through some googling… which we did after recording this episode.
20 minutes | Feb 25, 2019
It’s Ariana’s turn to bless a female character of Harry Potter, and she’s chosen to bless Professor Trelawney for her mentorship. Vanessa invents a game about Nostradamus.
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