Episode 16: Witch, Please: New and Improved

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Image source: Tumblr

Welcome to our brand new podcast, The Harry Potter Hour, Starring Feminism! It’s a lot like our old podcast Witch, Please except, uh, Newer and Different!

This truly is the last episode of classic Witch, Please, though. After this it’s all paratexts, minisodes, and shenanigans! No more rules, no more social decorum, no more consistency. If the episode seems a little early, that’s because the Internet screwed up and we didn’t know how to fix it we wanted to give you a special present before leaving you NOT FOREVER PLEASE DON’T FREAK OUT. Look to your podcatchers on August 1 for the next minisode. Until then, you can settle in comfortably with your reliably clever and hilarious hosts as we’re joined by the über popular Guy With A Film Degree Neale Barnholden to talk about the last official Harry Potter film, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2.

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Episode 14: The Ghost of Podcast Past

photo credit: slgckgc on flickr
photo credit: slgckgc on flickr

But we’re not dead yet! cry your coven mistresses as we claw our way back into your podcast apps. That’s right, witches! We still have two more official (and, like, scores more unofficial) episodes for you!

Tonight we’re joined by real life guy with a film degree, Neale Barnholden, for the ultimate—no, no then penultimate—wait no! the antepenultimate—WHATEVER, FOR ANOTHER EPISODE! Turn on all your lights and settle in with a companion species for a spooky episode from the podcast boneyard about the second-last (or is it?!) of the Harry Potter films, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part One.

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Episode Xi: Project Firenze


With Marcelle a million miles* away, we’re presenting to you a live event organized by Edmonton Potterwatch. “Project Firenze: Minority Representation in Fantasy Literature” was the organization’s first-ever live panel on that topic, focusing this time on the Magic in North America stories and the representation/appropriation of Indigenous cultures. We were joined by Lucinda Rasmussen and Roxanne Harde from the University of Alberta, and moderators Emily Hoven and Nina Legesse, to talk about YA, North American history, and the empowerment of owls in Rowling’s work.

(Please pardon the sound quality: it was a live venue and we had one mic to share amongst six speakers of wildly varying volumes!)

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Further Reading:

  • Killer of Enemies, by Joseph Bruchac
  • Lightfinder, by Aaron Paquette
  • Summerland, by Michael Chabon
  • The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie
  • The Birchbark House, by Louise Erdrich
  • Settler: Identity and Colonialism in 21st Century Canada, by Emma Battell Lowman and Adam J. Barker
  • “My Year of Watching Only Women on Netflix”


*11, 134 km

Episode 13C: Hallows and Goodbyes


Well, this is it, witches. Buckle in for an extra long episode, because this is the LAST (third) part of our discussion of the LAST (seventh) book (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows) and we have a lot of ground to cover and old friends to mourn.

But don’t you worry. Even though we make about a hundred jokes about it, we’ll be back with more moviesodes and minisodes before the summer is through!

{TW for sexual assault, rape culture}

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Episode 13B: Deathly Famous

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Image Credit: Eric/Kimber on Flickr

Howdy witches!

Marcelle edited tonight’s episode in a flurry of packing so please forgive the dearth of whimsical sound effects! We hope that even without an obscene number of honks and hoots you’ll enjoy this second instalment of our discussion of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. But, to be honest, we’re so internet famous now that we might just start making weird avant-garde artsy episodes to fuck with you. Probably not. But we could!

{TW: episode contains use of the song “Taps” and references to death}

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Episode Nu: Politically Joyful at the Calgary Expo

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Howdy, witches!

While Hannah was off feministing her heart out in Ontario, Marcelle and Trevor and Neale recorded a live episode at the Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo! A word of warning: the sound quality is lousy but there are some cute hippogriff baby coos AND the attendees were RADIANT! Also there’s a slide show to accompany our panel below if you like visuals.

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Episode 13A: Hedwig’s Last Flight

Hedwig Soars
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Tonight, witches, we bid farewell to a friend and confidante. As the Harry Potter series draws to an end Hannah and Marcelle get selectively weepy because compassion fatigue is real and, like, everybody dies in this book. So pour yourself a stiff drink and, while you’re at it, pour one out for Hedwig that she may soar again in our dreams.

{TW: episode contains use of the song “Taps” and references to death}

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