Episode 1: Sorting Ceremony

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Hannah McGregor

I am an Assistant Professor in Publishing @ SFU. My areas of research include periodical studies, media studies, middlebrow culture, contemporary and early twentieth-century Canadian literature, critical race studies, and digital humanities. I also make a fortnightly podcast about Harry Potter.

10 thoughts on “Episode 1: Sorting Ceremony”

    1. Hi Michelle, if you’re on a desktop / laptop, you should be able to right click the link and “Save as…” to download. If you’re on mobile, there should be something similar (but possibly more complicated).

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  1. I know this is old, but I just found it and I love it.

    My thoughts:
    OMFG the Forbidden Forest! Yes, Hagrid just leaves two kids alone!

    Also, wizards probably don’t wear pants/trousers in the books. At least most wizard born wizards probably don’t. In the 4th book we see adult wizards at the Quidditch cup confuzed by the very idea of trousers (the men are wearing dressing gowns and kilts…which are also confusing).

  2. Ignorig some details (like splitting them up) I think that the idea of taking the kids to the Forbidden Forest has some kinda deterrent effect. not that I think that repression is a good way to prevent breaking rules but it is a possible way to deal with delinquents.

    1. Yup, it’s perfectly in keeping with a pedagogical approach that would think of students as “delinquents” and think that physical danger is an appropriate response to misbehaviour. Like the wizarding equivalent of giving them the strap. So: not cool.

  3. I can’t believe it’s taken me this long to discover your amazing podcast!
    To do with schools: Do you think wizarding parents can choose to homeschool?

    1. In the Deathly Hallows the ministry takes away the rights to home school your children, which would therefore dictate that before this time they could do so!

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