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.

21 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).

      Please let us know if you’re still having trouble.

  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!

    1. I download the file from the blog to my mobile and then use my phones music app to play the mp3 file. 😉
      As an alternative, you could click on one episode link on the about-page and listen to it in the browser tab that opened.

      I hope that helps!

  4. Hi!

    Hogwarts is in Scotland not England- they are two different countries. Britain refers to the whole of the uk (wales, northern island, England and Scotland combined).

  5. Hey, I found your podcast and love it. Just curious. Does your view on Severus Snape change over time? I think what I personally love the most about the books is that nothing, almost no character is black or white. Do you agree? For me personally, next to Hermione and Luna, Professor Snape is one of my most favorite characters 🙂

  6. December 2018,
    I always have been a late starter!
    As a retired teacher absolutely loved pedagogy and Hogwarts
    an approach I never thought about previously!

  7. Binged harry potter started 1st february listening to the first audiobook, and been watching the movies between every book, (aslo saw the fantastic beats movies) got done today, now i am going to binge all of this podcast.

    and i dont even like harry potter all that much, I do like you guys tho.

  8. In the fourth book, it is explained by a ministry official to another wizard that he HAD to wear pants and not the women’s night dress he currently had on because it was not fitting into the muggle dress code that was required. The mumu wearing wizard said, “I’m not putting them on I like a healthy breeze ’round my privates, thanks.” So no they weren’t required to wear pants under their robes, I suspect they were designed more like the robes Dumbledor wore in the movies than the ones the kids wore in the movie.

  9. If you want another nail in the coffin for Gringotts goblins as Nazi propaganda caricatures, watch the film again. When the camera first enters the Gringotts building, there is a Star of David right there on the floor. I didn’t notice it the first few times I saw it.

    The Star of David is also called the Seal of Solomon and is a symbol of Alchemy, so there is more than one meaning for it. But would most people understand that? Or would they just see the Star of David affiliated with these greedy creatures?

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