Episode 14: The Ghost of Podcast Past

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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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13 thoughts on “Episode 14: The Ghost of Podcast Past”

  1. Hi witches!

    As a listener from England I’m in desperate need of some inter-sectional feminist banter in the wake of nationalism, xenophobia and impending economic doom. While my pounds are worthless and my Scottish Visa has been refused, I still have my childhood books to get me through this mess!

    Have you considered extending your pod series to even more texts about magic for children? AKA, the Tiffany Aching series by Terry Pratchett? A feminist book series following a girl learning to become a witch! I read the first book when I was 11 and miserably adjusting to a strict secondary school. It was so great reading about another girl who also felt undermined by older witches while dealing with situations way beyond her years! Also, Tiffany’s followed by hundreds of little male fairies (exiled from Fairy Land for drinking too much) who have unquestionable faith in her ability. Here’s a Youtube review xx

  2. Thanks for the recommendation! I don’t know if we’ll end up extending into different fantasy series, but *I* certainly enjoy expanding my feminist YA repertoire. Also genuine condolences on what the UK is going through. As funny as the colonialism jokes are, we also recognize that this is a really scary time for a lot of people.

    1. I don’t know what international news is saying but it’s been both devastating and relieving that people now know how bad things have become, because now there’s a chance to challenge public opinion. My dissertation is on NIMBYism protests in my hometown last year to stop a care home opening for unaccompanied asylum seeking children. I was volunteering with the young people all summer before finding out my family of teachers were furious we were ‘handing out benefits to migrant scroungers’ – an attitude they never would have taken 5 years ago. To see the worst come out in the people who raised you is terrible. But to be able to give my family a quirky podcast about a popular mainstream text has been the best resource to making them realise their opinions are racist. Thank you so much! I’ve learnt to read critically in a way I never learnt at school. Listening to your podcasts have been therapeutic and given me a voice!

  3. Hi! How are you? I’m a Brazilian listener!
    I love the podcasd! I listenned basically all of the episodes in a binge while working, and I have so much to say I coudn’t fit in a tweet! So sorry in advance for the huge coment.

    Revisiting this story I love so much with this critical thinking that I’m more used now with the guidanceof your briliant podcast was really awesome. I’m even more fan of Hermione now than I already was.

    Because I listened all of the episodes at once, I have a few things I’d like to know your opinions about that are not exactly from this last episode (that I have enjoyed very much). Well, let me get to it:

    1 – Being a fat person myself I was completely chocked that I never noticed the fatfobia in the books. But then I started to think of a “””defense””” for Harry about this. Don’t You think that because their uncles basically starved him and being bullyed by Dudley made Harry have a complicaded relationship with food and fat people? I mean, growing up with the Dursleys must have been an traumatic axperience and we never really see the psychological effects of that being discussed in the books. My headcannon for this is that actually Harry fears fat people out of trauma. (note that this would explain harry’s fatfobia, but not JK Rowling’s fatfobia)

    2 – When you were discussing the half-blodd prince the question of Harry being a “bad feminist” was raised. But I having in mind that he was only 16 at the time and that everybody is awful at that age can Harry actually be a “feminist on the making”?, I mean, maybe he thought more about gender equality in his later years, I don’t know. At least this is what I like to think. The real question here is: Do you think that Harry or even Rony would be “woke” as adults, living in 2016?

    Keep up the good work!

    P.S.: Sorry for my broken english!
    P.P.S.: If you ever run out of Harry Potter Material to talk about in the podcast I personally woudn’t mind discutions about other Y.A. and Children’s Books, like, I don’t Know, Hunger Games or something (Please do a Hunger Games episode).

    1. Thanks for your thoughts! Re fatphobia, I would argue that fat-hatred in our society is what creates the conditions for a character like Harry to link his bad experiences to a particular aspect of the Dursleys’ bodies. Note that he doesn’t start hating middle class people, or white people, or British people — he hates what he perceives as both “other” and undesirable in the Dursleys.

      The question of whether or not Harry and Ron are “woke” in 2016 will, hypothetically, be answered by the plays!!

      1. That makes a lot of sense. I have just recently come to terms that at the age of 27 my big belly is probably here to stay and that’s ok. There was a recent This American Life episode about it that was amazing.

        Let’s wait for the plays then!

        Thanks again!

  4. Hey. Have really enjoyed the podcasts. Even as a male non harry potter fan. Didn’t realise it was possible to read so deadly into these books. Hadn’t really listened to one before but since have been all the way through serial too. Just a quick point. Probably all the Europeans have been on you about this. I would day Lunas dad is putting an Irish accent on even if he’s born welsh. Actually I’m pretty sure he’s doing a caricature of Bob geldof – of live aid fame.

  5. I was also wondering if the context and background of the author has any significance in analyzing Harry Potter for instance J K Rowling was extremely impoverished when writing the first book. I know that only considering the Authors intention is a very limiting way of analyzing a novel but understanding the context in which it was written would be of sihnificant interest, right?

  6. As an asexual person, I’m sad that Voldy is coded as an asexual person who is sex repulsed. It’s that really common aphobic association again: that asexual people are cold, unfeeling, unloving, don’t understand relationships.
    Do you think that the Hogwarts dorms recognise students’ true identities? Imagine if a trans girl whose parents didn’t believe her arrived at Hogwarts to find that the stairs only let her into the girls dorms 🙂

  7. Or a non-binary student arrives and Hogwarts is like ‘nope, gonna create a whole new dorm now, just rearranging some rooms, move over’

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