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!)

Download this soft-spoken episode


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

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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.

3 thoughts on “Episode Xi: Project Firenze”

  1. Thank you for this very interesting and illuminating episode! Got me thinking about how I’ve never, to my knowledge, read a book in school by a Sámi author. Also, I never heard the lovely expression “First Nations” before, I wonder if there’s a Swedish translation…

    I searched my city’s library for your reading suggestions above. I got one hit! Apparently Canada do exist even if you are so so so far away :).

    You are the best!

    Love, Ylva (@jediylva)

  2. Hi, great podcast! I’m four years too late, I know, but I’d like to point out that no “witches” (magical or otherwise) were burned at Salem. One guy was pressed to death under a pile of stone, and the rest were hung. So I think what Rowling said about the fire-freezing charm is not at all inconsistent with what she said about the Scourers.

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