S2E1: Witch, Please and the Curse of Live Theatre

Welcome back, witches! We sure have missed you, and we’re excited to get started on Season 2 (new numbering system TBA). The focus of this season will be the Harry Potter fandom, and Hannah kicked things off by attending Harry Potter and the Cursed Child in London with HP megafan, author, and journalist Anna James. Join us for a conversation about the liveness of theatre, three-piece suits, and harpsichords!

After Marcelle and Hannah are done catching up, this episode gets pretty danged spoilery, so here’s a little chapter guide if you want to avoid them:

  • 10:47: first spoiler alert (no spoilers before this)

  • 22:03: convo with Anna James starts (so many spoilers in this)

  • 1:14:15: new segments and goodbyes (spoiler free again!)

Do listen to the end, because we introduce some new segments and their accompanying hashtags. Oh yes, and if you want to take Hannah and Anna’s advice and reproduce your own Cursed Child experience, here’s a completely illicit link to some of the tunes.

Speaking of illicit tunes, thanks to http://www.bensound.com/ for the inspirational music, and to the Internet for easily letting us find a three second Hamilton clip FAIR USE WE ARE SCHOLARS.

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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 “S2E1: Witch, Please and the Curse of Live Theatre”

  1. I would really like to discuss in more detail the awesomeness that Hermione is now a Black woman. I mean, as a black woman, we all KNEW Hermione was one of us and is MAGIC. But seriously, in the play was there any indication that Black Wizards and Witches suffer any discrimination in the magical world? Do you think Hermione ever got called a Black Bitch when someone didn’t care for her opinions? And are you also saying that Ron and Hermione’s relationship is interracial and that those babies are mixed (and therefore beautiful)? Was Ron getting his swirl on long before any of the others knew what was up?

    1. Noma Dumezweni as Hermione was absolutely revelatory, and I was delighted to see the new actor is Rakie Ayola, also an absolutely stunning Black woman. We’ve definitely got to do a proper episode one of these days about rereading Hermione as Black!

  2. Yes! Being afraid of the dark is not childish. It’s an understandable fear of being hurt by the things you can’t see.

    And Harry spent his childhood being locked in a cupboard.

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