Sarah is an actor, writer and podcaster. She can frequently be found protecting endangered animals, taking selfies with her cats, and quoting everything from Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings.
Today we're going over chapters 1-4 of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban! We'll be discussing character shifts from previous books, Sirius Black, and Harry's uncontrolled magic. We'll also analyze the Firebolt broomstick and Ron's new wand! We may have also figured out the beef between Acromantulas and Basilisks?!  Please remember to subscribe, rate, and review us whatever you listen to your podcasts. If you leave your name and Hogwarts house, you'll win a shoutout on here as well as earn house points toward the 2nd House Cup!  Instagram & Twitter: @FirstYearsPod  Email us: firstyearspodcast @ gmail . com  My cats really like running around while I podcast, so don't mind them in this episode if you can hear them :)  SOURCES:  “#22 Birch Tree Symbolism & Meaning.” TreeSymbolism.com, treesymbolism.com/birch-tree-symbolism-meaning.html. “Birch”, “Ash.” Cunningham's Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs, by Scott Cunningham, Llewellyn Publications, 2016, pp. 39–56. Caro, Tina. “Ash Tree Symbolism and Meaning Explained [With Magical Uses].” Magickal Spot, 4 June 2020, magickalspot.com/ash-tree-symbolism-meaning/. Kendall, Paul. “Ash Mythology and Folklore.” Trees for Life, 30 July 2019, treesforlife.org.uk/into-the-forest/trees-plants-animals/trees/ash/ash-mythology-and-folklore/. Kendall, Paul. “Birch Mythology and Folklore.” Trees for Life, 30 July 2019, treesforlife.org.uk/into-the-forest/trees-plants-animals/trees/birch/birch-mythology-and-folklore/. Lawson, MD, Karen. “How Do Thoughts and Emotions Affect Health?” Taking Charge of Your Health & Wellbeing, University of Minnesota, www.takingcharge.csh.umn.edu/how-do-thoughts-and-emotions-affect-health. Nall, Rachel. “What to Know About Being Unable to Control Emotions.” Healthline, Healthline Media, 4 Oct. 2008, www.healthline.com/health/unable-to-control-emotions. https://www.wizardingworld.com/writing-by-jk-rowling/wand-woods https://www.wizardingworld.com/writing-by-jk-rowling/wand-cores
TRIGGER WARNING: 56:15-56:35 -- there is discussion of sexual assault and terminology regarding sexual assault. This is the time stamp if you would like to skip it.  Today's episode we've taken a break from our reading of Harry Potter and have two guests on to discuss where we see racism and injustice within the Potter series, relate it to our world today, and discuss how Harry Potter can be used as a tool to have these incredibly important discussions with our children, friends, and family members.  THIS EPISODE IS NOT SPOILER FREE.  Thank you to my guests @racheal_carrillo and @mus.moiz for helping me have this discussion.  Reach out with your thoughts on @firstyearspod (Twitter and Insta) or email us at firstyearspodcast @ gmail . com  BLACK LIVES MATTER TRANS LIVES MATTER BLACK TRANS LIVES MATTER  RESOURCES: https://blacklivesmatter.com https://www.instagram.com/rachel.cargle/ https://twitter.com/DrIbram https://www.instagram.com/mspackyetti/
Today we're going over the movie version of Chamber of Secrets. We'll discuss changes made, the quality of it as an adaptation, question what a stick shift has to do with flying, and ANNOUNCE THE HOUSE WINNERS OF OUR FIRST HOUSE CUP TOURNAMENT!  For next episode, you need to read chapters 1-4 of Prisoner of Azkaban!  Follow us at @firstyearspod on Twitter and Instagram Email us: firstyearspodcast @ gmail . com  Thank you again so much to everyone who participated in the House Cup Tournament!  www.authorsarahjonesdittmeier.info/firstyearspodcast Sources:  Columbus, Chris, director. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. Warner Brothers, 2002.
We are going over CHAPTERS 16-THE END of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets! We're joined by special guest, Karissa Marston. We discuss Gilderoy Lockhart, Tom Riddle, memory and loyalty, phoenixes, basilisks, and the overarching symbols of Gryffindor and Slytherin within this book.  Tonight 5/19/2020 on Instagram Live! Join @firstyearspod and @karissamarston for house cup cocktail making. We'll be talking all things HP while making house inspired cocktails and giving away house points toward the house cup!  The House Cup will be awarded NEXT EPISODE! All members of the winning house will be entered into a giveaway -- more details will be found on our Instagram @firstyearspod.  Twitter: @firstyearspod  Email us: firstyearspodcast @ gmail . com  Follow Karissa for some more geeky cocktail making: @karissamarston  https://www.authorsarahjonesdittmeier.info/firstyearspodcast SOURCES: Alexander, R. McN. “The Evolution of the Basilisk.” Greece & Rome, Vol. 10, No. 2 (Oct., 1963), pp. 170-181. Cambridge University Press on behalf of The Classical Association. JSTOR. https://www.jstor.org/stable/642817 Editors of EncyclopædiaBritannica, The. “Phoenix.” Encyclopædia Britannica. Encyclopædia Britannica, Inc., 19 Feb. 2020. https://www.britannica.com/topic/phoenix-mythological-bird Gregory, Joshua C. “Magic, Fascination, and Suggestion.” Folklore, Vol. 63, No. 3 (Sep., 1952), pp. 143-151. Taylor & Francis, Ltd. on behalf of Folklore Enterprises, Ltd. JSTOR. https://www.jstor.org/stable/1256932 Robinson, Margaret. “Some Fabulous Beasts.” Folklore, Vol. 76, No. 4 (Winter, 1965), pp. 273-287. Taylor & Francis, Ltd. on behalf of Folklore Enterprises, Ltd. JSTOR. https://www.jstor.org/stable/1258298 Rowling, J. K., and Newt Scamander. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Bloomsbury Childrens Books, 2020. Senter, Phil, Uta Mattox and Eid. E. Haddad. “Snake to Monster: Conrad Gessner’s Schlangenbuch and the Evolution of the Dragon in the Literature of Natural History.” Journal of Folklore Research, Vol. 53, No. 1 (January/April 2016), pp. 67-124. Indiana University Press. JSTOR. https://www.jstor.org/stable/10.2979/jfolkrese.53.1-4.67 Thompson, Dorothy Burr. “The Phoenix.” Phoenix, Vol. 1, No. 1 (1946-1947), pp. 2-3. Classical Association of Canada. JSTOR. https://www.jstor.org/stable/1085964 Writers and Editors of the New World Encyclopedia, The. “Phoenix (mythology)”. Mar. 2019. https://www.newworldencyclopedia.org/entry/phoenix_(mythology)
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16
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9 hours, 20 minutes