Wingardium Levi-PODCAST: Exploring Harry Potter

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Creation Date April 1st, 2020
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An exploration through podcasts of the world and fandom of Harry Potter
  1. The desire to find our tribe is universal. We like to know who we are and where we belong. This fascination has led to a thriving industry built on the marketing and sale of personality tests. These tests offer individuals – and, increasingly, employers – quick and easy insights that can be used to make some of life's biggest decisions. But most fail to stand up to scientific scrutiny. This week, we revisit our 2017 episode about the world of personality testing, and explore the many different ways we assess personality and potential – from the Chinese zodiac to Harry Potter houses to the Myers-Briggs test.
  2. Vanessa and Casper explore the theme of Helplessness in the first chapter of Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince. This week we discuss the election of Rufus Scrimgeour, all things related to the muggle Prime Minister, and whether Fudge is too polite for his own good. Throughout the episode we consider the question: How much information helps us during times of crisis and how much actually hurts us?Thanks to Marianna Hackney for this week's voicemail! Next week we’re reading chapter two, Spinner’s End, through the theme of Prudence.  See for privacy and opt-out information.
  3. How much does an author's point of view influence her stories? And do those stories in turn influence us? Professor Anthony Gierzynski argues that reading Harry Potter can make people more tolerant of diversity, and more resistant to unreasonable authority. Andrew Slack, creator of the Harry Potter Alliance, explains how JK Rowling inspired him to want to change the world. And the HPA's Jackson Bird explains how being a political activist changed him in ways he never expected.  ** This is part 6 in a 6-part series on magic and fantasy.**Learn more about your ad choices. Visit Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
  4. Once a mere fantasy from the pages of 'Harry Potter,' butterbeer is now very real and very popular. Anney and Lauren delve into butterbeer's transition into reality -- and explore the history of a similar real-world beverage. Learn more about your ad-choices at
  5. A Harry Potter story unlike anything you’ve heard before — the homoerotic fan fiction of a 12 year old straight girl.  Featuring Cal Grant, Chris Libby & Daniel Franzese of Mean Girls and HBO’s Looking. The Mortified Podcast is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX.   Listen @
  6. The Ringer’s Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion answer listener-submitted questions about everyone's favorite magical sport in a special Quidditch-themed edition of Ask The Underscore (4:06). Then, they are joined by U.S. Quidditch co-founder Alicia Radford to discuss the real-life rendition of the sport (35:57).
  7. 2008 was an exciting time to be a Harry Potter fan. The final book, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, had been released. Movies were on the way. And author Melissa Anelli was at the center of it all, running a popular fan site called The Leaky Caldron and working on a book, Harry, a History. Just as things couldn’t get better, Melissa received her first death threat. Criminal is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX. If you haven't already, please review us on Apple Podcasts! It's an important way to help new listeners discover the show: Say hello on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Sign up for our newsletter, The Accomplice. If you'd like to introduce friends or family members to podcasts, we created a How to Listen guide based on frequently asked questions. Artwork by Julienne Alexander.
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  2. Accio: ALL YOUR DREAMS COMING TRUE. Whether you've never read the Harry Potter series -- or you have dogeared copies on your nightstand -- there's something for everyone in this 2-part episode dissecting the science of the spells in J.K. Rowling's books. Electrochemist and professor Dr. Rebecca Lai is a devoted fan who teaches a university course called "A Muggle’s Guide to Harry Potter’s Chemistry." Alie travels to her lab at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln to chat about disappearing ink, gold nanoparticles, ancient alchemy, spells that burn your enemy's eyes, others that protect you from the elements, how writing a novel is like a scientific experiment and how to keep going in the face of stumbling blocks. **Bonus: I managed not to swear, so you can listen with the kiddos in your life. A donation went to PBS.orgSponsor links:; (code: OLOGIES);; (code: OLOGIES80)More links up at a patron of Ologies for as little as a buck a month: has hats, shirts, pins, totes and STIIIICKERS!Follow or or editing by Jarrett Sleeper of MindJam Media & Steven Ray MorrisTheme song by Nick ThorburnSupport the show:
  3. Join our hosts, the boys who lived, as they talk with Jessica Mckenna (Off Book Podcast) about Universal Studios Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

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