Potterless

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This podcast should have been incredible. The premise of an adult reading the series for the first time, making guesses at the plot and experiencing the twists should make for excellent content. Unfortunately the show is let down by a host who refuses to do any research into his criticisms, makes hugely generalized and stereotyped statements about British culture, has a memory like a sieve, makes frequent mistakes both regarding the English language and events that have just happened in the plot and seems to struggle with basic maths. Some episodes are rescued by fantastic guests who guide the hopeless host through the plot and cultural references however for every brilliant guest there is a terrible one. Some guests do so little to correct the insane ramblings of the host that entire episodes, sometimes covering interesting sections of the source material ripe for theories, are impossible to listen to for those that wish to retain their sanity and devolve into constantly repeated topics including bemoaning the lack of diversity in a non-visual medium where very few characters are assigned a race at all, presuming everyone that isn't explicitly stated not to be white must be white while ignoring clear evidence pointing to the ethnicity of one of the few characters to have their skin colour mentioned, tirades about Depp based on what at the time were purely allegations and become tiresome very quickly and fuel the cancel culture fire while attempting to come across as 'woke', or worse tangents about perfectly sound plot points that your average 5 year old can comprehend that bamboozle the host to such a degree that he creates problems that do not exist.
What a journey! This is my go to podcast for making breakfast in the morning to working on monotonous projects. Mike Schubert not only has an amazing voice, but is so sporting when it comes to the small mistakes he makes now and then. And the humor keeps me coming back. As a millenial who's grown up with Harry Potter (and obsessed with it) it was refreshing to look at the series without the magic tinted lenses. Will totally follow LOTRless or something similar, or anything really, he works on after this.
Unfortunately I do not have an incredibly well rounded view of the podcast seeing as I was only able to get through about half an episode but that says it all about how much I disliked what I was listening to. As a creative writing student myself (Harry potter being one of my biggest inspirations) I was absolutely astounded at how lacking in insight and blatantly offensive to a book series- that has undoubtedly done incredibly well- this podcast was. As an adult who is rereading the book series myself I was excited to find a podcast that would be a similar process to my own, and having just started the goblet of fire I went straight to that episode, maybe that was a one off for how incredibly critical of the series it was, but I felt offended on J K Rowling's behalf for how unnecessary the criticisms were. Furthermore, as a podcast which basis seems to be to criticise an incredibly popular book series, I'd at least expect the commentator to have a well-rounded knowledge of the context surrounding the books, but I was in awe at how many inaccuracies there were in his criticisms (for example the surprise at a piece of 1995 technology in the Muggle part of the "Harry potter world". He seems to miss the whole point that we as the readers are muggles and this is set in modern day - at least when JK Rowling was writing- England, and seeing as this book was published in 2000 the fact there is 1995 technology is really not at all surprising.) The persuit of comedy takes away from the pure genius of the novels as they are constantly put down for the fact that they are "children's books", however the world, character and plot building are not just the works of a children's author and the fact that Schubert takes an overtly controversial point of view for this podcast was clearly much more irritating to me than thought provoking or (god forbid) endearing. I felt physically unable to not leave a bad review as the short 20 minutes I was able to suffer through was the most irritated I've been in a long time.
I absolutely love this podcast!! Not only does it allow me to revisit these stories through the eyes of another human being but also Schubes' voice is so soothing!!
I started listening to this because, well, I'm a Harry Potter fan. Now I have a new perspective on the stories, a new love for the community, and I feel like I have a new friend. It's the closest you can get to rereading the series for the first time and I will be forever glad that it is in my life.
PotterlessGlad you enjoy the show!
If there is one series I wish I could erase from my memory and relive, it's the Harry Potter books. With this podcast I was able to partially fulfil that goal: reliving the series through someone else's eyes. Good show!
Potterlesshappy to help!
Schubes is sharp witted and gives the best predictions from someone who waited until adulthood to experience the text of the Harry Potter world. Don't hesitate to dive in, especially if you are a long time Potter fan who truly believes that Ludo Bagman was the true villain of the universe.
Potterlessthanks for the kind words!
I really enjoy listening to Mike learn about the joys of Harry Potter and the things that jk missed. It is so much fun! My main negative is the amount of unnecessary language used. Lots of fun, I would bhave just liked to see a bit less swearing
Could not finish. Wanted to like it more, but it just seemed like a summary of Harry Potter. Invokes some nostalgia, but wasn't all that funny/didn't bring much of anything new to the table.
Potterlessobviously I'm very biased as the creator of the show, but I think you should give the later eps a try! Once the books get deeper, the podcast does as well. We cove less material and go more in depth,…
As someone who has already read the Harry Potter series, it's so fun to hear Mike read through the stories for the first time; it's like experiencing it for the first time all over again through the eyes of a snarky guy.
Hello! I am the host of this podcast, so I am incredibly biased, but I think the show is great!
A hilarious, irreverent, nerdy dive into the world of Harry Potter through the eyes of someone new to the franchise. Along with guest experts, host Mike Schubert takes listeners through Harry Potter chapter by chapter.
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Podcast Details

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Potterless Podcast
Podcast Status
Active
Started
Oct 17th, 2016
Latest Episode
Apr 12th, 2021
Release Period
Weekly
Episodes
188
Avg. Episode Length
About 1 hour
Explicit
Yes
Order
Episodic
Language
English
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