This posting will be a first in a series called From Book to Media, where I read books then watch and/or listen to their corresponding form of media and simply reflect on the two. Media will mainly include podcasts, movies, and TV shows.
Books are used in so many ways nowadays that I automatically search to see if there is one attached to specific media before watching and/or listening to it. So I thought why not dedicate a part of blog in doing just this?
This first one would fall under From Book to Podcast, if you haven’t figured that out. 🙂
Recently, I have discovered that I love podcasts, and one in particular holds a special place in my heart. On a weekly basis, this podcast breaks down one of my all-time favorite series – Harry Potter. The podcast is named Harry Potter and the Sacred Text and is hosted by Vanessa Zoltan and Casper ter Kuile. Starting from the beginning of the series, this lovely podcast breaks down each chapter by specific themes. The two hosts hold a ~30 minute discussion exploring the array of themes in each chapter, along with tying in other thoughts and personal experiences.
Now, I have read Harry Potter at least four or five times all the way through. Each time is as fun and exciting as the time before. However, this time, I can read the series in a special and new light. I can focus on the themes that are so prevalent throughout the books, giving the series new meaning.
What I would like to do is to dedicate a short reflection after each book is fully discussed and just show my appreciation to these lovely people in treating Harry Potter as a sacred text.
Some of the themes that were discussed in Season One were commitment, loneliness, destiny, white privilege, betrayal, love, and so much more. I want to touch upon just one of these themes.
Commitment: One way commitment is shown is by the Dursleys being so committed to normalcy. They go so far as to ignore the weird happenings right from the beginning, whether there is a cat sitting in the same position all day, the unusual amount of owls flying around, or even when people are dressing differently. When Harry enters their lives, they even go as far as trying to push the “weirdness” (aka – being a wizard) out of Harry to try and keep that normalcy in their routine.
I’ve never thought of commitment in this fashion and have never given the Dursleys much thought, except how horrible they treat Harry and thank goodness he only needs to spend a certain amount of time with them. I’m not saying that wanting to be “normal” in the way society has taught them what “normal” is a good thing, but it does give a bit more insight into this family’s mindset.
On other seasons, I may reflect on more than one theme, but for now, I just wanted to hit upon the one of commitment. Also, I don’t want to spoil too much for any potential listeners!
To read my book review of the first book, please go here: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
Treating a book as a sacred text is something that has opened my eyes more than before. I think the reason I love going back to Harry Potter from the beginning is because the books give me a sense of comfort, belonging, and sweeps me away into a special world. This is a practice I’ve never done before, where I truly reflect on a text and not rush through the reading, and I’m loving this routine, so far.
I just want to thank Vanessa, Casper, and all the people that make Harry Potter and the Sacred Text possible. Their energy, respect, and soothing voices make this podcast work.
Can’t wait to jump into book two – Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets!
Check out the Harry Potter and the Sacred Text site and their podcast!