Here is another From Book to Podcast! I have been listening to the podcast, Harry Potter and the Sacred Text, hosted by Vanessa Zoltan and Casper ter Kuile, for a while now. It is a podcast that starts from the beginning of the Harry Potter series and 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, personal experiences, and exploring ways to read the series as a sacred text. By listening to this podcast, my eyes have been opened so much more than any previous readings.
This fourth season of the podcast we see themes of acceptance, promises, transformation, glory, integrity, betrayal, disillusionment, and so much more. As with the other posts, I will highlight just one of these themes as to not spoil the podcast for future listeners.
Kindness: The theme of kindness can be seen through many chapters, but the podcast hosts focused on one of the ending ones for this theme. When the third task of the Triwizard Tournament is approaching, the champions’ families come to visit their children at Hogwarts. Of course, the Dursleys would never come to Hogwarts, but how sweet was it that Mrs. Weasley and Bill came to visit Harry?
- Bill’s kindness: Bill barely knows Harry, but he took a day off of work to go with Molly because she wanted to go to visit Harry, which was such a sweet and kind gesture toward his mom. Also, I found it extremely endearing that Bill asked Harry to show him around the grounds of Hogwarts when he just graduated a few years ago. He knows the grounds, but, as Vanessa in the podcast mentioned, giving a fourteen-year-old a task was perhaps very much appreciated from Harry since he probably had no idea how to host Molly and Bill.
- Molly’s kindness: At this point, Molly seems to think of Harry as more of a son than Ron’s friend/classmate. She had the thought to come to see Harry in place of his family, which I found so sweet and definitely kind. Also, the fact that Harry felt it was more like the Burrow when all the Weasleys, himself, and Hermione were eating together in the Great Hall warmed my heart.
Kindness is something that I always strive for, and for the most part can be easy. I think growing up, the balance of kindness and looking out for myself was more blurred than it is today. However, it always makes me feel happy when I have made others feel good because I was kind towards them. It is a theme that I hope to always incorporate in my life.
- One act of kindness toward a stranger: Since high school, I have always let my hair grow long and then have it cut extremely short. With this hair, I donate to Locks of Love, where the organization collects hair to create wigs for children with cancer. It isn’t much, but every time I donate (the last time was this past February, which was my sixth time donating), I feel like I’ve done a good deed and it makes me feel like I’m helping in some way. In fact, I had a co-worker who shared with me that her daughter, when she was little, had cancer and was given a Locks of Love wig. The wig was beautiful, she said, and it brought back the smile on her daughter’s face.
- One act of kindness toward a loved one: Every year on my husband’s birthday, I always make him one of his favorite meals (usually chicken Parmesan) and homemade dessert (usually something that includes apples). He loves home-cooked meals, more than restaurant food, and is usually appreciative to have some warm yummy apple treat, served with ice cream, of course. 🙂
This podcast has really expanded my thinking and my love of Harry Potter. The books have always brought me a joy and a sense of homecoming whenever I would read them, but Harry Potter and the Sacred Text podcast has strengthened my commitment towards this series. The two hosts, Casper and Vanessa, work so well together and really complement each other so nicely that it’s simply a pleasure to tune into their conversations.
I am now all caught up with this podcast, and I believe they will be starting book five, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, next month. I may wait a bit to start reading/listening to the podcast for their next season, but I will be reading and listening along with them.
If you love Harry Potter, come check out the Harry Potter and the Sacred Text site and podcast!
To read my book review of the fourth book, please go here: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire