In this episode of Harry Potter and the Sacred Text, Kevin T. Porter from Gilmore Guys and Good Christian Fun begins with a story on fandom and Bruce Springsteen. Vanessa and Casper talk about how communities are formed within the crowds of sporting events, mentioning the childcare option of temporarily leaving your kid with strangers. Casper discusses how identifying with a sports team can cause you to excuse wrongs too quickly. Perplexed by seemingly arbitrary sports team allegiances, Vanessa wonders what we cheer for when we support a team. She agrees with Jerry Seinfeld, concluding that we are just rooting for laundry.
Vanessa and Casper examine the teams’ mascots: Leprechaun and Veelas. Casper sees them as representing the empty promises of fandom, while Vanessa understands them as the spoils of war—women and money. From the analogy, Vanessa perceives the Veelas’ anger as the rage of women who are simultaneously harassed and lauded for their beauty.
During Havruta, Vanessa and Casper contemplate what it means for a team success to be based on one person. They recommend a week-long Harry Potter movie marathon in January, and Vanessa, unable to get through an episode without mentioning dogs, rightly suggests that you donate to the Houston SPCA while doing it. Link here!