It was recently Casper’s birthday, and he has turned 26 (again). He turns back the clock and tells a story about high school bullies on the theme of grudges. Reminded of our current state of domestic terrorism, Casper and Vanessa dig into how we are complicit when we don’t speak up to bullies.
Vanessa brings up the intersection of personal and systemic grudges, and how sometimes it is beneficial to de-program ourselves from these. Casper discusses how conversations about truth and memory can prevent the continuation of oppression in the context of wizards harassing the Veelas, and of former Death Eaters wearing their outfits publicly without any kind of reckoning.
In Havruta, Casper talks about the importance of citing sources. Vanessa responds with calling upon Dr. Stephanie Paulsell’s wise ministerial practice of stating facts as a way to manage difficult conversations. If Dr. Paulsell is not mentioned, is it really an episode of Harry Potter and the Sacred Text?