Vanessa and Casper explore the theme of secrets in chapter three of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. They discuss the sketchiness of Cornelius Fudge, throw some shade at Stanley Shunpike and contemplate the role of socio-economic status in the wizarding world.
During the course of the episode, Vanessa tells a story about being saved on the Los Angeles freeway in 1998. After some research, it turns out that service still exists and is actually called the Freeway Service Patrol. Thanks, Los Angeles!
Our story this week, was told by Jack Bird, The Director of Muggle-Wizard Relations at the Harry Potter Alliance. Jack tells the story of how he came out as trans, and what it felt like having that secret. His conversation in the studio with Casper was so fun, we released the full interview as a bonus episode.
Next week we're reading chapter four, The Leaky Cauldron, through the theme of hospitality. This week's voicemail is thanks to the young Lyla Quinn. If you want to take the audience survey, you can go to panoply.fm/survey.