Did you have an imaginary friend when you were a kid? How about an imaginary... grandmother? Well, Vanessa sure did, and her name was Other Grandma Nancy. Grandma Nancy had a puppy, and baked cookies, and lived nearby. She was really the grandma we all deserve.
In this episode, Vanessa and Casper explore the theme of imagination. Can imagination be insidious -overtaking what is 'real' in the world? Or is it the breeding ground for truly revolutionary action?
As evidence of the power of imagination, Vanessa and Casper put their heads together to brainstorm some new international policy. Together they came up with a proposed law: Every baby gets a puppy, every puppy gets a crown, and there are free cuddles for everyone. So basically they fix the world. All in a day's work over here at HP Sacred Text.
For our spiritual practice this week, we return to the Jewish practice of Havruta. Together, we unpack the puzzling encounter between Snape and Lupin over the Marauders' Map.
The episode rounds out with two blessings for Hermione. She is outcast and unpopular in this chapter, but she maintains her commitment to doing what's right for Hagrid and for Harry. Maybe we all be more like Hermione, Amen.