This week we read chapter 16 of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban through the theme of wonder. In the chapter, our beloved trio faces a prophecy, an executioner, and (most importantly) finals. Over the course of the season Vanessa has gone back and forth on Trelawney, this week we are definitively back.
Vanessa opens the episode with a story about her best friend Stevie (who happens to be a 3 year old). Stevie, among other things, is a great question asker. His question this week, for Vanessa and our audience was, "why are there no pink cars?" I imagine right now your mind is blown. That's pretty much how Vanessa felt.
Stevie, who is a budding Jungian therapist, also asked, "What do you dream?"
Casper starts the conversation about wonder, and where he sees it in the text. The first place he points us is to the actual word 'wondering' in this sentence:
Based on inspiration from this sentence, Vanessa and Casper break down wonder into two categories:
- Wonder of Curiosity: Wondering about something. The way we wonder about something you can Google or otherwise verify
- Wonder of Awe: Wondering at something. They way we wonder at the beauty of nature, or how many Oreos you can fit in your mouth at once.
Casper and Vanessa see both of these types of wonder in the above sentence as well as in the ethos around Divination. Divination can provide comfort in the face of the unknown while still leaving room for unanswerable questions. Thus, we can see Parvati Patel and Lavender Brown as the priestesses of the Harry Potter books.
Our sacred practice this week is Florilegia. The sparklets:
- He had provided a large tub of fresh flobberworms
- tonight before midnight
Somehow Vanessa and Casper turn these into a meditation on mortality and Hagrid's sadness over Buckbeak. But to find out how... you'll have to listen to episode. Enjoy!