In this edition of Owl Post, Vanessa and Casper first respond to a voicemail from a listener with alopecia, and how she relates to Harry and his scar. Vanessa and Casper talk how attention and love can be the same thing, and the importance of staying present when you are engaging with someone. Another listener complicates Hermione’s S.P.E.W. campaign by relating it to their experience as a trauma victim advocate, which reminds Casper of how internalized narratives can negatively impact marginalized groups.
In response to a Havruta about Fred and George’s bet at the Quidditch World Cup, a listener presents the idea that the twins are displaying resilience and confidence, not recklessness. A listener shares their story about the relationship between trauma and memory. They make the argument that the act of obliviation is an act of violence. A listener from Greece asks a Havruta question about her experience living abroad and relates that to how Hermione rarely talks about the muggle world.
Marya Bangee, founder and CEO of SILA Consulting, talks about her experience working with the entertainment industry to bring the voices of vulnerable and underrepresented communities into popular media. Casper asks about the intersection of her experience as a Muslim American woman and the portrayal of Muslim people in entertainment. Vanessa asks Marya the Havruta question about Hermione’s muggle life, and Marya proposes that Hermione might not always want to call out how she is different. Marya talks about rereading the Harry Potter series in order to process the troubling events of the year. The three discuss the role of sacred texts in their lives, and how the Qur’an is different that sacred texts in other religions. She recites a piece of the Qur’an called Surat al-Fatiha. Link to a translation here.