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Casper tells a story about how, as a child, he vowed to never be a goth. Secondarily, the story is also about how we are often the most critical of ourselves. In the continuing conversations about the Failed Pedagogy of Hogwarts, Vanessa and Casper’s hypothetical book, Vanessa compares Parvati and Lavender’s defense of Professor Trelawney and Hermione’s defense of Hagrid. This leads Casper and Vanessa to explore the codependent relationships between teachers and students in the text.
They discuss how teachers fail in their duty of care when they refuse to judge the negative repercussions of their actions. When talking about Hagrid’s lesson, Casper talks about “the tyranny of functionalism”—the idea that living things are only valuable when they are useful. This eventually leads to the conclusion that Hagrid’s poor lesson plans act as absurdist humor about the poor teaching at the school.
In Sacred Imagination, Vanessa and Casper imagine themselves in a scene of confrontation between Ron and Draco. Vanessa discusses the functionality of women as it relates to the disappearance of Bertha Jorkins, circling back to the discussion of functionalism.