In this episode, Mike McHargue from The Liturgists podcast tells a story about his experience with bullying, relating it to Neville Longbottom’s character arc. Mike, Casper, and Vanessa talk about how being bullied makes you especially sensitive to injustice later in life. Vanessa asks about how we can understand Moody as transformed Barty Crouch when he comforts Neville. They relate this to our current social moment as we increasingly learn troubling information about public figures we used to revere.
In the 30 Second Recap, Casper manages to name only a single Unforgivable Curse. Vanessa clearly should win this week’s recap just for that and you should vote for her here. In a shocking twist, Vanessa empathizes with Snape, talking about the purgatory of changing and having people not recognize that. Vanessa and Casper discuss Hermione’s founding of S.P.E.W. Casper brings up the transformation that activists undergo as they gain more experience in advocating for their cause. They explore the duality of change—how transformation can happen in an instant, but also how that transformation is a part of larger arc of change.
In Sacred Imagination, Vanessa talks about how excited Harry must be to see Hedwig, perhaps informed by the experience of see her amazingly cute dog Rory after a long time apart. Casper says he feels relaxed by going to the dentist, indicating that perhaps he needs better coping mechanisms for day to day stress. Vanessa agrees about the comfort she feels when “a grown up” enters a situation, which is odd because Casper and Vanessa are both fully grown adults.
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