Vanessa begins with a story about Larry Nassar’s trial, saying “One person speaking truth to power is important…the only way it can transfer from important to impactful, is if other people unify [with that voice].” With the collaborative spirit from this week’s theme, Vanessa and Casper do a short exchange in very thick, very fake French accents.
Casper talks about how in order to achieve unity, individual differences are sometimes wiped away. In discussing the Super Bowl and gay marriage in the Anglican Church, Vanessa and Casper explore the pitfalls of unity. Casper says, “when we place unity at the front of our virtues, we can only go as fast as the slowest person.” Casper relates this to Barty Crouch Sr.’s unwillingness to let Harry not compete in the Triwizard Tournament.
In a shocking turn, Vanessa is optimistic about Snape’s intentions. Casper questions the difference between loyalty and unity. Vanessa and Casper explore why Ron breaks from Harry after his name comes out of the Goblet of Fire. Vanessa theorizes that Ron is better able to support and love Harry when they have a shared goal in mind.
In Pardes, Vanessa and Casper look at the unity between McGonagall and Dumbledore. Vanessa finds a sod: pay attention to how when someone says something assuredly, they often mean the exact opposite. In looking at the shapes of letters, Casper does not find a sod.