Harry Potter and the Sacred Text: Cambridge, Massachusetts
Harvard Divinity School (60 Oxford St, Cambridge, Room 118)
Wednesdays from 7-8:30
We meet weekly on Wednesdays from September-May to read the entire Harry Potter series, from book one chapter one through the epilogue of book seven. We focus on the ideas of faith, rigor, and community through spiritual practices and community building, and we would love to have you join us (even if you haven't been able to do the reading)! Feel free to email us with any questions.
More Information: Join our Facebook page or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Contemplative Reading Group: Longmont, Colorado
3rd Thursdays, 6-8 p.m., Firehouse Art Center, 4th and Coffman in Longmont, Colorado
Grey Havens Group, Inc. Is a nonprofit that teaches philosophy to children, teens, and adults through literature and popular culture. Since 2010, we have incorporated sacred reading practices into our book discussions, including our six Harry Potter groups for kids, teens, and adults. (We also regard philosophy as a contemplative practice.) Harry Potter and the Sacred Text inspired us to create an additional group devoted explicitly to sacred reading practices. Our Contemplative Reading Group explores contemporary fiction and poetry.
More Information: email@example.com, greyhavensgroup.org, facebook.com/greyhavensgroup
Harry Potter and the Sacred Text: Raleigh, North Carolina
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Raleigh, 3313 Wade Ave, Raleigh, NC 27607, first Wednesday of the month at 7 p.m.
We’ll be reading Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone and treating it as a sacred text together. This group is starting in April 2019 and we’d love you to join!
Soda City HPST: Columbia, SC
For more information, email Emily Barber at firstname.lastname@example.org and join our Facebook group here.
Every other Wednesday, 7-8:30 p.m. at the Richland Library Sandhills
McGonagall’s Army: Seattle, Washington
We meet alternating Saturdays at 2pm, at Bedlam Coffee in downtown Seattle.
Very similar to the way the podcast runs! We read a chapter per meeting, through a theme (usually chosen at the previous meeting). We discuss the chapter and do a sacred practice together as a group.
For Google calendar & Facebook links, contact email@example.com.
Harry Potter and the Sacred Text: Chicago, Illinois
Open Books, Thursdays, 6-7:30 p.m.
We're reading through the Harry Potter books and using sacred traditions to discuss the text and our lives. We love eating snacks, building community, and laughing together. We also have fellowship pot lucks once a month! Join us!
The Goblet of Hot Chocolate Book Club: Sydney, Australia
Max Brenner, Sydney, every fortnight
We meet every 2 weeks and read a chapter per week. We cycle through different spiritual practices, and we decide as a group what theme we'll read through each week.
Harry Potter and the Sacred Text: Richmond, VA
For more information, join the Facebook group or email Anne Dixon at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Every other Thursday at Whisk in Richmond
The Restricted Section: Bay Area, California
We meet twice a month on the 2nd and 4th Sunday, in San Jose from 10-11:30 and in Berkeley from 2-3:30.
Order of the Phoenix: Phoenix, Arizona
We meet at a Starbucks in Tempe at 6 p.m., but the day of the week changes depending on schedules.
We take turns choosing our theme for the chapter of the week and get together to discuss the chapter and any social-consciousness issues raised by the text, as well as doing a sacred practice and considering an extra text along with the theme each week. We meet at a Starbucks in Tempe at 6 p.m., but the day of the week changes depending on schedules. If you want to join us, we’d love to have you!
More information: email@example.com
Harry Potter and the Sacred Text Club of Western Mass
We will meet every other Monday at a Panera Bread in Hadley, MA.
This is a study group modeled on the podcast, Harry Potter & the Sacred Text. We will use the podcast's example to closely examine themes in Harry Potter through discussion and through traditional forms of sacred reading. The group is aimed at adult Potter fans, but we also welcome young fans who want to engage in serious discussion of the books.
More information: https://www.facebook.com/groups/HPWesternMass/ , email Angela at firstname.lastname@example.org
Harry Potter and the Sacred Text: Manchester, NH
2nd and 4th Saturdays, exact location and times vary.
This group parallels the podcast, reading a chapter from the Harry Potter books toward a chosen theme and implementing sacred reading practices to open the text.
More information: sacredtextNH@gmail.com
The Pensieve: A Harry Potter Contemplative Reading Group: Houston, TX
We will meet on the 1st and 3rd Saturday at 9:30 a.m. at the Episcopal Church of the Epiphany in Southwest Houston.
Each meeting is about an hour and we discuss the assigned reading through a theme. We always have snacks (including some from the unofficial HP cookbook)! Please contact us if you would like more information or if you plan to join us.
More information: Facebook, SacredTextHouston@gmail.com
If you’re a fan of the books or the popular podcast, please come to the Dallas meeting of Harry Potter and the Sacred Text! We follow the format of the podcast. Each meeting we recap a single chapter, analyze the text through our chosen theme, and deepen our understanding of ourselves and the world using sacred reading practices. Quick note: long time HP fans and first time readers alike are welcome, although these discussions will not be spoiler free 😊
HPSTX: Dallas, TX
For more information, email Ari Lazarow at email@example.com or join the Facebook group.
Flagship Half Price Books, Wednesdays at 7 p.m.
We have taken a liturgical approach to the books, reading similar seasons across all of the books. For example, one week we read all of the chapters about Harry's birthday.
HPST: Austin, TX
You can find more info in our Facebook group
Every other Monday at 7:30, location varies
Muggle Struggle: Glen Ellyn, IL
First Congregational Church of Glen Ellyn, Wednesdays, 5:00-6:00
We are following the format set up by you all but in a format that meets the church program calendar. We are going to start with fall with doing book one in 6 weeks- recapping 6 chapters (one a week for 6 weeks)- looking at 6 different themes- discussing the chapter in relation to the theme and then also adding a story from the Hebrew Bible or New Testament that also ties in with the theme.
More information: Go to our church website fccge.org and under "Community", there is a Harry Potter and Sacred text tab or e-mail Pastor Kendra at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are reading the books chronologically. We cover one chapter per week and we will be rotating through a variety of spiritual practices, similar to the podcast.
HPST: St. Louis, MO
Join our Facebook group or email Lydia at email@example.com for more information.
Saturdays, 3 p.m., Gelateria Del Leone
We are just starting! We aim to look at the book a few chapters at a time to draw parallels between them and our daily lives. Join our Facebook group to help us plan the first meeting!
The Boro: Murfreesboro, TN
Time and location TBD
We follow the format of the podcast, with a few adaptations. We’re currently choosing passages from the book being examined in the podcast, and placing those passages in conversation with other passages earlier in the text to see what themes, ideas, and characters might connect the two passages. At each meeting we choose a theme, or two and examine our passages through that theme, tell stories from our lives, and engage in sacred reading practices. Come join us!
HPST Twin Cities, MN
Email Hope at firstname.lastname@example.org or join our Facebook group.
4th Sunday of the month, in the evening, locations vary
We are a group of members of Lyndale UCC, United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities, and other various paths. We are an intergenerational group and all are welcome to join. We follow the structure of the podcast (read through a theme and discuss, spiritual practice with the text, blessings) though with a group of chapters, not just one at a time.
Lyndale UCC Nerd Squad Collective: Minneapolis, MN
Contact Claire at email@example.com or check our Lyndale UCC in Minneapolis
Monthly in group members’ homes
We run similar to the podcast. Each meeting we will pick a chapter (or a whole book) and a theme for the reading. We will come together for discussion, conversation, sacred practices, fun, and openess. Our meetings will be "planned" for a hour but most likely will go for 90 minutes.
As we just started this group, we’ve been reading chapters of Sorcerer’s Stone through a specific theme, announced in the Facebook group prior to the meeting. Attendees are encouraged to bring notes, paper, thoughts, their books, and their critical thinking skills!
Harry Potter and the Sacred Text: Edinburgh, UK
Edinburgh, once a month
Very similar to the format on the podcast: we pick a theme, read a chapter, and discuss it using traditional forms of sacred reading.
More information: firstname.lastname@example.org
Join us for our first meeting on October 2! We will be reading the first chapter, under the theme of Suspicion, (though the majority of the meeting will also be getting to know everybody)
Harry Potter and the Order of Ventura (Sacred Reading Group): Ventura, CA
Join our Facebook group here or email Nira at email@example.com
first meeting will be October 2, 2019, at Leashless Brewery
Harry Potter and the Sacred Text: Los Angeles, CA
Farmer's Market/the Grove at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday mornings
We are a weekly meeting group that follows the format of the podcast, discussing one chapter a week through the lens of our chosen theme. We will engage in sacred reading practices, critical discussions, and unapologetic Potter nerdiness.
More information: Facebook, SacredPotterLA@gmail.com
We will be meeting once a month and reviewing 5ish chapters at a time. We will discuss what we picked up on (themes, character development, plot devices, etc) and how we see those things play out in the rest of the series.
We will be reading one chapter of the book every two weeks and discuss it in the same format of the podcast: picking a theme and discussing it using traditional forms of sacred reading.
Harry Potter and the Sacred Text: Vancouver, Canada
More information: email Elektra at firstname.lastname@example.org
Vancouver Public Library - Central Branch, every other Sunday at 1 p.m.
Weekly meetings covering one chapter. We practice all sacred practices done in the HPST podcast (except we haven't done Marginalia yet). We also all bless a character each week.
Harry Potter and Hot Coffee: New York, NY
Sundays at Noon. We meet in Washington Square Park when the weather is nice and take take turns hosting in our homes when the weather is controlled by dementors.
We start every meeting with a check in, and then model our meetings after the podcast. We discuss the chapter through the same theme as Casper and Vanessa, try a sacred reading practice, and close with our blessings!
More information: Email NYChpst@gmail.com and follow us on twitter @nychpst
We begin by discussing the most recent podcast episode from the previous week. Then as we begin to discuss one of the book chapters (we’re going in chronological order starting from the beginning), we open the discussion with a reading from one of the members. We talk about the book chapter through the same theme as the podcast episode. We end with a spiritual practice and a blessing.
The Outer Burrow: Brooklyn, NY
Email brooklynHPST@gmail.com to get in touch or join our Facebook group here.
We meet at Brooklyn Central Library, days/times vary
Our meetings are on a bi-weekly schedule, covering one chapter per meeting. We vary our sacred practices each meeting, generally between Lectio Divina, Florilegium, Havruta, and Marignalia. In our meetings we start our discussion with a volunteer telling a story in line with our theme that week, we then discuss where we saw the theme come up in the text as well as engage in our sacred practice. We begin every meeting by speaking about what is means to treat a text as sacred and end the meeting by going around and offering a blessing for a character in the chapter. We also have a fun little hollowed-out magic book that we use to pick a theme out of for the next meeting before we leave!
HPST: Central New Jersey
Locations vary around the Somerville and Somerset areas, and days vary between Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday on a bi-weekly schedule
We discuss 2 chapters at a time and follow one of HPST outlined practices to better understand the text and what it means for us.
Harry Potter at First U: Providence, RI
Email Erin Newell at email@example.com for information on upcoming topics and dates
First Unitarian Church of Providence, every other Monday, September-June, 7:15 p.m.
We pick a chapter and a theme from a book each month, working through the whole series one or two chapters per book. We follow the format of the podcast with a sacred practice and blessings. There's usually sweets and wine.
Harry Potter and the Sacred Text: Portland, OR
More information: Alyss Broderick, AlyssBroderick@gmail.com
Third Tuesday (usually) at a house in SW Portland
A spiritual exploration of our beloved Harry Potter, one chapter at a time. We explore ways in which the text helps deepen our connection to the world and to ourselves.
Harry Potter and the Sacred Text: PDX: A Weekly Study
Wednesdays, 7 p.m., a home in NE Portland, OR
More information: Email Diana Hall at firstname.lastname@example.org or join the Facebook group
Following the format of the podcast, each meeting we recap a chapter (or two if they’re short), analyze the text through our chosen theme, and deepen our understanding of ourselves and our world using sacred reading practices. We enjoy snacks, tea, and having meaningful conversations. :) We started with Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone in May of 2019. All are welcome!
The Order of the Sacred Readers: Southern Oregon
Medford Oregon Public Library, Community Meeting Rooms. Fortnightly meetings, Friday evenings from 6-7:30 pm, later if the conversation is really good! ;)
We're following the model of the podcast, starting at Book 1 Chapter 1 and reading one chapter a week through a chosen theme. We meet and discuss our thoughts and practice the sacred reading practices.
The Sleeping Dragons: Fort Collins, CO
More information: Email Elizabeth at email@example.com
We meet on the weekends (usually Sunday) at a time determined at the previous meeting.
We start out with a brief ice-breaker, followed by a chapter recap. We discuss one chapter with a theme that is shared in advance on the Facebook group. We did not use a spiritual practice in our first meeting, however as our group continues to meet and different people lead the discussions we might continue to evolve our discussions.
HPST: DC Discussion Group
We meet in the DC Cleveland Park Public Library. We meet on the first Wednesday of the month at 7 p.m. and third Sunday of the month at 1:15 p.m.
Join their Facebook group here or email Amiel at firstname.lastname@example.org
This is a supplementary reading practice to our Harry Potter themed knitting patterns and is run in conjunction with our regularly scheduled knitting classes.
Frostburg Fiber Depot HPST: Frostburg, MD
Find more information on our website here.
Frostburg Fiber Depot, Tuesdays, 6-7:30 p.m.
Hershey’s Chocolate Frogs is a local chapter of Harry Potter and the Sacred Text that runs out of the greater Harrisburg, Pennsylvania area. Currently, meetings are held in Middletown, PA, right outside of Harrisburg.
Hershey’s Chocolate Frogs: Harrisburg, PA
First meeting: October 27, 2019, 12 p.m., Tattered Flag Brewery, Middletown
Join our Facebook group as we plan our first meeting.
We plan to read one chapter at a time through a pre-selected theme that is different from the one in the podcast. We'll check in with each other, discuss the chapter and where we saw the theme, cycle through the different spiritual practices (one per week), and then do blessings if anyone wants to share one.
HPST Pittsburgh Chapter
Every other Monday at the Frick Envrionmental Center
We follow a combination of the methods used in both the podcast and the original Cambridge group to get closer to the text and ourselves. Beginning with a quick debrief on our lasts weeks (Towers and Dungeons) and a 30 second recap, we move into a discussion of each week's chapter through the same theme as the podcast. After this, we do a sacred practice led by a volunteer and finish by blessing a character from the chapter.
Contact Caroline: Caroline.Wierzejska@gmail.com, or join our Meetup group: https://www.meetup.com/Harry-Potter-Reading-Group/
Harry Potter and the Sacred Text: London, UK
Picturehouse Central cafe in Picadilly, every Sunday at 4 p.m.
NHHPST is a new group that will aim to analyze the series in the same way Vanessa and Casper do in the podcast, one chapter at a time, with a pre-agreed upon theme and sacred textual analysis method.
Harry Potter and the Sacred Text: New Haven, CT
More information: Visit our Meetup Page or email email@example.com
Bimonthly Monday evenings in New Haven, CT: see our Meetup page for more info
This community is invited gather to connect with the Harry Potter books, Psalms, and Songs. Meetings will include summary, discussion, and sacred practices. Chapter themes will be chosen by the group for upcoming meetings. Suggested age: 16 & older.
CHURCH22 - A Sacred Practice Space: Pittsburg, KS
The 22nd of the month, 7:30-9 p.m. at Pittsburg Presbyterian Church
More information: email firstname.lastname@example.org or Facebook
We meetly bi-weekly to discuss each chapter of Harry Potter through a theme. We base our structure on the HPST podcast but are open to suggestions on how to engage with the text from week to week.
Harry Potter and the Sacred Text: Savannah, GA
every two weeks at a local coffee shop in Savannah, GA
Join our Facebook group or email Ella at email@example.com
We will introduce ourselves and get to know each other.
We will give a quick summary of the day's reading.
We will discuss the theme of the day and where we saw that theme in the text.
We will try and understand that theme better in our own lives.
We will do sacred reading practices with the text.
We will each pick a character that we empathized with to "bless."
Harry Potter and the Sacred Text: St. George, UT
For more information, contact Nancy Ross at firstname.lastname@example.org
Fridays at 1 p.m. (for the summer), St. George Library, St. George, Utah
Each meeting we will be reading a Harry Potter chapter through a theme chosen by a group member, who will moderate the conversation. Another group member will then lead a sacred practice. All members present will have the opportunity to bless a character from the chapter, and then we will have dinner, because food is, in our not-so-humble opinion, our most inexhaustible source of magic ;)
The Berlin Burrow: Berlin, Germany
bimonthly on Friday evenings or Sunday afternoons within the Ringbahn
Come join our Facebook group!
We start with a recap of a chapter, followed by discussion and sacred practice(s).
There will also be snacks.
The Munich Marauders: Munich, Germany
We meet at 4 p.m. on the third Saturday of the month. The location will be determined beforehand.
We discuss one non-sequential chapter through a theme, do a sacred practice, discuss a short non-HP text, bless characters and eat snacks.
HPST Vienna, Austria
For more information, contact Oskar at Oskar.email@example.com
Usually every other week, we agree on a location spontaneously
We meet twice a month and read two chapters at a time. Right now we are reading Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. We meet up, check in with each other, do a one-minute recap, discuss the theme, and do a spiritual practice. Our meetings are 90 minutes long.
Taipei x Harry Potter and the Sacred Text
For more information, contact Ella Csarnó at firstname.lastname@example.org and like their Facebook page.
We meet twice a month at Another Brick, near Taipower Building MRT Station. Meeting times vary.
We get together every few weeks and discuss the books, following the structure of the podcast.
For more information, email HPSTAuckland@gmail.com
We meet at various locations around the central suburbs of Auckland on dates which are agreed by the group.
We meet every other week and talk about a chapter from the series through a theme. Our form pretty much follows that of the podcast with 30 second recaps, blessings, stories, and sacred reading practises to open the text.
The group started in October 2019 with chapter 1, book 1, and we plan to read chronologically through the books.
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