Season Six: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

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Special Edition: What We’re Excited for in Half-Blood Prince

Welcome to Season 6! This week, Vanessa and Casper get together to talk what they're looking forward to in Half Blood Prince. They discuss the complications of Slytherin identity, Vanessa’s feelings about Ron, and Harry’s evolution from the last book. Next week, we’re reading Chapter 1, The Other Minister, through the theme of Helplessness.

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Helplessness: The Other Minister (Book 6, Chapter 1)

Vanessa and Casper explore the theme of Helplessness in the first chapter of Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince. This week we discuss the election of Rufus Scrimgeour, all things related to the muggle Prime Minister, and whether Fudge is too polite for his own good. Throughout the episode we consider the question: How much information helps us during times of crisis and how much actually hurts us? Next week we’re reading chapter two, Spinner’s End, through the theme of Prudence.

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Prudence: Spinner's End (Book 6, Chapter 2)

Vanessa and Casper explore the theme of Prudence in chapter two of Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince. This week we discuss Peter Pettigrew’s relationship to his hand, Narcissa and Bellatrix’s love for one another, and when to quit a job. Throughout the episode we consider the question: Can you only know prudence in hindsight? Next week we’re reading chapter three, Will and Won’t, through the theme of Skepticism.

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Skepticism: Will and Won't (Book 6, Chapter 3)

Vanessa and Casper explore the theme of Skepticism in chapter three of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. This week we discuss Harry’s magical thinking, Kreacher’s humiliation, and Dumbledore’s relationship to lemon drops. Throughout the episode we consider the question: when do we need to trust authority and when should we be skeptical? Next week we’re reading chapter four, Horace Slughorn, through the theme of Joy.