Casper attends Vanessa’s “Jane Eyre as a Sacred Text” class and says, “This is a great idea. We should do it with a book people actually like, like Harry Potter.”
Casper and Vanessa host their very first Harry Potter as a Sacred Text class at a community center in Cambridge, MA. Matt Potts suggests turning the idea into a podcast.
Casper ter Kuile asks Ariana Nedelman if she will help produce the podcast without checking with Vanessa. Vanessa is mad at Casper but it turns out, she loves Ariana.
We raise $3.5K to make the first season of our podcast a reality. We use that money to start a website, pay for podcast hosting, hire Tesily Diehl to design our logo, and hire Nick Bohl and Ivan Pyzow to compose music for the show.
We release our first episode through the theme of commitment.
We watch our podcast climb the iTunes charts for a week!
We perform our first live show in the basement of The Middle East in Cambridge, MA.
We go on a seven city tour to Seattle, Portland, Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C.
We hit 100 episodes of the podcast!
Vanessa has the idea to take a group of pilgrims to England to read Virginia Woolf with Stephanie Paulsell.
The start of our wonderful community facebook group.
We raise over $64,000 as a community for RAICES (The Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services). Harry and the Potters wrote a theme song for the campaign.
Our community connects to distribute art, support, and over $10k in mutual aid in response to COVID-19.
Stuck at home during lockdown, we put on a weeklong virtual event full of panels, workshops, scavenger hunts, and live shows.
We finish all 199 chapters of the series and bid farewell to Casper ter Kuile.
We re-start the books with our new host, Matt Potts.
AJ takes over producing the show.
We hit the stage for the first time since 2019 for Matt's first show.