Alohomora!: A Global Reread of Harry Potter

On Episode 210 we discuss...

→ Predestination vs. free will in prophesies
→ Magic as religion
→ Is there a Wizard God?
→ Wizards reconciling magic and religious belief
→ The stigma of Christians against <em>Harry Potter</em>
→ Resurrection: a common element
→ Are Horcruxes a perversion of religious symbols?
→ The importance of choices
→ Even Quidditch has religious imagery!
→ Trios and the Trinity
→ Repentance and Redemption
→ Ghosts and the afterlife

Direct download: Alohomora_Religion_and_Fate_Into_the_Unknown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:36pm EST

On this recap we discuss...

→ Did the diadem bring the DADA curse?
→ Why murder is the thing that splits the soul
→ A different take on the food/soul theory
→ Piggy bank Harry

Direct download: Alohomora_Recap_Episode_209.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:33pm EST

On Episode 209 we discuss...

→ Making a Horcrux: How Do You Even?
→ Horcrux pies and chocolate bars
→ Body and soul
→ The first kill
→ The Seven Horcrux Sins
→ Hot-Demort
→ Did Grindelwald make a Horcrux?
→ Rowling's least favorite Horcrux question

Direct download: Alohomora_Horcruxes_Voldy-Bits.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:39am EST

On this recap we discuss...   

→ Peter and the Hat
→ "Heads or tails?"
→ Sorting families
→ Houses through the years

Direct download: Episode_208_Recap.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:01am EST

On Episode 208 we discuss...  

→ Why is Hogwarts still Sorting?
→ The Hat is always right...or it thinks it is
→ Hat Stall: I do not think that means what you think it means
→ Should families really end up in the same House?
→ Controversial Sortings
→ Lockhart: is he really blue and bronze?
→ Let's speculate on some Houses!

Direct download: Alohomora_Sortings_Whatever_Hat.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:12pm EST

On this recap we discuss...   

→ Dumbledore did what was right, not easy
→ How could Dumbledore's sexuality have been included in the books?
→ A balancing of House traits

Direct download: Episode_207_Recap.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:11pm EST

On Episode 207 we discuss...  

→ No spoilers for Fantastic Beasts! (Well, we tried)
→ Dumbledore as the archetypal mentor
→ Is Dumbledore a good person and are his actions justified?
→ Timelines can be confusing
→ JKR got Harry's story from Dumbledore's portrait
→ Would knowing Dumbledore's sexuality have impacted Harry's story?
→ Everything goes back to that one summer
→ How does Dumbledore still trust people?
→ Regret and caution
→ The Greater Good vs. the one
→ Love of all kinds
→ Why do we have more empathy for Dumbledore than other characters?

Direct download: Alohomora_Dumbledore_All_Kinds_of_Love.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:47am EST

On this recap we discuss...   

→ Muggle ailments vs. Magical wounds
→ Flight, Fight, and Freeze
→ Why Order of the Phoenix Harry is exactly who he should be

Direct download: Alohomora_206_recap.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:43am EST

On Episode 205 we discuss... 

→ Magic can’t fix everything
SpeakBeasty host, Ariel, has a question
How Anne Rowling shaped Harry Potter
→ What Ariana stands for
→ Lupin, HIV and metaphors for disability
→ Silvanus Kettleburn: The Black Knight
→ Disability in the darkness
→ The abuse of memory
→ Taking advantage of the disadvantaged

Direct download: Alohomora_206_Illness__Special_Needs.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:10pm EST

On this recap we discuss... 

→ Fiddling with the Fidelius Charm
→ Is there a secret hiding in the Order photo?
→ Giving Peter some slack

Direct download: Recap_Episode205_Final.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:03pm EST