Episodes – Witch, Please

Episodes – Witch, Please

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A fortnightly podcast about the Harry Potter world by two lady scholars

Episodes

Episode Sigma: Harry Potter and the Brand of Loyalty  

Welcome back, witches! We are gearing up to tackle Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them! In this fantastic minisode, Marcelle sits down with Harry Potter marketing wiz and wandmaker-in-training  Rachelle Saunders (of Science for the People fame) to talk about branding and Harry Potter. So grab your House Scarf and an official Witch, Please mug of hot cocoa and … Continue reading Episode Sigma: Harry Potter and the Brand of Loyalty

Episode Rho: Live and Professional at Tufts University  

Howdy, witches! This extended universe not-so-mini minisode comes to you hot off the mics in America! Hannah and Marcelle (and Trevor!) (and the hippogriff baby, too!!) had the pleasure of visiting Tufts University to deliver a workshop on podcasting and to speak on a panel with Tufts Experimental College Professor Lydia XZ Brown about disability, race, … Continue reading Episode Rho: Live and Professional at Tufts University

Episode 18.5: Fabulous Trailers and Their Locations  

Welcome to the future, witches! In this episode, Marcelle and Neale tackle the trailers for the first (of FIVE?!?!) movie in the Fabulous Beasts and Their Locations Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them film franchise. We honestly cannot believe we are going to do this five more times, but for sure by the second or third movie … Continue reading Episode 18.5: Fabulous Trailers and Their Locations

Episode Omicron: Witch, Please; Live & CURSÈD  

This arbitrarily-categorized Extended Universe Episode saw one of your brave hosts venture out of her cozy living room and into stormy Vancouver in search of a real live theatrical BUT TOTALLY COMMUNITY-DRIVEN AND FREE SO IN NO WAY LEGALLY LIABLE reading of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. Thanks to Laura Fukumoto, Nicole Yukiko, and everyone who took … Continue reading Episode Omicron: Witch, Please; Live & CURSÈD

Episode 15.5.5: Teasers and Trailers and Spoilers, Oh My!  

Gather ’round, witches! We’re back with another minisode! This week, Marcelle asks resident Guy With A Film Degree Neale Barnholden all about trailers and somewhat ironically they talk for an hour! PSA: we had a LOT of unexpected technical difficulties before, during, and after recording, so please think of this episode as a rather rough … Continue reading Episode 15.5.5: Teasers and Trailers and Spoilers, Oh My!

Episode 15.5: Harry Potter and the Dubious Kerning  

Pull out your rulers, witches, and start measuring your margins, because this episode we’re getting into the nitty and the gritty of book design. Hannah is joined by book designer (and brand new colleague at her brand new job!) Mauve Pagé in a discussion of three different editions of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. We talk about kerning! We … Continue reading Episode 15.5: Harry Potter and the Dubious Kerning

Episode 15B: Curiouser and Curiouser  

Welcome back, witches! Today's episode wraps up our discussion of the second half of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child and after this we'll never speak of it again—at least, not until the next edition of play script gets published with all that sweet, sweet paratext you know we crave........ Seriously, though, we're stoked for the re-issuing of the post-production script with, like, photos and shit. But for now we make do with the incomprehensible stage directions and many, many title pages. Enjoy!

Episode 15A: Witch, Please and the Curious Child Part 1  

Grab your contraband Time Turners, witches, because we’re zipping back in time to episode 15A: the first half of our discussion of the play script for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child! Speaking of time, in this episode Hannah and Marcelle dive into recording from two different timezones! The results are PRETTY GOOD! Dramatic reading background music … Continue reading Episode 15A: Witch, Please and the Curious Child Part 1

Episode 16.5.5: Jeremy Mason and the Cursed Child  

Grab your opera glasses, witches, because this week Hannah is joined by actor, director, and playwright Jeremy Mason for a discussion about the pleasures of reading plays, and why Rowling might have turned to the theatre for her newest addition to the Harry Potter canon. Don’t forget to take notes, because we’ll be asking you for your … Continue reading Episode 16.5.5: Jeremy Mason and the Cursed Child

Episode 16.5: British Technocratic Wet Dreams  

Are you prepared for a rambling, margarita-fuelled discussion of pamphlets, propaganda, British fascism, lightning bolts, and how to browbeat your beloved hosts into getting your very own episode? No? Then you should probably skip this one. But if you actually love all those things, plus gratuitous lightning sound effects*, then this minisode is for you! Download this … Continue reading Episode 16.5: British Technocratic Wet Dreams

Episode 16: Witch, Please: New and Improved  

Welcome to our brand new podcast, The Harry Potter Hour, Starring Feminism! It’s a lot like our old podcast Witch, Please except, uh, Newer and Different! This truly is the last episode of classic Witch, Please, though. After this it’s all paratexts, minisodes, and shenanigans! No more rules, no more social decorum, no more consistency. … Continue reading Episode 16: Witch, Please: New and Improved

Episode 14: The Ghost of Podcast Past  

But we’re not dead yet! cry your coven mistresses as we claw our way back into your podcast apps. That’s right, witches! We still have two more official (and, like, scores more unofficial) episodes for you! Tonight we’re joined by real life guy with a film degree, Neale Barnholden, for the ultimate—no, no then penultimate—wait no! the antepenultimate—WHATEVER, FOR … Continue reading Episode 14: The Ghost of Podcast Past

Episode Xi: Project Firenze  

With Marcelle a million miles* away, we’re presenting to you a live event organized by Edmonton Potterwatch. “Project Firenze: Minority Representation in Fantasy Literature” was the organization’s first-ever live panel on that topic, focusing this time on the Magic in North America stories and the representation/appropriation of Indigenous cultures. We were joined by Lucinda Rasmussen and Roxanne … Continue reading Episode Xi: Project Firenze

Episode 13C: Hallows and Goodbyes  

Well, this is it, witches. Buckle in for an extra long episode, because this is the LAST (third) part of our discussion of the LAST (seventh) book (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows) and we have a lot of ground to cover and old friends to mourn. But don’t you worry. Even though we make about … Continue reading Episode 13C: Hallows and Goodbyes

Episode 13B: Deathly Famous  

Howdy witches! Marcelle edited tonight’s episode in a flurry of packing so please forgive the dearth of whimsical sound effects! We hope that even without an obscene number of honks and hoots you’ll enjoy this second instalment of our discussion of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. But, to be honest, we’re so internet famous now that … Continue reading Episode 13B: Deathly Famous

Episode Nu: Politically Joyful at the Calgary Expo  

Howdy, witches! While Hannah was off feministing her heart out in Ontario, Marcelle and Trevor and Neale recorded a live episode at the Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo! A word of warning: the sound quality is lousy but there are some cute hippogriff baby coos AND the attendees were RADIANT! Also there’s a slide show to … Continue reading Episode Nu: Politically Joyful at the Calgary Expo

Episode 13A: Hedwig’s Last Flight  

Tonight, witches, we bid farewell to a friend and confidante. As the Harry Potter series draws to an end Hannah and Marcelle get selectively weepy because compassion fatigue is real and, like, everybody dies in this book. So pour yourself a stiff drink and, while you’re at it, pour one out for Hedwig that she … Continue reading Episode 13A: Hedwig’s Last Flight

Episode 12.5: Montages Through the Ages  

Pull out your scissors and glue sticks, witches, because today we’re bringing you a very special montage-filled minisode. As part of our public lecture, “Witch, Please: Feminist Fandom, Public Pedagogy, and Podcasting,” delivered at the University of Calgary, Marcelle prepared two audio montages of our book and movie episodes. They’re pretty charming, and you should … Continue reading Episode 12.5: Montages Through the Ages

Episode N: Witch, Please! Live and Scholarly at the U of C  

Settle down students because class is about to begin! Cheer for your U of A Champions Hannah and Marcelle as they swoop into the University of Calgary’s English Department on their shiny new Red Arrow broomsticks. It’s kind of like the Triwizard Tournament, except it’s like really safe for all involved. Graciously invited by Dr. Derritt Mason … Continue reading Episode N: Witch, Please! Live and Scholarly at the U of C

Episode M: The Technicolor Dream Snape  

Get your adult colouring books ready, witches! In tonight's minisode Hannah and Marcelle descend the rabbit hole of adult colouring books, producing a relatively unedited stream-of-consciousness discussion about books, libraries, censorship, Nazism(?!), racism in general, and how good Snape would look in jewel tones.

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