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Hello fellow readers, and welcome to Ravenclaw Readers! We’re veteran Harry Potter fans, Claire and Ella, along with first-time reader Paul. Join us as we explore Harry Potter in the literary tradition, chapter by chapter. Each week we read a Harry Potter chapter alongside a classic work of literature. We compare and contrast the major themes and narratives of these two texts, and dig deep into each HP chapter, to consider the insights gleaned when Harry Potter is read as part of a wide lite ...
 
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This week we consider how "Dr Faustus" (1592) by Christopher Marlowe speaks to Chapter of "Philosopher's Stone". We think about who is the most "Faustian" character - Quirrell or Voldemort? What does it mean to make a pack with the devil? We also ponder the idea of redemption and its relation to the judgement of good and evil. Thanks for coming on …
 
This week we consider Chapter Sixteen, Through the Trapdoor, and parallel it with Chapter Eight of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll. We discuss the trials faced by both Alice and Harry, we think about the various authority figures in both texts, and wonder about the contrast between logic and magic.…
 
We're back with Chapter Fifteen The Forbidden Forest, look at it alongside Book Five of Homer's "The Iliad". We discuss the centaurs's warnings of "Mars is bright tonight" and think about the ferocity and terror of war. We regard the ways in which Dumbledore parallels Zeus and think about the role of fate and Harry's destiny.…
 
We're looking at Chapter Fourteen, Norbert the Norwegian Ridgeback, and the story of how Cadmus founded the city of Thebes from Ovid's "Metamorphoses". Paul considers the old saying "fail to prepare, prepare to fail" and we talk about how themes of preparation, responsibility and carelessness are at play here. We also theorise over character motiva…
 
This week we're considering Chapter Thirteen, Nicolas Flamel, and Hamlet (Act I, Scene V). We discuss the distinction between duty and desire in relation to Ron and Harry's actions in this chapter. We also think about trust amongst friends, and finding important information from unusual sources.
 
We're examining Chapter Twelve, The Mirror of Erised, in parallel with the story of Narcissus as told in Ovid's Metamorphoses. We discuss Harry's welcome into the Weasley family at Christmas, and the gift of the Invisibility Cloak with the message "use it well". We also consider the dangers of desire and obsession when it comes to the Mirror of Eri…
 
This week we're examining Chapter Eleven, Quidditch, along with the story of Jason and the Golden Fleece from Apollonius's "Argonautica". We discuss the similarities between Hermione and Medea's magic and heroism We also consider the relationship between the sacred and the profane at Hogwarts. We give more thought to the ideas of bravery and reckle…
 
This week we're sticking with the works of the Bard, looking at his famous play Hamlet (Act I, Scene III) alongside Chapter Nine, The Midnight Duel. We talk about character building and advice-giving. We think about the different types of bravery on show in this chapter and consider the distinction between cunning and scheming.…
 
Welcome to the first Footnotes episode of Ravenclaw Readers! We're taking a bit of a break over the festive season, so we sat down for a casual conversation to discuss the idea of "canon". What counts as "canon" in the Harry Potter universe? How should we consider the books, films, Pottermore, etc. in relation to one another? We do come to some sor…
 
We're reading Chapter Eight, The Potions Master this week and thinking about the themes addressed in Prospero's speech in Act V, Scene I of William Shakespeare's "The Tempest". Honestly, this episode could also be known as "A Study in Snape", as we attempt a thorough analysis of his character. We discuss Snape's great ambition and unfulfilled poten…
 
This week we consider Chapter 7, The Sorting Hat, in parallel with The Crowning of King Arthur from Thomas Malory's Le Morte d'Arthur. We talk about the importance of ritual and rights of passage. We consider whether these issues necessitate hard work and sacrifice. We also think about the function of Houses at Hogwarts, reflecting on the positive …
 
We're diving back into the Dickensian world this week, looking at Chapter 6: The Journey from Platform Nine and Three-Quarters in parallel with Chapter 22 of Great Expectations. This week we consider what it means to have "great expectations". We also take a look at Ron and Harry's budding friendship and talk about the importance of kindness and co…
 
Join us as we read Chapter Five "Diagon Alley" alongside Chapter Ten of "Oliver Twist", by Charles Dickens. We consider how both Oliver and Harry are introduced to new societies. We analyse Harry's first interaction with a peer, Draco Malfoy. Ella takes issue with how creepy Ollivander is and we discuss how magic can be both terrible and great.…
 
Apologies for the audio quality this week! The first few minutes are particularly rough, but it improves a bit after that. If you do manage to stick with us, you will find our discussion this week compares Chapter Four "The Keeper of the Keys" with John McCrae's war poem "In Flanders Fields". We talk about the casualties of war and the importance o…
 
This week we examine “Chapter Two: The Vanishing Glass” in parallel with the story of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. In both these stories, we get an introduction to a new world, but we also come across two very different types of snakes. We also think about how the snake in this chapter compares to the other snakes we meet in the rest of the …
 
For our first week, we will discuss the events of “Chapter One: The Boy Who Lived” alongside the Biblical story of Cain and Abel. We examine themes of murder, banishment and, just as Dumbledore says, we consider the idea that scars can be useful. We also ask the question: is it ever possible to “celebrate” a murder?…
 
A very warm welcome to the Ravenclaw Readers podcast! We’re embarking on a Harry Potter re-read with a literary twist. If you want to know what we’re all about, give this quick episode a listen. Claire gets embarrassingly sincere about her love for Harry Potter, while Ella and Paul talk about what they hope to gain from the project. Happy listening…
 
You’re listening to WWRVN, Radio Ravenclaw Good Morning, Ravenclaw, you’re tuned to The Fresh Pot of Coffee! It’s Thursday, so get the recycling ready to go out tonight and meanwhile enjoy the Horoscope. Your Horoscope this week is brought to you by Haumea, the dwarf planet which is visually right near Arcturus at the moment. Arcturus is visible in…
 
You’re listening to WWRVN, Radio Ravenclaw. Good Morning, Ravenclaw - you’ve tuned in to The Fresh Pot of Coffee! It looks like a beautifully sunny (or perhaps rainy) day out there, we suggest that it’s an excellent time to hang up some fresh laundry to dry (or get that softening effect of rainwater). What? the weather’s not until tomorrow! It is, …
 
You’re listening to WWRVN, Radio Ravenclaw. Congratulations to Gryffindor for winning both the Quidditch Cup and the House Cup! Ravenclaw came in a very close second, followed by Hufflepuff and Slythern. Thank you to all House and House Cup staff for another excellent term. http://www.ravelry.com/discuss/hp-knitting-crochet-house-cup/3180580/1-25#1…
 
You’re listening to WWRVN, Radio Ravenclaw. You’ve tuned in to The Fresh Pot of Coffee! It’s Laundry Day, folks. That’s right, just flick and swish your wand in the general direction of your wardrobe with a soft Tergeo and then it’s time to get the binoculars. Watching the Muggles wrestle with huge baskets of wet clothing baffles me every time. The…
 
You’re listening to WWRVN, Radio Ravenclaw. Martin Freeman is TEAM SURPRISED CAT SURPRISE! It wasn’t a voting option before, but it is as of right now, and he forgot to tag his turn-ins… anyway. CAT, wheeee! Thank you for your attention. This has been your daily Break Month Levity with Martin Freeman, I’m Cyprienne. photo credit: Jay Brooks for Tim…
 
This is WWRVN, Radio Ravenclaw. We have a jam-packed show for you today. We begin with field correspondent elekanahmen reporting on activities for the last month of term: I’m sure you have all been waiting on the edge of your seats for the results of the Epic Cat Battle! Sorry to have kept you waiting, but I wanted to make sure everyone had time to…
 
This is WWRVN, Radio Ravenclaw. Faithful listener llim called in again to the station to remind people that there will be a lunar eclipse this weekend visible to much of North and South America, Asia and Australia. Unfortunately, it may be too cloudy over her location to see it (and she’s not sure she’ll wake up at 5am) but perhaps the conditions w…
 
This is WWRVN, Radio Ravenclaw. Today is the second of the Spring Break Month - time to relax those wrists, or get in those NEWT proposals! Go NEWTlings! Mad Science Coordinator PorcupineSnuggles would like to remind everyone to submit nominations for the Luna Lovegood Memorial Mad Science Award. Nominations will be closing on April 7th. https://do…
 
Good Morning, Tower! It’s Tuesday, March 31st and you’re listening to The Fresh Pot of Coffee on WWRVN Radio Ravenclaw. OWLS AND NEWTS are due today! Knit like the wind! SOAR! You can do it and we completely believe in you! check in here with your exciting updates, but only if you have time! MARCH CLASSES are due - if you have had Real Life smack y…
 
Good Morning, Tower - it’s Monday, March 30th, and this is The Fresh Pot of Coffee! For those of you managing in Muggle towns, it’s trash day. Carry your bagged refuse to the curb and put onone and only one trash sticker. If you’re out of stickers, check the fridge, the Muggle Life Adaptation committee has put extra ones in the Fridge Network. By t…
 
Good Morning, Ravenclaw - you’ve tuned in to GazeboGal’s Fresh Pot of Coffee! It’s time for our awesome Friday line up - a discussion of kidneys is ongoing in the Candle thread where comfort and geeking go together like strawberry ice cream , chocolate sauce, and pretzels. Which they do, try it! it’s time to prep for fondoo, folks - whether your in…
 
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