This week on Harry Potter and the Sacred Text, Vanessa and Casper tackle chapter six of Prisoner of Azkaban through the theme of forgiveness.
As promised in the episode, here's a sparknotes summary of the chapter to make up for Vanessa and Casper's mediocre 30-second recaps. Well, a sparknotes link isn't exactly what they promised. They promised a wikipedia link, but apparently wikipedia doesn't go into that much granular detail on the Harry Potter books. It's the world's loss really. (Are you procrastinating something important? Step up to the plate, give a chapter by chapter summary of Prisoner of Azkaban on Wikipedia!)
How do you extend forgiveness while continuing to hold people accountable for their actions? This question takes Vanessa and Casper from talking about Hippogryph's pride to Hagrid's willingness to see his own faults. From Charleston South Carolina to Nazi Germany.
Casper and Vanessa touch on the complicated case of forgiveness during the events surrounding the Emanuel African Methodist Church shootings in 2015. After the shootings, many members of the families of those murdered were quick to extend forgiveness to Dylann Roof, the shooter. At the time, much was made about this act of forgiveness. To read some different takes on the issue, here's some reading:
Hatred and Forgiveness in Charleston by Matt Schiavenza
Why I Can't Forgive Dylann Roof by Roxanne Gay
Related to this conversation, they discuss whether punishment can go hand and hand with forgiveness — specifically in relation to Draco Malfoy.
For PaRDeS, Casper selects the below quote from the ridiculous and magnificent castle character, Sir Cadogan. If you've managed to forget him, Sir Cadogan is a painting that helps the trio find the Divination tower on their first day of classes.
This week's blessings are for George Weasley and Parvati Patel, but you'll have to listen to the episode to find out why!
Next week we're reading chapter seven, The Bogart in the Wardrobe, through the theme of humor. Watch out for a story by an exciting special guest! Our crowdfunder donor of the week is Hannah McGinty and our voicemail this week is thanks to Selina Mahmood.
Finally, don't forget about our upcoming live tour! It's only a month away. (Pardon us while we take deep breaths into a paper bag...) If you are in Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia or Washington D.C., we will be coming your way! You can see dates and buy tickets on our Live Events page. We can't wait to see your beautiful faces!