In this episode, Casper and Vanessa (with the help of the amazing Dr. Chloe Angyal) discuss the power of humor. Humor is how we amuse ourselves, it can be found in satire where we try to reassert our power, it is a sign of intimacy; but then it can get mean. Where is that line? I'm 18,000% sure that Snape does not understand where that line is because he is willing to kill sweet, little Trevor in order to amuse himself. Not funny, Snape. Animal torture is a sign of sociopathy, just FYI.
Do we mock the things that we hate most about ourselves? Is Snape mocking Neville because he sees himself in Neville? DO WE CARE?
Casper and Vanessa also wonder about pedagogy at Hogwarts. They think maybe it isn't research based.
In this week's episode we do PaRDeS, thinking about Hermione and her time-turner. What in our lives feels like a gift, but is actually not so grand?
Don't forget to vote in this week's 30 second recap challenge. Vanessa is currently (as of 5/9/17) in the lead, and she is writing the post this week, so she'll just say it: if you're a feminist, you will vote for her.
This week's episode is brought to you by Bombas and Spotify's Showstopper. Next week we're reading chapter 8, the Flight of the Fat Lady, through the theme of desperation. Our donor of the week is Andrew Stairs and our voicemail this week is thanks to Duke Lambert.