Before we launched our podcast, when Harry Potter and the Sacred Text was just a twinkle in our eye, we would sit around and talk about The Vlogbrothers.
If you're not familiar with the project, The Vlogbrothers is a YouTube channel where Hank and John Green create videos that are nerdy, funny, earnest, and often political. Over time, they have built an internet empire based around youtube channels, educational tools, charitable foundations and fan conventions. They even have their own podcast, Dear Hank and John. Through their work, they've cultivated a group of fans who are passionate about learning, social justice, and un-ironically loving the things that we love. When we first started brainstorming Harry Potter and the Sacred Text, we often talked about Hank and The Vlogbrothers as a model for the kind of work we want to do.
Which is all to say, we were like, whatever, kind of excited to have Hank Green on the show this week.
(DON'T TELL HIM. WE'RE TRYING TO PLAY IT COOL.)
Oh, and did we mention he loves Harry Potter? Swoon.
He even writes songs about it. Double swoon.
Hank opened our episode with a story about rivalry, our theme for the week. He took us back to middle school and introduced us to a character from his past, Aaron the Puncher. We won't spoil the punchline (sorry, had to), but its a story about bullying, growth spurts, and power dynamics.
But even before we got started with Hank this week, there was a huge development in the pod. During the 30 second recap, Casper let it slip that he has a thing for Cho Chang! Juicy, right?!
And over the course of the episode, Casper, Vanessa, and Hank did nothing but fall deeper in love with Cho. Vanessa even blesses her at the end of the episode, and says that she's the perfect example of what a rival should look like.
This week's spiritual practice was Sacred Imagination. It's our last Sacred Imagination for a while - next week we're switching over to Havruta. Here's the passage Casper chose:
Hank did a wonderful job in his first ever Sacred Imagination. He and Casper both imagined themselves into Lupin and talk about what it must be like to be a surrogate father to Harry.
- When talking about productive rivalry, Casper mentions a book, Team of Rivals, about President Lincoln's cabinet.
- Some bullying resources:
- Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning
- "Prior to the Columbine school shootings in 1999, no state had legislation addressing bullying in schools. Since 2000, more than 160 new state bullying laws, or revisions to current laws have been passed or revised; all states currently have laws concerning bullying in schools."
- Not in Our Town
In this week's voicemail, Kathy Kavanaugh helps us think about the difference between optimism and hope. Thanks Kathy!
Join us next week, when we'll be reading chapter fourteen, Snape's Grudge through the theme of imagination. See you then kiddos.