Active Groups


Harry Potter and the Sacred Text: Cambridge, Massachusetts

Harvard Divinity School (75 Francis Ave, Cambridge), Andover Hall Room 103
Wednesdays from 7-8:30

We meet weekly from September-May to read the entire Harry Potter series, from book one chapter one through the book seven epilogue, with assigned reading each week and a weekly theme.

More Information: our FB page, leaders@sacredtext.org


Contemplative Reading Group: Longmont, Colorado

3rd Thursdays, 6-8 p.m., Firehouse Art Center, 4th and Coffman in Longmont, Colorado

Grey Havens Group, Inc. Is a nonprofit that teaches philosophy to children, teens, and adults through literature and popular culture. Since 2010, we have incorporated sacred reading practices into our book discussions, including our six Harry Potter groups for kids, teens, and adults. (We also regard philosophy as a contemplative practice.) Harry Potter and the Sacred Text inspired us to create an additional group devoted explicitly to sacred reading practices. Our Contemplative Reading Group explores contemporary fiction and poetry.

More Information: info@greyhavensgroup.org, greyhavensgroup.org, facebook.com/greyhavensgroup


Harry Potter and the Sacred Text: Raleigh, North Carolina

Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Raleigh, 3313 Wade Ave, Raleigh, NC 27607, first Wednesday of the month at 7 p.m.

We listen to Harry Potter and the Sacred Text episodes and then there's a discussion.

More information: dre@uufr.org, http://www.uufr.org/blog/calendar-2/


Harry Potter and the Sacred Text: Seattle, Washington


We meet alternating Saturdays at 2pm, at Bedlam Coffee in downtown Seattle.

Very similar to the way the podcast runs! We read a chapter per meeting, through a theme (usually chosen at the previous meeting). We discuss the chapter and do a sacred practice together as a group.

For Google calendar & Facebook links, contact hpstseattle@gmail.com.


Harry Potter and the Sacred Text: Chicago, Illinois

Open Books, 651 W. Lake Street, Chicago IL 60661, Thursdays, 6-7:30 p.m.

We're reading through the Harry Potter books and using sacred traditions to discuss the text and our lives. We love eating snacks, building community, and laughing together. We also have fellowship pot lucks once a month! Join us!

More information: Facebook, maggiecneedham@gmail.com


The Goblet of Hot Chocolate Book Club: Sydney, Australia

Max Brenner, Sydney, every fortnight

This group parallels the podcast, reading chapters from the Harry Potter books toward a chosen theme and implementing sacred reading practices to open the text.

More information: Facebook


Read the Harry Potter books sequentially, choose a theme for each chapter, read & discuss the chapter through that theme, and engage in Sacred reading practices

Harry Potter and the Sacred Text: Richmond, VA

Contact Lauren Dickerson at laurdickerson@gmail.com

Mondays, 8PM, Rocketts Landing Urban Farmhouse & Cafe


The Restricted Section: Bay Area, California

Meetings rotate around the Bay Area in CA (SF, San Jose, Oakland, Fremont, etc). We meet twice a month on the 2nd and 4th Sundayfrom 10-11:30.

We read a chapter at a time and bring sparklets to the group for discussion. We started with Book 1, Chapter 1 on 2/4/2018. Everyone is welcome!

More information: Email restrictedsectionHPST@gmail.com


Order of the Phoenix: Phoenix, Arizona

We meet at a Starbucks in Tempe at 6 p.m., but the day of the week changes depending on schedules.

We take turns choosing our theme for the chapter of the week and get together to discuss the chapter and any social-consciousness issues raised by the text, as well as doing a sacred practice and considering an extra text along with the theme each week. We meet at a Starbucks in Tempe at 6 p.m., but the day of the week changes depending on schedules. If you want to join us, we’d love to have you!

More information: arayahlarson@gmail.com


Sunday Assembly: San Diego, California

Saturdays, generally near Clairemont Mesa in San Diego, CA

Engage in sacred reading practices with the wonderful text and vivid characters of Harry Potter to find connection, fun, and even self-awareness. This is an inclusive group that co-creates with the spiritual- or religious-minded while maintaining secular foundations. We meet a few times a month after reading a chapter of the Chamber of Secrets (Book 2) with a theme in mind. This is associated with the Sunday Assembly San Diego community.

More information: lmripod@gmail.com


Harry Potter and the Sacred Text Club of Western Mass

We will meet every other Thursday at a Panera Bread in West Springfield.

This is a study group modeled on the podcast, Harry Potter & the Sacred Text. We will use the podcast's example to closely examine themes in Harry Potter through discussion and through traditional forms of sacred reading. The group is aimed at adult Potter fans, but we also welcome young fans who want to engage in serious discussion of the books.

More information: https://www.facebook.com/groups/HPWesternMass/ , bookoflifepodcast@gmail.com


Harry Potter and the Sacred Text: Manchester, NH

2nd and 4th Saturdays, exact location and times vary.

This group parallels the podcast, reading a chapter from the Harry Potter books toward a chosen theme and implementing sacred reading practices to open the text.

More information: sacredtextNH@gmail.com


The Pensieve: A Harry Potter Contemplative Reading Group: Houston, TX

We will meet on the 1st and 3rd Saturday at 9:30 a.m. at the Episcopal Church of the Epiphany in Southwest Houston.

Each meeting is about an hour and we discuss the assigned reading through a theme.  We always have snacks (including some from the unofficial HP cookbook)! Please contact us if you would like more information or if you plan to join us.  

More information: Facebook, SacredTextHouston@gmail.com


Muggle Struggle: Glen Ellyn, IL

First Congregational Church of Glen Ellyn, Wednesdays, 5:00-6:00

We are following the format set up by you all but in a format that meets the church program calendar. We are going to start with fall with doing book one in 6 weeks- recapping 6 chapters (one a week for 6 weeks)- looking at 6 different themes- discussing the chapter in relation to the theme and then also adding a story from the Hebrew Bible or New Testament that also ties in with the theme.

More information: Go to our church website fccge.org and under "Community", there is a Harry Potter and Sacred text tab or e-mail Pastor Kendra at kendra@fccge.org.


Harry Potter and the Sacred Text: Edinburgh, UK

Edinburgh, once a month

Very similar to the format on the podcast: we pick a theme, read a chapter, and discuss it using traditional forms of sacred reading.

More information: hpsacredtextedinburgh@gmail.com


Harry Potter and the Sacred Text: Los Angeles, CA

Farmer's Market/the Grove at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday mornings

We are a weekly meeting group that follows the format of the podcast, discussing one chapter a week through the lens of our chosen theme. We will engage in sacred reading practices, critical discussions, and unapologetic Potter nerdiness.

More information: Facebook, SacredPotterLA@gmail.com


We will be reading one chapter of the book every two weeks and discuss it in the same format of the podcast: picking a theme and discussing it using traditional forms of sacred reading.

Harry Potter and the Sacred Text: Vancouver, Canada

More information: camila.bianchi@gmail.com

Vancouver Public Library - Central Branch, every other Sunday at 1 p.m.


Harry Potter and Hot Coffee: New York, NY

11:30 a.m. Sundays, we take turn hosting in our homes, but we’ll be moving to Washington Square Park once the weather gets warm

The structure of our meetings starts is a brunch/potluck! We start with checking in with everyone about their week and talking about the chapter. Then we listen to that weeks episode and have a discussion, followed by sacred practices, and we end with blessings.

More information: kimberlylwagner@gmail.com


We discuss 2 chapters at a time and follow one of HPST outlined practices to better understand the text and what it means for us.

Harry Potter at First U: Providence, RI

Email Erin Newell at eenewell@me.com for information on upcoming topics and dates

First Unitarian Church of Providence, every other Monday, September-June, 7:15 p.m.


A newish group still working out the details and following the format of the podcast. Open and welcoming to new faces!

Harry Potter and the Sacred Text: Portland, OR

More information: Alyss Broderick, AlyssBroderick@gmail.com

Third Tuesdays of the month, in SE Portland


A spiritual exploration of our beloved Harry Potter, one chapter at a time. We explore ways in which the text helps deepen our connection to the world and to ourselves.

Harry Potter and the Sacred Text: PDX: A Weekly Study

Wednesdays, 7 p.m., a home in NE Portland, OR

More information: Email Diana Hall at dianahall934@gmail.com or join the Facebook group


A group of nursing students that meets every other week to discuss this amazing series. Non-nursing people are welcome as well!

Luther College Student Nurses' Association (LSNA) Harry Potter Book Club: Rochester, MN

More information: clairehonl@gmail.com

Springs at South Broadway Apartments Rochester, MN. Sunday afternoons.


We follow a combination of the methods used in both the podcast and the original Cambridge group to get closer to the text and ourselves. Beginning with a quick debrief on our lasts weeks (Towers and Dungeons) and a 30 second recap, we move into a discussion of each week's chapter through the same theme as the podcast. After this, we do a sacred practice led by a volunteer and finish by blessing a character from the chapter.

Contact Autumn: autumnmaybeaudoin@gmail.com, or join our Meetup group: https://www.meetup.com/Harry-Potter-Reading-Group/

Harry Potter and the Sacred Text: London, UK

Picturehouse Central cafe in Picadilly, every Sunday at 4 p.m.


A study group modeled on the podcast, Harry Potter & the Sacred Text. We will examine themes in Harry Potter through discussion using different practices of sacred reading. The group is aimed at adult Potter fans but young fans are welcome.

Harry Potter and the Sacred Text: Little Rock, AR

More information: pmshelton71@att.net

We meet every other Saturday at 2:00 p.m. at various locations


NHHPST is a new group that will aim to analyze the series in the same way Vanessa and Casper do in the podcast, one chapter at a time, with a pre-agreed upon theme and sacred textual analysis method.

Harry Potter and the Sacred Text: New Haven, CT

More information: Visit our Meetup Page or email lanthann@gmail.com

Bimonthly Monday evenings in New Haven, CT: see our Meetup page for more info


This community is invited gather to connect with the Harry Potter books, Psalms, and Songs. Meetings will include summary, discussion, and sacred practices. Chapter themes will be chosen by the group for upcoming meetings. Suggested age: 16 & older.

CHURCH22 - A Sacred Practice Space: Pittsburg, KS

The 22nd of the month, 7:30-9 p.m. at Pittsburg Presbyterian Church

More information: email music@pittpres.org or Facebook


We meetly bi-weekly to discuss each chapter of Harry Potter through a theme. We base our structure on the HPST podcast but are open to suggestions on how to engage with the text from week to week.

Harry Potter and the Sacred Text: Savannah, GA

every two weeks at a local coffee shop in Savannah, GA

Join our MeetUp group or email Ella at buonarrotischisel@gmail.com


We're starting in April 2019 on Book 1 Chapter 1. We open our meetings with a story and then a quick recap of the chapter. We then discuss the week's theme and chapter, then close with a blessing for a character within the chapter.

Harry Potter and the Sacred Text: Salt Lake City, UT

For more information: Email Shayla Archer at shaylarcher@gmail.com

We meet in the SLC downtown library on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of each month from 1-2:30


Help kickstart a group in one of these cities!


Folks are working to create new groups in these cities.
Reach out to them if you are interested in joining the group and/or helping to get it started!

  • Auckland, NZ: contact Ramali at hpstauckland@gmail.com

  • The Netherlands: contact John at johnvanmeerten.mail@gmail.com

  • Atlanta, GA: contact Annalise at HPisSIRIUS@gmail.com

  • Tampa, FL: University of South Florida Tampa, contact Csaba Osvath at csabaosvath@mail.usf.edu

  • Philadelphia, PA: contact Dana Shafer at danashafer@gmail.com

  • Eugene, OR: contact Tiffany at tjsavage721@gmail.com


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